Strategies to reduce red meat and elevate your plate

You’ve probably heard that eating too much red and processed meat is associated with a range of adverse health effects, including increased risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and even a higher risk of dying early. You may have also heard that producing dairy and red meat (particularly beef, lamb, and goat) stand out for their disproportionate impact on our planet’s health as well.

It’s clear that reducing red meat in our diets can improve our own health and the health of the planet. However, if you’ve grown up (or have grown accustomed to) having beef, pork, and other red meats on your plate at most meals—such a change may seem daunting. But you don’t have to completely cut it out to make a difference; even a partial shift away from a meat-centered diet can be a step in the right direction.

If you’re not quite sure where to start, here are four key approaches to cutting back the red meat while keeping your meals filling and flavorful. Simply find your “starting point” and move forward with the strategies that work for you.

Eat a little less red meat, any way you can

Eat a little less red meat, any way you can

Assess how often you eat red meat, and see if one of these strategies can help you find a way to cut back a bit.
Swap red meat for healthier meats

Swap out red meat for healthier meats

If you’re thinking of a meal that features red meat, see if you can replace it with a better option, like poultry or seafood.
Consume less meat, enjoy more variety

Consume less meat, enjoy more variety

This approach boosts healthy plant-based foods like beans, nuts, whole grains, and other veggies, while still providing ways to incorporate some of your favorite animal-based foods.
Prioritize hearty and savory plant-based proteins

Prioritize hearty and savory plant-based preparations

Simple strategies for creating filling, delicious, and even budget-friendly plant-based dishes.

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