Thoughts from the Weekend

  1. It is so great how much rain we have been getting in southern California. I can’t even recall a time where we’ve gotten the amount of rain that we have this winter.
  2. People LOVE to pressure you to drink. I already knew this but it’s so weird how people do this. My boyfriend and I went to a 21st birthday party on Saturday and neither of us felt like drinking that night. I am not kidding when I say that almost everyone came up to us and asked “Why aren’t you drinking??!!” or “Let me make you a drink!” or “Come on!! take a shot with meeeee.” I felt like I was committing a crime because people were so concerned about the fact that we weren’t drinking, even though we were enjoying ourselves without any alcohol. I never have understood why people have such a strong urge to pressure other people to drink. If you want to drink, I have no problem with it and I’m not saying I’ll never drink again but that particular night I just didn’t feel like it.
  3. I was supposed to go to Disneyland on Friday buuuuut it was pouring rain, so it was mutually decided that it probably wouldn’t be very fun to stand in lines in the rain. So we’re postponing the trip until this Friday. Yay.
  4. We finally got our sh*t together and took down our Christmas tree.
  5. I saw “Patriot’s Day” and it was sooo good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and shed a bunch of tears.                                                                                                                                                       All in all, I had a good weekend. What did YOU do this weekend?!

My top 10 Vegan Protein Sources

DSC_0090.jpgIf you ask any vegan what the most commonly asked question that they hear is, I bet they’ll answer with, “but how do you get your protein?” I have gotten asked this question SO many times and it’s crazy to me that some people are still under the impression that it’s hard for vegans to get enough protein. Truth is, a lot of people overestimate the amount of protein that we actually need. Protein deficiency is pretty much a non-issue unless you’re severely under-eating. Anyways, here is a list of my top vegan sources of protein (for the time being):

 

  1. Tofu- I know this is totally cliche, but I happen to LOVE tofu. It’s great because it’s versatile and can take on almost any flavor. It contains 7 g of protein per 70 calories. 1 g/10 cal is pretty protein dense. I typically eat 1/3 of a box at a time which is about 10 g of protein and 100 calories. I love it in stir frys with teriyaki sauce.dsc_0096
  2. Black Beans- or any beans, really. You can never go wrong with beans. They’re yummy in anything: soups, chilis, burritos, you name it. 10 g of protein per 1/2 cup serving.
  3. Garbanzo Beans- This might be redundant because I just listed beans above and I guess technically these are beans; however, when I think of beans I don’t think of these guys so I thought I’d throw them on the list anyway. My favorite way to eat garbanzo beans is in salads. They add a unique flavor and texture and are just so good. Also, hummus. Yum. The serving size is also 1/2 cup and you get 10 g of protein.

    4. Powdered Peanut Butter- All nut butters have a significant amount of protein but the reason that I love this powdered version is because it has way less calories but still packs the same amount of protein. All you have to do is stir it with water and use it however you would use your typical peanut butter. A 2 tablespoon serving is only 50 calories whereas in typical nut butters is ~ 190 calories. In that 2 tablespoon serving you get 6 g of protein.

    5. Edamame Spaghetti- This stuff is incredible. I swear. It’s so good and contains 24 grams of protein (!!!) in one serving. Enough said.

    6. Black Bean Spaghetti- Similar to the above except made from black beans. Equally as incredible. For a serving containing 215 calories, you get 25 grams of protein. So great.

    7. Meatless Meatballs- If you want a super protein-packed meal, you can put these on top of your edamame or black bean spaghetti. They’re so yummy and have so much flavor! For 6 meatballs, there are 14 grams of protein.

    8. Orgain Protein Powder- This is BY FAR my favorite protein powder I’ve ever tried! It’s not chalky, it blends well and tastes delicious. I put two scoops in my oatmeal every morning for a little extra boost of protein and because it makes my oats super chocolatey. Mmmm. I also love to add this into shakes with almond milk and banana. For a serving of 2 scoops, it has 21 grams of protein.

    9. Quinoa- My favorite grain when I’m looking to get in some quality protein. One cup contains about 8 grams of protein. I almost always have quinoa in the house which is why I keep it in a generic container and don’t have a nutrition label to show.dsc_0111

    10. Van’s Power Grains Waffles- These are a very recent discovery of mine and they’ve already become one of my faves. For 2 waffles, you get 10 grams of protein. They’re so so so good. I love putting peanut butter and jelly on top.dsc_0109dsc_0110

Share with me your favorite vegan protein sources, and let me know if we share any of the same favorites!

Happy 4th! & WIAW :)

Happy 4th of July! Even though today is the 4th of July, I still don’t have a plan yet. I have some options, but haven’t yet decided what to do. I guess I should really figure it out considering, well, today is the 4th. oops.

Now onto the fun stuff, because I know that my [lack of] plans isn’t anywhere as exciting as What I Ate Wednesday!:

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Breakfast: a big bowl of Kashi Truly Vanilla oatmeal (yes, this is the oatmeal that I recently bought in bulk) mixed with strawberries and cinnamon

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Lunch: A hard-boiled egg (2) and half an avocado mashed together with some spinach and tomato slices (I’m still eating tomatoes 🙂 –see last weeks WIAW) and two slices of Oroweat 10 grain bread. Hard boiled eggs and avocado are SO good mashed together. I never thought that mixture was weird until my friend told me how disgusting it looked/sounded. I still enjoyed every bite of it.

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Also for lunch was a portabello mushroom with melted Colby Jack cheese and red peppers on top. MMMM

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Afternoon snack: a bowl of oat bran mixed with cinnamon. Sadly, I ran out of pumpkin for this bowl 😦

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Dinner: A big pile of egg whites mixed with swiss cheese, spinach and chopped red bell peppers.

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And spicy hummus on an english muffin.

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Late night snack: An orange. Plain and simple.

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And an added bonus (!!!!), this WIAW is also focusing a bit on fitness. So I’ll tell you what I do for exercise in a typical week. For starters, every night I take a power walk with my mom and dog for about 35-45 minutes. I take a lot of group fitness classes at my gym, so here is what my typical gym schedule looks like:

Monday: Body Pump (1 hour of weight lifting, squatting, lunging…pure hell, but I love it)

Tuesday: Yoga (1 hour). Aaah, so nice to stretch out my muscles.

Wednesday: I typically don’t go to the gym on this day but if I do I just do a workout on my own–usually treadmill or elliptical.

Thursday: Pilates for an hour

Friday, Saturday: No gym for me (usually, unless I really want to which usually isn’t the case). so on these days, I try to make an effort to go biking, hiking, but if I don’t find the time or energy for that I just stick to the walk with my mama.

Sunday: Yoga in the morning for an hour, then I usually do some running/walking on the treadmill and do some lower body work.

I hope you all have a nice day full of fun, family, friends, and fireworks!

It’s been a long time comin’…

Well first off, my name is Shelby. I’m 19, and am a community college student in Los Angeles (born and raised). I am an undecided major, trying to decide between Pre-med and nutritional sciences. I am a proud vegetarian and have been since I was in the eighth grade (5 years). I know, I know writing (and reading) introductions is always awkward, so I apologize. But, bear with me while I get this blog started up.

Don’t make fun of my socks

I have been reading nutrition and healthy living blogs since last Fall and never thought of making one myself. That is until my mom told me that I should. I told her, “No one would want to read about my life”. I still think I’m right, but hey, there’s no harm in trying.

(I love my cat way too much)

Anyways, I love food because it’s so good. But, I also hate food because it’s so good. Thus, sometimes I eat way too much of it. I am trying to figure out how to become less neurotic about what I eat, and am learning to let myself indulge and not feel guilty. (Hello eating peanut butter by the spoonful!) I need to learn that my life will go on if I eat a slice of cake. I am still learning so join me while I try to let go of eating for perfection and start eating to live and enjoy.

Do any of you have a love-hate relationship with food? Do you feel guilty when you let yourself indulge in a food that is not particularly “healthy”?