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.

vegan mashed potatoes

Vegan mashed potatoes are super easy. Some potatoes. Some soy milk. A little bit of garlic. And voila. deliciously mutilated root veggies the whole family can enjoy.

I'm lazy. So I opt for the canned potatoes. Although nothing beats a fresh veg, that's a lot more work.

1 can diced potatoes
1/4 cup soy milk
3 tbls vegan margarine
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbls salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsps garlic powder
1 tsp basil

Add margarine and olive oil to large sauce pan and let the margarine slowly melt over medium heat. Saute garlic in the liquified fat.

Add potatoes and milk. Warm through over low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Turn off the flame, but leave the pot on the hot burner. Use a masher to turn the potato mixture into mashed potatoes.

Add seasonings. Stir. Let sit two minutes and taste. Adjust seasonings as desired.

Enjoy by itself with garlic toast or over warm rice. Add some black beans or garbanzos for a full protein and added texture.