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#MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

Jan 21, 2019
MW 7850

At the end of last year I attended the Fry Family Food Co. Braai-day. I’ll be honest, plant-based protein or going vegan wasn’t something we had given much thought to. We are aware of the benefits of reducing our meat-intake but, like most South Africans, we tend to enjoy a diet loaded with animal proteins.

For some reason we hadn’t yet caught on to the international trend of including more plant-based protein in our meal plans. I grabbed onto this learning opportunity and was blown away by the knowledge, support and resources Fry’s are providing to the public.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

As a family we place our health and being kind to the environment high on our list of priorities. We wanted to make a change and eat less meat. Joining in on #MeatFreeMondays is something small that would be easy for our family to do and stick to.

Some reasons we are doing #MeatFreeMondays include:

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.
Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.
Thanks Fry’s for lending me your awesome graphics.
When going meat-free on Mondays the environment wins and so do we!
Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

This year we decided to recommit and pledged to go meat-free every single Monday.

Being veggie lovers already we haven’t had to change much about our diet. The Fry Family Food Co. has made the transition even easier with their incredibly tasty and convenient product range. We are still eating all our favourite dishes and simply switched out our normal animal proteins with the alternatives provided by Fry’s.

As an added bonus I can prepare dinner in half the time. Fry’s products cook much faster than our regular meat options.

We’ve been good at sticking with our choice. My biggest personal gain has to be my own sleep. I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the quality of sleep I enjoy every night (maybe once Ava’s done teething the quantity will improve as well).

One concern I did however have when switching to a SOY based protein was whether it really was a safe alternative…

Soy has gotten a really bad rap over the past few years. Studies vary a lot. There are however a few points to remember about The Fry Family Food Co.:

  • The Fry’s product range adheres to the strictest health and safety standards set by the EU as well as Australia.
  • Fry’s only uses NON GMO ingredients with natural flavours and spices. No artificial flavourants.
  • At it’s core, Fry’s has stayed a family business, with their chief taste testers being the Fry’s grandchildren. Eating Fry’s regularly, up to 2 portions a day is safe for child consumption.
  • Regular cow’s milk and other animal proteins also contain many hormones, including estrogens, and we really don’t understand their long-term effects.
  • Tammy Fry (Mother of 2, athlete, plant-based nutritionist and the founder of the Seed workshop and blog) has written countless articles on raising kids vegan. After attending one of her workshops I’m more convinced than ever that #meatfreemondays with Fry’s is a safe, convenient and easy choice for our family.

We approach soy as we would anything else. With moderation. It has wonderful, proven health benefits too and the Fry’s range consists of so much more than just a chunk of soy beans. Please visit the Fry’s website FAQ section for an in depth explanation on soy, click here for more.

I feel completely comfortable and healthy eating Fry’s regularly and especially on a Monday!

What’s available?

You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious options. Think hearty pies, juicy burger patties, crunchy nuggets and spicy sausages.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

There’s so much to enjoy and breakfast is even covered with their protein-packed, gluten-free instant cereal, Kasha.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

The Fry’s original hotdog sausages are probably one of our favourites from the range. We much prefer these over any old vienna.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

And we are forever snacking on the tasty treats from the “crafted” range.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

Where we buy Fry Family Food Co. products:

Our local Pick n Pay stocks a huge variety (like most hypers do). You can also find the range from most independent and health stores nationally.

Fry Family Food Co., #MeatFreeMondays with Fry Family Food Co.

We are learning more about plant-based diet options everyday and would really appreciate hearing from YOU. Doing #MeatFreeMonday with other families will make it much easier. So, please leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

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  • Reply Shandré Linde Jan 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Well done for doing #meatfreemonday. It is important to understand why this diet trend started. I am so happy you showcase that it is not just about the love for animals but also understanding that meat production is dangerous for the environment (greenhouse gasses). This doesn’t mean everyone should go vegetarian but moderation is key here. It is learning to listen to your body. Have enough nutritional meals to feed your body. Thank you for sharing such an amazing brand to easy make more sustainable choices for your body and our planet.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 22, 2019 at 10:10 pm

      Thank you for reading and showing your support too. Really appreciate it so much! x

  • Reply Ali Jan 22, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Great article! So stoked you guys are back on the meat free monday train again! Soy is a massive part of our diet and has been my primary source of protein for decades. The estrogens found in soy are phytoestrogens and phytoestrogens are in a ton of different plants that most of us eat everyday (especially if you love your veggies) and they dont mimic our human estrogens, but estrogen from dairy and meat (animal estrogen) does mimic our estrogen which I think should be cause for concern… Soy does get a bad rap and I recently chatted to our nutritionist about it and she wasn’t concerned at all… (and she’s not even vegan, so no vegan agenda ?)

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 22, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      Thank you Ali for explaining soy in such a sensible way. It help us (and so many others) understand it so much better!

  • Reply Laura Jan 28, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I am struggling to get my kids to ditch the meat but David and I often have meat free meals.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

      That’s interesting to hear Laura. In our home we had the opposite. The girls transitioned pretty easily, Alec however was skeptical. Over time however we all have come to enjoy the meat alternatives by Fry. Thanks so much for commenting.

  • Reply Misty Hofert Jan 28, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Wow. I feel like I learned so much. We often have meat-free days because my husband doesn’t eat beef or pork, and we get sick of chicken and turkey! I didn’t even consider all of the benefits for the earth. Great article!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 28, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Misty. I never knew either but now it keeps me motivated to go meat free as often as possible. Taking care of our planet is a global issue and every small change is a step in the right direction.

  • Reply Flossie McCowald Jan 28, 2019 at 6:51 am

    We don’t go meat-free every Monday (or even once a week) but this is something I aspire to. Soy interacts negatively with some of the maintenance medications I am on for long-term health issues, so we try to avoid soy, BUT I love quinoa (complete protein in a single grain!) and we also cook lots of beans/lentils. This is such an important thing for us to work on, as a global community!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 28, 2019 at 9:58 am

      I did not know that Flossie. Thank you for sharing and also for the great suggestions regarding soy alternatives. We will be looking into those.

  • Reply Christine Jan 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    This looks yummy! Whether you are vegan or not, having some meat free days in your week is great for your health, and your pocket book!

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 28, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Christine! Thanks for commenting too

  • Reply Jennifer Jan 29, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Wow those look so tasty! I love that these are meat free and their graphics are so cute.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 29, 2019 at 5:49 am

      They are! x I appreciate the packaging too PLUS it makes it easy to spot in the frozen food section.

  • Reply Sarah Jan 29, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    All these meat-free alternatives look very good.

    • Reply Mari-Louise Jan 30, 2019 at 9:50 am

      They are so delicious Sarah and definitely worth trying.

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