Vegan Baked Goods, the Finale to the MVVC!

Hey hey!

How’s everyone doing today? Not gonna lie I was a bit tired following last nights shenanigans.  We went to the Montreal Casino to help my friend Liz celebrate her birthday. To be honest, I’m not much of a gambler, I’ve never understood why anyone would bother with the risk, but nonetheless good times were had with a little a bit of this:

And this:

Nothing like celebrating with your girlfriends.

This morning I woke up to sunshine and have had my share of good and bad moments all day:

Morning:

Bad- too tired to run this morning (Read: too tired from coming in late last night)

Good- made vegan muffins 🙂

Mid-morning:

Bad: major traffic driving up north (we’re talking banging-head-against-the-steering-wheel frustrations)

Good: SUNSHINE and 30 degree weather (we’re talking driving with the windows down, music blaring, and singing at the top of your lungs)

Afternoon:

Bad: Rain

Good: Tea and Vegan muffins

Evening:

Bad: Dinner had some dairy involved (like butter in the green beans, oh and did I mention the slice of Pecan Pie I had for dessert?)

Good: The red wine served with dinner (one of life’s great pleasures) followed by a perfect sunset evening complete with Kayak ride

The muffin recipe was from the lovely Angela of Oh She Glows fame.  I borrowed her recipe for her Tropical Lemon Coconut Muffins.

Aren’t they simply scrumptious looking? I can promise you they taste even better than they look!

I did make a few modifications, mainly due to ingredients I had on hand:

Instead of spelt lfour I used Whole Wheat; I opted for maple syrup rather than agave; and avocado for the coconut butter.

I am definitely going to be making these again.  Not only were they completely delicious, this experience gave me a total boost of confidence in my vegan cooking ability!  I definitely want to continue exploring vegan cooking techniques and maybe start coming up with my own recipes. But more on that later.

As I mentioned, I experienced some nasty traffic driving up north to meet up with the boy who was spending the weekend with his parents up at their cottage.   While the weather wasn’t perfect (his Mom and I got caught in  ridiculous down pour while heading to the store to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner), it was still nice to once again escape from the city and enjoy some down time in the country.

What isn’t so great though is my stomach and its reaction to my first dairy dose in a week.  I never realized how negatively my stomach would be reacting to dairy after a week without it.

With this, obviously it brings a close to my MTL Veggie Vegan Challenge.  While I realize I haven’t done the greatest job of documenting my day-by-day observances I figure I’ll get into the nitty-gritty right now:

Overall, the experience of going Vegan for a week wasn’t as difficult as I expected. To be sure, I experienced some road blocks and rude awakenings to foods that are not, strictly speaking, vegan friendly.  However, once realizing I couldn’t have these foods, it wasn’t such a big hardship to say “Ok, well I won’t eat that anymore”.  Instead I would focus on what I could eat.  I also earned a great deal of respect for Vegans and High-Raw vegans, they’re devotion to their lifestyle and their unwillingness to sacrifice in the name of healthy eating is both humbling and inspiring.  All in all, I enjoyed this experience and learning the tips and tricks to a healthy vegan diet.

That being said, the answer to the million dollar question: Will I be making the permanent switch to vegan;  as much as I hate to disappoint you, the answer is “no”.  Now, before you throw up your hands in disgust, this does not mean I’m going right back to my old ways of high-consumption of dairy and non-vegan foods.  I did learn a lot this week and plan to take away what I’ve learned and apply it to my future eating habits.   Rather than focus on a 100% vegan diet, I’m going to adapt to what I’m calling a “flexi-vegan” diet.

What that means, at least to me anyway, is that I’m going to be making an effort to eat vegan as much as possible, particularly at home, but that I’m not going to throw a fit when presented with a non-vegan dish when out for dinner or with friends.  Why, do you ask? The simplest answer that I can come up with for you, is that I’m simply not ready to adapt to an all vegan diet.  I still have my reservations on dealing with the lifestyle in social situations and how I could make it work.  Simply put, I’m scared to go all vegan so until I can get passed that fear, I will still occasionally be eating dairy.

I will say this though, I haven’t had such a high amount of energy or been in a better mood than I have this week, in a long time.    My workouts have been great, I’ve been focused at work, and I’ve been overall so much happier.   I think the vegan diet boasts so much more than just “healthy eating”, it boasts a healthy way of life that positively affects your entire lifestyle.  Hopefully one day, I will find the courage and the will to encompass the vegan lifestyle; until then I’ll be enjoying the benefits from the sidelines waiting my turn until I’m ready to take the field.

For now, my bed is calling my name.  See ya on the flip side 😉

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About Jess @ MTL Veggie

Jess, the face behind The MTL Veggie is a vegetarian, athlete, marketer and Torontonian turned Montrealer. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, photography, running, yoga, skiing, and of course blogging. The MTL Veggie recaps her recipes, restaurant reviews, and what it's like to be a Leafs fan living in Montreal (hint: scary at times).
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