Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What a Vegan Eats in a Day

One of the things I love about being vegan is how versatile my food options are, and how fun and easy it is to experiment with combinations of foods and ingredients.  Unfortunately, a lot of people think that vegans have very limited options because they don't eat animal products.  More than once I've had someone tell me "I don't know how you survive" or "So, what can you eat?"  In this post I hope to show you just a few of the different foods I like to eat throughout the day.  These meals are simple, delicious, and healthy, and I'd love for you to give them a try! 

  • Toast with sunflower butter and sliced bananas
  • Silk non-dairy yogurt with mixed berries
  • Homemade hash: hashbrowns, meatless crumbles, diced onion and bell pepper, and spices such as garlic powder and red pepper flakes!
  • Pita pocket with homemade hummus (click here for the recipe!), sprouts and sliced cucumber, with a side of tortilla chips and salsa
  • The ultimate PB&J: add sliced banana and sunflower seeds to make your favorite PB&J sandwich more filling (and delicious!), and a side salad with cucumber, onion, carrot and vegan goddess dressing (I like the brand Annie's)
  • Daiya mac and cheese - super easy to make, and super yummy!

  • Gyros (recipe here) with pita chips and hummus
  • Pad thai from your favorite Thai restaurant (just ask for no egg and add tofu)
  • Coconut Bliss ice cream - they're my favorite brand of non-dairy ice cream!
  • Gelatin-free gummy bears (Trader Joe's has some options)
  • Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookie - the gluten-free version of Oreos (although Oreos are surprisingly vegan)
And there you have it!  As far as snacks, I like to munch on chips (sea salt and vinegar is my favorite, although be sure to check the ingredients for milk), an apple with peanut butter, or grapes!

I hope you found this post helpful, whether you're vegan, want to try going vegan, or just interested in seeing what a vegan eats!  Let me know what other vegan foods you eat throughout the day.  
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Banana Bread

Hi friends!  Today I have an awesome banana bread recipe for you all: this recipe is simple, delicious, and gluten free!  This recipe has actually been in my family for years, and it was pretty easy to make it vegan and gluten free with a couple tweaks.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Homemade Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite foods - it's delicious, simple, and really versatile.  But let's be honest: store-bought hummus is just not the best.  So here's a simple and delicious recipe for making hummus at home!

What you need:
1 can of chickpeas (drained + rinsed) or 1 1/2 cups cooked - to cook, soak the dried chickpeas in water overnight.  Drain the chickpeas in the morning and put them in a pot with fresh water.  Bring the chickpeas to a boil and then lower the heat to a hard simmer, letting them cook for about an hour or until they're soft.  Save the liquid you boil them in!
4 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup of water (or the liquid you boiled the chickpeas in)
1 small clove of garlic, minced
Juice from 1-2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons zathar (zathar is a popular spice in Middle Eastern dishes - visit your local Middle Eastern market to find it!)
1/2 teaspoon salt

How to make it:
Put all your ingredients in a food processor and begin to blend.  If your hummus is too thick, add more water.  Taste frequently and add more lemon juice, salt, or spices as needed.  Voila, your hummus is complete!  Serve alone or topped with a light drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of zathar.  Enjoy your hummus as a dip for veggies or pita chips or try it one of these ways:
  • In a pita pocket with veggies (I like cucumbers, bean sprouts, and avocado)
  • On top of a salad instead of dressing
  • On top of toast or a bagel (it's also delicious with mashed avocado!)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Colorado Hiking Adventures

This past June my family traveled to Colorado to tackle some serious summits.  Things got pretty crazy along the way: watch and see what happened!

If you have any questions about the trails we hiked or how we train at home, shoot me an email or leave a comment!