Hello all you beautiful people out there! I am soooo excited to finally have started my blog. I have been wanting to start a blog for some time now, and becoming vegan has given me the ultimate push!!! I just want to share with all of you my discovery, my adventures, my journey into the vegan world….. I have never had this much fun in the kitchen that’s for sure!! Everything is soo delicious! And it’s sooo good for you, the benefits are amazing!
Within only 2 1/2 months, my iron blood level has gone up (60 instead of 20-25). It’s never been this high in my life! My cholesterol has gone down, my B12 is exactly in the middle of normal, and after a long 14 hour day, my feet don’t hurt anymore. That one blew me away! I didn’t notice right away, but started wondering “why don’t my feet hurt anymore”! The only thing I had changed was my “lifestyle”! Even my lower back doesn’t hurt like before! And I’ve also lost 7 lbs, not that I was trying either. I’m pigging out on vegys and fruit and potatoes and rice and pasta and sauces and cookies and banana bread, and so much more! I’m just not eating animals and their products anymore, which contain the fats that we don’t want and the cholesterol we don’t need.
I have been discovering sooo much and I do love learning! I want to share this with YOU because I think it is important. I have heard so many good things from Dr. Michael Greger, Nutritionfacts.org. He has amazing information to work with and I would urge you to listen to him on Youtube. Just becoming aware of your health, the planet you live on and the suffering the animals go through ‘for us’ is all so very overwhelming! Before Oct. 7, 2015, I was quite ignorant, I didn’t know because no one wants you to know the facts, they just want you to buy their milk, or their yogurt, or their meat, which is so harmful to our health, the planet and of course, our dear friends, the animals!!
I actually was a vegetarian since March 2014, but after watching “Cowspiracy“, I instantly became a vegan! Please watch this documentary, it really does open your eyes! or perhaps watch “Foods Inc.”, or “101 Reasons to go Vegan”, or “Forks over Knives”, or “Earthlings”…… I am also following “Bite Size Vegan” on Youtube.
Thank you for reading this blog! Thank you for listening! I’d like to follow up with a yummy waffle recipe…. this one in particular I found on “Minimalist Baker“.
- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive, canola or melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
- heaping 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1 3/4 cups gluten free flour blend (We just added white flour)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp flax seed meal
- 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped bananas or other fresh fruit
- Combine almond milk and vinegar in a small mixing bowl and let set for a few minutes to curdle/activate. Then add olive oil, agave nectar or maple syrup and whisk. Set aside.
- Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well incorporated. Test batter for sweetness and flavor. Add more sweetener or some vanilla extract if desired. I added a touch more agave.
- Let set for 5-10 minutes while your waffle iron preheats. (I set mine to 4 out of 5 for a crispier waffle, but adjust yours according to preference.)
- Once waffle iron is ready, generously coat with non-stick spray and pour on about 1/2 cup of batter. Cook according to manufacturer instructions and then remove and place on a baking rack in a 200 degree oven to keep warm. Do not stack and instead keep them in a single layer to ensure crispiness remains.
- Serve immediately with desired toppings, such as fresh cherry-berry compote and more maple syrup. Store leftovers in a freezer safe bag and reheat in the toaster for best results (see notes for more instructions). Will keep in the freezer for up to a couple months, although they’re freshest within the first couple weeks.
This recipe is so good! By the way, we added the cinnamon, a definite plus for me! Even when these waffles have been sitting on the counter for a few hours, just to eat them cold, they have a sweet taste to them and yummy for snacking, or just pop them in the toaster to warm them up!
….. and there’s soooo much more to come!! I’m eager to publish the 7 layer dip that I made the other day…. man, was it ever tastey. I couldn’t stop eating it!
Have a wicked day everyone! Remember to carb up (carbohydrates), don’t eat the dairy, or the meat, and you WILL see results! You WILL simply feel better, cleaner!
Have Fun, Cheers, ktkickass
p.s. I love writing…… obviously!