I am a twenty year-old college student based in the Boston area. As a Digital Media + Social Justice major, spreading inspiration and positivity is extremely important to me. When I'm not reading, writing, or blogging, I enjoy cooking delicious vegan meals and binge-watching crime shows on Netflix. Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah Desroche

I have been fully vegetarian for about five months now. So many positive changes appeared in my health after making this decision: my nails grew stronger and faster, my energy levels increased, and I ultimately feel so much more positively about my body. One concern I hear a lot from people struggling to adapt to this lifestyle is the stigma around the scary P-word: protein.

There seems to be a common misconception in the United States that sufficient protein can only be found in meat, fish, and other animal products. The reality is, protein is an extremely versatile nutrient found in everything from seeds and lentils, to breads and eggs. Even better, many of these protein sources can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on which meal you’re cooking. Here is a compiled list of my eight favorite sources of vegetarian protein.

1: Chia Seeds. Not only is this protein source perfect for those trying to lose weight, but it can also reduce risk of heart disease. Shake a tablespoon of chia seeds into a morning berry smoothie, or sprinkle it on top of your evening salad. Chia seeds are dense and crunchy, and taste a bit like a poppy seed.

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Chia seeds are great in a smoothie or salad.

2: Boca Burgers. The only con to this tasty soy-based burger brand is that they are not available outside of North America! Boca products are also completely egg-free, and some of their products are also vegan. The burgers almost perfectly mimic the taste of a cheeseburger, a taste I found myself missing upon coming fully vegetarian. You can pick up a box at your local supermarket or club store.

3: Quinoa. There are more than 1,400 quinoa products on the market right now, so why wouldn’t you shake up your diet with some of this crunchy grain? Because quinoa is a great source of both protein and fiber, it will keep you feeling fuller longer. Quinoa is perfect for adding a touch of flavor to your salad, veggie burger, or breakfast bowl.

4: Peanut Butter. Ah, peanut butter, yet another renaissance man of protein. In a healthy portion size (about seven grams), peanut butter provides a punch of protein and several healthy fats. Consuming peanuts can also reduce heart disease, so go ahead and spread it on your toast or sandwiches. Peanut butter is also a delicious staple for any breakfast smoothie bowl.

5: Eggs. While they used to be something of a dirty word in the food industry, eggs are now admired for their nutritional benefits and metabolism-boosting proteins. An egg a day will keep your stomach full and your hunger levels low, along with hosting the fat-burning nutrient choline. Tofu scramble is one of my favorite breakfast egg dishes.

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6: Chickpeas. A primary member of the legume family, chickpeas are chalk-full of energizing vitamins and minerals. They are also a great source of both fiber and protein, and can be cooked in various different forms. Enjoy a bag of flavored, cooked chickpeas, or toss them raw onto your salad to add a blast of texture.

7: Hummus. In my nineteen years on this planet so far, I have met many, many hummus fanatics. It’s something about that smooth, creamy taste that draws people in, and the endless amount of pretzels and veggies you can dip into your hummus. Hummus, a hearty mix of amino acids and lysine, is a lovely way to squeeze in some daily complete protein. Hummus is a healthy alternative to putting mustard or mayo on your sandwich, while still delivering a fluffy punch of flavor. Upon asking hummus-enthusiast Eli Ratner about his favorite hummus attributes, he replied, “Oh, what isn’t my favorite thing about hummus? Its subtly complex and satisfying flavor. Its lovely creamy texture. It is a nutritious and satisfying snack.”

8: Peas. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, green peas have always held an especially nostalgic flavor. Though they may appear measly on the outside, eight grams of green peas can supply almost 100% of your daily vitamin C. Peas make an excellent side dish when sauteed with onion and garlic, but are also perfectly filling when consumed raw.

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Works Consulted

https://www.eatthis.com/lose-weight-build-muscle-with-complete-proteins/

 

Sarah Desroche

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Great vintage finds are busting in every rack at Goodwill.

For the average woman aged 18-22, acquiring well-made clothes without a hefty price tag can be a struggle in itself. Add in factors such as finding time to shop and finding things that meet your personal style, and the quest for a perfect garment can become nearly impossible. However, there is an option for fashionistas of any age who are trying to find fantastic clothes on a budget: thrift & consignment stores.

That’s right, it’s time to hit up Goodwill for next fall’s statement piece.

Unlike most department stores, the merchandise and contents of a thrift shop can extend to any demographic imaginable. For a young adult searching for gender-neutral clothing, thrift stores can offer a vast collection of shapes, sizes, and customizable styles. Thrift stores are perfect for neutral basics: items you’ll always need in your closet. And, at a fraction of the cost of a department store, why not check out the racks at your local Salvation Army?

From a sociological standpoint, there seems to be a fear against purchasing clothes from thrift shops and consignment stores. Humans are comforted by the excitement of brand-new things, and the satisfaction that comes with purchasing new clothing. Many people are also turned-off by the seemingly gross idea of wearing another human’s clothes, but who’s to say a couple thorough washes can’t fix that?

There’s no sin in picking up fresh garments from Marshalls or TJ Maxx, but I believe a balance should be established between what is thrifted and what is brand-new. Even if you have enough disposable income to shop strictly at the mall, both the planet and your wallet will thank you for giving thrift shopping a chance.

Running with that, thrift shopping is a fantastic way to recycle clothing and lessen our carbon footprint on the planet. Americans send an average of 10.5 million tons of clothes to landfills each year- a staggering number that could easily be erased if we all learned to consume wisely. Part of this number is attributed to the unfortunate nature of fast fashion: clothing that is designed to fall apart after just a few washes. Not only that, but over 700 gallons of water are used to manufacture a single T-shirt.

700 gallons.

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Some great Lee jeans I thrifted from The Garment District

If we all spent a few extra dollars on well-made apparel from fair trade and sustainable companies, these astounding numbers could be vastly reduced. Wardrobe staple pieces, such as jeans, jackets, and blouses bustle in every rack- many of them still in excellent condition. Buying shoes from a thrift store may sound like a hygiene turn-off, but the reality is, finding like-new shoes at a consignment store isn’t impossible either.

Perhaps the most well known factor, thrift stores are also a perfect place to exercise your social responsibility and give back to the community. Many thrift stores are non-profit organizations, and in turn benefit millions of people in need. Donating your clothes to the local shop will not only keep them out of the landfills, but also benefit people in need.

We all want to look trendy and up-to-date at all times, but at what cost can that come? The latest fads from Forever 21 may look great for a couple of weeks, but being environmentally friendly will always be a timeless look. And, besides, green looks great on you!

 

Works Consulted:

http://www.maximhy.com/blog/2015/04/10/is-your-fashion-slow-fashion/

http://affinitymagazine.us/2017/02/23/why-thrift-shopping-benefits-you-and-our-planet/

Thanks for joining me! On this blog, you fill find everything from reviews and stories to self care tips and positive affirmations. My goal is to inspire, entertain, and educate others, along with picking up some wisdom for myself along the way.

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I am a vintage-loving, animal-adoring college student based in the Boston area. As a Fashion Communications major, spreading inspiration and tips for sustainability is extremely important to me. When I’m not reading, writing, or blogging, I enjoy cooking delicious vegetarian meals and binge-watching crime shows on Netflix. Thanks for stopping by!

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