Vegan For A Week

In case you missed it this weekend:

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Starting today I am officially going vegan for a week as part of Morgan’s Challenge.

I’ll be blogging about this almost daily for the next week with a final wrap-up of the week, how it went and how my eating habits will continue to change next Monday.

I also weighed myself this morning and will weigh myself next Monday morning just to see what happens. However, after a weekend of indulgences the number was slightly skewed this morning!

Yesterday we did a big grocery shopping trip and I did another small trip to the local health food store Natures Fare. I then spent a good part of the afternoon preparing for the upcoming week.

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I bought the following at Nature’s Fare for a lovely total of $80. Granted I did get two jars of $10 nut butter + a jar of $12 apple butter and a container of $12 chia seeds. All things that will last me at least 1-2 months, but still, not a cheap shopping trip in the slightest! Good thing I had a gift certificate from Christmas :D

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I made sure to get some dairy alternatives for the week…

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…some vegan bread (which also happens to be gluten-free but it was all my grocery store had!)

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And lots of fruits and veggies for snacks!

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In the afternoon I made Angela’sHummus That Changed Everything” – it really is a very good hummus recipe that I highly recommend.

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And Anne P’s 5-minute bars (for the umpteenth time.) I’ve started adding raisins to these by the way and it is awesome! They help the bars stick together even more and add that extra bit of yumminess.

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I like to cut them and wrap them individually so they are super easy to grab-and-go during the week. These make a great pre-yoga, pre-run or post-yoga, post-run snack!

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Finally, I scouted out a few vegan recipes I plan on making this week AND for emergencies I have two fast-food options (within 3 minutes from my house/yoga studio/work) in case of the whole life-getting-too-busy scenario happening. But I feel like I am pretty prepared for that so these are just-in-case options.

Option 1: Taco Del Mar Baja Bowl – spanish rice, black beans, lettuce, salsa and guac. Vegan and delicious.

Option 2: Booster Juice smoothie sans yogurt (my friend who used to work there said to say I’m lactose intolerant so they take the sans yogurt seriously ;) )

Also, if you’re a new reader over here from the links on the Vegan Challenge’ Facebook page or Twitter let me know so I can add you to my new Vegan Challenge folder in Google Reader :)

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So, who else is doing the vegan challenge? How did you prepare?

Check back tomorrow for a recap of my eats and how they have changed from my typical eating habits – I’m going to play food blogger for a day :)

35 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    Because I am an uber geek, I actually created a spreadsheet for the week with all my meals so that I could ensure I wasn’t going overboard with any one thing – i.e. soy in one meal but nothing for the rest of the day or beans in another. I also did it to ensure I was as balanced as possible in regards to carbs etc.
    It was actually a lot of work but worth it thus far.

  2. Lisa says:

    i like hummus, but it never turns out as good for me as the stuff i can get at the deli

  3. Good luck with the challenge! I’m interested to see how hard/easy it’ll be for everyone… :)

  4. silvia says:

    Love Hummus :) Just came across your blog and love it! :)

  5. Stephany says:

    I admire you for doing this, Amber! I don’t think I could. ;) Going vegan is something that has never, ever crossed my mind so I’m interested to see how you change your meals this week!

  6. Normally, I’d just make my own hummus but I have a coupon (double coupon day today too wooo woo) and it is on sale so I am totally buying some hummus today to enjoy some nice veggies dipped in it! I ate an entire cucumber yesterday, the weird things I eat these days!

  7. Amber says:

    Wow, that is expensive! Your menu doesn’t sound bad at all! I really want make those bars now that I have seen them a couple times on your blog. They look delish! :)

  8. mandy says:

    I’m entirely certain I could never go vegan. I enjoy cheese too much but I admire people who do forgo dairy and the like. Interesting challenge. $12 for apple butter, yikes.

    Remember that apple butter I was supposed to send you, ohhh, back in November? I finally sent it last week. Its on its way dear! (And sorry, I really am terrible about sending out packages.)

  9. Hey Amber! I’m a new reader (and doing the challenge!)…I’m excited and nervous about this week! :)

  10. Ris says:

    I’m so impressed that you’re undertaking this challenge and I can’t wait to hear all about it! Good luck!

  11. You are so prepared!!! I just bought some almond milk. :D I do have to go out and get veggies since I’m out. And I need some snack food — I’m craving sugar like crazy. Seriously.

  12. Nicole says:

    what tab am i under? :) good luck with the challenge!

  13. That squirrelly bread is fantastic. Its one of my favorites.

    Also, I cant wait to hear how you like the daiya. I considered buying it, but I’d already spent sooooo much . . .

  14. Lisa says:

    I like that Squirrley bread too! It just feels healthier and more natural. I recently switched to Dave’s Killer Bread. Not sure if you can get that in Canada…

  15. stephanie says:

    Hi Amber
    SO i see you bought almond breeze. Well, according to Frayed Laces its super easy to make, delicious and way cheaper than buying. :)

    http://frayedlaces.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-make-your-own-nut-milk.html

    Good luck this week.

    Unsure if i missed it, but why are you doing it? Is it purely to see if you can, how hard it is, or is it something you are considering changing to out of principle?

    • MissAmber says:

      I did NOT see that post. Thanks for sharing!

      I’m currently a pesco-vegetarian (I don’t eat poultry, beef or pork) so I am mostly doing the challenge as a fun way to shake up my eating. I don’t see myself ever going full-vegan but I would like to eat less animal products in general and perhaps eat vegan 2-3 days of the week on a regular basis!

  16. I’m not doing this challege but in March I will remove dairy from my diet which will be a challenge for me! I am thankful for the great vegan blogs out there as I will be using them for recipe ideas!!

  17. I’m doing the challenge – currently enjoying my first dinner of the week. To prepare I did uh…nothing. Everyone else’s preparations are making me nervous, but I decided to see how it goes without any planning. Because realistically, should I ever choose to be vegan I’m probably not one to stick to weekly meal plans. I’m a bit nervous about totally embarrassing myself on the world wide web, but….here goes!

  18. Sarah says:

    Wow – sounds like you’re prepared for every eventuality. I tend to take things up and then end up quitting because I didn’t consider disruptions properly. Kudos to you for thinking it through! And I’m really interested to read about your experiences with it. I ain’t gonna lie, what I really want to know is whether or not you lose weight on a vegan diet. :D

  19. I did the vegan thing a month and a half back in 2010. I found it very expensive, but I do incorporate a lot of vegan meals in my diet now.

    Miso soup and mushrooms being my favourite, then french fries (haha!) and hummus made without any oil or tahini (it makes me break out really badly).

  20. I jotted down a few menu ideas, but I am mostly playing it by ear because that is how I roll :) The day has been pretty good so far!

  21. Have fun! I think the almond milk would challenge me. I put milk in my coffee and only real will do for me :)

  22. Kyla Roma says:

    I can’t wait to hear how this goes and to see some of your tasty recipes! I loved being vegan for a month when I tried it, but I think it would be super hard to maintain for me because I really like eating out with friends and family :)

  23. Kelly says:

    Man, you are definitely organized. I bet this won’t be too tough for you at all with all this organization :) Can’t wait to see what you eat. I actually made the avocado pasta last night. It was good but I must have done something wrong because mine was not as liquidy. Also the lemon taste was kind of overpowering. So it was good but not my favorite. I may make it again and make some changes, but I’m not sure what I’ll use instead of lemon.

    I like your google reader organization :) I better be under favorites OR ELSE. just kidding!

  24. I think that challenge is such a good idea! I can’t wait to see what you end up cooking :) Good luck!

  25. I am planning on doing this in a week or two with the hubby (we couldn’t do it this week because we have too much cheese to eat up from our Italian dinner party).

  26. Jessica says:

    Yay! I cannot wait to read about your challenge. But seriously $80??? $10 for peanut butter. Whoa.

  27. Bela says:

    Good luck on the vegan challenge! Your bars look delicious!

  28. phampants says:

    Coincidentally, I’m going vegan for a week too (vs a month last year). This week’s menu: pasta w/ red gravy, pita pizza w/ vegan cheese, sauteed vegetables, curried couscous and acorn squash something or other that i forgot.

    snacks include fruit, larabars, popchips (salt & pepper) and pita chips w/ hummus.

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