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.

Aquafaba Creamy Salad Dressing (Vegan)

Recently, I read about aquafaba and its amazing properties. Intrigued, I investigated further. I read about mayo, meringue, baked goods and more. I couldn't resist. I had to see for myself what this normally discarded liquid could really do.

I was shooting for a mayo type substance, though not necessarily a mayo flavor. I had read a recipe that seemed straight forward and simple, but I did not have some of the ingredients (lemon juice and mustard). Undeterred, I figured I'd give it a shot anyway.

To the mixing cup that came with my immersion blender I added: the liquid from one can of chick peas, several of the actual chick peas and a few squirts of sriracha.

And then I began to blend...

Magic did happen. The liquid turned white and started to thicken. I continued to blend for about one minute, expecting it to thicken more, but it stayed at a creamy sauce consistency. Think ranch dressing or dense mac and cheese sauce.

I stopped and gave it a taste. Good texture, but kinda bland.

I added more sriracha, black pepper, garlic powder, white vinegar, hot sauce. Then began blending again. At which point it immediately deflated. It was still viscous, but no longer fluffy or creamy.

Undaunted, I tasted again. It was pretty good. I thought to myself, this would be a pretty good creamy salad dressing. So I spiced it up a little more with red pepper flakes and paprika and called it done. I covered it and put it in the fridge to rest.

I haven't used it yet, but the taste and texture were very pleasing. I can see doing it again. There's definitely a lot of potential there.

Sometime in the near future, I'll have to try the real aquafaba mayo recipe to see how well that works.