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Discussion in 'The Vegetarian Forum' started by Rob206, Jan 19, 2019.

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  1. Indian Summer

    Indian Summer One of a kind Administrator

    I love oatmeal for breakfast. It keeps me going until lunchtime. And I've developed a super-easy way of making it - not much more effort than making a cup of coffee. It's also very economical in terms of mess and things that need washing up afterwards. It's my favourite morning ritual once I get in to work - the zen of oatmeal, and it goes like this:

    Simply fill a coffee cup with oats, about 60-70% full. You can optionally add a few raisins for extra sweetness. Then pour on boiling hot water almost to the top - I get this from our hot water boiler at work which is really intended for tea and coffee making. Then stir, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the oats have soaked up most of the water. Then serve with fortified soya milk (i.e. has added vitamins and calcium) - add a little as you go as the cup will be quite full to start with. I also eat a banana on the side which adds sweetness.

    I have no idea how many calories this makes, or if it's helpful for weight loss, though!

    Welcome to VV!
     
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  2. Mischief

    Mischief Stranger in a strange land

    Tahini has very little sodium. Miso is high in sodium, but there are apparently studies out there that indicate that the sodium in miso has a different effect on the body than other types of sodium. If you google it, you will find that the general belief is that the various health benefits of miso far outweigh any negative wrt sodium. Other than the above-mentioned salad dressing, I use miso in some cooking as a seasoning, so I don't consume a lot of it. In the summer, I eat it the most frequently, because I tend to have a few days a week where my major meal of the day is a large salad consisting of leafy greens, numerous fresh vegetables and fruit, chickpeas or some other protein, and seeds/nuts, with some fresh baked bread. That dressing is very satisfying with that kind of salad.

    Others here are more informed than I am; frankly, I don't pay that much attention to nutritional details. My general attitude toward food is that if I eat a varied diet, am reasonable in avoiding excessive amounts of fats and refined sugars, I 'll be O.K. healthwise. That's stood me in good stead all my life even before going veg about three decades ago. I've never used much salt in cooking, since I prefer other spices, herbs and seasonings. For example, the only dish in which I routinely use salt is mashed potatoes and fried potatoes.

    IOW, I'm not the person to answer much in the way of specific nutritional information, because I 've never paid much attention. :p
     
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  3. Mischief

    Mischief Stranger in a strange land

    Yeah, oatmeal makes a great breakfast (or snack!)

    Because I'm lazy, I put together a mix of quick cooking oatmeal, cinnamon, ginger, (and/or other spices - I vary it). I store that in a jar, so all I have to do is put some in a mug or bowl and pour boiling water over it. If the mood strikes, I add fruit or cacao or chocolate chips if I'm having a chocolate craving, and brwn sugar if I want extra sweetness.
     
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  4. silva

    silva Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Ohio, U.S.A
    I like thick rolled oats, and those are something I do buy organic. I like to just add water or almond milk with either a chopped apple microwaved enough to soften, maybe some currants or raisens, berries, and sometimes I'll add some date syrup. I like it better this way than cooked. And a tablespoon of ground flax, sometimes cinnamon

    I do like salty things, and miso really helps that.
    Miso is high in sodium, but is different enough that it's approved by Dr Greger- who shuns added salt
    Shaking the Salt Habit | NutritionFacts.org
     
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  5. Rob206

    Rob206 Well Known Member

    I love oatmeal. I bought a bag of Bob's red mill rolled oats, I'm bringing to work tomorrow along with almond milk and 3 different cereals I got from Fresh Thyme. Also bananas, oranges and grapefruit. Gonna give the salad a break for tomorrow until I get more variety for dressing.
     
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  6. silva

    silva Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Ohio, U.S.A
    I go to a Fresh Thyme too! My second right after Aldi. I get their organic oats in the bulk section. I like that they have loose mushrooms and spices in bulk.
     
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  7. Val

    Val Extraterrestrial

    This is weird, but i've just been reading about it in "How not to die":D,- that the benefits of miso itself overbalance the harm being done by salt.
     
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  8. peacefulveglady

    peacefulveglady Peacefully Vegan and Proud

    Location:
    Northern IL
    Hello Welcome,
    I am a Chicago Area Native Myself.
     
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  9. Rob206

    Rob206 Well Known Member

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    Picked up Seattle sutton. Looks really good
     
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  10. Mischief

    Mischief Stranger in a strange land

  11. silva

    silva Addicted Poster

    Location:
    Ohio, U.S.A
    Interested in what the 'cheese' is!
     
  12. PTree15

    PTree15 Beach bum

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Hi Rob, I just wanted to welcome you to VV. :)
     
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  13. shyvas

    shyvas Deity Forum Moderator

    It's dairy.
     
  14. Jamie in Chile

    Jamie in Chile Veteran Member

    Welcome to the forum Rob! Others have made some great suggestions so I just have one bit to add.

    I made a brief summary about nutrition here: Vegan Nutrition

    If you want to learn more about nutrition in more depth, you can check out

    1 – Vegan Health – Evidence-Based Nutrient Recommendations

    2 – Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina (book)

    They were major sources for me in writing the brief summary article.

    Anyway, let us know if you have any questions!
     
  15. The vegan creation

    The vegan creation Not-So-Newbie

    Hi Indian summer, that is a wonderful idea for preparing oatmeal. I'm actually making the transition for a vegan diet. I'm also creating a new YouTube channel. I'll be uploading content every week, including a vegan recipe on thursdays. Check my channel on Youtube: The vegan creation.

    I hope you like it!!
     
  16. The vegan creation

    The vegan creation Not-So-Newbie

    Hi Rob. It is amazing that you want to make some great changes in your life. I hope your health keeps improves dramatically. I would like to invite you to visit my new youtube channel: The vegan creation. It will cover all that you need to know about plant-based diets, health and nutrition.

    I hope you like it!!
     
  17. Brian

    Brian Mad Bard

    Location:
    Gothenburg
    Hi Rob, welcome to VV. I don't know if this is any use to you, but I always add two Tablespoons of powdered flaxseed to my morning muesli for it's Omega 3 content.
     
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  18. Katrina

    Katrina Deity

    Location:
    Canada
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