I have decided to become a vegetarian!
I owe this decision in part to my daughter, Bethany, who gave me an inspirational, eye-opening book for Christmas called Diet For A New America. Becoming vegetarian is an idea I've been toying with for many years and I feel I am ready to take the leap. My reasons for becoming a vegetarian are numerous and it's too late in the evening to get into them here, but I feel that I have ample motivation to make this lifestyle change. It will be challenging, but worth it, and I've done challenging things before, like home schooling for 13 years, being an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 30 years, taking my children to church without my first husband's help for 16 years, and last but not least, choosing to bear and raise 9 children over the past 19 years! If I can do those things, I can do this.
I'm not worried about what I'll eat. That's a no brainer. I don't even like meat that much and rarely consume it anyway. What I am worried about is having to defend myself, especially in a cattle-raising community like the one in which I live. I'm going to have to buck up and take it like a woman.
I also have miriad questions about where this will lead me in life. I've chosen to go the lacto-, ovo- route, which means I still consume dairy products and eggs, as long as they are produced by my cow and chickens, but will I be satisfied to stay on that course? Or will I want to persue the course of veganism, abstaining from all animal products? What path will I seek to encourage my children to follow? Will I still cook meat often for them? Will I change my mind in the future and go back to eating like a typical American? Will this change bring about the health and longevity I so desperately desire for my old age in order to enjoy my, hopefully, large posterity?
These are the questions I've been pondering as I've made this life-changing decision. I feel good about this, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the research I've been doing on making sure I get the iron, protein, and other nutrients I need. I'm a person who loves change and I am looking forward to this next phase in my life with enthusiasm and joy. If you would like to know why I made this decision, let me know, and perhaps I will do a post on it.
My first vegetarian/vegan recipe!
Non-Dairy Almond Milk
2 Cups Almonds
8 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Honey or Agave Nectar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Step 1: Soak the almonds overnight in a bowl of water...
Step 2: Drain the almonds and place in a blender with four cups of water. Blend for three to four minutes.
Step 3: Strain almond mixture through nylon hose or cheese cloth into a pitcher. You will have almond pulp left, as shown below, which can be used in other vegetarian recipes...
Step 4: Pour 4 more cups of water into the blender, along with the honey or agave nectar, the vanilla, and the salt. Add the strained almond mixture. This should fill your blender to near capacity, so blend on the lowest speed in order to avoid overflow.
Step 5: Once the ingredients are thoroughly combined, your almond milk is ready to be refrigerated.
This is a great drink for the kids, those who are lactose-intolerant, or anyone who would simply like to decrease their intake of diary products. I hope you love this as much as I did!
Thanks for the recipe, Bethany, and for the inspiration you are in my life. I look forward to embarking on this adventure with your love and support.
Any other vegetarians out there? I'd love to hear from you!
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