26 Jul

A Vegan Way of Eating

So it’s been a long while since I made a post – even that feels like the understatement of the century.  I honestly don’t know where the hours go each day.  I moved in to a new job at the start of May, no more shift work, no more 12 hour days, no more 0430 starts.  I was so excited about what I would do with all the extra hours each day… some days it works, others not so much :DNone the less, what I have found is that I really have time to cook now, and I still find it an absolutely pleasure to be in my kitchen creating, experimenting and above all, having the room to work with Steve or Jake at the same time without being underfoot with each other.  Jake is coming along in leaps and bounds with his cooking skills, he’s not afraid to experiment and he’s always finding new and exciting recipes for us to try.  

Jacob first tried going vegetarian about 2 years a go, we were still in the shed, space was limited and cooking options were fairly simple to say the least… I still can’t believe we survived without an oven or cooktop for nearly 3 years!  The first time around it wasn’t really that successful and poor Jake lost too much weight, struggling to match his calories with his crazy metabolism.  Take two has been much more successful.  We’re also more informed this time around, not to mention we’re no longer hamstrung by our living arrangements.

Jacob has really done his research and has come such a long way with regard to his desire to try new things and experiment with different ingredients. After a couple of months Jacob decided to take the next step and go vegan.  I fully support his decision and appreciate his motivation for doing so… but removing dairy from your diet takes so many yummy things out of the equation!! Cheese, yoghurt, eggs… is life now over???

Once I got over the shock that someone would willingly give up these dietary staples and did some research, I discovered a whole host of ingredients out there that I’ve never cooked with.  Admittedly some of them have not been as successful as others, but hey, you’ve got to give it a go.

The movement has started to rub off on me.  I’d always wanted to have a decent juicer, now I had to perfect excuse.  Those that know me well, know I love my food, and more importantly chocolate.  All my favourite foods are the ones you should really have only once in-a-while… my once-in-a-while will-power muscle is a little out of shape!  One of my girlfriends has recently started doing the green smoothie thing for breaky each day and that planted the seed and made me more determined to try some different things.

It’s been about 3 weeks now and I no longer have cereal or toast for breakfast, but instead a large green juice.  It’s filling, energising and oh so healthy!  As with every change in direction, I approached this one with gusto and our fridge was overflowing with leafy greens – the first few days were awash with kale, ginger, spinach, apple, celery, beets and carrot.  It was fun experimenting and seeing which combinations worked and which ones didn’t.

So this is step one of my change, green juice or smoothy for breakfast each day.  The key here for me is to keep the quantity of fruit down to ensure I’m not overloading with natural sugars.  Each week I find I’m able to have more green and less fruit and my taste buds are adapting to this quite well.  I’m at a ratio of about 4:1 veg:fruit which I’m quite pleased with.  So we chose a Kuvings Juicer.  I’m super happy with it.  I get a nice amount of pulp but all the hardy stringy fibre is removed.  I was initially of two minds here, but since I eat a fairly large quantity of veg each day I’m not too concerned about this minimal loss of fibre.  I’ve also started discovering ways of using the fibre… more on that in another post!  So this is just the beginning and there are more changes afoot, but for now here’s one of  my favourite juice combinations.

Kale, Pear & Ginger Energiser
Serves 2
A great morning heart starter with some ginger zing to get you going.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
229 calories
61 g
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1 g
2 g
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632 g
12 g
37 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
632g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229
Calories from Fat 5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 12mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 61g
20%
Dietary Fiber 12g
47%
Sugars 37g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
32%
Calcium
6%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 bunch kale
  2. 4cm ginger
  3. 1 lebanese cucumber
  4. 4 pears
  5. 250ml water, optional
Instructions
  1. All all ingredients, except water, to juicer, alternating between the fruit and the leafy greens.
  2. Lastly poor water through juicer. This will thin the juice a little and get the last of the juicy goodness from your juicer.
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calories
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fat
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protein
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carbs
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