The New Vegan

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Foods! May 28, 2010

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Quinoa with roasted veggies!

Now, I don’t have a formal recipe, because I just threw in what I had left in the refrigerator together. But basically, I chopped up tomato, zucchini, squash, onion, and mushroom and roasted the veggies. While they roasted I cooked in quinoa in veggie broth. I just seasoned everything with salt and pepper. I think next time I’ll add some garlic and a few other veggies, but what I love about this concept is that it’s easily adaptable. If you like something spicy, you can add red pepper flakes, etc. Oh what fun! Anyone got any other ideas to make this tastier? Let me know please!

A Green Smoothie!
2 massive handfuls of spinach
1 tbsp of almond butter
1 tbsp of hemp protein (or whatever kind of protein powder you have)
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp of ground flax seed
1/2 cup of almond milk
3/4 cup of ice

I’ve been loving the concept of the smoothie! I’ve never ever been much of a smoothie person, but making my own really makes all the difference. What I love about these smoothies is that you can get tons of good nutrients all in one meal (I usually replace a meal with a smoothie, they’re super filling!). I know the whole idea of drinking spinach sounds gross and all kinds of awful, but I can understand why it’s made such a splash around the health blog parts…
You really can’t taste the spinach. Between the sweetness of the blueberries and bananas and the nuttiness of the almond butter and milk, it turns it in to a banana nut smoothie that just happens to have spinach in it. Totally fangirling over these. Completely recommended!

Anyway, off to bed I go. I have plans to kick my own ass at the gym tomorrow morning!


How vegan are you talking about, here? May 3, 2010

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Toasted Ezekiel bread + roasted garlic hummus + a cucumber + sprouts (+ a diced tomato) = YUM!

I have some vegan-related issues I’m still sorting through, such as….
Butter on bread. What do you do? Like, say, you’re at a restaurant and they put butter on your bread? Should I have been more proactive and asked before hand? Ignore it and pretend like its not there? Tell them to take it away? VEGAN PREDICAMENT! DAH.

And… what about my awesome leather boots? And handbag? I feel like a walking contradiction!

To be honest, I feel like I need to make a better effort to eliminate all animal by-products from my life. After everything I’ve learn about farming/animal rights/the environment/etc., I feel like this is the next step. Will see… it’s a gradual process and I’m trying to slow down and take it all in!

Oh! I had lunch at the best little restaurant today. It’s called Supper, a small, family owned restaurant with really yummy food! The owner was actually a vegetarian for years and was very knowledgeable about veganism, so I had no miscommunication happen between waitstaff and cooks! I got the Vegetarian Baguette with
onions, peppers, mushrooms, tofurkey, veganaise, balamic drizzle. I’ve never had tofurkey before (I’m not really into soy, to be honest), but it was good! I got a salad with my sandwich and I ate it all! Will definitely be going there again :D.
You wouldn’t believe how nice it was to get something other then a salad!

Anyway, I off to get a good night’s sleep. I have a final tomorrow morning!


Note To Self: Go To The Grocery Store February 20, 2010

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First and foremost, I need vegetarian food! Must make a trip to Trader Joes. Today’s food consisted of:
– 2 pieces of toast with almond butter and agave nectar
– A peanut butter sandwich
– Frozen blueberries
– 1/2 an egg
– Peanuts
– Asparagus
Puffins cereal

Oh dear. I need variety. I need food options. I need my appetite! I think my appetite is sloooowly returning. But I’m anxious and I can’t wait to really seek my teeth into this lifestyle (oh hey pun!).

Until then, stay healthy!


Protein: The Non-Meat Edition February 19, 2010

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So back when I was eating meat (2 days ago :P). I had issues getting enough protein. I remember back from my eating disorder days not getting enough protein and having to sit in the dietitians office and bounce ideas off of one another in an attempt to increase the amount. Still even now, completely recovered, I know I need more.

How to Calculate Your Protein Needs:
1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. Weight in kg x 0.8-1.8 gm/kg = protein gm.

Use a lower number if you are in good health and are sedentary (i.e., 0.8). Use a higher number (between 1 and 1.8) if you are under stress, are pregnant, are recovering from an illness, or if you are involved in consistent and intense weight or endurance training.

Ok, here goes:
114/2.2= 51.82kg
51.82 X 0.9= 41-46gm/day

So I thought, ok today I’ll see just how much protein I consume a day and then go from there.
Here’s the count:
Breakfast (12gm):
– 2 pieces of toast with peanut butter and agave nectar
Lunch (7gm):
– A plain whole wheat bagel
– Frozen blueberries
Snack (13gm):
– Plain Greek yogurt with granola
Dinner (9gm):
– 1/4 of Trader Joes Spinach pizza
– Salad with pickles organic dressing
Total Protein Count: 41gm!

Well, look-a-there. And I must admit I’d probably get more protein if I could stand eating more (damn stomach virus!). How exciting to know that I am getting enough protein! Once I start my strength training again, I know I’ll increase it even further.

Which brings me to the content of my diet. It’s still not exactly where I want it to be (balanced-health-wise). But at this point I’m just eating what my body will accept since I’ve been sick. If the only thing I can stand is cereal and bread, then that’s what I’ll have. I think it’s important to get calories in when you’re sick. (Especially if you’ve dropped something like 9lbs in a week in a half).

Anyway, until tomorrow :).


And here goes nothin’! February 18, 2010

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Well, hey. I’m Allie. I’m a 20 year old college kid (geology major! yay rocks!) and finally made the decision to go vegetarian.

To address the ‘why’:
It’s a long time coming. But as a huge supporter of whole, natural foods that do not include “non-foods” or “enhanced foods”, meat is the last barrier I have left to break. Now, if I could be assured that every cut of meat I ever bought wasn’t subjected to antibiotics, steroids, pesticides, chemicals, or other poisonous nonsense that doesn’t belong in my body, I’m not sure I would give it up. But, unfortunately, the world I live in does not offer that. So this is my stand against that. As Michael Pollan says, “You vote with your fork. 3 times a day”. How right you are, Pollan, how right you are.

Today’s food consisted of:
– Kashi cereal with rice milk
– More Kashi cereal with rice milk!
– Whole wheat sandwich with cucumber, provolone cheese, and vinegar
– Frozen blueberries (Mmm!)

Look-a-there! No meat :D.
Although I did have this fleeting movement where I reached for lunch meat, and then realized, “oh wait!”. Haha, glad I caught myself!
Ok. I will address the why I ate so little. I currently have a stomach virus. Which involves a lot of nausea! Every time I go to eat, think about food, look at food, I just get sick to my stomach :(. It’s definitely putting a damper on all my vegetarian food ideas! But I’m fairly confident that all the vitamins and water I’m downing will do some healing :). (Soon, please!).

Speaking of vegetarian options, I’ve compiled a list of recipes I want to try!
Bean Burrito Recipe
Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Veggie Tacos
Tri Mushroom Risotto

Mmm, can’t wait!