As I’ve already touched upon slightly in my previous blog post, I will be going vegan for the next few weeks for Lent (I am usually a vegetarian), and as it is much harder to be a vegan than a vegetarian (even being a veggie is pretty hard, depending on where you are in the world, of course!), I thought I’d share with you the kind of foods I eat on a day-to-day basis. This week I thought I’d tell you about my snacks, which I generally consume at break time at school (around 11am) and just when I’ve got home from school (around 4:30pm).
As I am doing this for Lent, the biblical season of fasting (when Jesus was fasting in the wilderness) I thought I’d also include a meaningful Bible passage at the end of each of these Lent posts, with a little bit about my interpretation of it and what I particularly love about it. Whether you’re a Christian or not, I hope that it will still be interesting for you to read, and perhaps give you an insight into what Christianity is all about and the kind of mindset in which we live our daily lives.
Anyway, here are the snacks I eat as a vegan:
Spicy nuts and roasted corn
These include cashews, peanuts and roasted corn. They’re quite tasty and not too spicy which I was both surprised an relieved about, as I’m not a great fan of spicy food! 🌶 The ones that I got are fair-trade, and to my knowledge, they’re available in all good stores.
Walker’s ready salted crisps
These are a classic snack which just happen to be accidentally vegan also 🙌 I personally am not a great fan of flavoured crisps, so I just go for the ready salted, but most of their crisps to my knowledge are also vegan (although be sure to check the ingredients first!), although BBQ Beef flavoured crisps are not, because even though they don’t contain beef (thank goodness!), they do contain whey powder, which comes from milk, so be sure to check out little things like that. I think the American version of these are Lays…?
These taste AMAZING, especially when slightly salted. Like any nuts/pulses or anything like that, they are also a great source of protein for vegans/vegetarians.
These are very sweet, but that makes them a nice substitute for sweets/candy. They are also a fruit, so pretty healthy, right?!
Okay, who doesn’t love Oreos? The UK version of them is actually vegan as well, as why powder has been removed from their ingredients since 2013 (not sure if that’s the case, though, in other countries). They’re such a lovely treat to have, especially on a Friday when you’ve been through a whole working week.
Alpro Soya chocolate milk
These are SO delicious and are also completely vegan, and even available in UHT (at least, in the UK).
Very simple to make animal-product-free and equally delicious (and very healthy)! Just follow this recipe and substitute the saltines/raisins for whichever fruit(s) takes your fancy and be sure to use vegan spread or a vegan oil equivalent.
Nak’d snack bars
These are absolutely packed with goodness and have a very rich, pure taste to them. The are also ideal for consumption just before exercise, as they are very high in protein.
The Bible section: ‘food’ for thought
Okay, that was a bit of a silly pun, I apologise 😜
Songs are such a lovely, engaging way to worship God: using our gifts that God has given us in order to bring glory to Him.
This week I thought I’d take to you about one of my favourite Christian songs called “Amazing Grace”. You’ve probably heard of this, as this is a song which a lot of people associate most with Christianity. It has the loveliest lyrics, which were written by John Newton (1725 – 1807) after his experience of receiving God’s mercy when he called out to Him during a storm at sea. He was a British slave trader, but became so moved that he stopped this awful practice, and became a Christian. He then became a clergyman so that he could teach others about God’s unconditional love and forgiveness.
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see
This lyric for me really demonstrates this, as before Newton would have been “lost” in the selfish industry of slave trade, losing sight (“blindness”) of all morals and what is right. After becoming a Christian, and opening up to God, he then would have “seen” the light and turned away from the darkness of not doing God’s will.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun
This is my favourite verse of Amazing Grace, as it basically says that as Christians, “bright shining as the sun”, time does not matter as far as God is concerned. Life with God lasts for an eternity, so time does not exist and is in fact immeasurable. No less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun shows this in a lovely way.
If you’d like to listen to the whole song yourself take a look at it here on YouTube. There are many versions of this amazing song on there, but this is my favourite one, and it is very good for quiet prayer.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9
This verse, amongst many others, neatly ties into Amazing Grace, as it shows us that no matter how much we mess up, and no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God still loves us, unconditionally. This is God’s gift to us. We do not deserve eternal life, as all of us have sinned in our lives and have gone against God’s will, but God gives us the opportunity to accept it because he loves us and forgives us, and has given us free will. Therefore, if we love and truly believe in Christ and reject evil, God will let us have eternal life also. Lastly, as it is not because of our good actions that we may have eternal life, we should not boast about anything except for God and His amazing love. We are all equal in God’s eyes, and do not need to “earn” God’s love.
I hope you enjoyed my first post in my Lent series on being vegan. If you like, tell me what you particularly enjoyed about it! I thought I’d be a vegan, just for this short period of time, because I wanted to see how long I can last for being completely plant-based (!). I also wanted to be a little more environmentally-friendly than I usually am through being vegetarian – did you know that vegetarians release 1.7 metric tonnes of CO2 every year, compared with 1.5 for vegans? This is obviously a lot more for meat-eaters.
Don’t worry if you cannot make the commitment to being vegetarian/vegan full-time: even making little changes such as one meal per day, or even one meal per week being vegetarian can make a bigger difference than you probably think!
See you on Friday xx