I’ve been big on greens recently. Whereas I used to think about protein, carbohydrate, and fat numbers when I planned meals, nowadays it’s all about how many vegetables I can get. I’m not ready to proclaim myself one of those alkaline dieters yet, but there is a noticeable increase in the level of energy I feel when I’m getting lots of greens. I’ve even resorted to putting spinach in my smoothies, something I would have laughed at just a few months ago! So I was very excited to get a package from Amazing Grass yesterday, with all this great (and green) stuff in it.
A few greens “meals,” lots of greens and wheat grass powders for mixing with water or milk for a quick energizer, and even some whole-food energy bars (important: whole food, not health food). Plus a fun shaker cup! I’ll be trying all of this over the next few weeks, and I’ll let you know how it is. I can’t wait to try the chocolate ones. Thanks, Amazing Grass!
Erin and I substituted Amazing Meal for the protein powder in our smoothie today. Organic, raw, vegan, soy free, and loaded with greens and antioxidant fruit. Perhaps best of all, it didn’t turn the smoothie green-grey. And it was delicious! Here’s the recipe we used today (for a single smoothie):
- 1/2 cup Trop 50 orange juice
- 1 packet Amazing Meal
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed powder
- 1/2 Tbsp flaxseed oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 small handful each of frozen blueberries, blackberries, and cherries
We got dinner to-go yesterday from a place that makes sushi in addition to standard Chinese takeout. I used to love sushi when I still ate fish regularly. But although I’m not opposed to eating fish every once in a while, fish hasn’t appealed to me recently, especially not raw. So in addition to a tofu and mushroom dish, we chose some vegetarian sushi options: an asparagus, avocado, and cucumber roll, a sweet potato roll, and a banana tempura roll! I’m such a sucker for anything new and strange on menus, “banana tempura” being a prime example .
These were pretty good, not as good as really fresh fish sushi but better than old, slimy fish sushi. The sweet potato roll was by far the best, the vegetable roll the worst, and the banana tempura was strangely sweet-salty but tasty. Sort of weird with soy sauce and wasabi though, for me. And, because these are the pictures that pay the bills– I give you Erin and me shoving rolls into our mouths.
I still have my IPA risotto to post; it was justifiably (I hope) superseded by the free greens and banana tempura. I’ll do my best to get it up later today or tomorrow. Also, my “Veggie Cooking Tips” page is coming soon! I’ve decided that it will better serve as a separate page than as a post, so that you can refer back to it easily whenever you come across an ingredient you don’t know how to deal with. So keep an eye out!
Alright, I’m off to get new running shoes today. My marathon is only 17 weeks away, so official training starts in one week!
Vegan Supplements: Which Ones Do You Need?
Written by Matt Frazier
I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.
But it’s one I believe is absolutely critical to the long term health of our movement, and that’s why I’m committed to sharing it. Here goes…
Vegans need more than just B12.
Sure, Vitamin B12 might be the only supplement required by vegans in order to survive. But if you’re anything like me, you’re interested in much more than survival — you want to thrive.
So what else do vegans need?