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Vegan Recipe: Chickpea & Lentil Salad

Vegan Recipe: Chickpea & Lentil Salad

Are you looking for a quick, nutritious vegan meal that is high in protein? Then you are right here. I prepared this salad for a vegan dinner party and it literally look me 10 minutes to make!

And the best part of it? You are having legumes, which are one of the healthiest foods out there!

Why are legumes great?

As mentioned above, legumes are a great source of vegan protein

They are also:

  • high in fiber
  • complex carbohydrates, which means they will keep you fuller for longer, providing you with energy
  • high in B-vitamins
  • high in iron, calcium, phosphorous, zinc and magnesium
  • good source of folate
  • low in saturated fat and have no cholesterol

These are the macronutrients you will get through this meal:

  • Protein: 67.2g
  • Net Carbs: 136.2g
  • Fat: 28.5g

Total Calories: ~ 1255 kcal

If you would like to get a better into depth info about the macro- & micronutrients of this vegan chickpea & lentil salad, make sure to check out cronometer.com

Recipe: Vegan Chickpea & Lentil Salad

Portions: 2

What you will need:

  • 2 handful of parsley
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1/3 cup cucumber
  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/3 red onion
  • 2 tbsps mustard
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes
  • 1 full red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper
  • juice from 1/2 half lemon 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional)

Preparation:

  • cook lentils and chickpeas or rinse cooked ones with water
  • cut up vegetables and place everything in a bowl with the chickpeas and lentils
  • add hummus, mustard, olive oil, lemon and salt & pepper to taste

And lastly, serve and enjoy!

With love,

Jess x

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5 Tips To Help You Transform into Veganism

5 Tips To Help You Transform Into Veganism

Lately I have been receiving a lot of messages from non-vegans that they are scared to even try to being vegan as it seems so complicated and they have no idea how to start and what to do.

I completely understand you. It might seem a little overwhelming at first. But trust me, it is easier than you think. I have been there too and so have most vegans. Just a couple of years ago I would always say that I could never be vegan, as I couldn’t imagine living without meat or dairy.

Well, I guess you know the rest of the story.

Becoming vegan has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. That’s why I would like to share these 5 tips with you that could most likely help you in your transition. Also, you can always reach out to me for questions or support. I am more than happy to help.

#1 Check out your local supermarkets for vegan options

One thing I always enjoying doing when I am travelling is to check the local supermarkets for vegan options. I was honestly surprised when I found so many different vegan options in a mini-shop in a very small town in Poland. That’s why I love telling other people to just take some time and do the same. I am sure you will be surprised! You might find some great milk alternatives or vegan meat substitutes!

#2 Don’t overcomplicate it. Start by substituting one thing at a time.

One thing I hear a lot is that people don’t know where and how to start being vegan. But the secret is to not overcomplicate it. Have a look at what you usually eat and change it up. So for example, if you used to put cheese and ham on your sandwich, start using vegan cheese and vegan dip, hummus or avocado. It is as simple as that! If you used to love burgers, choose the vegan patty instead. We live in 2019 now where brands like Beyond Meat have created patties that taste just like meat. There are literally no more excuses!

#3 Connect with other vegans and ask for tips

Most vegans on the Internet are happy to connect with others and share their own experience in their transition into Veganism. Now, when it is so easy to slide into other people’s DMs, do it! Don’t be scared. You might even make some friends!

#4 Don’t be scared to try new things

When I hear people telling me that they have never tried vegan food, I highly doubt it. Most of us have had fries with ketchup, chips or bananas, right? Also, a lot of people can not even imagine living without cheese or meat. But you know what I think is really cool? Our taste buds can adapt super quickly. The life cycle of our taste buds is somewhere between 10 days to two weeks. If you are not used to eating a lot of vegetables or fruit and you start incorporating those into your diet, they might not taste great in the beginning. But with time, due to our taste buds adapting, these foods can start being really tasty.

Also go check out if there are some vegan places near you and google some cool vegan recipes. There is an overflow of delicious vegan recipes online!

#5 Don’t try to be perfect. Every small change and action counts!

I like to say that perfection is the enemy of progress. When I first became vegan and made a mistake by accident (ate something non-vegan) I felt super bad and like I failed all the way. But with time I also started realising that it is part of the journey, as I am only human and it is completely okay to not be perfect. What counts is the thought, the small change and the actions you do every day. Even if it is only something small, you are still doing more than most people.

I really hope that these tips will help you in one way or the other.

With love,

Jess x

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Is Veganism The Secret To Longevity?

When it comes to the term “healthy diet”, I feel like every single person is having their own opinion about that. That’s why it is difficult to generalise this term and say that a specific diet, such as for example the vegan diet, is the healthiest.

If you have been vegan for a while now, like me, you also know that you can eat only junk food and still be vegan. So, is a vegan diet still the healthiest? I don’t think so.

I personally believe that it is up to everyone to understand what is healthiest for them and make sure that we have an understanding about how our body works.

I personally find it super interesting to have a look at how our diet has evolved. When we do so, we can see that our diet has changed a lot. If we go a little further, we can also see that diets differs from region to region.

There is one specific region that has caught not only my attention, but also the attention of many others. Why? Because these people are known to have lived a long life, some of them becoming 100 years or older.

What place am I speaking about?

It is Okinawa.

Okinawa is located in the south of Japan.

The most interesting part is that we might be able to see a link between nutrition and why these people have lived there for so long. There are 50 people to 100,000 people in Okinawa that are 100 years or older. When compared to Germany it is only 17 to 100,000 people. In year 2000 women could live up to 86 years and men to 78 years.

When we look at the typical western diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer or coronary heart diseases, the numbers are very low. These people are also known to work out a lot and be very active. Of course, one argument could be that these people are just very lucky to have good genes. But another thing we could do is to have a look at their diet.

So how does the diet of the people in Okinawa look like?

  1. It is mostly plant-based. A big part of their diet is made out of sweet potatoes.
  2. They eat only until they are 80% full, which means that they don’t overeat.
  3. They see food as a medicine. They are conscious about what type of food they put into their bodies.
  4. Their sugar and fat intake is very low.
  5. Their protein intake is very low. Most of the protein comes from soy products, such as tofu or miso soups.
  6. They eat a lot of vitamin C, vitamin E, folate and vitamin B6.
  7. They get vitamin D through sunlight exposure.
  8. Their drinking water is very rich in calcium.
  9. They consume a lot of potassium, while their sodium intake is low.
  10. Their consumption of saturated fat is very low.
  11. They consume a lot of complex carbohydrates (low glycemic index).
  12. They consume a lot of herbs & spices.
  13. Meat is consumed only once a month.
  14. Alcohol consumption is very limited.
  15. Fish consumption is eaten but not regularly.

So generally we can say that the food that the people of Okinawa eat is very low in energy but very high in their nutritional value. Vegetables have very low calories, of which you can eat a lot of while getting in a lot of amazing nutrients. And because of their calorie restriction they live by, the older generation is not overweight and lives longer.

Unfortunately these are all facts that have been measured before the 1960s. Now, a lot of things have changed not only in Japan but in the world in general. People are now starting to gain weight in Okinawa and people do not live as long anymore. They do not move that much and they now consume a lot of meat, fish, white rice and bread.

As mentioned before, their longevity might have been due to their genes. But when we take a closer look on how the diet has shifted and what is currently happening over there, we might be able to see a correlation between diet and longevity.

Now it is up to you to decide what you want to believe.

With love,

Jess x