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.

Potato Dead End

I'm desperately trying to come up with something else I can do with fresh potatoes. I thought for a while that maybe I'd overlooked some possibility. But a thorough internet search affirmed that I had not. There are only so many ways to cook potatoes. One can certainly sauce or season them differently, but the overall potato remains the same.

I've made roasted potato salad with vinaigrette and garlic. I've made curry with tiny diced potatoes. I've even made black bean sandwiches with hummus and potatoes. All were tasty and worth eating against. The potato is an awesome food. Versatile and satisfying and decadent if  you know how to treat it.

I've been flirting with idea of roasting just the skins. That might turn out nicely. But what to do with the flesh. They might work in a veggie burger. Roasted potato flesh and beans and some other addittions. It could turn out quite nice. I'll let you know.