Saturday, 19 October 2013
Vegan? Ok. But what do you eat?
Milk, eggs, meat, fish cheese, cream, butter - that's how Austrian chefs cook.
Pictured you see my grocery buys from today. There is A LOT to eat as you can tell.
I enjoy eating healthy foods. I don't mind indcluding certain products for healthy iron, calcium, and protein levels.
Chickpeas, nuts, parsley, sesame + lemon juice provide iron (Vitamine C augments the iron intake in your body), Broccoli for calcium and probably other good things, Bananas for all kinds of healthy nutritions, Seitan (bag in front) for protein, Dijon mustard for the best home made dressing and many more good things.
And then there are those 3 magic jars: three types of nut-purees Almond, cashew and - well - the third one isn't exactly a puree - coconut oil. Almond puree is made of white almonds (peeled) and it substitutes any cream or milk for all kinds of recipes. Pumpkin soup, a creamy tomato sugo for pasta or even carbonara sauce ... anything goes. The almond puree is rich on protein and fat and it's of course the fat that enhances the flavours in your dish. Coconut oil provides saturated fat which is also essential. And it makes the perfect duo with orange jam on my toast in the morning.
You may say "Oh, you have to take care are lot and this seems to be complicated".
First, I don't mind.
Second, I would not bet on your (=the non-vegan) blood count to be healthier per se.
Did you know that milk decreases the intake of iron? Which means you can eat a lot of red meat for your iron intake. But as soon as you follow the meat-dish by a cafe latte or even worse - serve the meat in a sauce made of dairy products, my lentil soup, served with lemon juice plus the chickpea-parsley salad offers a higher iron intake than your meat dish does.
I don't say that the vegan diet is the healthiest diet on this world. I guess the vegetarian diet is healthier. But the place where I live - a city with 1,7 inhabitants - leaves me with no other choice since there are no cows, hens and fishponds around the corner and I depend on the products on the shelves in supermarkets. Supermarkets equal food industry and industry equals animal harm. Simple as that.
Oh yes, and you might want to know that there are products/ingredients I will not buy for environmental reasons: palm oil and vegetables/fruits that where shipped by air cargo.
How can you tell if someone is vegan?
Don't worry. He/she will tell you.
PS: In the subject I wrote "But what do you eat?" Usually I get asked "But what can you eat?". I can eat everything. But I choose not to. I make other choices.