Is bread actually Vegan?

Ok, so I’m about to come at you with some astonishing news. It has been brought to my attention, that even though the ingredient list may fall under the category of being Vegan, there are some hidden things you need to look out for. Don’t make the same mistakes I did, but don’t be too hard on yourself either, we’re only human.

I did my research from some reputable resources and here are my findings.

Yes. (most) Bread is Vegan. I’ve actually been asked this question a lot and been told when I go out that eggs are used as a binding in their buns. My advice, ask the manager or head chef wherever you go if you’re not sure – better safe than sorry!

Actually, a lot of our favourite breads are indeed Vegan… and here we all are thinking that going Vegan makes us ‘skinny’, lol. Yes. Yeast is Vegan, so unless you have a Gluten allergy, like myself, you’re 1oo% good to go in that department.

I’ve attached a link from PETA to help you not stress in the grocery store. It’s a list of cryptic ingredients that unfortunately make it into our foods ‘without us knowing’, thus, making them not Vegan – beware…this list is ALARMINGLY long…

ANIMAL DERIVED INGREDIENTS LIST (includes some clothing items)

Linked below are also a few different Vegan starter kits, thanks to PETA and a blog I love Eating. But honestly, going Vegan isn’t as hard as many people make it out to be. Yes, we get plenty of protein, no we don’t only eat salads and we don’t ‘carb the f#$k up.’

VEGAN STARTER KIT – Peta

VEGAN STARTER KIT – Eating

VEGAN NUTRITIONAL PAMPHLET

There are a lot of Vegan companies out there, especially in the states and it’s starting to trickle over here in Canada. But Google and other Vegan Bloggers are your best friends. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself and stand behind what you believe in and what you believe is right. We’re given one body and one lifetime to live it in so take care of yourself and start to think about what you use to fuel and repair your body.

 

 

Saturday Morning | Vegan Adventures

So I live literally right near a creek and I love going and walking up stream and acting like a freaking bush women, haha it’s just so pretty and filled with nature. I actually saw two deer that I tend to see around from time to time, some fishes swimming, ducks playing and lots of bugs, of course haha. Here’s a few pictures I snapped along the way! 

Also, can we just take a moment and all be excited about the fact that FALL IS HERE!!!

xo.

I finally gave in… 

I’m not one for ever doing these ‘fitness challenges’ because I chose to change my lifestyle not my physical activity and eating for x amount of days, then goback to the regularly scheduled program. 

Yet, here I am about to try a 21 day shredding challenge. I figure, I already go to the gym 4 times a week and eat fairly healthy SOOOOO why not change up my workouts a little and be a slightly more careful about what goes in my mouth.

I found this challenge on Muscle and Strength it’s called “Fast & Furious: 21 Day Shredding Workout Cycle & Diet”so many words I don’t particularly like in the title, but hey loosing a couple pounds never hurt anyone. 

First thing I noticed was the meal plan, it’s unfortunately not Vegan friendly but a few changes here and there and of course it can be followed on a Vegan meal plan. I liked how this was changed up based on sex ( yes, as a predominantly male industry a lot of the plans you’ll find are catered to men) and weight. Now, I don’t suggest following this to a ‘T’ because whomever made this, generically created it for as many people as possible to use! You need to take everything into consideration, so medical issues, work, social events etc…

I’m going to be starting this next week, honestly…well see how long I make it haha! 

Il’l be posting daily for 21 days to show progress (obviously that won’t be on the daily) my meal plan (Vegan-style) and my workouts, my thoughts and how I feel during this…. adventure?

Stay tuned! 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook | Lunch Edition

As promised one of my favourite lunch recipes from the ‘Oh She Glows Cookbook’. We’re keeping it super healthy for this post so naturally, we’re going to talk salads BUT not just your average lettuce, some greens & dressing salad this is going to be a perfected chickpea salad sandwich (because hey, we’re vegan which means we love carbs…)

L U N C H

1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

2 stalks celery. finely chopped

2 green onions. thinly sliced

1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle (makes everything taste so much better)

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

2-3 tablespoons store bought or homemade (homemade ladies, all the power too you) vegan mayonnaise

1 clove garlic

1 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard

2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/2 teaspoon lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

&&& of course bread! I personally need a Gluten-free bread (allergy) but any will do!

TA-DA

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I’ve made this before just minus the sandwich aspect and it was SOOOOO good! You don’t need a lot as the chickpeas are quite filling, but you know sometimes when something tastes so good one thing leads to another and before you know it you’ve finished the entire batch. But hey, a little chickpeas never hurt anyone!

I’d love to know what your favourite lunch recipes are! Leave them in the comments section or share with me on Instagram @alittleveganlifeblog OR twitter @alittleveganlife.

Stay tuned for my next post. It’s something I’m SUPER excited to talk about! If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you should, hello) it’s something that’s been taking over my story!