I'm trying something new, and a little fun, this week: eating all vegan.
I have had so much fun looking up recipes, reading about nutrition, and grocery shopping - weird? But I am 100% on board the vegan train (at least for this week - we'll see where we go after that). I don't eat very much meat so cutting that out isn't difficult, especially just for a week. The tricky part is not using any dairy/eggs. That stuff is in everything! I put milk in my coffee and cereal. Cheese on pretty much everything else ;) I like the way cheese tastes. That is my main reason for eating it. Taste and convenience, since it seems like every food out there incorporates some kind of cheese or cream. I really don't eat dairy for it's nutritional content - the amount of calcium and protein in dairy is easily overshadowed by vegetables, grains, and beans. For me it's a taste thing. Queso dip, sharp cheddar, smoked Gouda mozzarella on pizza, pepper jack slices on a sandwich, Parmesan cheese on ANYTHING EVER.
I won't get into the politics of meat/dairy consumption - at least not right now. It's a topic I'm slowly and eagerly learning about. There is SO MUCH information out there! And just as much mis-information. So, I think it's good to take it slow.
Anyway - today is day 1 of vegan week :)
Had some coffee w a splash of soy milk, and some overnight oats for breakfast (SO GOOD!) I made the oats with almond milk, 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds, and 1/4 tsp vanilla. Stirred it up & let it sit overnight. I was nervous it wouldn't be sweet enough, but the almond milk & vanilla were perfect. It was delicious cold, which surprised me also! I'm so happy to have a filling/healthy breakfast idea that I can make the night before.
Hollla back girl.