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Cooking Without Oil - And Knowing When It's Useful

Cooking Without Oil - And Knowing When It's Useful

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When I was getting into healthy eating, I started reducing the amount of oil I used in cooking as I realized that I really didn't need as much as what most recipes called for.

Then when Phil and I were traveling in Europe a couple of years ago, we spent 3 months moving from place to place every week and I started cooking without oil because I didn't want to carry a jar around with me.

I started to experiment with oil-free cooking techniques like water sauteeing, and learned that I should dry-toast spices before using them when there was no oil because the bitterness made my tongue go numb.

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Benefits Of Raw Food - And Why I Don't Eat All Raw

Benefits Of Raw Food - And Why I Don't Eat All Raw

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The benefits of raw food are pretty hard to dispute - they have tons of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, and probably a lot of other things we don't know about yet.

I get asked a lot why I don't eat 100% raw, since I have on my about page that Phil and I tried eating all raw for a month once but don't anymore. We still eat lots of fresh produce, but also cooked veggies, beans and whole grains.

There are a few reasons that I don't eat all raw, which I'll get into, but I do like to focus on always getting something raw or at least minimally cooked in every meal. It's good for the nutrients, and also just nice to have a little crunch in there.

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Vegan Protein Options And Challenges While Traveling

Vegan Protein Options

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Vegan protein options are normally easy to come by - beans and legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds and even vegetables and fruit have all the protein you need to be healthy.

It's important to get a variety of different sources of protein, though, because they all have different levels of the essential amino acids. They also give you more variety in all the other nutrients you need.

You don't need to combine them in a single meal (your body will be able to put together amino acids from different foods as long as you eat them within 48 hours), but you do need to get those different foods.

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Lunchtime At Mandala Vegetarian Restaurant - Arequipa, Peru

Mandala Vegetarian Restaurant

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Although Peruvian cuisine seems a bit meat-centric at fist glance, there are so many amazing options for vegetarian dishes, and we've found lots of fantastic restaurants in every city we've been to.

The one trick is that you definitely have to specify if you don't eat dairy (and specifically say no milk, cheese, yogurt, etc) or eggs because many vegetarian dishes involve one or more of those foods.

In Arequipa, my favorite spot has been Manadala Vegetarian Restaurant. We've tried a few, and the food is good in all of them, but the staff at Mandala are so sweet that they make it special.

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What Do Vegans Eat? Just A Big Bowl Of Kale?

What Do Vegans Eat? Just A Big Bowl Of Kale?

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When you tell someone you're vegan, and that you don't eat any animal flesh or animal products (like milk, eggs or honey), do you get a funny look and then the question, 'well, what do vegans eat? Just salad?'

I get that a fair bit, and especially here in Peru. Everyone understands 'vegetariano', but when I tell them I also don't eat milk, cheese or eggs, they get a bit flustered.

I understand, especially when those foods are so much a part of cultural dishes. But at the same time, I find it funny that people often don't realize how much of what they eat are plant foods.

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Hiking A Volcano - Awesomeness (Plus Food)

Hiking A Volcano - Food And Awesomeness

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Phil and I have been staying in Arequipa for the last week or so, and every morning we look out at these gorgeous volcanoes. Phil kept thinking how amazing it would be to hike up one.

One of the volcanoes, called El Misti, doesn't involve any technical climbing skills (nothing vertical, no ice climbing or anything like that), and there was a group leaving the next day so we decided to go.

Despite being underwhelmingly described as an 'easy' hike, it was definitely challenging in terms of having enough oxygen and mental stamina. Luckily, everything went well for us - here's the story:

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Chocolate Tour Of Cusco, Peru

Chocolate Tour Of Cusco, Peru

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There's lots of locally produced chocolate in the market and in stores here in Cusco. Then there's this chocolate museum, which sounded like a fun place to check out.

Peru has become a huge producer of chocolate on the worldwide market, and I learned a lot of interesting tidbits about chocolate - its original uses by the Mayans, its commercial production and how it grows.

There was also tons of information on the nutritional benefits of chocolate, which are many. Pure dark chocolate has lots of iron, magnesium and antioxidants.

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Machu Picchu Adventure And Carnival

Machu Picchu Adventure And Carnival

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Today I have a pure travel video for you - clips from our trip biking, ziplining and hiking to Machu Picchu, along with dancing and water/soap fights for Carnival in Cusco.

I hope you enjoy it! It was a really fun few days, and I tried to take clips all along the way for you, although it was difficult to film while biking...

We did this as a tour (through Gravity Peru) which introduced us to this amazing lodge near Sta Teresa. If anyone's heading to the area, it's called Eco Quechua Lodge, and they were so accommodating in making us phenomenal vegan meals.

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How We're Handling The High Elevation In Cusco, Peru

High Elevation In Cusco

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When I booked our flights to Cusco, Peru, which is at about 11,200' elevation, I looked into all kinds of ways to prevent altitude sickness.

A friend of mine had a really unpleasant experience adjusting to the altitude, so I was maybe a bit overcautious in preparing, but I think that's better than underpreparing, right?

We started two weeks before we were heading to Cusco by taking gingko biloba. What I read didn't say that it would definitely help, but I figured it wouldn't hurt anything and wasn't expensive.

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Travel Snacks And GIVEAWAY For 3 Months Of Vegan Cuts Snack Box!

Travel Snacks

Finding good vegan travel snacks can be tricky, but I have some ideas for you - plus I'm so excited to have a really awesome giveaway for you from my friends at Vegan Cuts!

With all the fast food in airports and train/bus stations, I tend to take my own travel snacks with me. My favorite snack by far is just plain fresh fruit.

I always take an apple or two, and bananas are good but you have to be careful not to squish them. The only trouble with fruit is that you can't take it across borders...

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