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.

Let's Talk About Kale

Even though I've been vegetarian for many years, I've only recently gotten into kale. Turns out I was missing out. I just started to use it because romaine gets pricey in the cooler weather. Who knew that kale makes an awesome salad base. I love it raw.

I don't make smoothies with it. I don't make smoothies at all.

Kale is good cooked as well. I use it much the same as I would spinach. Allowing it to wilt a little bit. But where spinach can taste a little bit too much like the dirt from which it came, kale has a fresh, green flavor and a crisp bite.

I had been doing regular cabbage for salad. And green cabbage is great too. But heads of cabbage are generally at least 3 lbs. So at 99 cents per pound there's no option for spending less than $3 just on the cabbage. Where with kale at $1.69 a pound and the store formed bunches less than half a pound, I can spend less and take home more. A lower weight of kale seems to go much father.

Another benefit is the kale remains relatively untouched by the other store patrons.

Both cabbage and kale have long shelf lives. at least a week, sometimes more. all the more reason to love both.

if you love salad, or wish to start loving it, kale is the perfect way to achieve that. it it is sturdier than traditional lettuces and has a pretty neutral flavor.

if you buy too much you can cook the extra to help preserve it longer.

Kale is quite at home anywhere you'd use spinach, romaine, iceberg or arugula. Dont' let those California people and their green smoothies turn you off to this great vegetable.

This curly leafed diva deserves better than the blender.