Vegan Super Hummus with Omega 3’s

Vegan Hummus

I’ve heard many arguments from people fearing the cost of going vegan or vegetarian. The truth is that our cost for groceries has gone down dramatically and in some cases we feed ourselves for a fraction of what we used to spend. This hummus is our staple lunch, we have had this almost everyday for lunch since we went vegan 5 weeks ago. I usually use brown lentils but we found green lentils 5 kg for $10 at a local halal store. This will probably last a month feeding 2 of us lunch everyday.cooked lentil

I usually boil about 3 cups of lentils at a time.  They take about an hour to cook and I prefer the taste over chick pea’s. The big bonus is cook time, the chick peas could cook for 3 or 4 hours.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of boiled lentils
  • 1 whole peeled lemon. I cut it into quarters and pick out the seeds.
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt
  • 300 g flax seed
  • 1 Tablespoon Franks Red Hot (surprisingly healthy)

Directions:

Ground flax seed

Blend the flax seed separate and add it last. I actually use a magic bullet for grinding the flax seed. I grind about 300g at a time. If you have only 1 blender I would start with grinding the flax seed and just put it in another container and add it at the end.

blender

Place the Lentils in the blender, followed by the lemon that has been peeled and had the seeds removed, 1 tablespoon tahini, garlic which is cut into slices, and about 1 cup water. Start blending with the pulse for only a few seconds at a time. Then use your smoothy setting and blend till smooth. Pour the resulting runny hummus into your serving dish.

watery hummus

Add about 100g of flax seed along with 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt to the hummus in the serving dish and stir with fork or spoon. Add more flax seed for desired texture and add Franks Red Hot for taste.

hummus with flaxseed

Serve with Cucumber, broccoli, radishes, red peppers, and sliced mushrooms.

hummus vegan

Going Vegan First Month

beach (2)There is a certain beauty in eating vegan. I would say it has its own magic even. I would love to tell you about my experience in not eating meat and animal products and how that affected my whole life.

I have to say that at first I wasn’t very interested or impressed by a no animal product diet. On the contrary, I was finishing a phase of eating a lot of great steaks with lemon butter and lots of chocolate, and I loved it. I did have twenty extra pounds, but I thought it was worth it. I just discovered the butter coffee, basically you put a teaspoon of butter in the coffee, nothing fancy, but if there was anything I could put butter in then I was on it. My love with butter. Voila. It was great, I felt satisfied all the time, life was sweet. Basically, I wasn’t going to be sold on any other diet, nothing could have been better.

What really got me is watching a video of people who looked like really, really healthy and they were eating an all raw diet. They could do it. They talked about lots of the problems I was dealing with, like headaches, back pain, lack of energy, which I thought were all natural and just signs of getting old (I’m in my thirties). They talked about feeling good all the time and waking up fresh and energetic, something I couldn’t fathom for years really. I couldn’t remember when the last time was that I woke up refreshed, maybe twenty years…

Either way, what really got to me is that eating all this steak and butter was making me feel uneasy. I knew it was too good to be true for this kind of approach to eating to ever be healthy for me. What scared me was that I started to feel uneasy, like feel my heart beat during the day. I felt extremely stuffed all the time and like a time ticking bomb. Not the best feeling in the world.

So I gave it a try. I never thought this could be for real.

Today is five weeks later, and I dropped several clothes’ sizes, I feel great, I wake up easier, sleep less, feel more invigorated , I have more energy consistently during the day. These are all great things. I love it.

What I didn’t expect was to have a whole new perspective on life.

I didn’t sign up for that, but whatever I signed up for, I am grateful.

I did not expect to have so much energy that I would change my plans for the future to incorporate this new found energy.

Because I feel better, and because of the way I feel, I found I am a different person. Before, I have to say, looking back , there was a lot of negative feeling to my thoughts, being so affected by work, by things I couldn’t accomplish. Now, I actually look at the things I can accomplish, realize, once again, something that I almost forgot, for a very long time : life is full of opportunity, sky is the limit.

I have to say that not eating meat makes me look at the environment around me differently. I can enjoy sunshine, as opposed to five weeks ago when the best option for me would have been a dark, cold room and a TV screen.

I remember what it used to be like going for a walk-twenty minutes of dragging my feet, waiting for the time when is over so I can go home and stuff my face, watch four hours of TV feeling good about myself because I went on a walk. Now however, it is a mystery where the trail can take us, the wind in the trees is attractive, the animals in the park make me curios and intrigued. I know for a fact that ‘back then’ if I went to a beach I would have been more concerned with the sweat dripping off my body than the birds flying in the sky and landing on a beam. Not anymore, I went to the beach and admired the seagulls .

I get it, these are small differences, but they are made out of magic. Things that literally you don’t think about. It really is like “you don’t know what you don’t know”. You think you would feel great if you were healthier and dealing with the same problems, but it isn’t so. You become a different person and the problems change or disappear.

I have to say that at first fruit was mostly what I ate. I know. Crazy. Who would have ever thought that fruit can fill you up. But it does.

The first morning I had to eat fruit for breakfast was kind of whimsy. I did it anyway. I sliced, diced, peeled, ate and then I felt great. All of a sudden I felt full, no cravings. Then lunch came around .Same thing. I did that for several days and surprise, surprise, I was still alive. Then I introduced hummus, veggies, whole grains, nuts, I even had the best dessert: date paste and walnuts. Finally I had a pig-out, and I will give you the recipe for the most satisfying pig-out I ever had, and five weeks later, I feel like a different person.

I have to say that eating fruits , veggies, grains, nuts is much easier than imaginable. For once, you won’t need any dishwasher soap. Second, your stove stays clean. Third, it is cheaper. Simpler. More doable than I thought.

I think one of the reasons why I stuck to the diet –besides the wonderful health benefits which I experienced-when it comes to the food, I never tried to make it something it is not. I never took a regular recipe and tried to create it without the animal products. I just started at scratch.  This is how I discovered my all time favorite meals. One of them (besides hummus, which is genius) is my whole wheat meal (I don’t have a name for it yet).

Here are my all time favorite meals

Whole wheat meal-  Whole wheat kernels, can also be pearled whole wheat. Boil until soft about 2 hours, then you drain the water, you put some mashed avocado ( which is literally mashed avocado ) and salt. Mix it all together. Feel the love.

Cucumber delight-( I named this one because it’s just so easy to describe it)-peel some English cucumbers, slice them, put lots of Himalayan salt on it, and squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon. Enjoy.

How It all started

I guess it’s a little overrated to say that I’ve tried everything in my search to get my journey to raw foodyhealthier and lose weight. I’ve got about forty pounds to lose, and I think that would make me very happy. I have tried quite a few things in the past to lose weight and well, today I live with the results. Some of them have worked, some of them, more acurrately most of them have been too hard for me to follow through, and some of them just plainly made me throw in the towel and go ahead and buy size 14 because it was too complicated.

Probably the first thing I’ve ever tried was calorie counting, when I was still a teenager. Did it work: yes. I lost about twenty pounds relatively quick, in a couple of months or so. Was it easy: No. I thought about food all the time, I started binging and feeling quilty, losing weight was so much pressure that I found myself desperate and confused. Would I do it again: No. I didn’t feel like I was doing this to get healthy, I really felt I was doing it for the looks (even though that’s not bad for a teenager, I don’t think that way anymore and that wouldn’t be enough motivation now)

Next diet I tried : working out every day two hours, seven days a week, for six years. The weight stayed down, fluctuated a little bit. I guess I couldn’t keep my weight constant because when you don’t have a diet, working out so much makes you really hungry, especially when you don’t watch the sugar. Would I do it again :No. It is exhausting working out so much.

Next is the cabbage diet, which I modified because I can’t eat only cabbage soup. The soup is bland and it is just plain boring, especially when everyone else is eating something else. I hated the soup, and I felt deprived, it did work though, but after a week or so you just go back to the original diet you are used to and it is not life changing, you don’t feel miraculous.

Next, the maple syrup cleanse. I religiously followed it for three days, I planned ten days, I had to quit because I felt dizzy and I got scared. Would I do it again:No. Too depriving.

I looked at the HCG diet, garcinia cambogia, raspberry keytone. Not impressed. First, HCG sounds crazy. I took the other two, gc and rk, and I may have felt some results, but not amazing.

So I guess you can say I will try a few things to be healthy, happy and slim.

Why I’m so happy on the raw food diet: I have been eating almost entirely raw for one week and I’m never hungry, never cranky, never negative, I find I get more rest, I wake up earlier in the morning, I get a deeper sleep at night, my skin cleared up and I feel like I’ve lost some weight ( I refuse to weight myself because I don’t want to be influenced by some number ). Why I’m planning to stick to the raw food diet : right now is spring, and having so many fruits and veggies in the summer time available, locally grown, makes it a no brainer to take advantage of it.

My plan for the future: eat seasonal. In the summer fruits and veggies, in the winter, since I live in Ontario and we do have quite a few months of winter, if this winter is going to be anything like the previous, then I will include some other foods too since the cold really gets to me. I would include some foods later on like goat cheese, more nuts. Right now I’m not craving anything, so we’ll see.

The point of all this: if you are like me and you have tried quite a few things to get healthy, this is my favourite and I feel the best on it :raw food diet.

It’s 4 pm and what I had today is :half an avocado, some orange, banana, some flax-seed, kiwi, and I feel great.