I have no vegan friends in real life. Sad but true. The first real life vegan I met was ironically at Outback Steakhouse when the waiter serving us turned out to be vegan. I was taken by surprise and felt so overwhelmed, I had to pinch my leg in such a painful way to stop myself from crying. It was just so great to meet another vegan person face to face, rather than through the screen of my phone.
I find myself asking random people if they’re vegan. The lady at the health food shop, the guy that looks a little hippie, all the staff at the vegan cafe’s. You’d actually be surprised at the amount of people who work in the vegan food business, that aren’t actually vegan. It’s like daggers to my heart every time. No one I’ve asked has actually turned out to be vegan as yet. I have this fantasy that one day a stranger comes up to me and say’s “Hi I’m a vegan too, let’s talk about all the things!” Or my ultimate fantasy, my family calls up and say’s “Sheila, we watched the documentary’s, we understand, we are now vegan”. Ahhhh such sweet daydreams. That’s just it I guess, having someone to relate to that really understands all the things you think, feel and know.
Vegan meetups are the best. I find myself running around, excitable verbal diarrhoea falling out of my mouth all over the place. “Do you like Freelee? Did you watch that doco? Are you high carb? OMG OREOS!” I just get excited. I have made one successful vegan Facebook friend – hello Bella! – and that’s it. If it weren’t for the internet I would be completely lost and confused. I watch all the vegans on YouTube talking about all the things I am experiencing and it makes me feel so happy to know that I’m not alone.
One girl that’s a lifesaver on YouTube is Naturally Stephanie. This chick lifts heavy weights and has an incredible athletic figure. She was the first vegan I found that didn’t just run or cycle! Cardio is important, but I have never really enjoyed it, I have to force myself into almost every cardio session! I started lifting weights when I first joined the army and fell in love with it. It was so awesome and kind of comforting to see another vegan girl training in a similar way! You can find Naturally Stephanie on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJwqpwIzRiAR1eglS3bguQ/videos
Stephanie was eating a Clif Chocolate Mint Builder’s bar in one of her vegan reviews on YouTube. Before I knew it, I had ordered a box and the glorious Clif bars were at my doorstep. My first vegan protein bar! It did not disappoint, there was tingling in the panties to say the least. It was about that time that I had just got my Vitamix blender and I was blending everything. BLEND ALL THE THINGS! So of course I made a shake with the fabulous Clif Bar and yes, it is the tit’s. I don’t drink this fancy shake after the gym, this is more just to have a decadent sweet treat from time to time!
Each bar boasts 20g of protein plus 13 vitamins and minerals, you seriously can’t go wrong with these babies!
For the shake:
1 cup almond milk
1 Choc Mint Builder Bar
1 frozen banana
1 pitted medjoul date
1-2 large mint leaves
1 cup ice
1/2 Choc Mint Builder Bar
1 tsp. Nuttlex
1 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
3 mint leaves