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I was a vegan for a week and this is how it went…

September 23, 2017

Vegan Salad

I recently watched "What the Health" on Netflix a documentary that takes on the dairy and meat industries, big pharma and even the government. Anytime I watch a documentary I always take everything they say with a grain of salt since there is a clear agenda in mind, but I couldn't help but let some of the commentary affect me a bit which is what lead me to test out the vegan lifestyle.

I was curious if anyone had done a fact check on the movie since one of the claims was an egg a day is equivalent to 5 cigarettes  per day for life expectancy which seems a little ridiculous. I found this post by Stacy Mattinson which helps clear up things like this (by the way looks like that one is a big FALSE).

Anywhozzle, I don’t think anyone can argue that a mostly plant-based diet IS healthier and will make you feel better so I decided to give it a go. There were two big things I noticed after just 7 days and it was that I was sleeping WAY better and my skin looked like it was glowing. I bet if I tried it for longer I would see more benefits of a plant-based diet. You all should also know that my first non-vegan meal was a bacon, egg, & cheese taco and queso from Torchy’s so that happened…

My favorite vegan recipes from the week are below. By the way, choosing a bad vegan recipe can really go wrong – my husband and I would take a bite of some (obviously not listed here) and stare at each other as we chewed like horses and chugged wine to force down random raw vegetables. Towards the end of the week I started to get the hang of it by choosing more recipes with a bigger punch of flavor. All-in-all I don’t think I’ll make the switch to vegan, but I am definitely going to be more mindful of my food choices and will likely be featuring more vegan & vegetarian options on my blog as a result.

Vegan Salad

Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Salad by Kitchen Treaty

This was one of my favorites of the week which was actually kind of a surprise to me. The chickpeas were SO flavorful and spicy (I used a spicier buffalo sauce) and the tahini dressing provided the perfect relieve. Definitely did not expect this one to be a favorite, but it’s a good introduction into the vegan world.

Thai Curry Vegetable Soup by Budget Bytes

I would make this soup again regardless of whether I was trying to be healthy/vegan. It was SO good and packed with a ton of good flavor. I added avocado to it which I highly recommend.

 

Cucumber Noodle Greek Salad by Simply Quinoa 

So I cheated and just bought pre-made zucchini noodles and I also added mini-peppers, but this salad was super refreshing and really filling. I had to eat a lot of it to fill up, but the good thing about having a plant-based diet is you can eat as much as you want – you really can’t have too many veggies.

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July 15, 2017

I've been on a major health kick lately since I've been traveling so much so most of these recipes are veggie filled, but DELICIOUS. There's one really unhealthy item in here though that will definitely stand out, but it was SO worth it. Let me know what you think!

Pesto Chickpea Salad

Super easy and fast to make and also SO filling and delicious. Highly recommend for a weeknight dinner.

Spicy White Bean & Corn Gazpacho

Easier than you would think to make and also SO delicious. I added a little more spice into it than the recipe calls for also make sure to have plenty of the yogurt on hand because I found it to be really acidic tasting without it.

Summer Nectarine Salad

I actually ended up making this with peaches since the Texas peaches are so good right now, but as you can guess this was easy to assemble and delicious.

Grilled Brie

Congrats! You found the unhealthy one. This was unbelievably good. No other commentary needed.