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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:04 am 
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I don't even know if they have a blender. But I'm just going to start with a few simple ideas so they can plan out a week, and then if it goes well and she wants to keep going, I'll add more and ask more questions. I'm going to encourage a Trader Joe's run since there's a lot of more affordable prepared stuff there.

That VegNews mac & cheese is my favorite!


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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:01 am 
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Vegan starter pack: deployed.

I gave her a couple pages on nutrition, some on meal and snack ideas, favorite products (with pictures), and a basic meal blueprint (grain + protein + vegetables + healthy fats + sauce) plus easy things to throw together. AND the Peta college cookbook and a mesh strainer for beans and grains.

I may have gotten carried away. But apparently she has zero energy and has been tested for everything, so I hope this can at least inspire some healthy food changes.


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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
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Amy wrote:
Vegan starter pack: deployed.

I gave her a couple pages on nutrition, some on meal and snack ideas, favorite products (with pictures), and a basic meal blueprint (grain + protein + vegetables + healthy fats + sauce) plus easy things to throw together. AND the Peta college cookbook and a mesh strainer for beans and grains.

I may have gotten carried away. But apparently she has zero energy and has been tested for everything, so I hope this can at least inspire some healthy food changes.

yay! Good on you for being able to help them out so much. I hope it helps her energy levels, its hard to get out of a bad food rep cycle (no food=low energy. Low energy=no energy to cook and repeat)

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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:31 pm 
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yay! Good on you for being able to help them out so much. I hope it helps her energy levels, its hard to get out of a bad food rep cycle (no food=low energy. Low energy=no energy to cook and repeat)

Thank you! :) And yeah, I experience that cycle pretty frequently myself. In fact I thought this was a good exercise for me, in the end, to remind myself that I don't have to COOK (like cookbook recipes) to eat well, I can take shortcuts and still eat healthy.


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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
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Black bean and corn salad with red pepper, tomatoes, avocado, scallions and cilantro dressed with olive oil, lime juice, and garlic.


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Going back to Trader Joes, you can even buy pre-cooked brown rice in the freezer section, plus lots of other frozen whole meals and sides.

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I gave her a long list of TJ's stuff! :) I think they're a great place to go for things that are pre-prepared but not super expensive.

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Black bean and corn salad with red pepper, tomatoes, avocado, scallions and cilantro dressed with olive oil, lime juice, and garlic.

This is one of my favorite things to eat when it's too hot to cook. Especially with tortilla chips, which may not be the healthiest, but, eh.


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I'm curious to know how she does!

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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
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Amy wrote:
I gave her a long list of TJ's stuff! :) I think they're a great place to go for things that are pre-prepared but not super expensive.

LFL wrote:
Black bean and corn salad with red pepper, tomatoes, avocado, scallions and cilantro dressed with olive oil, lime juice, and garlic.

This is one of my favorite things to eat when it's too hot to cook. Especially with tortilla chips, which may not be the healthiest, but, eh.


It's easy to prepare and really tasty, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
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I really hope she feels better. Also, the package you put together is incredibly thoughtful. That was super cool of you.


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 Post subject: Re: Easy meal ideas for teenaged omni- help!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:25 am 
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Thank you! She said I was her "queen". Ah, teenagers! Ha.

I think she's going to carve out a specific week to try, don't know when that'll be. Since she's so young I wanted to emphasize to her mom that she shouldn't stress about being perfect or going 100% off the bat, you know? She can start by just putting almond milk on her cereal instead of dairy. I do hope she gets more veggies in there and "vegan food" eventually seems less alien to them both.


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