Monthly Archives: April 2012

Replating

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Let’s get real. Those leftovers you took home from that restaurant, they’ve been sitting in the fridge for how long now? So long that if you’re honest with yourself, you’re a little bit afraid to see what’s on the inside of the to-go box? You’re not really going to be eating those, are you?

So then why shouldn’t some else have?

Replating. It’s a fairly new trend-to-be that my pastor spoke about at our college youth group last night. I think it’s a brilliant idea. Instead of bringing back leftovers that are only going to fester in some forgotten location in the fridge (or worse yet, under the passenger seat in your car), use something that won’t last, as my pastor put it, to do good that will.

Pasadena – Los Angeles in general, really – has a shockingly large homeless population. And it’s not the only city that does. While so many of us are able to forget about that doggy bag, there are too many people, frankly, who spend their time digging through restaurant dumpsters and scrounging around bus benches in hopes of finding the first meal they’ve had in a few days.

So why not make that easier for them?

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Replating. It’s simple. Instead of merely toting around a box of jumbled seconds for a while until it reaches its final destination in the trashcan, diners nicely situate food in their to-go box (they replate it) and leave it visibly on top of a nearby dumpster, next to a trashcan, under a park or bus bench – basically, some place where a hungry but empty-pocketed person might be searching for a meal. Food doesn’t go to waste, one less stomach grumbles, and your fridge doesn’t smell like yesterday’s Chinese.

Vegan food in particular can be bulkier than non-vegan food – and so more likely to result in leftovers. Vegan community, I challenge you to try replating along with me at least once this month. Don’t just let your potential for good go to rot.

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Vegan Active

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Phew! Long time no blog!

Don’t worry, dear readers, I haven’t just been slacking off! This vegan’s been damn busy. To catch y’all up, the past few weeks have been filled with:

A trip to the L.A. zoo! Look for a post on my take on zoos soon!

He came right up to the glass!

Dance show! Lots and lots of dance show! I had five hours of rehearsal a day and then three two-hour-long performances!

Larissa (right) and I in our crazy animal print hip hop costumes 🙂

Figuring out what in the world I’ll be doing this summer! (Still working on this one…)

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Romping around with coyotes!

Sedona, one of the beautiful Waystation coyotes!

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Traipsing around Santa Monica and Venice Beach 🙂

My friend Carson. He's pretty awesome.

my shadow!

my friends meet the wind 😉

Of course, being active means I’ve gotta have the fuel to do all of this – and a lot of that fuel comes in the form of protein. The question of protein has become almost cliche in the vegan community – how many of you have already stopped keeping count of how many times you’ve been asked how you get protein?

Well, for all you new vegans and those who are just plain curious, here’s my answer!

Vegan Protein

Okay, let’s talk biochem for a minute. What exactly is “protein?” Well, protein is a macromolecule composed of building blocks that are called “amino acids.” There are twenty of them; some of them our body can make, some of them our body can’t, and those are called “essential amino acids.” Really, as long as you eat a balanced diet, you’ll be fine on all twenty.

Nutritionally speaking, 1 oz protein = 7 g of protein. A balanced diet should have at least 50 g (about 7 oz) of protein a day, though I get at least 70 g (10 oz).

Wanna know how? Here are the conversions for the proteins I usually go for:

1 oz protein =

– 1.5 oz extra firm tofu

– 1/8 block tempeh

– 1/4 c shelled edamame

– 2.5 slices tofurky

– 3 meatless meatballs (TJ!)

– 2 Tb nutritional yeast

– 1/2 Tb nut butter (okay, if you want to be super neurotic it’s 2 Tb, which counts for 1 oz protein and som fat nutrients, but if you want to be a normal person just go with 1/2 Tb)

– 1/4 c most beans (again, if you want to be neurotic 1/2 c counts as 1 protein and some starch nutrients, but for sanity’s sake just go with 1/4 c)

Do you have a favorite form of vegan protein?