For the past two weeks I’ve been a Vegegludarian. (Bless you?) Yes, that is a real Love Lemon word. I’m claiming it.
Glu- Gluten free
Darian- Dairy Free
Vegegludarian. It totally makes sense.
Results when I googled my new word:
(It is now a thing, Google. Get with it.)
Since visiting my allergy doctor I’ve been given a list of things to not eat. So I’ve been focusing on cutting out meat, gluten and dairy based on my results. Most people respond to this with horror and ask, “what on earth CAN you eat?” After making laps through Natural Grocers and Whole foods I discovered that I can eat lots of things (thank goodness). This past week I’ve had fun finding recipes and learning about what food we consume on a daily basis.
Did you know:
- The average American eats over 200 lbs of meat a year.
- Animal food production now surpasses both the transportation industry and electricity generation as the greatest source of greenhouse gasses.
- Due to extensive genetic manipulation, today’s dairy cows produce up to 12 times more milk than they would naturally produce to feed a calf.
- At least 90 percent of the soy, cotton, canola, corn and sugar beets sold in the United States have been genetically engineered.
- An unnecessary gluten free diet can result in a lack of nutrients.
Seriously, watch Food Inc on Netflix. You won’t be sorry…unless you love meat. Then you might not be too happy. Most my friends roll their eyes when I say stuff like this. I’m doing this for you, friends.
Being conscious of what things you consume is important for you and for the earth. You’re great-great-great grandkids still need a place to live. Ryan Gosling also lives on this earth; think of how you’re helping him the next time you step away from the meat. He believes in you.
Back to the main point. Proof that a college kid can be a vegegludarian:
Tea: the perfect substitute for coffee, great for digestion or use to warm freezing hands like mine. Try adding honey and almond milk for a soothing flavor.
Sweet potato chunks and veggie omelet: mix up the way you make sweet potatoes. I made it with an omelet one day and mashed with vegetables on top the next day.
Cafe Au Lait: filling and delicious. It is a drink made of half brewed coffee and half steamed milk. Add some vanilla or your favorite flavor to spice it up.
Smoothie: perfect for when you’re out of groceries #collegelife. If you don’t like creamy smoothies substitute the milk for organic apple juice instead.
Dessert: toss apple slices in coconut oil, 1/4 cup brown sugar, a dash of nutmeg and sugar. Place them on a baking sheet at 375 degrees. Bake for 20 min and stir. Bake for another 20 min and take out. The brown sugar caramelizes and is delicious!
Others: gluten free chocolate chip cookies, nuts, coconut yogurt and quinoa pasta. More pictures to come.
After looking at these pictures I’m getting hungry. Time to find some more recipes. Send some my way if you have some good ones!