I have been vegan for 16 years. I am very healthy and physically fit. If you are a new vegan and you are craving something...let me know and i will tell you a vegan alternaive for what you are craving.
How often do you eat processed foods? TKD really looks down upon them...I'm not talking about junk food and french fries, but things like whole wheat bread, soy milk, Wheaties, tofu "meats", and vegan burgers? I am just as dedicated to having optimal health as I am to avoiding animal products (so PETA's list of accidental vegan foods, which includes pop tarts and the like, is very unappealing!), and would prefer to eat whole, natural, fresh foods. But at the same time, I'm a college student without means to cook my own food, and don't know whether it's better to have fall into an 'oatmeal rut' or eat processed bread and the like! Of course, I know variety is key, and do my best to get my grains, veggies, and protein/legumes from different sources, but what is your general rule with respect to processed food? Any other advice for staying a HEALTHY vegan in college would be appreciated! :)
My fav dessert: NOTE: I also avoid sugar due to how unhealthy it is. I typically use dates when I bake or cook. This pie is ALWAYS a hit and SO easy:
Buy an organic graham cracker crust.
In a food processor mix one container of firm tofu (water drained), one jar of Trader Joe's organic peanut butter, a few splashes of vanilla soy milk or soy creamer (enough to make the consistency how you like it) and about 10-15 dates (I use dates instead of sugar...sugar is so bad for you). Mix all together, put in crust and top with dark chocolate chips. SO easy!!
I try and avoid processed foods as much as possible. I love going to the farmers market, buying what is in season and making a yummy meal. However, I do love Daiya cheeses and use them often in things I make. I use more tempeh than meat substitutes. Easy tempeh: cut a block of tempeh in cubes, coat in a mixture of 3 tablespoons olive oil and 2 TBS rotisserie spice (I toss all in a bowl together and mix till coated). Put single layor in a pan and bake 30-40 min on 400. I serve with potatoes and a veggie like kale. YUM!
Thanks, Jane - very kind of you to offer advice. I've been Vegan for 10 months now, am cutting down oils and sugar and have finally started losing weight and getting fitter. I do worry about supplements though - am I getting enough calcium/magnesium/D/etc. Since I still take some supplements, then I worry that it is mixing poorly with the actual healthy veggies and grains and proteins I eat. Getting the right balance is what stresses me out at times - am I getting too much or too little. Do you have any advice? I'd be very grateful to you. Take care and be well.