It's March, which means it's Shamrock Shake season at McDonald's restaurants across the United States (Canada and Ireland too, we're told). Each year, the seasonal St. Patrick’s Day offering—a bright green minty whipped cream- topped shake—seems to develop more and more of a cult following. If you're not headed to the golden arches to get one this month, surely you know someone who is.
Surely, you’ve heard about Meatless Monday by now! In case you haven’t—Meatless Monday is a terrific campaign that aims to get people starting out each new week with one meat-free day. We mention it a lot in The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian because it’s a stress-free, low-commitment way to move toward a more plant-based diet (and a totally non-threatening way for your parents and others to see that meat-free meals are really no big deal, not to mention pretty delicious).
Have you had a snack lately? If you have, you're not alone. On any given day, eighty-six percent of teenagers have had at least one snack, according to research from the United States Department of Agriculture. And while many people assume that snacking is a bad thing, I don't agree with that—smart snacks can be key to eating a healthy diet, particularly for vegetarians.