17 Nov National Vegan Month
Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients. Many vegans also do not eat foods that are processed using animal products, suchas refined white sugar and some wines.
A vegan diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds and beans.
Vegans avoid exploiting animals for any purpose, with compassion being a key reason many choose a vegan lifestyle. Accessories, clothing, bathroom items… animal products are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.
After many discussions with some Vegans, I’ve heard a few concerns:
1. In the beginning, it can be difficult to put together meals & snacks quickly.
2. Challenging to get enough Omegas, especially if you don’t like nuts or avocados
3. Most Vegans need a “go-to” meals that isn’t just a handful of nuts
Here are my tips on combating some common challenges with being a vegan.
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My easy to take to work lunch (or snack)
Black Bean, Corn & Pumpkin dip with Black Bean Way Better Snacks Corn Chips
- 1 cup of cooked black beans (if using canned, rinse before use)
- 1 cup of canned corn (for added flavor, grill an ear of corn and slice it off the stalk)
- ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
- 1/3 cup chopped green onion
- Sautee ½ cup of raw pumpkin seeds in a pan with 1 tbs. of Barleans Coconut oil
- Sprinkle pumpkin seeds with salt, pepper & cumin to taste
Mix the corn & beans together and sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top. Add more salt, pepper & cumin (or even chili powder to taste). Dip your sprouted Way Better Snacks Vegan Chips and enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake – modified from So Delicious recipe
- 1 cup So Delicious® Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk
- 1/3c pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Starbucks Via
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein
- ice & water (add depending on the consistency you desire, I used about 1/3 cup of water & 1/3 cup ice)
- 1/2 c coconut whipped cream (optional but very yummy!)
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend together milk, pumpkin puree, spices, coffee, and protein powder together until smooth. Add ice & water as desired and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and optional caramel drizzle. Enjoy!
Wild Rice Cranberry & Pears via So Delicious
- 2 cups wild rice
- 3 ¾ cups So Delicious® Dairy Free Coconut Milk (Original)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 pear, diced
*to increase the protein content you can add 1/2 cup of: pumpkin seeds, cashews or any of your favorite nuts or seeds,
Rinse wild rice in cold water and drain thoroughly. Place wild rice in a large saucepan with the coconut milk, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until rice is tender and milk absorbed (see directions on package). Transfer to a large bowl and fold in cranberries and pears). Serves 6-8.
Many people think the essential Omega-3 type of fat is only available from eating fish. But there are several rich vegan sources: walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and to a lesser extent hemp and pumpkin seeds. But even if you’re getting plenty of Omega 3s, your body may not be properly converting these fats to provide sufficient levels of DHA. So consider supplementing with Barlean’s Flax Vegan Formula Swirls.