Even as a veteran vegan, I observe Veganuary by accessing my meal choices and healthy habits. If you follow my blog (subscribe here) and Instagram (follow here), you know that I love indulging in decadent foods and lounging, as a result I have a tendency to get off track as the year slides on.
If you aren’t familiar with Veganuary, it is a non-profit movement which aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January. We’re all setting goals for the year, so why not spend a month trying out veganism. Even if you only do it for a month, think of all the animals who will be saved.
Signing up on the official Veganuary website is a great way to get some community support via emails with recipes, tips and nutritional info. You can also follow Veganuary on Insta, FB and Twitter. Their site also has great resources such as a Vegan Label Reading Guide and a Vegan Baking Guide.
Below are a few things I’ll be adding to my routine this Veganuary to get a bit healthier.
MORNING PROTEIN SMOOTHIE BOWLS
I’ve resisted the smoothie bowl trend for a while, but after getting this recipe book — A Rainbow of Smoothie Bowls by Leigh Weingus — I’m feeling inspired to incorporate these into my Veganuary. If you have any tips for me, leave them in the comments below. I’d love your advice.
I’ve also recently fallen hard for Sacha Inchi seeds and have been adding them to salads. They have an incredible oaky, nutty, toasted flavor, with a snappy crunch. They also have a higher content of Omega Oils than Salmon, contain all 8 essential amino acids and are rich in protein — 8.5g of Protein in a 1/4 cup.
Sacha Inchi available here
PREPARE FOR BUSY DAYS
I wish my mornings looked like those perfect Morning Routine videos on YouTube where the woman wakes up looking flawless, lights a candle in her peaceful, sundrenched apartment, before beginning an elaborately elegant make-up routine, but mine usually starts with my rescue cat screaming for breakfast 15 minutes before the alarm is set to go off.
Time in the morning just seems to vaporize and I always find myself rushing at the end to get out the door, so this year I’m determined to work on making my mornings easier. Besides meal prepping on Sunday, I’m planning to keep my freezer stocked with frozen burritos for days when I need to just grab something quick. I recently discovered Red’s Bean & Rice vegan burritos which are made of organic, have 9g Protein, are high in fiber.
Red’s Website here
Through the holidays, I really neglected my skin. Winter dryness is getting to me. I’ve started using Seabuck Wonders, which is a vegan line that utilizes the health benefits of Sea Buckthorn –> rich in Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9, vitamin C, A, E, beta-carotene and phytonutrients.
I’m using the body lotion, the supplement and the oil. I love the oil because you can apply it directly to your skin or add some drops to cold beverages or to my morning smoothie bowls.
Seabuck Wonder’s website here