Vegan Week Summary + Trader Joe’s


Just wanted to check in and report to you about my 5 days of being vegan. Sorry for the minimal posting; my sister flew in Saturday and we spent the weekend camping and white water rafting and I’m now getting ready to head back to Texas.

Anyway, as I mentioned before, last Monday-Friday I decided to go vegan. I thoroughly enjoyed my short run with veganism. Before the week began, I decided that I was not going to be using any substitutes. No tofu, or vegan cream “cheese” or anything like that for me. I understand the use of these things for long-term vegans, but I knew I could live without them for 5 days. I did use some almond milk and made muffins with soymilk, but I don’t really count that since I always use almond milk.

The week went great! I loved trying new foods and never missed meat or dairy. I don’t think 5 days is enough to totally change the way I feel or for me to fully experience veganism, but I did feel good. I did find myself a little hungrier during the day, but I would just have a little snack and that fixed that. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have had that problem except that I’m a total carb girl. Sure, I could have had beans or nuts or whatever, but I’d much rather have fruit or bread or something.

I always felt surprisingly full after dinner. Three nights starred Momma Pea’s recipes. Noodle Salad with Peanut Mmm Sauce started the week on a good note and made me realize the challenge wouldn’t be too hard. The next night we had black bean burgers.  

I loved these and will definitely be making them again. I always love a good black bean burger. Wednesday we had Red Lentil Enchiladas sans cheese/”cheese” and topped with guacamole. Avocado is better than cheese anyway, right?

I’m glad I went vegan as it totally got me to experiment and try new things while eating nutritiously. I may even consider going vegan for a longer period of time (lent???). If I felt it was necessary, I do think I could be totally vegan, but I’ve mentioned before why I’m ethically okay with eating meat. I do think eating away from home, whether a restaurant or another person’s house, could pose a challenge. Anyone who is a long-term vegan/vegetarian have any tips for doing so?


Totally changing subjects, but I’m going to Trader Joes’s in Sante Fe on Wednesday. I’ve never been before so I’m pretty excited as I know many of you love it and I have heard many of y’all talk about great products you get there.

If you are an omniovore, would you ever consider going vegan for a while?

If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, do you have any tips for maintaining your diet in social situations? How often do you use vegan substitutes for non-vegan food (Daiya cheese, fak’n bacon, etc.)?

EVERYONE: What is your favorite thing from Trader Joe’s? What should I get while I’m there? Any good car snacks?

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12 thoughts on “Vegan Week Summary + Trader Joe’s

  1. I loove their Essential Greens juice. I get it every time go and we always stock up. It’s refrigerated with their other juices/smoothies and it contains all sorts of juices like celery, kale, cucumber, romaine, parsley, etc. It is absolutely amazing. Their vegan bran muffins are fruit juice sweetened and are great too.

  2. i would consider it for the short-term as an “experiment” to enjoy new foods/recipes, but not long term. Mama pea’s recipes always looks AMAZING!!

  3. I would love to try going vegan for a certain period of time, but I definitely couldn’t do it forever. I’m actually just starting to reintegrate more animal products into my diet though, so I don’t think I would do the opposite right now! I know some people who are vegan at home, but when they go out they just eat what they want. Seeing as though they aren’t going out every single night, i think it’s a easier way to “go vegan” if you’re okay with meat so that you don’t have to make a fuss when you go out.
    My trader joes faves: Oat and Wheat Bran swirls (cereal section), chocolate almond biscotti, tomato basil hummus, egg white salad… I can’t think of anything else specifically, but pretty much everything is a winner from TJ’s! Oh they also have good sunflower seed butter and good fruit and nut mixes.

  4. I think it would so much fun to go vegan for a bit! I used to be pretty much vegan, but I’ve been eating more cottage cheese and Greek yogurt lately. Good for you for giving it a go :)

    I’ve only been to TJs once so I can’t recommend much… although I did get some of their 70% smooth Belgian chocolate, and it was my favorite chocolate EVER!! :D

    Have a great rest of the week girlie!
    <3 <3

  5. i have many vegan days..sometimes vegan weeks too. I tend to eat the majority of my meals vegan or at least vegetarian.. with bits of meat here and there

    we dont have a TJ’s here or anywhere nearby but i am pretty sure anything in that store would easily become my favourite thing! <3


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