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Weekend goal: Eat vegan

Friday, September 05, 2008

As a personal experiment, I'm challenging myself to living a vegan weekend. Will let you know how it goes.

It's only 2 days. I can do anything for that short of time!

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    My roommate is vegan and has been for years, so I've slowly started to eat a bit more vegan dishes. I figure that I can offer you some advice.

    Eat complete proteins. One tricky part about being vegan is that you have to make sure that you get all of your protein. Enough protein is one thing, but complete protein is another. Legumes (Beans and peas) are loaded with protein and other nutrients, but they aren't quite complete protein, so to get complete protein, you have to combine them with something with complimentary protein.

    One of my favorites is simply hummus and pita bread. Hummus is made with chickpeas, spices, and olive oil and is darn tasty. It has a lot of protein from the chickpeas, but the pita bread just happens to have complimentary protein.

    Another combination that works well for that is a whole grain cereal with soy milk. I've been drinking soy milk quite a bit lately because it's quite a bit lower in calories than regular milk and because it is high in protein.

    Then I figure that I'll get my dairy calories where I really and truly want them and that's in delicious cheeses. Because I love cheese way too much to become vegan. I even tend to choose cheeses nowadays that are healthier. I mean, I have been eating more Parmesan cheese lately because it's a hard cheese with a decent amount of flavor (Not the kind in a green can though) instead of some fatty cheeses, but I choose strong cheeses that are higher in fat like Spanish Manchego because it can stretch farther. Just a little bit of spanish manchego thrown into an omlette is mmm. . . good.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog by the way.
    4063 days ago
    I love your challenge. Its really a great idea. I would love to try something like that but I can't even go a weekend without some form of fast food. I say it is the kids that like to go but in all honesty, its me :( I'm gonna do my best to not eat out this weekend. But I know the minute I leave the house to go anywhere, its over. Good luck ZMONEY, I've got my fingers crossed for you. emoticon
    4063 days ago
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