Category Archives: Vegan
Are you a woman who is interested in bodybuilding, fitness, or weight lifting in general? Vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious?
I’ve started up a closed group on Facebook for us to collaborate, cheer each other on, and share the plant-strong love!
Lift those veggies!
You can join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganWomenBodybuildingAndFitness/
Until vanilla Shakeology is available in a vegan option, we vegans must get our vanilla fix elsewhere.
I may have the solution.
I obtained PlantFusion’s cookies and cream variety of their protein blend from Vegan Proteins some time ago when it was on sale and never got to try it. I’m usually a chocolate gal by nature but was curious.
I made some tonight using about 10-12 oz of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and half a banana.
It did not disappoint. Very smooth, very tasty. It’s hard to find smooth vegan protein powders. Shakeology and Vega One both do an excellent job, and Sunwarrior’s not too bad either.
I get asked for tips on veganism a LOT, usually from beginners and/or people interested in eating healthy, vegan meals. As a result, I think compiling them into a single blog post would be useful, or so I hope!
- Do NOT treat eating a plant-based diet as an elimination diet, AKA what you used to eat minus the animal products. It will NOT work. You will have to completely revamp your paradigm of what constitutes as as meal. Anything else will run you into problems.
- Read, research, and experiment. Pick up cooking books, read blogs by other vegans, find out what they eat.
- Learn how to read labels. Dairy is sneaky, and you’ll find that when it comes to prepackaged foods they’ll like to slip in weird crap.
- Eat clean. Don’t be a “carb-an” and subsist mostly on bread, pasta, and rice. Fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes, non-GMO soy products, should all be awesome. If you have food intolerances to soy and/or gluten, give food like quinoa, lentils, and beans a shot.
- Don’t be afraid to screw up. Inevitably you’ll accidentally buy something that has honey in it, lactose, whey, whatever. Learn from it and move on.
- If you have a favorite food or recipe that isn’t vegan, find a fun way to “veganize” it! And don’t be afraid to give faux meats and faux dairy products a try. My personal favorites are from Gardein and Daiya respectively.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It’s part of the learning process.
Hope this helps!
I borrowed this recipe from Sunwarrior with my own substitutions and additions:
3 TB brown rice flour
1 scoop chocolate Sunwarrior warrior protein
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used Godiva chocolate liquor since I had no extract)
2 TB raw cacao
1 packet stevia
1 serving Ener-G egg replacer
1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl, then extract (or liquor), egg replacer, and almond milk into another. Slowly mix the wet with the dry.
Cook over medium heat in a skillet. This will make about 4 small pancakes. If you have the means to make a large one this will make one large. I do not have the means and I learned this the hard way. It fell apart but it was still incredibly tasty.
To make this with less calories, use instead 2 TB unsweetened cocoa (30 calories if you use Ghirardelli vs the 60 of raw cacao) and water in place of the milk. It’ll knock it back 70-75 calories
I’m a software engineer. These blog posts go out because I write them up in advance and schedule them in advance, because like many people, my time is at a premium and I don’t have full control over it.
So how does one eat healthy in an incredibly crazy and busy world?
Here are some of my tips:
- 1) Cook/prep things you plan to eat often, in bulk, in advance. Things like quinoa and brown rice can be cooked on weekends and keep well in the fridge, and can be added to meals throughout the week.
- 2) Make extra of things that freeze well, and take them out for convenience lunches. You can do this with soups and stews.
- 3) Add leafy greens whenever possible. I bring in foods that warm up well and add a container of baby spinach to them, and mix it up well.
- 4) Make juices and smoothies in the morning and take them with you in a thermos or tupperware container.
- 5) Bring fruit and cut up veggies to work.
- 6) Bring a travel blender or juicer to work!
Some fast meals I like to make when I’m either too busy, too lazy, or just am feeling uncreative but still want my healthy, quick eats:
- 1) Quinoa, beans, salsa. Really, that’s it.
- 2) Sauteed veggies in coconut oil with brown rice
- 3) Sauteed or steamed kale
- 4) Kale or baby spinach with half an avocado and lemon juice for a tasty salad
When in doubt…just bring fruits and veggies…the original fast food.