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!


Finals week… dun dun duuun May 4, 2010

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Oh yes, it’s here! Finals week is upon us and us college kids are freaking out as usual.

Thankfully, I think I’m in fairly good shape (*knock on wood*). I finished my Historical Geology project early (the evolution of whales… they use to have legs!), which was the massive paper I had this semester. Beyond that, I just have 2 exams, a mapping, and presentation, THEN I’M DONE. For the week. Until my Conceptual Physics class starts on the 17th.
Did I also mention that I’m moving out in August?! Cause I’m moving out in August. I’ll be moving up to Boone, NC (aka the Appalachian Mountains) to pursue a B.S. in geology. It quickly approaching and I’m starting to get excited/scared/nervous/etc.

Well, in vegan news, can I just say that my Historical Geology professor deserves a gold star? Vegan cookie? Something awesome. The final presentations are on Wednesday and she promised she would bring food (they’re from 11am-1:30pm). She decided on pizza and dessert. She asked about special dietary stuff, what we liked/didn’t like, etc. so she’d know what to get. After class ended I told her that she could discount my slices of pizza since I’m a vegan. She then told me she’d make something for me instead (how sweet is she?!). I told her, no worries, that I’d just bring something instead. But she insisted and asked if I liked mushrooms and balsamic vinegar (which, for the record, I do). Haha, I have no clue what she’s thinking but I’m curious and really grateful :). She’s so great, I’ll miss her (and the entire geology department) when I leave!

So I have this bad habit. I take my computer to bed with me. I don’t have a TV in my room, but I’ll watch YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc. at night instead. Unfortunately, I tend to lose track of time and end up going to bed waaaay to late! This really needs to stop because exhaustion really affects everything I do throughout the day. I can’t think as well, I get hungry, I don’t have the energy to an efficient workout, etc. Anyway, for this week, I’m challenging myself to NO computer at bedtime. Wham bam.

For dinner, I had this:
Bean burritos with rice and salsa! Not so aesthetically pleasing, but my taste buds approve haha.

Well, I’ve got to get to bed! (With no computer). G’night.


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!


Busy, busy bee February 28, 2010

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Noodles and veggies
Veggie pasta! How delicious!

I’m so behind. School has been smothering me. But it’s been good. I’m a academic nerd, true fact.

Well, on the veggie front, things have been going well! Better then I would have ever expected. I have had very few meat cravings, but my self-restraint has been pretty solid so it’s been fairly easy ;). I’m super excited for this upcoming week and all need new food recipes I’ll try! I finally have my appetite back (and MAN is it back!) so I’m happy :).

Eating however, needs to improve. I find myself relying on dinner to only get my veggies. I need to start incorporating some good stuff into my lunches and snacks!

Speaking of lunch, I need to address my lunches for school. I always forget to pack my lunch so 3 days out of the week I don’t eat from 7:30-2:30 (or 3pm, depending). NOT GOOD. By the end of the school day I’m starving and end up overeating.
This is a fairly common issue so this week, I’m going to try to do my best to make the effort (and remember!) to pack myself lunch so I don’t get to hungry.

What’s so exciting about going veg is that it forces me to try new things. I’ve gotten into SUCH a food rut and now I’m starting to branch out and push my limits in the name of good food!

Until later, gators :D.