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Protein powder ain’t so scary afterall~

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For some reason, I woke up super early this morning (5:30am)! I don’t know what’s going on with my body’s internal clock, but I’ve turned into a total morning person lately. But I’m still a night owl too. I know sleep is essential for mental and physical health, etc, but sometimes I feel like sleep is a waste of time. Am I the only one that feels that way? Anyhoo~

Remember how my sister brought me a bag of vanilla-flavored Sun Warrior raw protein powder from the US? Well, it’s taken a while, but I’m finally getting round to blogging about it.

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This is my first time using protein powder and from what all my male coworkers have said (they’re really into pumping iron and guzzling whey protein powders at the office), I imagined it to be pretty disgusting and chalky. I thought I would have to hold my nose and just chug it down as fast I could, but I was completely surprised to find that it really isn’t half as bad as they made it out to be. In fact, I kinda like it! :) Or perhaps raw vegan protein powder is just superior to its whey counterparts~ ha. I’m still getting the majority of my nutrients from real, whole foods though, so this is definitely an occasional supplement.

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So far, I’ve just been taking 1/2 a scoop (not even a full serving) and shaking it up with some water, soymilk, and a sprinkling of cinnamon, maybe twice a week after a workout. I’m digging the added energy as well as the sweet vanilla flavor. Hopefully in the future, I’ll get round to getting more creative with it, like making protein powder muffins, or blending it into my red bean ice lollies. I even thought about adding it to my hot oatmeal bowls, but then realized that cooking it over high heat might just kill all the raw nutrients. :P

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Lots of bubbles on the top after a good shake-up.

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Sip sip~

It’s too bad you can’t find vegan protein powder in Korea (not that I know of, at least). I still have a lot left in the bag, but once it runs out, I’ll probably order more from iHerb.com. Perhaps I’ll go with the chocolate flavor next?

Moving onto today’s vegan eats…. Behold today’s lunch:
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A wrap/burrito filled with a bunch of random sauteed veggies: kale, perilla leaves, oyster mushrooms, red bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, garlic, ‘pat’ (azuki) beans, and sesame seeds. The spices involved were cumin, salt & pepper.

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The oyster mushrooms, perilla leaves, ‘pat’ beans, and sesame seeds made this a Korean version of a Mexican burrito (Korexican?). Yea, it was a weird mix of flavors and textures, but I still enjoyed it. Where’s the fun in cooking if there’s no experimentation?

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Wow, I was actually able to wrap it all up without everything falling out the bottom end!

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Oh, and here’s a shot from today’s very early breakfast. Pumpkin oats with all the usual toppings, as well as a ‘Ginger Nut’ cookie plopped on for good measure.

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Mush-ified ginger cookie.

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And a kiwi on the side. Notice the new bowl? I got it the other day at the secondhand shop ‘Beautiful Store‘ by Insadong for 500 won. Shweet!!

5 Comments

  1. "The spices involved were cumin, salt & pepper." LOL. Sounds like a crime report! :)

  2. Korean Mexican fusion is actually becoming really popular in the US, so your lunch would fit right in! This is my favorite "burrito" combination: grilled tofu (marinated with some soy sauce, gochu gaaroo, ginger, and garlic), lettuce, and kimchi wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. So tasty!

  3. Hi!! I just moved to Seoul from NY, and your blog is such an inspiration! I especially appreciate the growing list of Korean vegan products on this site! Thanks!

  4. That 'burrito' looks good. You should put where you got it… Thanks!

  5. Hey! You really comfort the soon-to-arrive vegan. I have tried about a dozen different vegan protein supplements over the years(a blog post is in the works). I strongly recommend NitroFusion(aka PlantFusion). It’s a multi-source(hemp, artichoke, brown rice, quinoia) protein with 25g per heaping scoop. It is by far the winner in taste and affordability. I found the Sun Warrior too gritty and the Vega(the best mixing of the three) to not taste very good. Steer clear of the mocha and the berry flavors. Stick with chocolate and vanilla(vanilla can be used for some great baking projects ala Clean Eating Chelsey). It’s about $30US for a 5lb tub.

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