Where Do You Get Your Protein?

I often try to sneak in as many fully raw days per week as possible. Yesterday was one of those days, and I have to say I feel so different eating fully raw than I do eating Raw till 4. Although I love my potatoes, rice, pizza, and pasta, I cannot get over the fact that I constantly seem to ride on my highest frequency while being 100% raw. I instantly feel happier, lighter and stronger while being on fruit than being on cooked carbs. Do not get me wrong, I feel great eating cooked carbs, but eating raw fruits and vegetables just give me that extra dose of awesome!

Below, you will find a print screen of yesterday’s food diary. I use Cronometer for that which is an excellent site that calculates all the nutritional values in the food you consume. The site is both free and easy to use, which is great, so I highly recommend it for those of you who are interested. You can also choose which nutritional program to follow, whether it is the 80/10/10 or something else.

I often get asked about my protein and where I get it from. The same people then tend to look at all the fruit I eat and visualise only how many sugar cubes that amount of fruit would be equal to. They rarely think of all the vitamins and minerals all that fruit contain, which are imperative to humans, and which I do not have to supplement through a pill. The only thing I do supplement is vitamin B12, which most people who eat meat should do too. I will publish a separate post regarding B12, so stay tuned for that! Other than that, I always make sure I get all my nutrients first hand straight from nature, not recycled through an animal’s tissue and fat or from a lab. And as seen below, I get plenty of protein from the fruit that I eat. Protein is not exclusive for meat or green vegetables. It can be found in fruit as well.

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Hmm.. Seems as if I covered the nutritional fields pretty well. A little low on calcium and selenium, sodium should always be kept to a minimum so I am happy about that one. Calcium and selenium are usually covered other days so I am not worried about them being a little low on occasion.

I do not always add the things I eat and drink into Cronometer. I normally do it whenever I suspect I have eaten too few calories in order to check if I need to eat more. I always make sure I eat a minimum of 2500 kcal per day, but ideally I eat around 3000 and more. No calorie restriction! Eat as much as you want! I guarantee you will thrive and get every single nutrient that you need. Another important thing is that you never have to obsess about how much to eat and what to eat or when to eat. I simply eat when I am hungry, and I eat until I am full and satisfied. The fact that I use Cronometer is mostly out of curiosity, to see what all the things that I eat contain and what they provide my body with. Health has become my personal hobby, but my main focus in life is not revolving around food, health and weight. In fact, I have more time now to do the things I truly enjoy because I do not have to worry about anything concerning my weight or my health.

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Why Vegetarianism Does Not Cut It

Something I find fascinating is when people, who clearly are curious about the way I am eating, feel the need to explain to me why they are still eating meat. They try to justify this way of living by telling me they have at least one vegetarian meal per week. Wow… really? Why they tell me this is quite difficult to explain since I have not been given a thorough explanation. I guess it has to do with people thinking vegans are more ethical, and that they are privileged to say their opinions concerning non-vegans. The people eating meat then try to get rid of some of the blame by stating they sometimes have vegetarian meals.

First of all, I did not become a vegan so that I can judge others more easily. I am never interested in judging others, and I am not interested in listening to excuses. I do this for me, because I know what animal protein does to your body, not so that I can tell everyone else what bad people they are. If a vegetarian meal feels good to eat, then you should eat it, but there are a few things most people who are vegetarians do not realize.

Being a vegetarian means different things to different people. Most omit all kinds of meat, including fish, but still consume dairy. Some eat eggs, some do not. A vegan, however, eats nothing that comes from animals whatsoever. If we were to compare these two different lifestyles, we can easily tell they have one thing in common: none of them include meat. The rest of the aspects are different, and here is why:

While a vegetarian does the animals and the environment a huge favor by not eating any meat, he or she still consumes other animal products. Many animals sent to slaughter are the ones who stopped serving the farmers a purpose. What happens to a milk cow that has become too old or that can no longer produce the same amount of milk? That is right! It will become a nice, clean-looking steak wrapped up in sterile plastic packaging. The more people that want to consume milk, cream, cheese, etc., the more cows are required. By only abstaining the cow’s meat, you will not be preventing it from becoming inseminated by the hands of humans, getting its babies taken away so they will not drink up all the milk, and then later being sent to slaughter. In fact, you are actually encouraging the meat and dairy industry to enslave and kill more animals.

So, a consumption of diary and eggs help to uphold a meat consumption? Well yes, it is only logical. The more eggs we want, the more chickens we have to breed, and since there are only hens that can provide us with eggs, we discard the roosters. Too bad they cannot choose what to be born into… Once the hens are too stressed and exhausted to lay any eggs, they are sent off to become a greasy bucket of chicken wings. Again, it is only logical, and this is the multi-billion-dollar industry we are supporting as soon as we choose to consume anything that comes from animals. Some call this a holocaust, since the animals are hardly to be considered free living beings. They are enslaved and bred, based on their ability to give us what we want, into a system that forces them to provide us with as much as we want until they are no longer useful. The ones that do not call this a holocaust seem to think this is something completely natural. What you think of this is completely up to you. I am not interested in judging you, I simply want to present a different perspective to help you understand why veganism and vegetarianism differ from each other and on which levels. A store cannot continue to exist if there are no costumers – they go bankrupt. The exploitation of animals works the exact same way.

While you may feel it is more ethical to avoid meat than to avoid nothing at all, there are still many more facets to consider. I absolutely agree that one step of action is better than none, but one must always be aware of the consequences of one’s actions, regardless of how kind or unkind they are.

Be happy and clean, stay fruity and green!

Where Has the Wind Gone? Oh! It Brought Pizza!

Hello, fruit and veggie munchers! It has been quite a while since I posted anything new over here. The reason for this is not a lack of interest or that I have abandoned my lifestyle. It is actually quite the opposite. I am growing healthier and happier each day and cannot wait to get back to filling this blog with some new posts. However, there are always other aspects of life that can take up your time, and that is exactly why I have been absent. I am currently preparing myself to move into a new apartment, which I am really exited about. But with joy come, of course, obstacles which has made time management really difficult.

While I am waiting to set up my new work space I am compiling a few new entries for the future. That way this blog will not look too empty while the moving madness takes place. I hope you will enjoy them!

In the meantime, I will leave the computer and enjoy this lovely crisp Sunday with some delicious veggie pizza.

IMG_4401 copy Recipe for the crust can be found here. I added a bit more water so I could smear the dough out with a spoon. So much easier and did not affect the taste at all.

Tomato sauce, gives enough for 4 big crusts:
500 g crushed tomatoes
½ cup tomato purée
1-2 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2-4 tbsp coconut sugar
lemon juice to taste

Put all of the ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Taste and adjust with additional seasonings if needed. Then add the sauce on top of your crust and sprinkle on your favourite toppings. Mine were zucchini, cherry tomatoes, red onion, mushrooms, red bell pepper, corn, jalapeño and a few dusts of ground cumin. I then let it bake in the oven at 350-400° F for about 20-30 minutes.

Serve with some arugula or hot salsa. Enjoy your Sunday pizza!

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Strawberry Cream Smoothie

A few weeks ago, I discovered the most simple and incredibly delicious smoothie I have ever made. It is also packed with carbohydrates and contains only four ingredients. Enjoy!

IMG_3003 - BLOGPit 20 or more dates and put them in your blender together with two full droppers of Vanilla Crème Sweet Drops (Stevia). Then add about two cups worth of strawberries, I use frozen ones for a nice and cool smoothie. Lastly, fill up the pitcher of the blender with about one and a half liter, 0.4 gallons, of water. Avoid filling the pitcher up all the way to the edge.

IMG_3015 - BLOGPour into a glass jar and enjoy this crazy delicious smoothie, which tastes just like a strawberry vanilla popsicle! The sweetness and calories come mainly from the dates. I only use the stevia for the vanilla crème flavor.

IMG_3022 - BLOGAfter a while, the smoothie will begin to ”rise”, which means a foam will form on top. After a few hours, this foam will become more solid, which reminds me of a strawberry mousse. I usually eat the foam layer before I begin to drink the rest of the smoothie, haha!

IMG_3009 - BLOG IMG_2995 - BLOGI hope you enjoy this simple recipe!

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Fried Beans

Another important part of my nacho plate was the fired beans. I want to point out right away that beans are fairly high in protein, so I do no recommend you eat them regularly. Every once in a while is fine.

These beans are the perfect substitute to ordinary taco flavored ground beef. They are also delicious to serve with rice or potatoes. Try it out!

IMG_2946 - BLOGIngredients:
½ white onion

1 big clove of garlic
2 cups of black beans
1 cup corn
½ cup of tomato purée
2 tbsp sambal oelek or any other hot sauce
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tbsp paprika powder
½ cup of water

Instructions:
Chop the onion and press the garlic. Fry in a pan with a splash of water until tender. Then add in the beans and begin to mash the beans until they are more mashed than solid.

BLOGAdd the spices and the rest of the ingredients and let everything cook on low heat for about 15 minutes.

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Guacamole

Part of my nacho plate that I showed you the other week was of course guacamole. But not the ordinary kind. Instead, I made a low fat version, a recipe which I learned via Megan Elizabeth’s youtube channel, link to the video below. The recipe I am presenting below is not 100% the same, but either recipe is delicious.

IMG_2946 - BLOGbild 3 - BLOGIngredients:
2 ripe avocados

1 small zucchini
¼ cup of red onion
½ cup of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp jalapeño
2 tbsp lime juice
1 small clove of garlic

Instructions:
In your high speed blender, blend zucchini and garlic until smooth. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until slightly chunky or completely smooth, whatever you prefer.

Enjoy with salsa, fried beans or with crudités only.

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Source:
Megan Elizabeth’s Mexican Feast Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gjIM1Z8-BE&list=UUeCzTq5s9J9E0cMlhpF5nEg

Homemade Salsa

One of the best things on the planet is salsa – no doubt about it! You can have it with pretty much anything; veggie lettuce boats, nachos, on pasta, on rice, to your potato wedges, and so on. And the best part about salsa is that you can easily make it yourself and vary the flavor in many different and delicious ways.

Here comes my basic salsa recipe which works well with whatever you like! Feel free to add to or change the listed ingredients if you feel like making a bolder sauce.

IMG_2958 - BLOG Ingredients:
¼ – ½ white onion

1-2 cloves of garlic – can be omitted
6 tomatoes
green jalapeños – according to your own liking
¼ cup tomato purée
a dash of ground cumin
a splash of lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar

Instructions:
Peel and roughly dice the onion. Peel the garlic and place it together with the onion in a high speed blender. Blend until chopped according to your own liking.

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until chunky or smooth. I prefer my salsa fairly chunky.

I usually throw in whole tomatoes and then push them down with a tamper. You could also just dice them roughly if you want or need to.

Enjoy!

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