Happy Fat Tuesday!
I don’t know about you, but I’m totally in denial that it’s Lent again. That means it’s coming up on a year that I moved to Austin. Can’t think about that yet.
Growing up, my friends and I were taught to give something up for Lent. Chocolate, ice cream, soda, tv, or other bad habits were all fair game to say goodbye to between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
I typically give up sweets, with varying degrees of success. Last year, I gave up peanut butter. I was seriously addicted for a while – it was a problem! I had 10-12 jars at a time, and couldn’t keep the spoon out of any of ’em. ; )
The last few years, I’ve toyed around with the idea of giving up meat for Lent. This year, I’m doing it big.
I’m going vegan.
- When it comes to cooking, I want to get out of my comfort zone and think of food in a new way. Plant based proteins can be very nutritious, versatile, and delicious! I hope to explore that some more.
- The vegan diet seems plausible for me. I don’t eat a ton of meat, and I realized my senior year of college that I was basically a pescatarian. So going vegan seemed like just the right level of difficult but doable.
- Austin has its fair share of BBQ, burger and taco joints, but it’s also a very hip and liberal city. I’m interested to see how easy it is to find vegan options & vegan restaurants when dining out around town.
- I have 3 huge non-vegan diet staples: fish, Greek yogurt & egg whites. I rely on fruit and yogurt as my mid-morning snack. I stir egg whites into my oats several times a week. And salmon and tilapia are 2 of my major go-to dinners. Without a doubt, these are the non-vegan proteins I’ll miss the most.
- Soy — this is an interesting topic. I have a slight intolerance to soy. I’ve also heard terrible things about it – but who knows.
- I’m a bit bummed that I’ll be limited as far as the Austin food scene is concerned, but I can always go back to certain restaurants after Lent is over.
- No more Quest Bars </33333
The Game Plan
Since I think protein will be my biggest challenge, I’ve already been stocking up on some different things.
Sources of vegan protein:
- soy – tofu, tempeh, edamame, veggie burgers
- hemp (& hemp tofu – a new find!)
- vegan protein powder – pea protein, like the one I won from Brittany‘s fall giveaway! : )
The Fine Print
- I don’t want to give myself an out, but .. I’m going to. I maaaay take a page from Arman‘s book and do 5 days vegan, 2 days vegetarian in order to give myself some flexibility.
- I haven’t mentioned it on here, but I’ve been working with Oatmega, sampling their bars at events & grocery stores around town. I’m super excited that they’re coming out with 3 new flavors! The bars are not vegan, but I’m going to want to try them before I start giving them out.
So that’s the plan! Feel free to let me know if there are any good vegan recipe resources out there. And keep an eye out for some vegan recipes
and lots of salad WIAWs comin’ your way.
- Do you like vegan food?
- What non-vegan foods would you miss the most?
- If you’re Christian, do you give anything up for Lent?