As I posted previously, I did investigate and try out the Engine 2 Diet for 28 days, well with several cheat meals. I will still be posting some of the tried recipes and costs in future. I loved all the recipes that I tried and will still use some of them. It did widened my perspective on reading food labels. I didn't realize that so many foods have added oils. For instance, a bag of just plain ol' soy nuts - added oil. WHY? Well, my theory with added oil, salt, and sugar is it is cheap but it also keeps you coming back for another bag - PROFIT. That is the great thing about whole foods like broccoli, the ingredients? Broccoli.
My diet had taken a change of course for the time being. My husband and I joined a CrossFit gym about a month ago. Our gym started a strict Paleo Challenge May 1st for 30 days and we couldn't resist! Fellow vegans may immediately scratch their heads. The Paleo-Diet, also referred to as the Cave-Man Diet, prescribes meat. However, I agree with most of the nutrition: VEGETABLES, healthy fats, seeds, nuts, some fruit, and no sugar. In case you didn't know, being vegan and living without grains and beans may be an epic feat - but I am up for the challenge. Most importantly, I want to notice. Notice, my thoughts around not having those foods, notice my energy level, notice any differences in my composition or functioning, etc. And we'll see if it will be a lifestyle change.
Of course, in my research for ideas on foods, recipes, and inspiration, I have found that other vegans are attempting this lifestyle as well. However, many are still incorporating some soy and grains. Why? It seems to be for the protein. Which I find very interesting. As a vegan have we not changed our own thinking around the protein issue? Do we need grains and soy for protein? I don't think so. I am tracking what I eat daily on LIVESTRONG. It's not necessary for the challenge or for the Paleo Diet. However, I was curious. Curious, to how much fat, protein, carbs, and sugars I am taking in on the challenge. Everyday for the last 8 days I have exceeded my daily recommended protein amount - just like every other American. Even without meat, soy, legumes, or grains.
As I continue to take on this challenge, per request, I will post recipes and the approximate nutritional information according to LIVESTRONG - for the purposes of the grams of protein.
Coconut Lime Curried Vegetables and Creamy Garlic & Chive Mashed Cauliflower
Approximate Nutritional Information per Serving:
Calories 246.79 Fat 11.89 Protein 16.21
|Creamy Garlic & Chive Mashed Cauliflower|
4-6 oz of Vegetable Broth,
Low Sodium (adjust amount for desired thickness)
1 Clove of Garlic, Chopped
2 TBS of Chives
2 TBS of Nutritional Yeast
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Puree Cauliflower, Vegetable Broth, and Garlic in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour into bowl and add Chives and Nutritional Yeast.
|Coconut Lime Curried Vegetables|
1 Head of Broccoli
8 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms, Sliced
1 Red Pepper, Cut in Chunks
1 Cup of Vegetable Broth,
Low Sodium add 1/3 cup of the
1/3 of Dulse
1/3 of Coconut Milk
1/2 TBS of Curry Powder
1 oz of Sliced Almonds
1 Tsp of Lime Zest
Saute Vegetables with 1/3 cup of Vegetable Broth. Add 1/3 cup of Vegetable Broth, Dulse, Lime Zest, and Coconut Milk - let simmer for 5-7 minutes. Garnish with Almonds.