Mindful eating isn’t just about consuming food that benefits your body and health; it’s also about knowing the impact of your food choices on the environment.
For instance, did you know that if a country ate vegetarian for one day, its citizens would save 100 billion gallons of water, 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would have been fed to livestock, 70 million gallons of gas, 33 tons of antibiotics, 3 million tons of soil erosion, and 4.5 million tons of animal excrement, which would eliminate 7 tons of ammonia emission, a major air pollutant? (Read more on vegnews.com.) No wonder experts say avoiding meat is the single biggest way you can save the planet!
Whether you decide to go cold turkey and switch to a plant-based diet today, or gradually eliminate pork beef, chicken, and seafood from your meals, the important thing is to start. Think veggies are boring? Think again, after you visit these My Pope-recommended eco-friendly restaurants!
Corner Tree Café
Vegan (no eggs or dairy) and vegetarian dishes are served in this cozy restaurant that recently opened a branch in Power Plant Mall. Enjoy a hearty bowl of Corner Tree Café’s Vegetarian Laksa and dig into a plate of Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna. Miss meat? The Koftas in Tomato Sauce (whose “meatballs” are made of cauliflower and cabbage) and Baked Tofu Burger Steak (served with organic red rice) are sumptuous substitutes.
“We at Hummus Elijah are dedicated to your health through our commitment to excellent vegetarian cuisine,” says its website. “By avoiding animal products, we acknowledge the interconnectedness of environmental, spiritual, and physical well-being.” Try the Hummus Elijah with Falafel (chickpea spread with deep-fried chickpea balls, a salad and pita bread on the side), or order a refreshing Tabbouleh (parsley) Salad.
Yes, even Filipino food can be vegetarian—and you won’t even know the difference! Green’s Kare-kare, sisig, adobo, pinakbet, and embutido prove tasty and filling even to carnivores. Regulars like the quiet and unpretentious vibe of this Quezon City house-turned-restaurant.
For no-fuss, budget-friendly meatless dishes, Bodhi is it! This vegetarian fast-food joint found in many SM Malls offers a wide range of choices—from “pork barbecue” on a stick and asado to kare-kare with bagoong on the side—that are absolutely meat-free.
“We know how hard it is to be vegan in Manila,” says the Pipino website, “and we believe that vegans should be able to go into a restaurant without having to worry about having unwanted meat in their dishes.” Amen to that. Standouts of its plant-strong menu include Portobello Inasal, Longsilog (with tofu longganisa), Vegan Sotanghon, and three variants of burger (black bean, chickpea, and breaded Portobello mushroom).