November 1, 2013 § 1 Comment
In honor of today, I’m answering my least favorite question I get when I tell people I’m vegan:
“So, what do you eat?”
Sorry to disappoint you, but meat, cheese, milk and eggs are not actually main food groups. There are literally hundreds of kinds of fruits and vegetables and grains out there to choose from that are better for both your body and the environment. So my answer to them? Everything else. If my lazy vegan butt can do it, yours sure can too.
Here’s just a list of a few of my favorites so you can get an idea.
- An apple and a KIND bar
- Vegan cereal with almond milk
- Oatmeal and berries
- Fruit salad
- Tofu scramble (Boston, Trident makes a mean one!)
- Tempeh bacon
- Home fries
- Lentil soup
- Baby kale salad with avocado, sprouts and siracha
- Burrito with black beans, lettuce, chipotle lime tofu, guacamole, parsley and pico de gallo
- Seitanthony’s Feast, Sweet Potato and Buffalo Tempeh tacos via The Taco Party
- Pad Thai with Vegetables and Tofu (no egg)
- Vietnamese Tofu Summer Rolls
- Avocado maki and miso soup
- Vegetable stir-fry and quinoa
And for those of you who are looking to eat cleaner but don’t know where to begin, here’s my go-to grocery list!
A Basic Week’s Grocery list:
- 4-5 Organic red apples
- 3-4 Avocadoes
- 1-2 boxes of kale/salad mix
- A pack of berries
- 1 box KIND Bars* (Their Madagascar Vanilla’s pretty amazing)
- 2 365 Organic lentil soups
- 2 Thai sweet potato soups
- 4 boxes of kale chips (I’m obsessed with Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale)
- 2 Bell Peppers
I’ve also been on a bit of a vegan baking kick lately (and by a bit, I mean making at 2-3 of these things every week) so you should definitely give them try! My non-vegan friends literally beg me to keep making them so that must mean they’re good, right?
Favorite Vegan Desserts Recipes:
Hopefully that helps you get a better idea of what eating like a vegan’s like, and maybe intrigued enough to try a recipe or two! Also feel free to check out my Pinterest boards for lots more mouth-watering ways to eat your veggies!
April 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
As every college student in North America knows too well, Netflix’s growing library of Instant Watches are as wonderful to watch as they are dangerous to your productivity. But if you have a spare couple of hours, there’s no better place to spend it on the internet than this movie-goer’s mecca. Here are a few cinematic triumphs I promise you won’t regret clicking.
1. TiMER – Yes. Yes yes and yes. What if there was a timer that counted down to the moment you met your soul mate? That’s just the reality in this 2009 indie gem, and at times it feels like a less funny, more love-focused version of Bridesmaids. Definitely worth watching though.
2. Sleepless in Seattle – A classic rom-com never hurts. This one features two beautiful cities, Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks at his best. Even if you’ve already seen it, it’s worth re-watching when you need to believe in fate and second chances.
3. Safety Not Guaranteed – This movie may have one of my favorite casts, ever. Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation, Jake Johnson from New Girl and Kristen Bell from Veronica Mars all make appearances, and take us on a quirky journey we’ll never forget to discover what’s real.
4. The Go-Getter – Sue me. I’m a sucker for a good indie road trip movie. Featuring a pre-New Girl Zooey Deschanel and the majority of the soundtrack being composed by her old band M. Ward, The Go-Getter is a lesser known Little Miss Sunshine that grows on you.
5. Exit Through the Gift Shop – This one I actually discovered in my Producing for the Entertainment Industry course, but it was so intriguing I can’t help but include it. Made by the notorious artist Banksy, it’s the story of a man with a camera who followed big street artists around the world, and I dare you to try and answer at the end who the joke’s on.
9. Arrested Development – It’s a downright shame there are only 3 seasons out so far. With no finals left I made it through every episode in 2 days, but I’m not sorry. I laughed out loud more in those two days than I had in two weeks! The show is incredibly well written, the cast is phenom, and its simple twists and turns make it irresistibly watchable. Plus it’s also set in Southern California. I pretty much love anything set in in Southern California.
11. Grey’s Anatomy – Grey’s is… perfection. For the modern-day, I-want-to-believe-in-ove-but-life-is-complicated kind of girl, that is. It’s drama and romance and medical/life lessons you won’t get anywhere else like this. Plus the music used is always exactly on key.
12. Revenge – It’s almost too dramatic and suspenseful but it’ll hook you from the start. The first season of this new hit is a must-watch. As the title suggests, it’s about a girl returning to the Hamptons to seek revenge for her father who was framed for a terrorist attack by his next door neighbors.
13. Parks and Recreation – A wonderful little comedy show from Amy P. that’ll make you giggle and wish every government official was like Leslie Knope. With a rock star cast and brilliant writing, you won’t be able to watch just one.
14. Mad Men – It definitely is a certain type of person that appreciates this show, but it has a cult-like following now for a reason. This, my friends, is the business show of the decade. Chronicling the lives of New York advertising men in the 1960s, Mad Men will broaden your creative thinking mind every episode. Don Draper is perhaps the most epic American businessman character on TV, and with a knockout cast list and guest stars, it’s easy to get lost in his world for a few hours. One girl I know even changed her major to be in the business/marketing field after watching she became so enamoured with the concept.
15. Weeds – Not a show for the conservative or faint-hearted. Do not let your children watch it, heck maybe even cover your eyes sometimes when you’re watching it. But do watch it. I always enjoyed the fact it basically takes place 10 minutes from my house in Cali.
So there. That should keep you busy for a while.
March 4, 2013 § 1 Comment
I’ll be honest: I don’t like complicated things. Long math equations, recipes with 15 ingredients… Trouble is, I cook most my own food now and I like to eat well. Not just college well, but actually healthy, substantial and delicious well. So over the past few months I’ve been training myself and have come up with this: A look at a day in the life of a lazy college vegan.
Breakfast: Oatmeal & Berries
Time to prepare: 3 minutes
Health benefits: Oatmeal is so good for you you can’t afford not to love it. It lowers cholesterol, boosts immunity, stabilizes blood sugar, prevents breast cancer and is gluten free. Here I used the organic, instant kind from Whole Foods with cinnamon (which boosts metabolism) I add maca and ground flax for something special: Maca because it improves energy, strength, and stamina while reducing anxiety and flaxseed because it’s got lots of fiber and omega 3s. Since I like a solid breakfast, I use two packets of oatmeal and add 2/3 parts water 1/3 part vanilla almond milk for a creamer texture. Plus berries because they’re fantastic. And sometimes chia seeds because they’re tiny tasty miracles.
Lunch: Rice Noodles with Basil & Peanut Sauce
Time to prepare:
Health benefits: Rice noodles themselves aren’t anything special health-wise but they’re cheap, delicious, vegan and gluten free, so there. Basil and peanut sauce are two simple additions that will fill you up with healthy happiness for far less than that $5 footlong. Today I glammed mine up with too many peppers, but it’d also be great with chopped peanuts or shredded carrots.
Snack: Apples & PB
Time to prepare: 30 seconds
Health benefits: If you don’t already you should really try eating an apple a day. Fiber, vitamin C, a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and an endurance booster… as far as I’m concerned they’re the best raw fruit around. The peanut butter is especially important for me as a vegetarian because it has tons of protein in it (not to mention tastes delicious with them apples). I have them together almost every day. Or alternately, lentils or black beans. A veggie can never be too health-concious.
Dinner: Kale, Basil, Avocado & Jalepeño Salad
Time to prepare: 2 minutes
Health benefits: Kale is a god send. Not only is it high in fiber, but it supports bone health, eye health, has a multitude of vitamins including tons of calcium, lowers cholesterol, and has carotenoids that help protect against cancer, heart disease & infections. Avocado is great for the same multitude of things, as well as for keeping skin hydrated & smooth thanks to all its vitamin E.
Plus I’ll have my nightly glass of green tea because it’s also ridiculously good for you as well as delicious, and so relaxing to drink with honey after a long day. Fun fact! You can get 2 or 3 good cups of tea from a single tea bag. Keep saving those pennies for something else!
And these are just cookies I made for my friend’s birthday. Whoops! (Made here with real eggs and butter…) We’d found the recipe on Pinterest a while ago and finally had a reason to try it. So, so good!