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.

Meatless Chili for Those Who Hate Kidney Beans

I extremely hate kidney beans. Very much so. They are not good. But chili on the other hand is quite good. The best way to thwart its high fat content is to go meatless. The magic of chili is that the flavors are so strong the meat won't be missed. The right combo of beans and spices. will make a savory and delicious stew. If you know how.

Ingredients

1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed.
1/4 cups of dry barley
1/4 cups of dry lentils
1/4 cup dry rice (white or brown)
1 can petite cut plain tomatoes including juice
1 can vegetable broth
1/3 cup water
1/2 a medium yellow onion diced
6 cloves garlic minced
1 cup frozen vegetables of your choice (broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are good options)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tsps ground pepper
2 tsps paprika
3 tsps garlic powder
2 tsps oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder

Begin by combing all beans, barley, rice, broth, water, garlic, onion and tomatoes in a medium sized sauce pot. Simmer on medium uncovered for approximately 20 minutes or until all dry beans are nearly tender.

Add in frozen veggies and all spices.

Lower burner to medium low heat and continued simmering uncovered for 15-20 minutes more or until only minimal/thick liquid is left. Stir occasionally during this process.

Turn off the heat. Remove to cool burner on stove. Add cheese and stir.

Taste. Add any additional spice to your preference.

Enjoy a delicious meatless chili without kidney beans. Easy. Nutritious and absolutely delicious.