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Vegainz: Update

I’m going to start this off by saying that being vegan isn’t for everyone. I’m surprised I even lasted as long as I did given that I am addicted to cheese. After three weeks of absolutely no cheese, eggs, meat, or fish, I decided to go back to my pescatarian ways. I wish I could be vegan #forlife, but it was a little too much, even for me.

Life is about balance.

Although many documentaries claim that “everything in moderation” isn’t good enough, I think it’s ok. And why does my opinion matter? It doesn’t. But I’m sure a lot of you would agree with me. I don’t eat red meat, chicken, and will continue cutting back on my fish intake (although I’m pretty sure it’s only the farm raised stuff that’s bad for you?). I don’t eat dairy other than cheese, and I will make a conscious effort to cut back on my cheese intake as well. Pro tip: switch from soy milk to almond or cashew milk. Studies show the latter are better for you!

Veganz: update
Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a Silk Almond Milk official ad

I’ve learned to enjoy so many vegetables.

Which is something I’m really happy about. I would have never been caught dead eating so many green things, and here I am. Almond milk is my new best friend, and I’ve found so many protein sources from mushrooms and beans. While my veganism (is that a word?) lasted only a short while, it was a fun challenge I’m glad I took part in. I commend those who have a fully vegan lifestyle and encourage others to give it a try. Even if it only lasts a few weeks, you can discover a lot about your body & how to keep it healthy.

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Seitan: newly discovered wheat protein source I’m currently obsessing over

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This week’s meal prep, featuring seitan, brown rice, asparagus, assorted peppers, zucchini, & mushrooms

So there’s my update.

I lasted three weeks (that’s longer than most of you can do anything so shut up) and it was… interesting. I’m interested in any feedback regarding being vegan- share your journey/experience with me!

For those of you interested, I do most of my grocery shopping at Publix, but I love Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. I’d solely shop there, but Publix is more convenient for weekly shopping- especially with my busy schedule.

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Love always,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Monday Breakfast

I woke up this morning feeling well rested (jk, I never feel well rested) and made my usual delicious breakfast. I like to change it up, & today I was feeling cinnamon roll waffles. I figured I needed some protein to get through this dreadful Monday, so I scrambled one egg. I also had half a peach, but I only had it because my plate looked way too empty without it. Obviously, I had my usual black coffee for some extra oomph this morning. Here’s what you need!

Ingredients

  • One brown egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough and icing
  • Half a peach
  • Cooking spray- olive oil & non-olive oil
  • Hot sauce- optional

Prep

I scrambled my egg with a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Spray the pan enough so the eggs don’t stick. While that was cooking, I put the cinnamon roll dough into my super cute mini waffle maker. Make sure you spray it with a non-olive oil based cooking spray. I use PAM.

Cook the cinnamon roll waffle until it’s golden brown and carefully remove it from the waffle maker. Ice it with however much icing makes you happy. You deserve it, it’s Monday. I topped my eggs with some Red’s hot sauce to spice things up (literally). Complete your plate with half a peach- I leave the skin on, ’cause *most* things are better with skin (lol). There you have it- Nicki’s Monday breakfast. Side-note: I didn’t taste a peach until like a week ago. They’re pretty good.

My coffee of choice is Starbucks Breakfast Blend. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I usually just add two organic cane sugar packets. If you want something sweeter without the creamer (kind of rhymes, right?), sprinkle on some cinnamon and stir it in.

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Easy peasy! You have no excuse not to eat breakfast- it’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Give yourself the energy you need on a Monday & #eatwithme. In case you’re wondering where my adorable mug is from, I bought it yesterday at Forever 21. Their new home collection is so cute! Make sure you check it out here.

Happy Mondaying,

Nicki G.