Drop that Gatorade!

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Luckily, electrolytes and hangover cures aren’t only found in artificially colored and fortified sugary drinks! And if you like your health food to taste good, you still have nothing to worry about. Watermelon is bursting with electrolytes! Sixteen ounces of watermelon juice alone has about three times as much electrolytes as Gatorade! Watermelon is also loaded with Lycopene, which protects your cells and fights off diseases! It’s additionally great as a tastier source of hydration for people like me, who can never remember¬†to drink a glass of water every now and then. ūüėČ

Coconut water might be a taste that takes a little getting used to, but it is definitely a drink worth paying attention to! Comparatively, coconut water has less sodium and more potassium than a sports drink and helps fight against cancer and kidney stones. If you want to add a little sweetness to your coconut water, try adding some pineapple juice or pineapple chunks to shake things up!

Give these yummy hydration replacements a try and let us know what you think!

Signing off for the Sentient,

Sammi

 

Eating Healthy on the Go!

Clean eating is an infamous travel struggle! Here are ten snacks that keep me satisfied and energized when I’m on the go!

  1. Fruit: Fruit is the easiest “fast food” there is. ūüėČ Wash it, cut it, and package it for the week and you have a quick snack no matter how much of a hurry you’re in!
  2. Clif bars: Clif bars feel like you’re eating a cookie that’s good for you! They’re meant for active people, so they’re especially great for hikers, cyclists and climbers who could use the extra energy & protein boost! Not all of them are vegan, though, so double check the label!
  1. Dates: Dates are also fruit, but especially handy for people in a rush. Dates may dry out a little after a month or so, but it takes them so long to actually go bad that they’re always good to keep in your glove compartment or purse for those unexpected hangry moments!
  2. Homemade trail mix: Dried fruit, nuts, vegan chocolate chips, and pretzels make a delicious and easy to eat snack anytime. Make a big batch and store it in your pantry, or throw a few handfuls into a Ziploc bag on your way out!
  3. Dips: If you have a little time before you’re on your way, quick dip boxes can be filling, healthy ways to rid yourself of some hunger. Slice up pita bread and with a few scoops of hummus, veggies with guacamole, or ciabatta bread with scoops PB&J and you’re good to go!
  4. Seeds or nuts: Seeds & nuts are surprisingly filling. They’re great in between meals, or as the “I’m bored so I’m going to eat something” snack. ūüėČ
  5. Vegan yogurt: Thanks to food science, that yogurt container can still make its way into your lunch box. There are all sorts of vegan yogurt brands out now, from So Delicious to Kite Hill to Trader Joe’s.

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  1. Chia Pudding: Chia Pudding is so easy to make. Add fruit juice and your favorite nut milk to chia seeds in a bowl, leave it in the fridge overnight and you’re set… and so is the pudding! If you’re not up for making it at home, though, there are pre-made chia puddings sold at Whole Foods and Rainbow Blossom!
  2. Kale chips: Kale chips are ideal for long car drives! They’re easy to make, not super messy, and they even sneak greens into your diet! Make them at home, or buy Brad’s Raw Kale Chips in stores (they even sell them at certain Kroger’s)!
  3. Dark chocolate: Many dark chocolates are vegan, but always double check! Dark chocolate is on the healthier side of the sweets spectrum. It has tons of health benefits and can can also help curb a sweet tooth! My personal favorite is from the Endangered Species brand found at Kroger’s!

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Don’t listen to the rumors, eating vegan doesn’t have to be inconvenient! ūüôā We hope you give some of these snacks a try on your next busy day or roadtrip!

Signing off for the sentient,

Sammi

V-Grits Spotlight

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Highlighting our creative and compassionate customers, V-Grits will share a monthly spotlight on some of the cool-cats that have crossed the orange truck’s path!¬†This month’s V-Grits spotlight goes to avid Louisvillian cyclist, Tom Hughes! Here is a little bit about Tom and his adventures!
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Q: How long have you been a V-Grits fan?
A (Tom): I’ve been a V-Grits fan¬†since before it existed! I rode my bike out to Shelbyville a few times to get Kristina’s baked goods earlier on. I saw her Cutthroat Kitchen victory and knew she had a great future ahead. I bought two meals from the Kickstarter page to help her get started and have been hooked ever since.
Q: What’s your favorite V-Grits indulgence?
A: The Where Do You Get Your Protein Burger and the Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Mac and Cheese!
Q: If you could be a new crayon color, what color would you be?
A: The color of rad wine!
Q: How long have you been vegan?
A: I’ve been vegan since the October of 2012. I first started as a way to help my mom control her cholesterol. Then I just fell in love with all the recipes I was making and I felt my health and energy improving a ton right away. I found out about the ethics of animal agriculture and the needless exploitation animals in undergo and wanted no part of it ever again.
Q: What adventures are you up to currently?
A: I’m currently cycling across the country, powered on a purely plant based diet of course!
Q: What are different experiences you’ve faced while cycling?
A: Getting enough calories has been a challenge at times through the Midwest. I need at least 4000-5000 per day! The entirety of Kansas seems to revolve around a menu you might find at a carnival or state fair. I rely a lot on dried fruits and nuts. When I find a restaurant it’s typically French fries and a sweet tea. To get enough good food I have a small steel pot and camp stove so I can cook rice, lentils, chickpeas etc. and whatever veggies I can carry. I also brought a mini cutting board and kitchen knife to prepare meals while camping.
Q: Did I read you also want to teach others that people can travel vegan on a budget while consistently exercising?
A: Yes that’s the plan! When I get home I’m going to collect my recipes and tips for traveling on a budget and getting enough calories and nutrition to power whatever adventures lay ahead with minimal supplies!
Q: How many doughnuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?
A: I’ve never tried but I figure I could eat at least 13! That’s a good challenge, I need to find out!
¬† ¬† ¬† You can read and see more of what Tom is up to and what dreams of his he is accomplishing on his blog! You can also come to his West Coast, 3,000 mile point celebration party Wednesday, August 17th at Seidenenfaden’s tomorrow night to celebrate the journey he has made and show him support for his ride back home! Donations will be made to local animal sanctuary Upland’s PEAK, and to help Tom get a headstart on a book he intends to write about traveling vegan on a budget. Check it out!
                                    Signing off for the sentient,
                                                                                    Sammi