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.

Easy Vegan Bean Sandwich

It's kinda hard to eat most beans in a sandwich straight out of the can. They tend to roll off the bread. If you have the time it's always tasty to mash them up with some aromatics and spices to make a sticky substance that will hold to the bread. Or drown them in a delicious sauce that will keep them glued to your roll.

However if you don't feel like it at the moment and still crave a tasty vegan bean sandwich there is a solution to get the beans and bread to your mouth in unison.


Thick bagel, hoagie roll or the like
1/3 any variety or combo of beans you like
1 dill pickle (1/2 sliced into chips) optional
Vegan salad dressing - also optional

The trick to this is the thick bread. Carefully pull out the meat of the bottom piece of sandwich bread. Making sure to leave some edging in place to hold your beans inside. Basically you want a tunnel through the center of the bottom half of the bagel. If you watch the food network show Good Eats you may remember Alton Brown did this to hold in his tuna on his sub.

Pile your beans into the moat you've created for them. Lightly drizzle with dressing if desired. Arrange your pickle slices, if desired, in a fan pattern over your beans and dressing. Eat the other half of your pickle as a side to your sammie. Sprinkle with your favorite spices. Pepper and garlic are good combo. Garlic and basil. Thyme and basil. Paprika and pepper. The possibilities are endless.

Put the lid on your sandwich, slice in half and enjoy a quick and easy vegan bean sandwich for breakfast, lunch or dinner.