As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be experimenting with different ‘diets’ the next month. Up first is a week of Vegan Eating which I’ll start on monday.
So for everyone’s clarification (especially my own) what is a VEGAN diet?
Vegan – vegans do not eat any meat or consume other animal products which includes not eating fish and other seafood, eggs, and dairy products
The diet typically focuses on lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
For me the biggest change in my diet will be cutting out: eggs (no oatmeal and eggs!), yogurt/cottage cheese, canned tuna/salmon, whey protein powder (might have to invest in some brown rice or hemp protein powder).
I have a few friends who are vegan and a few who have also experimented with the diet and they all give it a big thumbs up.
Of course, with any dietary changes, planning is crucial so I’ve thought through some ideas for eating:
Vegan Meal Ideas
Soy yogurt and granola with fruit
Vegan overnight oats
Stir-fries made with tofu and lots of veggies
Beans and brown rice
Salads with quinoa and beans
Vegan veggie burgers
Potatoes loaded with beans and veggies
Lentil meatloaf or lentil burgers
Soy yogurt with fruit/nuts
Brown bag popcorn
Thankfully my beloved unsweetened vanilla almond breeze is vegan…making baking a lot easier!
Here are some websites I will be using:
http://vegan.org/ — good for general information, recipes, and meal ideas
http://ohsheglows.com/ — awesome blog by Angela with tons of vegan recipes
http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/ — tons of vegan recipe ideas
http://www.theppk.com/recipes/ — another recipe site (by the way, there’s a ton of vegan recipe sites/blogs out there!)
http://www.vegguide.org/ — to find vegan restaurants near you! … Harrisonburg lists Blue Nile Ethiopian café (been there!) and the Little Grill (my FAVorite!!)
http://www.barnivore.com/ — in case I need an alcoholic beverage, a vegan alcohol guide – genius!
I’ve already got some recipes pinned and am getting ready to stock my pantry with beans, vegetables, and tofu! I’m off to the Farmers Market with my friend Elizabeth to see what vegan goodies I can find.
Do you have any vegan recipes or websites to recommend? Anyone going to go vegan next week with me 🙂 ?!