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.

Low Salt Garlic Mashed Potatoes

So I made my 'smashed potatoes' steeped in onion broth. I was really pleased with the results. I first made the broth using onion skins, garlic skins and scallion ends. Added a pinch of salt. Simmered in 1 cup water for 15 minutes.

Strained, reserving the liquid to add back to the pot.

Added peeled and diced russet potatoes. And boiled them for 15 minutes more.

You can fry the leftover peels for a crisp granish. You can also toss them with olive oil, salt and vinegar and bake them for a different method of crunchy potato skins.

Removed potatoes to a large stainless steel bowl with a slotted spoon. Allowing some of the cooking liquid to remain. Reserved the rest in case it was needed.

Gently mashed with a fork. Very gently and lightly. Aas too much mashing makes potatoes gluey and sticky.

Added 4 bls butter, 2 tbls nutritional yeast, 2 tbls jarred minced garlic in water and their liquid, some garlic powder and a little thyme. 6 stalks fresh scallions sliced. Fresh ground pepper, a little more salt to taste. Aweseome mashed taters without too much salt or fat.

If you have cauliflower or parsnips subistituing those for half your potatoes would be really spectacular.