Veganism for Dummies // The Importance of B-12

Veganism

The only vitamin you can’t get from a vegan diet is B-12; many people use that as an excuse to not go vegan. B-12 is found in meat, dairy, and eggs because animals consume dirt in their feed and produce B-12 in their intestines.  As most of us don’t eat dirt or un-washed vegetables (humans didn’t used to be as stringent about washing as we are today), we need to get the vitamin from a supplement.

A lack of B-12 can result in lower red blood cell counts and in some cases, chronic nerve disease. Those are serious health concerns, so make sure you play it safe and take a supplement.

I have struggled accepting the necessity of taking a B-12 supplement. I didn’t take vitamins growing up and therefore never saw it as something I needed when I switched to a plant based diet. Unfortunately, the consequences of being un-informed caught up with me and I frequently found myself feeling ill or dizzy. It took fainting twice (something I’d never done before) to finally realise that something was wrong. I didn’t go to the doctor (because I’m a lazy procrastinator- ALWAYS GO TO THE DOCTOR), but I did do a little of my own research. After a few hours of medical sleuthing, I concluded that since I was getting enough sleep, consuming a healthy diet, and exercising, I must have been lacking in B-12. I went to a health store, bought a years worth of supply, and haven’t fainted since. 

B-12 can be bought at pharmacies, health stores, or right here (international link/affiliate link) or here (danish link/affiliate link) It can also be found in Alpro’s soy yoghurt and nutritional yeast.

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Danish Vegan Raw Bliss Balls // Original Danish favorite “Romkugle”

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These are pastry balls with a pirate twists. “Romkugle”(rum-ball) is an old traditional Danish pastry made out of day-old pastries and rum essence. They are then formed into balls, dipped in chocolate, and rolled around in chocolate vermicelli. Trust me- I’ve spent years working in bakeries and the entire country of Denmark can vouch for their deliciousness!  

My teenage sister Lærke came up with a healthy vegan version. Try not to eat them all by yourself in one sitting (yes I’ve done it).

Most frequently rum essence don’t contain alcohol but look at the ingredients before you buy.

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Lazy Vegan Stir Fry #3 – Peanut Pineapple Noodles

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I never tire of using nuts and fruits in my dishes. I love the delicious spice it gives a normal dish or salad. Asian food inspires me due to its exotic flavours and significant nutritional value. I made Stir Fry for lunch earlier this week and it turned out really well.

*Tip add Asian chili sauce for a taste orgasme!

Stir-fry makes for great leftovers and is the perfect next-day meal for work or school. ENJOY

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Vegan Spinach Avocado Waffles

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I made these awesome healthy and wholesome waffles the other morning. They are full of nutrition and keep you full for a long while! They are super easy to make; just whip out your waffle iron.

Spinach Avocado Waffles

Adding spinach is a great way to get some greens in the morning. They also make a great snack anytime of the day!  

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Easy Breakfast for Lazy Mornings // Three Ingredient Smoothie and Avocado Toast

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I made this tasty smoothie for breakfast last weekend. It only consists of three ingredients! I decided to supplement it with another one of my minimalist-foodie standbys: avocado toast. Follow the steps below for a quick and easy vegan breakfast.

It´s amazing how good these natural ingredients taste together! I recommend buying organic fruits as they have more taste and no pesticides in them.

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Lazy Vegan Stir Fry #1 – Creamy Green Pasta

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I love Stir Fry. It’s quick, tasty, and let’s you get rid of your leftovers. What’s not to love? Since I moved away from home, Stir Fry has become one of my go to meals. I often cook it for lunch or whenever I’m cooking for myself.  

I always freestyle the ingredients and add whatever I find in the kitchen or freezer. This recipe I made recently was extremely filling and delicious so it’s a great starting point for those new to Stir Fry.

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Finding Joy and Balance in Vegan Food; How I Stopped Restricting Myself

Personal, Veganism
Vegan burger and fries from the vegan bistro YoYo World in Berlin 
Vegan Raw Food from the Raw Food Resturant DALUMA in Berlin

It can be a real hassle to figure out which vegan diet to choose. Things like raw, Keto, and plant-based get thrown around a lot.Fortunately, you don’t have to follow any of these diets to be a vegan.

I don’t think it’s healthy to restrict your food. I try to use common sense and cravings to guide what I eat. Sadly, I’ve been counting calories since I was 12 years old. That has resulted in me always knowing how many calories a certain food has and allotting my daily total. I don’t support calorie counting and I wished I could turn the part of my brain that does it off.  It can be difficult enjoying food sometimes because in the back of my head I’m counting calories.

I’ve spent some time carefully diving into vegan diets. I’ve found that a plant-based diet works best for me (a plant-based diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods). These whole, nutritional foods always fill me up and don’t give me a sense of restriction. Although processed vegan food tends to contain much more fat, salt, and sugar than whole foods, I will admit that I enjoy them occasionally. My boyfriend is a huge fan of vegan Döner Kebab and I think vegan meat and cheese substitutes are great for those in transition.  

As long as its vegan, I try to never restrict myself. I enjoy when my sister makes fries dripping with olive oil or when my boyfriend cooks Mexican food with meat substitutes and vegan cheese. I need to live a life where food brings me joy AND nutrition. Before I went vegan I saw food as a mix between an addiction and an enemy. That is not a healthy mindset and I’m grateful that I am able to enjoy all kinds of vegan foods now.

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Vegan Chia Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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The portion size is for two people but they were so good I ended up eating them all by myself. No regrets though. These pancakes are a perfect, healthy, wholesome breakfast that’s full of nutrition. I hope you will enjoy them, perhaps on a rainy Sunday.  

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Nice Cream or rather NICE DREAM

Recipes, Veganism
Nice Cream with spinach, topped with walnuts and pomegranate

My first words were spoken when I pointed at the door of our basement and said “ice cream”. Ice cream has always been my favorite dessert. I thought it would be the hardest thing giving up becoming a vegan, but I was so wrong. Vegan ice cream is so good! There are so many different brands and flavors- even Ben and Jerry’s has its own vegan flavor (Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Peanut Butter & Cookies).

As delicious and wonderful as ice cream is, it is also full of sugar and fat, even the vegan kind… BUT SAVE YOUR TEARS- The answer is Nice Cream.

It is super easy to make and rich in nutrition.

CON: it is a really Insta-friendly looking food. Seriously, go on Instagram and search #nicecreamporn- it’s so satisfying.

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