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 Chili

It's always nice to cook from scratch. But there's not always enough time. Sometimes we just want simple and fast. This vegan chili recipe is all those things and tasty too. We'll utilize store made chili and augment it for that great kick of flavor that you expect from homemade, only in way less time.

1 can hormel vegetarian chili (which is also vegan)
1 jalapeno pepper diced
6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/2 cup frozen mustard greens
1/2 cup frozen corn nibblets
1/4 cup canned black beans rinsed
2 tsps olive oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup white rice
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp curry powder
5 tbls nutritional yeast
2 cups water for cooking the rice

Cook rice and greens in 2 cups water and half cumin seeds. When rice has absorbed almost all the water add can of chili. Heat for 2 minutes on medium low heat uncovered, stirring often.

Add garlic and chili pepper. Cook 2 minutes longer. Add frozen corn. Stir to combine. Turn off heat. Keep pot of hot burner. Stir in black beans, spices, rest of cumin seeds and yeast. Taste. Adjust spices to taste.

Remove from hot pot to heat safe storage container. Serve immediately with crusty bread and sprinkled with additional yeast.

For great sandwiches let cool for 20 minutes and store in fridge overnight. Add chili mixture to kaiser roll slathered with spicy hummus and top with lettuce, black olives and onions.