Monday, June 2, 2014

My Vegan Mondays

Coffee with almond milk
Overnight oats with blueberries

An avocado wrap
A Kind bar

Some cherry tomatoes
Amazingly fast, easy, cheap soba noodles with peas and peanuts

I'm trying to pump up my iron, protein and calcium intakes for the bébé. I've been eating a lot of oats, almond butter, dried fruit and such. Trying to ween myself a bit from the sweets, but man is that hard.

Speaking of sweet stuff, if you haven't seen the documentary Fed Up yet, you should. Our country's poor health woes, especially kids', is staggering. Did you know that 80% of the items in a grocery store have had sugar added to them? Eighty percent. Four out of five things you buy at the store have added sugar.

Similarly distressing, the school system has moved so far away from cooks actually making lunch to corporate-sponsored cafeterias. In fact, 80% of school cafeterias have their food sponsored from a particular corporation. Which means they just heat up the pizza, burger and fries, and that's it. And 50% of schools have fast food served! What is that?!

At the risk of sounding like an old man, I remember there were two or three designated mornings where we could buy doughnuts in high school. And there was one soda machine, located near the gym, that was unlocked only after school. In other words, sweets and treats were special. They weren't part of the everyday diet. If you're a 15-year-old in a cafeteria, why wouldn't you choose a big ole fountain soda to wash down your fried lunch? Something's gotta give, America!


  1. Well said, Amy!
    By the way, if you're trying to boost your iron intake, keep in mind that certain foods (like dairy) inhibit iron absorption. Here's an interesting article:

  2. Good to know, Duchesse - merci bien! xo

  3. I remember when I was growing up ( in North Carolina) , drinking coke in the mornings .. I had a very young mother who was a bad cook and not that interested in cooking to begin with .. it is a wonder my brother and I grew up and didn't look stunted or something !

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