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March 2016

Veggie Life

Vegan Protein

What about protein???

So many people have asked me, “where do you get your protein?” It really surprises me that out of everything this is what people care about. They don’t ask about the animal suffering or about the disappearing rainforest, but they sure do care about protein. Don’t get me wrong, being healthy and getting the right nutrients is important to me, but living in a society that is overweight and unfit, I’m surprised and slightly annoyed to hear such questions. No one has ever cared about my protein before going vegan, so I’m not sure why this is so important now. But anyways, this is how I get it.

Breanna

I didn’t stop eating meat because I didn’t like the flavor, I quit, because the animals suffering for my food didn’t set right with me. This is why I turn to mock meats for a lot of my protein. There are several options out there such as Beyond Meat, Beast Burgers, Gardein, Field Roast, and Tofurky. These are just some of the brands that can be found at your local grocer. These are all very popular in my household and get added to our meals daily. The best part is, you don’t have to waste tons of money at whole foods on these products, I have purchased several of these from Walmart + Meijer at cheaper prices than the cost of meat.

Also, these mock meats can be treated just like animal meat. Just last weekend, Josiah & our roommate Scott made skewers with the Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausages. They were delicious with some zucchini and bell peppers. Another favorite mock meal of ours is spaghetti and meatballs. We bought veggie pasta from Walmart and used Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs. It turned out absolutely delicious. For all the burger fans out there, Beast Burgers are awesome 1/4 lb burgers that actually contain more protein than regular burgers at 23 grams per burger. They’re easy to cook in the oven, in a skillet, and of course you can toss them on the grill. One more favorite of ours would be Gardein’s Fishless Fish Fillets. Bake those in the oven and top with vegan tartar sauce, a squeeze fresh lemon, add a side of rice + veggies and there you go. So delicious.

Besides mock meats, lentils and beans also are loaded up with protein. A quick look at the package will tell you exactly how much depending on the type. I personally like black beans and great northern beans the best, which have about 15 grams of protein per cup. Check out this link healthaliciousness.com, as it lists 37 different types of legumes and their protein values.

Not only do I get my protein from mock meats, lentils, and beans, but also from protein powder. YES, they do make vegan protein powder. Who knew? Vega is one of the most popular brands out there for protein powder, I currently use Blenditup. I throw it in the blender with a bunch of fruit & almond milk.

I honestly believe that since going vegan and eating the different mock meats, we have become better cooks + we eat better tasting food. Josiah is an awesome cook to begin with, but since we have been forced to try new food, our cooking skills have drastically improved.  If you could eat amazing food, get the right nutrients, not contribute to animal suffering + environmental pollution, why wouldn’t you?

School Bus Conversion ~Live

School Bus Conversion Live

Coming To You Live

 

I thought it would be fun to start a new section of our YouTube channel. Live streams straight from the bus! Hopefully you will find these video’s entertaining as well as informative. We are just a regular couple converting a school bus into a tiny home on wheels nothing special. Well we might be a little special but only in the best possible way. I mean we do own and will live in a “short bus”.

Veggie Life

Vegan Grocery Shopping

I’m not even kidding when I say “I love grocery shopping”. It’s even more fun now that I’m an adult and can really choose what I eat for the week based on my lifestyle. As a kid I simply had to eat whatever my parents bought, and sadly it wasn’t the healthiest food for my body. I remember as kid loading the cart up with hamburger helper and chocolate chip cookies. Yes, I still get chocolate chip cookies, but I get a pack of 12 instead of a box of 40. Grocery shopping should be fun, not just seen as a daily chore. This is the food that you will be putting in your body for the week. It’s the fuel your body runs off of.

As most of you know I’ve been vegan for a while now, but it’s still exciting to go to the store and find new vegan products. Especially, because lately there seems to be new vegan products coming out every week, from Chao cheeses to Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream there are tons of new options. Also, all the new mock meats from Tofurky, Gardein, and Field Roast are exciting to try. But sometimes those foods can be expensive, if not on sale. For example, Tofurky’s pizza at Fresh Thyme is $8 regularly. To save money I check sales add and stock up on them when I find a good bargain. If I can’t get it on sale, I don’t buy it, which just gives me an opportunity to try something else that is on sale that week.

It can be overwhelming to go to the store and try to flip through the add while everyone is bustling around you. That’s why before I even leave the house I check the sales ads online. This way I know what I’m buying before I even walk in and don’t feel rushed. I really try not to buy anything that isn’t on my list. With so many superfoods these days and colorful marketing, it can be hard to stay on track. I also write down the price of the item from the sales ad so I can make sure I’m getting the right product. For instance, sometimes I get overwhelmed when there’s bagged carrots, organic carrots, baby carrots, rainbow carrots, peeled carrots, and I’m like “uhhh I just need the carrots that are on sale for 1lb/$.99.” Plus when I have the prices written down, I can see if they’re actually cheaper at the first store, even if they’re not on sale.

I hope this helps you guys! Please, in the comments below leave any advice on how to be cheaper & also what to do instead of the produce bags you find at the grocery store.

Thanks!
XOXO

Breanna

School Bus Conversion Videos

School Bus Conversion #21 Back Panel Removal!

Yes this video is BOMB!

Especially after #20 which let’s be honest here… Just Sucked!! However in this video I think that I did a pretty good job overall. We also got a lot of work done including removing the back panels around the door. That was the big item that we got to cross off the list.

It was actually pretty easy removing them. After you take out all of the screws and some rivets, however on my door lock near where the latch comes across there is an extra support piece that has 2 rivets. DO NOT GRIND THEM OFF! You will want to keep them  as they are the only thing holding the edge together. At least that is how our bus is put together. Then after it is loose you just simply cut down the edge with your trusty grinder and Bob’s your Uncle they come right off.

If you have any questions or anything at all just leave us a comment on the video and we will get right back with you.

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School Bus Conversion #20 Whole Lotta Nothing

Well If you have watched this video…

I am sorry because I dropped the ball big time on this video update. Do not worry though I made sure to make #21 extra awesome. Well I tried anyway. Anyways in this video as I am sure you can tell not much was completed other than scraping up the floor under the driver seat which unfortunately you’re not able to see because I thought I turned the camera on but never actually did. We weren’t out at the bus all that long anyway.

Just trust me on this that the next video is FANTASTIC and that work actually gets done.

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School Bus Conversion Update #19

Last seat out of the bus!

So I got the driver seat out of the bus along with starting to get the risers and floor matt out. We took the seat over to Riggs Bros and it turned out amazing!! We will be catching you all up on the seat after we get it installed.

I know that I have been fairly lazy over this winter however come spring. It is going to be balls to the wall bus build crazy! I can assure you of that. We are going to crank this out and get on the road this June.

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School Bus Conversion Update #18

Work needs to get done!

It feels like there is so much to do and so little time. In this video of our school bus conversion I just do some odd and end work. I remove the swing arm mechanism on the front of the bus as well as the stop sign arm. I had really wanted to keep the stop sign but the dealer had already removed it unfortunately.

If you have any questions about your own conversion feel free to reach out I will help you out as best I can. I know that converting a school bus into an rv is a big job. It is a fun job though due to the endless possibilities. I think that is one of the best parts about building a skoolie is that you are making it perfect for you.