The cook at work. Got my whole-wheat figs close by, plus Coke (c'mon it's sugar) and peanuts. Protein packed!
The secret to sauteed tofu...cinnamon. Ya, ya, big surprise coming from me, eh?
Lately, I've become a happy beneficiary of vegan meals. So, while I will succumb to a steak and cheese sandwich now and again (or let's be honest...Taco Bell), I'm actually consuming fewer animal products than many vegetarians by eating vegan meals.
Broccoli and bell pepper. Yum. And no I did not add a dash of Coke for flavor....riiiiight???
It makes sense because the identical reasons why a person would become vegetarian (animal rights, health, environment, energy, minimize disease, etc.) are the exact reasons why a person would become vegan. In fact, I'm actually surprised I neglected it in the first place. Dairy can be one of the worst foods for people FYI. Now, that isn't to say I will become strictly vegan (I'm not really strictly anything....except well..sexy), but I gravitate toward it and do enjoy the dishes. It's also become more and more mainstream (again relatively...but there is a notable shift in material, marketed foods, and people who are embracing the lifestyle shift). I've also read numerous articles on endurance athletes (particularly runners and triathletes) recently and while their bodies look incredible, they credit their performance and energy levels to a plant-based diet.
Accompany it with some rice and dinner is served.
Hence, I'm cooking more and sticking with more raw foods packed with nutrients. Plus, that bloated-I-just-ate-a-hamburger feeling I avoid. I can eat more food, and not gain weight.
A couple years ago I righteously came down on those who didn't recognize the obvious benefits of vegetarianism. I was angry by ignorance or dismissiveness. Now, I'm much more laid back. Eat what you want. But you are what you eat remember and the fuel you give your body directly relates to your energy levels and performance. So give it a try now and then...say once a week. Cook a vegan meal. If you don't know where to start this is one of my favorite blogs -http://runningwithrewards.wordpress.com/ (had a couple of these quinoa bars for breakfast today). Tons of delicious, healthy recipes to fuel your day. Comment with any questions/thoughts!