Welcome to a recap of the highlights of Week Two of my 30-Day African Vegan Challenge

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I am now officially in my 3rd week of the 30-day African vegan challenge, and boy! what a ride it has been. At the start of the challenge, I stocked up my vegan pantry, and I was rearing to go. Looking back at Week One of the challenge, which ended on a positive note, I figured I needed to make some minor tweaks to my diet.

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The minor tweak? Protein!  I realised in week one that I had failed to include enough protein in my diet. I do a lot of strength training and it occurred to me that I had to get creative with my protein sources since I didn’t want to lose muscle mass. As a meat eater, it is easy to get your recommended daily requirement of protein from meat sources. As an example, 100g of chicken contains 30g of protein. That goes a long way to meeting ones’ daily required protein. After a bit of research on the traditional African diet, I decided to add more chickpeas aka garbanzo beans (which contain 19g of protein for every 100g of chickpeas) to my food rota this week.

My African Vegan Food Diary

 

Breakfast..

Avocado & Fig Breakfast BruschettaI ate loads of this!

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Dinners..

I made different variations of chickpea salad. But aside from chickpea salads, I also pigged out on lots of this beans and sweetcorn salad.

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And this one too.. (yes chickpeas!)

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To snack, I made hummus with beets (oh so yum! – are you seeing a chickpea theme here? 🙂).

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My African Vegan Challenge Update - meals at home were fine but I struggled with eating out.Click To Tweet

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Meals at home were mostly fine – I prepped ahead and had things under control. But I struggled with eating out. This week, I had a lunch meeting which took place at a traditional restaurant. After approximately 15 minutes of poring through every page of the menu, I sadly concluded there was nothing suitable to eat. It is incredible how pervasive butter and diary products are in restaurant food! I ended up ordering a side plate of sliced avocado and tomato drizzled with olive oil. I left the restaurant still hungry and disgruntled, but with a new found respect for vegans.

 

Coming soon – Week three of my 30-day African Vegan Challenge!

 

 

 

 

Emem..xo

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P.S. Catch up on why I took the 30 day African vegan challenge here and check out how I got on with week one of the challenge here.

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Emem

Afro-fusion Food Lover.
Sustainable Food Advocate.
Completely nuts about Avocado.