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Be Vegan For A Month    
  • Day 11: Beans, Beans, Beans
  • Daily Nugget: There are more than 1,000 types of beans. 1,000 beans = 50 gazillion recipes = endless options.

    Photo Courtesy of Danielle Elliot, ThatNormalVegan.com

    Now that we’re squared away on our protein needs, your challenge is to experiment with plant-based sources of protein. There’s tofu, chik’n, seitan, beans, tempeh, tofu, nuts, seeds, and more. There’s also protein in places you don’t expect – like broccoli and other veggies.

    Let’s try beans first. Slicing open a can and pouring a cup of chickpeas on a salad is easy and delicious. If you prefer to buy dry beans in the bulk section, here is a cooking tip to help make digestion a bit easier:

    • soak overnight
    • discard soaking water
    • drop a piece of kombu (from the seaweed section) or a bay leaf in the water to reduce the after-effects of beans (i.e., the toots!)
    • bring to a boil, skimming the light layer of foam from the top of the water
    • cover and simmer until they reach the desired texture

    If you find yourself making musical notes in your underpants after eating beans, at least the smell won’t be quite as offensive. According to The Kind Diet, sulfur in meat and eggs is much worse on the other end than a plant-based toot. For a fun explanation, check out Facts on Farts.