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Originally Posted by treehuggerchick View Post

From what I've heard and read, as long as you are getting enough calories to stay healthy, you should not be worried about protein, and you shouldn't fret over iron too much either. Just eat a large variety of foods and you'll be O.K.
I want to clarify this a bit by saying that as long as the calorie sources are not nutritionally empty ones (like potato chips or vegan cookies) then there should be little-to-no worry about ample protien or sufficient iron. That's not to say "don't have a vegan cookie, ever" but that IS to say "don't have 2,000 calories worth of vegan cookies and think you're making your requirements".


So long as you base your diet around a wide variety of vegan whole foods then you should be pretty fine, nutritionally.
 

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Believe it or not, it's not *that* hard to get greens into your diet. In the frozen food section, where the veggies are, there are bags of chopped spinach, chopped collard greens and chopped mustard greens. I like to keep the mustard greens and spinach on hand in the deepfreeze. It's ever-so-easy to put a handful or two of these chopped greens into whatever you're cooking for that extra boost of nutrition.

That's what I've started doing recently and I've found that it's a great way of getting the greens on without much fuss.
 

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And while I'm on about frozen foods....

Most people don't really like frozen foods because they're "bad for you" and "full of sodium" but I've found that if you just stick to veggies and veggie blends, it's much better. The only caviat here is to make sure that the ingredients only list the veggies it contains and that's it. If there's ingredients in there that sound chemically, then put it back (some of the bean mixes will have preservatives and color retainers in them - you don't want those).

If you keep about 2 - 3+ singular veggies bags and about 2 - 3+ blends, then you'll always have a pretty good variety to work from.

Some will say fresh is better and yes, it is..... sometimes. Some veggies lose their flavour and a bit of their nutrition going from farm to market to table while most frozen veggies are picked, washed, flash-frozen and shipped within the same day so there's minimal flavour loss and minimal nutritional depletion. Corn is a very good example of this and so are those lovely greens I was telling you about in my earlier post.

It's great to have fresh in the keepers, but on those nights when you can't be arsed with washing, chopping and all that, then frozen is a great stand-by that's quick, easy and nutritious.
 
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