Vegans May Need Lysine Supplements

I started taking a lysine supplement to prevent cold sores and accidentally discovered that it's something really important for a vegan diet. 

While plants are a source of lysine and some even have a lot, on a strict vegan diet you may end up not getting enough, like I did. Especially if you're very physically active. 

There were no overt symptoms. Just general tiredness and fatigue. A lysine supplement really made a difference in my overall alertness and physical ability. I stopped sleeping so long and stopped waking up tired. 

If you're sure your vegan diet is healthy and well rounded and don't understand what's missing, lysine may be the answer. It's an essential amino acid found in many animal products. So taking a supplement isn't generally dangerous. You can take in a lot without any negative impact. So it's definitely worth a shot if you're experiencing unexplained fatigue.

Soy Ramen

Ramen noodles are one of the cheapest foods meant for human consumption known in American. Soy sauce is totally free whenever you order Chinese food just save any unused packets. The trouble is that Ramen, all flavor, tend to taste the same. Here's a tasty way to change them up.


2 packets soy sauce
1 package oriental flavor top ramen noodles
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
3 cloves garlic minced
zest of one orange

Fill a medium sized sauce pot half way with water. Put on high heat. break ramen brick into 3 or 4 pieces. Add to water. Add ramen flavor packet to water. Stir to combine.

Coat the bottom of a medium size frying pan with water. Add broccoli and cook until broccoli is heated through (approximately 7 minutes).

Your ramen are probably almost done by now. Add one packet soy sauce and zest from half the orange to cooking noodles. Stir. Cook one minute more before killing heat.

Remove broccoli from pan onto a temporary resting area. Dump cooking water. Return pan to stove on medium heat. Add one packet soy sauce and your garlic. Cook garlic in sauce for 2 minutes then add your chick peas. Season with pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Stirring to coat chick peas in soy sauce.

Add broccoli pack to pan of chick peas and garlic. Combing all ingredients. Add the other half of the zest from the orange. Stir and turn off heat.

Pour chick pea/broccoli combo into ramen pot. Simmer to warm everything through.

A unique taste of Asia from simple, inexpensive ingredients. The combination of the soy sauce and orange zest gives this entree a flavorful and savory feel. I couldn't stop snarfing mine down.