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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.


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, 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?

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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.



Captains Log

STAR DATE 2-19-16

Well how should I put this….. 

I cannot wait to get going on the bus! We are both more excited than ever to start our lives living on converted school bus. It sounds so strange to say it “well my wife and I our converting a school bus…” and then I get the looks. If you’re converting your own bus you definitely know the look that I am referring to.The adventure that we are going to be setting out upon is indeed going to be a very perilous journey filled with ups and downs along the way. However I know that with Breanna we will be able to pull through together.

So enough daydreaming about being on the bus… 

I wanted to share a little with you about how my shuffle towards veganism is going. I love it!! That’s about all there is to it. Just the other day I was watching shark tank and low and behold a honey substitute was one of the products/companies. It is called Bee Free Honee and I absolutely love it! I have known about the bee epidemic for awhile now and not known how to help. I used to use honey quite frequently in tea, on my toast and sandwiches. If you don’t know already you need to try peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Although now I would recommend Bee Free Honee.

Removing meat from my diet was not as hard as you would think. There are plenty of meat substitutes that taste as good if not better than meat. I have had no ill effects from not eating meat and I would even say I feel better than I did eat meat. I have had some meat whether it be at a restaurant or work luncheon. But on those days that I have had a meal primarily derived from meat I felt like crap! Physically!

Enough of me rambling I plan on making a few videos and posts about what veganism is to me as well as how to start shuffling yourself. As always don’t forget to subscribe and get ready for an exciting adventure because the next stop is Bus Life!

Breanna's Journal

Book Report On Untamed

While on Vacation in Florida, I convinced Josiah to stop at Barnes & Noble so I could pick up a book to read on the beach. I was looking for an inspiring book about adventure. Sitting on the non-fiction shelf was a book I was about to devour within 48 hours. That book is Untamed The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan. Before I knew it I was on the beach completely digested into the fascinating life of Carol Ruckdeschel.


Untamed tells the story of Carol and how she spends her whole life defending nature and doing whatever she can to preserve it. She is one true activist and the way she lives her life is true to her word. The book reveals how big corporations and the even the National Parks Service is money hungry. Apparently, even wilderness is for sale. It’s devastating to learn that people are more interested in filling their pockets, instead of protecting mother earth.

At first I was a little weary of her eating roadkill, as myself being a vegan. But at least she didn’t let them die in vain. Most of the meat she consumed had either been hit by a car, needed to be put down due to medical reasons, or it was seafood she caught in a small net. I suppose if you’re going to eat meat, then it should come from an already dying animal source.

The way she speaks about religion is so interesting and she doesn’t try to hide her blunt feelings. She views religion as just a way to cope with the thought of death. I suppose one doesn’t really need to live on earth or face themselves if they believe they are going to some afterlife. Carol knows death is death & there’s no redo. In the book the reader can observe how she really does live her one life to the fullest.

After reading the biography of Carol, I also learned how endangered sea turtles really are. Meat eaters do not realize that eating seafood is not only causing pain and suffering to the animal on the their dinner plate, but also endangering the species of other wildlife. Carol describes how mass fishing and scraping of the bottom of the ocean for shrimp is causing extreme environmental issues. Us carnivores are screwing up the ecosystem that so many different species count on. I hope people who read her book think twice before maxing out on a seafood trio platter.

I fell in love with this book and after reading it, I hope to be able to explore the wilderness of Cumberland Island and see all the beauty Carol saw in it. She’s one hell of a fighter & an activist. The book is about a woman who shows no fear & sticks up for what she believes in.


Till my next book,

Breanna XOXO

Captains Log Veggie Life

No Meat For Me

I love meat! Ribs, wings, steak, and burgers are some of the foods that I miss eating the most. I have decided to switch to a non meat based diet and may in the future transition to a vegan/raw diet. I am not making this transition because of the wife or for any health reasons. This is a decision that has long been in the back of my mind and is just now being implemented in my daily life.

Here is how I came to decision

Nature (aka the environment, animals, oceans…) is something that needs to be preserved for future generations on earth in my opinion. I cannot imagine a world where elephants, whales, orangutans, and other animals are either extinct or are only “alive” in zoos. This is appalling to me!

Here is what I know to be truth

Before humans took over the earth animals were everywhere! How do I know this to be truth well let’s take the American Bison also known as the Buffalo for an example. Before America headed towards the west coast the bison population is estimated to be 30 to 60 MILLION according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.But wait we decided to KILL pretty much all of them!

Bison skulls pile to be used for fertilizer , 1870

This is a truth that cannot refuted as it is clearly documented in American history. But maybe you might think that it is just a rare occurance that this particular animal got fucked over by humans. I am going to post the pictures below of a few other animals that the human race has decided are better suited for other purposes than living. Some of the photos are going to be from past eras but not all as we haven’t learned anything from our past mistakes yet. 





 It is pretty simple to see that we have taken animals for granted and the entire planet. Some amount of change is necessary in our everyday lives if we want earth as we know it to continue after we are gone. A picture that I ran into online a few days ago said there is no Planet B and it just reinforced all of the changes that we are making in our lives as the right choices.

Captains Log

Star Date 11-13-15

I put new rear shocks on the jeep the other day I also was going to do the front but ordered the wrong ones. I ended up going with Rancho 9000 Xl and am very happy with them so far and cannot wait to get the fronts done. Overall the process was very simple just a pain in the ass with the tires being so large but was able to work around that by propping them up on my legs lol.

Jeep tire change

Breanna said it best “Your Shit Will Set You Free” we have been doing a great job at downsizing our life. Getting rid of stuff has been a very easy process for myself. There are very few items that hold so much sentimental value that prevents me from getting rid of it. I almost feel that I have been living a minimalistic lifestyle to some degree for quite some time without even knowing it.

We also haven’t made it down to the basement where I keep items I don’t use frequently. We are planning on downsizing the basement in the spring when we move into the bus. However most items that are down there will be coming along as it is our camping gear and other outdoor items. However I am looking forward to getting rid of the items that will not be coming with us. Such as one of the dumbest items a 150 gallon fish tank that I never got set up.

I will be writing a post about my decision to move towards a meatless diet but wanted to just share a quick update about that. It’s HARD if you didn’t guess that already! However it is not impossible as there are so many options with meatless substitutes. I wish it was as simple as downsizing our possessions.

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Vegan Ice Cream Is Awesome

So many people assume that just because something is vegan, it can’t possibly taste good.

Well they’re wrong.

I LOVE ICE CREAM. It’s actually my favorite food group. So trust me when I say this stuff is like crack. Growing up my dad + I would go “out for ice cream”. Living in the Chicago burbs we always went for Oberweis Ice Cream. Sadly, most ice cream isn’t vegan but there are some great alternatives which can be equally good or even better.

So Delicious makes some good vanilla ice cream with an almond milk base. Personally, I like So Delicious‘ Almond Milk line the best. I’ve also tried their chocolate flavored ice cream with a coconut milk base. Sometimes I think the coconut milk based ice creams have a protein powder taste to them instead of being uber creamy.



Steve’s Speculoos Cookie Butter, end of story. Oh, no big deal or anything, but it’s also award winning. I was weary of the coconut milk base, but it turns out I love it. I found it at my local Mariano’s grocery store. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. They do have a ton more flavors, which aren’t all vegan, so make sure to read the label. Their Cookie Butter flavor is their only flavor I have had so far. I’m hoping to soon try their also vegan Wildflower Honey Pistachio + their Cold Brewed Cinnamon Coffee flavor.

So what are you waiting for?? GO GET SOME!

I love sweets. So if you have one you love, let me know in the comments below, so I can try it too!

Veggie Life

Meat Has A Face

It’s so obvious. Obviously the bacon from my bacon cheesburger came from a living breathing animal.

use this somewhere

Except that was my biggest struggle when becoming vegetarian. It was so natural & habitual for me to just order “chicken this” + “chicken that” without even considering what the meat actually was. So, believe it or not, meat comes from animals who have faces + feelings.

I remember a day specifically while standing in the Panera line, thinking to myself “Chicken Noodle? Sounds great. Oh nevermind that has meat in it”. As if I had forgotten my meat had a face. I had become so accustom to ordering a meat filled dish that I had disassociated it with coming from a living breathing animal.

My first thought about steak never used to be images of a blood filled slaughterhouse or deforestation, but bbqing in the summer or at a fancy dinner. Steak was about spending the day grilling and drinking beer in the backyard. It was about getting the right flavor and finding the right bottle of Cabernet to go with it.

Turning vegetarian is about awareness. It’s about bringing awareness to what on your plate was born with a face.

Now that you’ve heard about my biggest battle becoming vegetarian, in the comments below I’d love to hear yours!


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Shuffling Towards Veganism

I always knew I’d stop meating (eating meat) one day, I just didn’t know when.

My name’s Breanna, I’m a vegetarian going vegan. But that’s not all. I’m also a cookie eater, horse lover, dog cuddler, Jeep driver, wannabe minimalist, and wife of a husband who’s converting a school bus into a tiny home.

I still have the memory clip in my head. I was 13 and was on a youth group trip with my church friends heading to one of those team building resorts. A girl named Kaitlyn was defending herself on why she didn’t meat. We all sat there thinking she was crazy. She went into detail about how KFC threw their chickens against the wall to kill them (I never did check the credibility on that).  That moment, is the exact moment that started this all.

It wouldn’t be until college that I’d have another run in with vegetarianism. I never thought when I met Dr. Miller, my philosophy teacher, that he would have a lasting impression on me. On our very first day he asked us if we were speciesist. Did we as meat eaters think we were better than others, such as cows, monkeys, and horses. Strangely, maybe because of  our pride, we all answered “no”. I mean we all ate meat and yet never would admit that we thought less of the animals that provided the flesh. Over the course we would watch tons of documentaries about where our food came from. We viewed Forks Over KnivesFat, Sick, and Nearly DeadFood Inc. and any other documentary out there that makes one question what’s on their plate. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the instance I declared my love for vegetables and stop eating meat. I wasn’t going to let propaganda and biased Netflix documentaries change my comfortable lifestyle.

Years later after eating my fair share of chicken caesar salads and bacon cheeseburgers I decided I was going to dedicate myself to being a vegetarian. But it wasn’t until after I saw something with my own eyes that my life would change. My best friends and I were on our way back home from Nashville, TN. We had just spent the weekend killing our livers, stuffing our faces with BBQ, and having the time of our lives for my Bachelorette party. As we were in the midst of the 8 hour drive back home a semi pulled in front of us. It wasn’t just any semi. It was a semi truck trailer filled with chickens. Alive, dead, and frightened chickens were aboard a ride to hell. I knew from that moment on I didn’t want any of those chickens atop my iceberg lettuce.

The one thing Dr. Miller did teach me was that, life is about shuffling in the right direction, because eventually after enough shuffling, things will be where they need to be. These three instances shuffled me into place.

& That’s it. That’s my story. I’d love to hear your story about becoming vegetarian or vegan in the comments below 🙂

I wonder if Kaitlyn is still vegetarian.