Giveaway alert! Register to win a $25 gift certificate to Moe’s Southwest Grill at the bottom of this post. ECO-ngratulations Summer! You win!
Fast food? Sure we all have to endure it on occasion with the hectic lives we live. What if fast food didn’t come with a drive-thru and was actually…well…healthy? G-A-S-P, did I just fast food and healthy in the same sentence? In a dream world there would be more places like Moe’s Southwest Grill; but even that has it’s downside.
Did you know that Moe’s food mission was to bring you and your family a more delicious and healthy eating option? Their new menu is boasting with options like low calorie, gluten free, and vegetarian selections? They don’t use any animal fat, lard, or MSG in the cooking process! And with over 20 fresh ingredients prepared daily your family can enjoy organic, hormone-free, meat and vegetables. Here is just a glimpse into how Moe’s is turning the fast food market into a more healthy market:
- Steak: grass-fed, no hormones added
- Chicken: all-natural, cage and hormone-free
- Pork: Hormone-free, steroid-free, grain-fed
- Sour cream: rBGH free
- Pico de gallo: handmade fresh daily from ripe tomatoes (not canned)
- Guacamole: 100% Haas avocado’s (my favorite)
- Whole grain tortillas
- Black and pinto beans
- Gluten-free: sour cream, chicken, steak, pork and a variety of other ingredients are all gluten-free
- Tofu: organic and vegetarian
While Moe’s does a great job at integrating a healthier diet into our lives by making it more accessible and affordable there is one thing that caused me heartache on my recent visit…all that trash! Everything is served up fast food style which includes plastic (reusable) baskets lined with paper, burrito’s wrapped in foil, styrofoam cups and plastic lids for side dishes, paper cups, plastic lids, and straws! By the end of our meal the mound of trash was enough to make me cry - and it all went right into the trash!! I’m sure they may be saving operating costs but there really has to be a better way, especially since they strive on their sustainability.
It’s not all about the waste though, Moe’s is doing good things in the food industry. They have also joined forces with the Meatless Monday campaign to reduce our individual meat consumption by 15% each week. Eating less meat helps us live a healthier life and treats the planet with a little extra TLC. Eating less meat will help us reduce our carbon footprint, reduce our water consumption, and reduce our fossil fuel dependence. Amazing what changing our diets one day a week can do for the Earth. To learn more please visit Meatless Mondays where they have a ton of information on the movement along with a large selection of meatless recipes for your Mondays (or any day).
In honor of Meatless Monday, Moe’s and Earth Day I’m treating my family to a day with no meat!
Breakfast: Their usual – frozen pancakes or cereal depending on their moods.
Lunch: Lil’ B gets her lunch packed by me so it looks like a PB&J kinda day with some fruit and cheese. Big B gets his lunch from school so I’ll let him decide how to handle that. I’ll probably just grab a quick salad and the spouse – well he’s on his own!
Dinner: Black Bean Pasta Rollups (from our e-mealz <affiliate> recipes for last week)
Or we could just go to Moe’s and get one of their meatless burrito’s like the Art Vandalay!!!
GIVEAWAY!!! Win a $25 gift certificate to Moe’s Southwest Grill and enjoy your own Meatless Monday. Simply tell me if your family does a meatless day during the week – share a tip or two with the readers and myself.
ECO-NGRATULATIONS SUMMER! YOU WIN!!!
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Giveaway ends on Monday, April 25th (2011) at midnight ET. Contest open to anyone over the age of 18 who is a resident of the US.
Disclosure: I was provided a special prize package along with a $25 gift certificate good at Moe’s Southwest Grill. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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