The Hookup On: Vegan A Day

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

One of my goals for the summer is to eat vegan once a week. I haven’t eaten meat in over 10 years, but I do occasionally eat fish which makes me a “pescatarian”. I’ve dabbled with the idea of going completely vegan, but there are a lot of things I can’t give up – no matter how gross they actually are.

To walk you through one of my vegan days, I start the morning with a vegan smoothie with almond milk, mixed fruit, beets, and kale. Having a smoothie in the morning is kind of a luxury for me because I usually don’t have time to make them.

For lunch, I still want to make sure I’m getting enough protein which I feel is tough as a vegetarian so really tough as a vegan. I put together a chickpea salad with chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and some lemon sprinkled over the top with salt and pepper. I have an apple and peanut butter as a snack along with some peanut butter pretzels.

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I always feel like dinner is a bit trickier because I want something heavier at dinner time. A yummy vegan rice bowl-style meal is always a go to for me. I usually put quinoa, pinto beans, onions, jalapenos, and corn with a non dairy ranch dressing on top!

Being completely vegan can be hard, it’s good to do a lot of research to see what your best option is when giving up meat and dairy. I gave up meat because of the way animals are treated on the “farms.” I never try to push my dietary lifestyle on anyone, but I do urge everyone to know where you’re getting your food from and what’s really in it.

A great way to see if vegan is right for you is to try it once a week and then up the days. You can also get your nutrient levels tested at www.healthlabs.com to make sure you’re getting enough of what you need to have a happy and healthy body! They test for different allergies and general wellness!

I think testing is a must because a big misconception is that vegan and vegetarians have a healthy diet. This is definitely not always the case. Yes, vegetables are vegan, but so are oreos. It can be cheap and easy to go for carbs or processed food when you cut out meat. I definitely recommend using a test like the ones at www.healthlabs.com to know how you’re doing as a vegan and in what ways you need to step up your food intake. You can even get 25% off with code ROSIE25!

Would you ever try going vegan?! Let me know in the comments!

11 Things Vegetarians Are Tired Of Hearing

1. Don’t you miss it?

Not really, no.

2. Oh so you’re not actually a vegetarian?

Yea, technically I’m a pescatarian because I eat fish but then you would start making fun of that too so…….

3. But like what do you eat…

You know all that stuff on your plate that isn’t meat? I eat that.

4. Do you do it for the animals or because you don’t like meat?

For the animals. But also I don’t like meat – does it matter?

5. You know you’re not helping any animals, right?

I’M HELPING MORE THAN YOU ARE

6. Don’t you want to eat this big juicy steak?

No, not really. And I would appreciate you not sticking your food in my face.

7. What happens if you eat meat?

Nothing. Unless I consumed a large quantity and go sick, but most likely nothing.

8. Would you be upset if you accidentally ate meat?

I didn’t do it on purpose and I didn’t continue once I found out so, no.

9. What about bacon!??!?!?

What about it?

10. Oh is that why you’re so skinny?

Not eating meat has very little to do with if you’re eating healthy or not.

11. Your life must suck.

As a vegetarian/pescatarian who DOESN’T shove their lifestyle down other people’s throats, kind of like what you’re doing when you ask these questions, no my life does not suck.

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