My boyfriend came up with this simple marinade that goes
great with many different Asian cuisines. We usually serve it with rice noodles
and traditional Vietnamese vegetables, but I’m sure it would mix well with
other dishes or on its own.
For many unaccustomed Westerners, tofu can be difficult to appreciate. Most of us have experienced the dry, crumbly, flavour less variation served at certain Chinese restaurants. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to invest in high quality organic tofu. Also, make sure to press it by wrapping it in a clean towel and placing a heavy object on top (such as a pan or heavy pan lid) for 15-20 minutes.
I grew up being told that pasta is junk food and should only be eaten rarely. Fortunately, research has shown that moderate amounts are still healthy and can be consumed while losing weight. Nothing beats treating myself to lunch with a bowl of whole grain pasta with veggies.
Nutritional Yeast is a great cheese substitute as it has a cheesy flavour and melts easily. AND it contains B-12, which is an important supplement to take as a vegan
My body has learned to crave healthy food that tastes unhealthy! I like my breakfast sweet but also appreciate some vegetables in the morning. Waffles always satisfy my cravings as I can mix healthy things into the batter and still get awesome waffles! See my recipe for Spinach Avocado Waffles
The girly side of me is obsessed with the beautiful pink color the root beet adds to regular waffles. I was close to naming these waffles “Princess Waffles” but rediscovered my integrity at the last minute.
On a normal day I enjoy eating waffles as a snack but on a cozy weekend morning I top them with pumpkin seeds, coconut flour, maple syrup and a little yogurt mixed up with vanilla.
When you grate the root beets a food processor will do the trick, if you do it manually REMEMBER an apron; otherwise you’ll look like Ted Bundy before he’d clean himself up)
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.
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.