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A Vegan Breakfast

19 Jun

Recently, for reasons even I don’t understand, I seem to be watching YouTube videos about being vegan. Now, there is absolutely NO danger of me going vegan but I seem to keep watching the videos about what a vegan eats in a day, or how to eat vegan or how eating vegan helps with weight loss. Topics like that…

There are these two girls, twins, who are vegan and have a channel that just seems to be about them and their vegan-ism. For the most part I don’t agree with what they eat. Not because they are vegan but because they have such a restricted list of food they eat, they basically eat the same things every single day, with very little variation and while they swear they are being healthy I think they can’t possibly be getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need.

I know I shouldn’t judge, and I try not to but when I was chatting with that nutritionist I was speaking with a while back she explained something to me that made perfect sense. She said how you shouldn’t eat the same things daily, even if they are healthy, because there are so many nutrients your body needs that no way it can get everything it needs if you are eating the same foods day in and day out. So, instead of eating an apple everyday, swap that apple out every now and then for a kiwi, or a peach or whatever you can get your hands on. She stressed that she is not saying eat kiwi every day, maybe eat a kiwi once a month, just make sure that you are swapping in to your daily food alternatives so your body is getting supplied with all the various minerals and vitamins and nutrients it needs. Your body will know what it needs and will take it from the foods you eat, as long as you eat them. But if you eat apples everyday for your fruit then you are limiting your bodies ability to get everything it needs. Does that make sense?

So these girls, they eat pretty much the exact same thing daily, and while the foods themselves are healthy, I don’t think following their example is a good one because the food list is so limited.

Ok, enough of me being on my high horse! Something they showed intrigued me and I thought I’d give it a try and it turned out to be…interesting…

You take a banana and some water, put them in a blender and blend until you have a smooth mixture. Pour it in to a bowl, add oatmeal, mix it up, cover it and put it in the fridge overnight. By the next morning the oatmeal has soaked up the liquid so it doesn’t need to be cooked and you have a ready made breakfast. They added maple syrup and hmm…something, I can’t remember what right now, to it for flavour. I planned on adding maple syrup and brown sugar but tasted it first and found it was actually really sweet all on its own so instead I added some vanilla and some cinnamon.

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It looks like oatmeal you’d make with water but it sure doesn’t taste like it. The texture was a bit odd, I didn’t hate the texture but it took some getting used to. I think if I had a working blender and had blended it I’d have found the texture more enjoyable because it would have been smoother. But my blender is dead so I smooshed the banana with a fork and ended up with a slightly lumpier version. πŸ˜›

Like I said it was quite sweet all on its own so I added a small splash of vanilla and some cinnamon. It tasted quite good, and I would make it again. It was nice having breakfast ready for me when I got up, a definite plus if you are short on time in the mornings! And bonus, if you aren’t a fruit person well boom! one fruit serving done for the day and all before you’ve finished waking up. πŸ™‚

Something else they do with bananas is take some frozen bananas and some non frozen bananas (they didn’t give quantities), put them in a blender and blend. It turns in to a smooth, chilled, soft ice cream type of texture and they swear it is just as good, if not better than ice cream. I want to try that one too but have to wait until I can afford to replace my blender, sigh.

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Japanese Treats

19 Jun

A friend from my dragon boat team was in Japan recently and brought the team back some treats! πŸ™‚

They were so cute I just had to take pictures lol

Cheesecake KitKat

Cheesecake KitKat

This first one is a mini KitKat that is cheesecake flavoured. When you open it the chocolate around the wafers is white which makes sense when you think about cheesecake lol It was okaaaaay, it didn’t really taste like cheesecake, or KitKat lol

It's fuzzy, and squishy and filled with caramel!

It’s fuzzy, and squishy and filled with caramel!

I don’t remember what this second one is called, it looks sorta like a giraffe though lol The outside was fuzzy, I actually petted it once I opened it πŸ˜› It is also quite squishy and when you bite in to it there is a caramel like filling. I think it was banana caramel flavour…I quite enjoyed the picture of a bow on the packaging that makes it look like the giraffe spotted fuzzy treat is wearing a bow teehee

a banana brownie, I think...

a banana brownie, I think…

I don’t remember the name of this one either, oops! It was a cake texture, a little dry, the bottom half is darker in colour, actually, if you see in the picture how there are darker patches on top, see them? The bottom is the same colour as those patches. It is like a mini banana bread brownie type thing. Again with the bows on the packaging, cuteness!

I don’t know if these are typical treats in Japan or things sold to tourists, ya know, like how people come to Canada and always seem to end up buying mini bottles of over priced maple syrup lol but no matter what they are they are cute and its always nice to try something new. πŸ™‚

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