Vegan Snack Hacks

Vegan Snack Hacks.jpg

So, You’re Traveling This Weekend! But You’re Trying To Be Vegan…

To be honest, I’m new to the game. I haven’t gone fully vegan just yet (blog post about my journey to veganism soon to come), but I’m trying! Besides spending hours upon hours watching “What I Eat In A Day” YouTube videos, I’m a sucker for perusing the mesmerizing aisles and pages of Whole Foods and Thrive Market. But as a college student, it’s understandable how going away for weekends with friends may seem a bit unappetizing, especially if you’re on a somewhat strict diet.

So I decided to compile a small list of vegan snacks that are easy to pack when you’re on the go.

1. FRUIT

The easiest go-to snack for me is usually fruit. While juicier options like berries or grapes are my favorite, opting for more managable fruits like apples or bananas are a surefire way of staying satisfied without the mushy mess. They can be eaten alone, or paired with your favorite nut butter. I find that clementines are also a sweet surprise, however the one’s I’ve been getting at Trader Joe’s recently have been all dry and not-so-sweet (aka sour, aka yuck). Fruits are a great way to get all those healthy benefits into your diet while staying hydrated, since they’re packed with w a t e r.

2. DRIED FRUITS and NUTS and SEEDS

If fresh fruits aren’t easily accessible, try packing dried fruit or nuts. That means dates, raisins, banana chips, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, dehydrated apples, the list goes on! Just try to aim for ones that aren’t packed with a ton of sugar… I recommend Medjool Dates and a bag of raw almonds. Nuts and seeds are always filling and are super easy to transport.

3. CLIF BARS

Did you know Clif Bars are vegan? Yeah, I just found that out and I’m STOKED. While its true that granola bars usually have loads of sugar in them, these little guys are perfect for long car rides or a day on the slopes. They come in various different flavors and are a bit more affordable than other vegan bars.

4. BEANS & RICE, BEANS & RICE

Beans, beans, the magical fruit. Are beans even fruits? Anyways, every vegan knows that beans and rice are the key to a fulfilling meal. Together they make the perfect protein pair! Top your lunches or dinners off with some dark leafy greens and some sriracha, and you’re set. Also, apparently if you rinse your beans before cooking/serving, you’ll avoid those post-meal tummy aches that we’re all too familiar with.

5. BLISS BALLS

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to make my own granola or bliss balls. But if you don’t know what they are, bliss balls are basically little protein spheres that you can fill with just about anything: dates, coconut flakes, chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, almond butter, etc. All you have to do is blend the dry ingredients in a food processor or blender, add in the dry ingredients, make into small balls, and refrigerate overnight. They’re so amazing and way cheaper than buying them from the health foods store.

That’s it! Oh, and don’t forget to stay hydrated with water!

I’m only going on a two-day snowboarding trip to Vermont with my friends, but I think this will be plenty. We’re also planning on making a few quick meals at the cabin. If you’re considering going vegetarian or vegan, or just interested in what I’ve been eating, keep checking back here and on my Namastapasta Instagram account!

Thanks for the read. Love to all, to all, to all.

 

Thinking about going Vegan? Watch Earthlings.

DISCLAIMER: This. Is. Important.

If you only choose to read one post from my blog, I hope it’s this one.

Ignorance has only prevailed so long, only because people don’t want to know the truth. -Earthlings

It’s 1:13 am, and I’m laying in bed crying while watching Earthlings.

Some may say documentaries like these are too hard to watch… and you’re damn right, they’re hard to watch. But more the reason to watch them. They’re graphic, heartbreaking, and show vile acts of man. Acts that billions of people support every day by purchasing animals products to consume and to use for their own pleasure.

“The systematic torture of sentient beings, whatever the pretext, and in whatever form, cannot achieve anything more than it already has: to show us, “what is the lowest point of debasement man can reach?” If that’s what we want to know.” -Earthlings

I turned vegetarian in November after taking a Science of Sustainability class at my university.

I’d watched documentaries on livestock and slaughterhouses before, but I had never educated myself on its environmental impacts. I cannot stress enough how important it is to educate yourself on how and where your food is coming from. We are all shareholders to this earth. Every living being feels pain and suffering, so why are we purposely inflicting that onto others? Is that not comparable to a holocaust fueled by racism and superiority?

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarian.” -Earthlings

Please watch this documentary (amongst many others). I’d be surprised if you could still tell me you’d never give up eating meat. I’m passionate about being a vegetarian, and I’m currently educating myself on veganism. I also feel amazing now that I’ve tapered my diet to benefit all beings involved.

Please shoot me a message if you have questions or just want to learn more about my journey.

🌙❤️ Love to all, to all, to all.

#BeYogaLove

#BeYogaLove Challenge

February 1 – February 14

#MyYearToGetStretchy

#MyYearToGetStretchy!

January 25 – Feburary 1

Hosts: Action Jacquelyn, Docjenfit, Nayitavp, and Riva G

Sponsors: AloYoga, Bulletproof Coffee, Get Stretchy

Jan 25 – Day 1: Bird of Paradise
Jan 26 – Day 2: Dancer’s Pose
Jan 27 – Day 3: Standing Splits
Jan 28 – Day 4: Bow
Jan 29 – Day 5: Middle Splits
Feb 1 – Day 6: Scorpion
Feb 2 – Day 7: Wheel

I absolutely love participating in yoga challenges on Instagram because they’re a perfect way to be inspired by new asanas while also developing fundamental skills. Jacquelyn Umof or ActionJacquelyn led the challenge with her seven-day guide for flexibility. I highly recommend checking out her stretching guide if you’re new to yoga.

Good luck!

Recommended Reading: Light On Yoga

Vegan Hack: Turmeric Tofu Eggs

Trying to go vegan, but love eggs too much (like me)? Fear no more!

  1. Grab some tofu (like this firm tofu from Trader Joe’s)
  2. Remove from sleeve and pat down with a paper towel
  3. Cut into various sized cubes
  4. Sauté on a pan while breaking apart bigger chunks with coconut oil, lots of seasoning, and the secret ingredient TURMERIC! 😛

Not only does this look like egg and taste amazing, but no chickens were harmed in the making of this easy meal.

Good luck!

How To Make A Smoothie Bowl

Don’t know how to make a smoothie bowl? Here are three quick steps to becoming a smoothie bowl master!

  1. Blend Your Base

    Start with fruit! Bananas are probably the best option to start with, mainly because they provide a smooth base for other fruit to bind with. If you want a berry bowl, add frozen strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, acaí, etc. A mango bowl calls for frozen mango, and so on and so forth. Once you’ve selected your fruit, add almond milk. Then, throw in dry ingredients like chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder or nibs, coconut flakes, and protein powder. Lastly, blend until smooth! Mind you, the consistency should be thick, so make sure not to go overboard with the almond milk.

  2. Pour It Into A Bowl

    This step is self-explanatory but integral for aesthetics. I find eating a smoothie bowl with a spoon as opposed to drinking it makes my mornings a bit more exciting.

  3. Go Crazy On The Toppings

    If you want a beautiful mandala-esque bowl, make sure you have toppings that come in a combination of textures. In this case, I’m using cacao nibs, coconut shreds, and Trader Joe’s Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend (hemp, buckwheat, amaranth, flax). Although I didn’t add any to this bowl, frozen or freshly cut fruit on top is a great colorful addition: sliced bananas, strawberries, frozen blueberries, passionfruit). 

 

IMG_2233

The best part of a smoothie bowl is taking your own spin on it. They’re fun to make, exciting to eat, and best of all, good for you!

More smoothie bowl posts on my Namastapasta Instagram account. Let me know what combinations you like best! I’d love to hear.