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Ask Me Anything: Cheese Lovin', Chicken vs. Red Meat, and Snacks

Help! I love cheese. How can I eat less without missing it so much?

First, raise your standards. If you want to eat less, then you should only eat the most delicious cheese. For example, pass on cheese that would sit atop a $1 slice of pizza (it usually tastes like plastic), but eat it at a nice restaurant. Second, consider the source before taking a bite. This white stuff dripped out of an animal and the intended use was to help a baby animals gain nutrients and grow at a super fast pace. Third, try multiple nondairy options. My favorites are from Kite Hill and Follow Your Heart. The asparagus in the photo above was sprinkled with Follow Your Heart Nondairy Parmesan Cheese. You can't taste the difference.     

If I eat more chicken and less red meat I should be okay, right?

What do you mean by "okay"? It's up to you to make that decision. I personally don't eat chicken more than once a week because of the health implications. Yes, red meat is worse than chicken, but beans and veggies are also way healthier than chicken. Eating plant based has helped me realize that so many chicken dishes don't taste like chicken-they taste like the rest of the ingredients! This makes it insanely easy to cook a lot of your favorite "chicken dishes" without the chicken. Here are some recipes: chickpea buffalo wraps, cauliflower buffalo wings, butternut squash black bean enchiladas, and jerk sunchokes with rice and beans. Added bonus- eating less chicken means you're less likely to consume many types of bacteria (like salmonella or e. coli).  

What are some plant based options for mid-morning snacks?

  • Fruit

  • Apple, banana, or celery with almond or peanut butter

  • Chia seed snacks like these from Mamma Chia

  • Larabars (my favorites are apple pie and peanut butter chocolate chip)

  • Plain rice cakes with avocado and a bit of sea salt

  • A protein shake made with almond milk or water and a powder like this one

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Ask Me Anything: Money. Money for Plants.

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MONEY. Everyone wants it, but no one wants to talk about it. I have no problem letting you take a peek at my finances (everything except the bitcoin account haha). Let's talk about money. 

Is eating plant based expensive?

No. 

What about organic vegetables and fruits? Those are pricey.

Organic is great. However, most people do not eat the recommended 2 cups of veggies a day. You will see significant changes in your health if you just do that. The incremental change (in most cases) from eating organic will not be as significant

I don't believe you that eating plant based isn't expensive. 

Well, let me show you! Here is what I spent on groceries this week. Do you know how many meals and snacks this is?! It comes out to less than $10 a day!

2 cans black beans... $2.38

can of artichokes... $3.99

quinoa pasta... $2.50

1 tomato... $2.04

2 zucchini... $1.75

green beans... $1.23

2 avocados... $4.00

1 peach... $1.15

raw almonds... $5.99

walnuts... $5.99

pretzels... $2.99

 

whole wheat pita bread... $1.49

purple cabbage... $1.36

broccoli... $1.55

mini watermelon... $5.99

cherries... $2.47

blueberries... $3.99

baby spinach $3.99

cucumber... $0.66

oatmeal... $7.49

2 lemons... $1.00

1 apple... $1.50

2 cans of chickpeas... $2.38

Total $67.88

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Ask Me Anything: Protein, #GymLife, and Cooking 101

Inquiring minds would like to know how I tackle the challenges around eating 80/20. Here are some questions I have been asked. I love getting questions! Serving as a resource makes my heart sing. 

How do you make sure you're getting enough protein?

I eat lots of nuts, beans, and quinoa. I also drink protein shakes made with Garden of Life Raw Organic Chocolate Protein. It's super clean. Not all protein powder is vegan. Also, it has 22 grams of protein per serving!! I was not a protein shake kind of gal before going plant based, but I probably drink about three a week now to supplement my protein intake.  

What can I eat for breakfast that is filling, but fast? I work out in the morning.

High five on the #gymlife! Good for you. Three things that come to mind off the bat are quinoa, overnight oats, and homemade muffins. They can all be made in advance and you can pack in a ton of protein. Leaving you some recipe love here, here, and here

I'm still learning how to cook for myself and I don't know where to start. Help!

Thank goodness for the internet. If you are ready to dive in completely, then join Rouxbe. Their online instructional videos on plant based cooking are in a league of their own. Don't worry, if you can't fathom spending that kind of money on your health (it truly is an investment in you, not like a crazy splurge on a pair of shoes) then I have some other suggestions. Follow the Youtube channel Hot For Food which has hundreds of cooking videos and the food looks so yum yum. Pick up a cookbook like Nom Yourself or The Minimalist Baker. Start with basics like salads and tacos that are easy to make and have ingredients that can be swapped in and out to keep it interesting. Bon apetite!

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