Yesterday I went to Yoga at the Great Lawn in Central Park. There were a few other people in attendance…;) 10, 000 people were due to show up to what was supposed to be the worlds largest yoga event! I arrived around 5:45 to a MASSIVE line. 2 hours later, I was still in line, finally nearing the great lawn when it started to rain. The lucky yogis who arrived earlier actually managed to get ON to the lawn and definitely had a much better experience than those of us stuck in a line for 2 hours. But even those lucky enough to get on the field had to leave as it started to pour and the event was cancelled. Thousands of New Yorkers scattered outside Central Park, some using their free yoga mats they received from the event (I was too late to get one) as a shield from the storm!
They’ve having a makeup event, I might go… but I’m not so sure I want to wait in a line for 2 hours again.
~The Vegan Eats~
Last night for dinner I made Oh She Glows’ Chickpea Coconut Curry . I used olive oil instead of coconut oil and coconut yogurt instead of soy. And I had it with soba noodles instead of rice. It wasn’t my favorite dinner – mostly because I overcooked the noodles, and the flavor was a bit muted. I think more spice or coconut oil would have given it more oomph.
TEMPTATION/CONFESSION! – Last night BF was mean and ordered pizza for himself for dinner. I must confess – It looked so good, and because I was a little unsatisfied with my own dinner, I stole one of his pieces and scraped off the cheese to eat it! Still vegan though! Right? RIGHT?? Oh man, it was only day 2! What can I say, I love my pizza. Dear BF, stop tempting me with your cheese-filled dinners!
Afterwards I sliced up a mango to eat while we watched Youth in Revolt. B-Fast this morning was standard banana oats with a (big) dollop of almond butter. Midmorning snack was a few handfuls of some curry cashews. Guess I didn’t get enough curry last night!
And now for my lunch/ a wonderful vegan recipe for you!
Southwestern Rice Salad
1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans
1-2 scallions (green onions) diced
1 medium or 2 small bell peppers diced
1/4 cup sliced black olives (or more if you’re an olive fiend like me!)
1 cup salsa
2 tsp cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Combine veggies and rice in a bowl Top with salsa, cumin, garlic, cilantro and lime juice and mix together. Chill for at least an hour. Overnight is best. It lets all the flavors develop and mix together. Then serve! I love this salad. Mostly because I LOVE the combo of lime juice and cilantro!
How long have you been vegan for? I have been vegan for 3.5 years and vegetarian for 14 years.
Why do you eat a vegan diet? I eat a vegan diet for animal rights reasons, health, and environmental reasons.
Do you think a vegan diet is "healthier" than a vegetarian or omnivorous diet? I do think that a vegan diet can be healthier than that of a vegetarian or omnivorous diet as both of those diets are based around animal products which are filled with saturated fats, and unless you are getting high quality organic products you are filling yourself full of hormones and antibiotics that are in the animals/animal products that you eat. Plant-based diets have been proven to reduce diabetes and heart disease which gives further evidence that a vegan diet is healthier. This all being said a vegan diet is only healthier if the individual who is eating a vegan diet is eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, plant based proteins and not pop and chips. There are many junkfood vegans out there you I would not consider any healthier than some vegetarians or omnivores.
Do you take any vitamin supplements? I take a raw prenatal vitamin and I have taken B-12 but do not currently.
Do you miss anything about not being a vegan? There is nothing that I miss about not being vegan however there are some items that I wish would come in a vegan version- however most things do nowadays; I just wish they were more accessible like vegan creemees (soft serve for those of you not from Vermont).
Do you think you will be vegan your whole life? Yes, definitely.
What are some of your favorite vegan dishes? I have a number of favorite vegan dishes honestly more than I could ever name but here are a few: