Happy Freestyle Fridays! Today’s guest post is by Brittany Bullen. She shares a bit of her journey into a vegan diet and why she found herself in a more moderate lifestyle. Check out her blog for her newest challenge…90 Smoothies in 30 Days. Thanks so much for sharing Brittany!
So, I used to be really good at the vegan thing. I was totally on board. So much so, even, that our family for a good 2+ years was almost totally raw. If you’ve seen my YouTube cooking show, UnCooking 101, you know that I probably had the healthiest toddler on the block. It was great! We loved how good we felt… and looked!
We first got in to the vegan thing when I was nursing my firstborn, because we were paranoid and convinced that he had all kinds of health problems he didn’t actually have… you know, like you do with your first. By process of elimination we determined that the cause of said imaginary health problems was my dairy consumption. We had already been mostly vegetarian, so it was a pretty easy shift for us. And then, of course, because I have a habit of excessively reading about things, I came across books like Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrmann and Raw Food, Real World by Sarma Melngailis that convinced me that vegan wasn’t enough and raw was the only way. They make some great points. I still do recommend them, for sure, as well as several other great ones I’m sure you’ll find if you head down that rabbit hole. See you on the other side. =)
That said, I think we still do okay. There are certain aspects of our raw adventures that have stuck with us– one of the best being Green Smoothies. LOVE them! If you’re not making them with your family, you totally should. Without them I’m pretty sure my toddler would NEVER eat vegetables of any kind! Now, we give the kids at least one smoothie a day (as well as lots of fresh fruit!) so I feel like we’re not a total lost cause.
Here’s how my husband does smoothies:
- 7 or 8 apples
- Half a blender full of water
- Several large handfuls of spinach
That’s about it. It really can be that simple if you’re like him and don’t like to get fancy. Here’s my latest favorite smoothie recipe:
- 3 apples
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls frozen pineapple
- 3 handfuls frozen mango
- Several handfuls of leafy greens (I get a mix at Costco that has Kale, Chard and Who Knows What Else)
- Half a blender full of water
The possibilities are endless. If you want to get in to the green smoothie thing, I made a video about it back in the day for you to check out!
Then why did we stop being vegan, you ask?
I don’t know, guys. I wish I had a better answer to that besides “it just got too hard,” but truthfully I really don’t… except to say that the other problem was, I didn’t really like vegan Brittany as much as Chubby Brittany. Chubby Brittany is more fun to be around because she isn’t preoccupied with the evil goings-on of chicken farms (okay, she still is, but she keeps it inside now).
If you’re sad, Chubby Brittany will get you a cookie rather than a raw macaroon that took 6 hours to prepare.
If you’re sad because someone you know has cancer, Chubby Brittany will be more sympathetic than Raw Brittany, who would have secretly suspected that they brought it upon themselves by eating evil foods.
Is there a middle ground? I’d like to think there is. I’d like to think that you can be healthy and not annoying. But I don’t know. We haven’t figured it out yet. If you have, please let me know because I want to know your secret. Until then, I’ll be here enjoying my mostly vegan, lots of raw (on a good day), sometimes meaty/cheesy/pizza loving/cookie eating/hypocritical life, served always with a subtle and small side of guilt.
Thank you Brittany! I love your easy green smoothie ideas and your road to moderation. I’ve also really enjoyed your videos! If you would like to guest post, let me know! I’d love to have you. Have a wonderful weekend.