Taking the plunge... Vegan & Muscles
Muscle gains and vegan diet, yep I've heard the worries and I've had the worries.
Lots of vegetables are considered “Incomplete protein” meaning they lack key amino acids that are building blocks of making protein. Don’t fear!
There are Complete protein sources for vegans and vegetable lovers such as Quinoa, Buckwheat, Hempseed, Chia, Soy (Think Tofu, Edamame and Tempeh), Spirulina
For vegetables that are considered “Incomplete protein” source you can easily overcome this by “Protein complementation”, which simply means eat variety! Starchy vegetables lack lysine that leafy green vegetables have abundance of, Beans and legumes are high in Lysine yet they lack in Methionine that Nuts and Seeds have abundance of, you get the trick 😋
Have a dig at this simple Buddha bowl with “Complete Protein"
Black sesame seed?
I have been having a real pang for some "Black Sesame seed milk" lately.
Since I knew I won't be finding it in Cologne, I decided
"F* it! I'll make my own!" 😆🤘🏻
You only need two ingredients and some elbow grease:
This hip toasty sweet vegan milk has all the health benefits without the chemicals such as preservatives and added sugar/sweeteners from the carton soy milks. This is the new cool milk from the block and you don't need an expensive soy milk maker or tricky to find cheese cloth.
All you need is a pot, bowl and a clean new pair of panty hose! ✌🏻
(I hand washed and sun dried a pair of new unopened panty hose I found in my drawer 😄)
If you are vegan or vegetarian or just a lover of soy milk, you are going to LOVE this recipe for a cool black twist for a healthy exotic kick start of the day.
This little tasty black seed is used for many health-promoting and anti-aging benefits in both western and eastern cultures. In Chinese medicine, black foods are said to nourish the kidneys and black sesame seeds are known to nourish kidney yin. Black sesame seeds are known for its good source of energy due to the high healthy fatty acids and Omega-6 content. You will see these awesome nutritious rich seeds in many oriental dishes. As a Korean girl, aroma of toasted sesame seeds brings my senses to a nostalgic fit of joy 🤤
Not only this milk is hip and delicious, here are some amazing benefits of black sesame seed soy milk:
1. Sesame seeds contain good source of bone forming minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. There's more calcium in one tablespoon of sesame seeds than a glass of milk! magnesium and calcium are also important essential minerals that help regulate blood pressure.
2. Along with the relaxing minerals such as magnesium and calcium, it also contains amino acid tryptophan that help produce serotonin ups your mood and helps you sleep better by
3. The healthy fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid in sesame seeds help in skin beutifying!
4. The seeds are high in copper content which are wonders for the bones and joints
5. Black sesame seeds contain highest level of anti-cancer compound phytosterols out of any commony consumed seeds and nuts
6. The antioxidants in the black sesame seeds protect the liver from oxidative damage. Black sesame seeds are a natural tonic to liver.
7. Black sesame seeds have higher in iron content than other variety.
8. It is a plant-based protein
Notes and tips
Black sesame seed soy milk
This earthy nutritional packed vegan milk is perfect for kick starting your day. Whether drink it straight with dash of stevia/maple syrup/agave nectar or made into a hip smoothie bowl. You can even further zuzzie it up and make delicious black sesame vegan ice cream! You will fall in love with this scrum-delicious wholesome treat!
Prep 11hr Cooking time 30min
After straining soy milk liquid, make sure to save the left over pulp Okara.
This Okara can be used in other delicious recipes such as Vegan Okara bread!
I just received my first shipments from Buywholefoods online EU and I thought I’d write a little post about my experience as an expat living and cooking vegan-paleo meals in Germany.
I am a Korean girl raised in Sydney very fresh to Cologne, Germany. After 5 months of expat life I was ready to break my kitchen!
I bulk buy certain ingredients (up to 5kgs at a time) on online wholesale food shops for a few reasons:
This time I ordered ingredients for a variety of purposes. Some are not part of my day to day diet but has a long shelf life and is used for vegan dishes for creative occasions 😃 I use TVP in vegan dishes where I want to imitate a meat-like texture and flavour, as these can be made into vegan meatballs, burger patties, minced meat recipes and stir-fries etcetera.
I cater vegan dinners for meat eaters using TVP and the guests are always pleasantly surprised! 😋
This is basically a powdered gluten protein.
100g of vital wheat gluten provides 75g grams of protein so this is great for non-meat eaters as the protein content is similar to 100g of chicken breast. However, be mindful when eating vegetable based protein as it is not complete protein. It doesn’t contain all the essential amino acids such as Lysine. This one’s not complete on it’s own so it needs to be mixed with or cooked in soy sauce added broth to add gluten’s missing amino acid (lysine) ❤️
Again, like TVPs, these are highly processed foods, so I recommend moderation. I don’t use Vital wheat gluten in my day to day cooking, but like TVP, I do use the product when I want to get creative with my dishes 😉
Vital wheat gluten is made into what is called Seitan. This is vegan meat substitution that’s used in a lot of vegetarian asian dishes and seen in a lot of buddhist temples festival foods. It can have a spongy or firmer texture seasoned to take on flavours to mimic meats such as chicken, duck or beef.
This is great as a gluten free thickener or is great for gluten-free baking. Tapioca is from cassava roots. They can be used in various kinds of foods or recipes such as thickening sauces, cookies and baked goods, and gluten free vegan breads. Tapioca has mild and slightly sweet taste. It’s gluten-free, low in calories and free from sugar.
Tapioca will be a handy ingredient for you if you have nut allergies and you follow a low FODMAP diet or gluten-free diet. It does have a slippery texture, so in baking, it is usually used in combination with other flours.
This is also great as a gluten free thickener and in gluten free baking. It has mild nutty flavour and I use it to thicken sauces and bake vegan breads.
Recently I made a vegan low-histamine lasagna and I used brown rice flour, almond milk and coconut oil to make the white sauce for the lasagna. It thickened very well without any lumps and it was absolutely delicious!
I buy my nuts and seeds by the kilo on online wholesale shops.
Daily nuts and seeds and legumes in my kitchen include:
Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Mixed Quinoa, Black lentils, Chickpeas and Buckwheats etc.
I eat a handful of almonds every single day, and I pre-cook my grains and keep them in the freezer for quick impromptu salad tossing sessions! Bulk buying is much more cost effective and these dried ingredients have long shelf lives, need I say more!
This is an all-natural Vegan Gluten-free liquid smoke with no additives or preservative. You can use a little bit of Liquid smoke in Vegan dishes to give a little twist. A little bit can be used to make vegan bacon bits, vegan gouda cheese or varieties of smoky dishes! It’s a fun little product that evoke my creative juices!
I have always been interested cooking healthy meals and trying new ingredients and recipes. As I am settling into my new beloved city Cologne, Germany building up our home and community I will keep posting my stories!