One Of “Those” Vegans…

For the month of May I was sugar-free and oil-free in addition to being gluten-free and vegan. So yes, I was one of “those” annoying people who can’t have anything and a servers worst nightmare. Lucky for servers and people everywhere, I didn’t leave my house except to go to work.

I didn’t think it would be too difficult, which is wasn’t, but I did get frustrated numerous times. I’m not sure if anyone else has ever looked at the ingredient list on things they purchase, but almost EVERYTHING has either sugar or oil in it. How rude!

Things like pasta sauces, crackers, granola etc had sugar and/or oil in them which isn’t a huge surprise, but I was surprised at dried fruit and nuts. Why oh why does dried fruit need sugar and why do nuts need oil? It doesn’t make sense to me. There were a couple 3 brands that fit the criteria. Mary’s Crackers are crunchy crackers that are made without oil, sugar, gluten, wheat, dairy, or egg – so that was great. Pace Salsa which is my favourite condiment EVER!!!! And PRANA is another favourite of mine for dried fruits.

Near the end of the challenge I was missing chips n salsa (which if you know me is my all time favourite snack/meal that I could live off). So I ended up getting Mary’s crackers and a jar of salsa, which hit the spot. I’m not a huge fan of the crackers, but I was craving crunchiness. I also got myself a little treat of PRANA dried mango. So delicious!

I didn’t have any crazy sugar cravings, or withdrawals, or headaches. I normally don’t consume a lot of sugar anyways, so that could be why. I’m trying to heavily reduce oil/take it out entirely, so I enjoyed not having it ha.

I found it eye opening by how many “healthy” products have oil/sugar in them (yes I sometimes go around the grocery store and just look at product ingredient lists…NERD ALERT).

I made quite a few things at home that fit my criteria, which made me feel like I wasn’t missing sugar/oil. I made overnight oats, pancakes, Mac n Cheeze, enchilada casserole, roast vegetables, tofu scramble, steamed vegetables, salads, tacos and I’m sure a few more.

All in all it was a good month, hard near the end but if you remember my challenges Sept is pretty much the same LOL.



Overnight Oats – Serves 1

1 ripe banana – mashed
2 tbsp chia seeds
¾C  milk of choice
½ oats
cinnamon – to your liking

Add all ingredients to jar, shake, shake, shake and put in fridge overnight. Enjoy with fresh fruit, dried fruit, cacao nibs, or whatever you like.

Find the enchilada casserole here! We do it a little different like rice instead of pasta noodles, add sweet potato, and nix the jalapeño, olive oil, cheese, and green onions.

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