When I posted my amazing raw blueberry cake balls to the SOS challenge yesterday I admit, for a second I doubted the content of this blog. I regularly mention that my food philosophy is flexitarian, and yesterday’s post touched on that very briefly. But part of my brain became concerned, “what if all these amazing vegan food bloggers you admire so much show up at your blog and don’t take you seriously because you occasionally eat vegetarian or even meat dishes”. That’s also when I remember that I don’t really care what others think of my food philosophy. Here is what I have learned about food philosophy.
Three factors in food philosophy
- Be COMFORTABLE with your food philosophy. If you switch to a specific way of eating but don’t buy into it, you will be swayed by the next idea that comes along, or you wont be able to defend your choices when someone challenges you.
- Stand up for what is RIGHT FOR YOU. There are many reasons why I chose to maintain my ability to eat animal products, and many reasons why I do try to limit my consumption. I don’t have to defend my choices to anyone, and you shouldn’t have to either. Some food philosophies are very difficult to sustain in the modern American diet, but don’t be embarrassed to ask for substitutions at restaurants or stand firm at events. If friends, acquaintances or strangers are critical of your food choices, remember that what you feed your body is your business. Develop strategies to help others help you. Bring food with you in case your host’s menu doesn’t meet your needs, talk to your friends about what you can and cannot eat, and find restaurants that have options to meet your needs.
- Be TOLERANT of other people’s food philosophy. Just as you chose your food philosophy others must choose theirs, and we must be tolerant of the food choices of those around us. You can explain the reasons you switched to a certain food philosophy, but everyone must find their own path. I don’t like to force my beliefs on others and I hate when others try to force me. This doesn’t mean you can’t explain your food philosophy to others, but screaming out “meat is murder” in the middle of a dinner party might turn them against you. You may, however work on convincing them by showing them how yummy foods from your philosophy can be (as long as it doesn’t interfere with theirs).
So as such, I remain unapologetic for my flexitarian ways. This blog will however continue to be a way of documenting recipes and foods from my mostly vegan, occasionally vegetarian lifestyle.
Blueberry Vegan Overnight Oats in a Cantaloupe Bowl
I love some vegan foods so much now that I would eat them even if I was an omnivore. One of these foods is Vegan Overnight Oats (See my cranberry and pumpkin seed version and my chocolate cherry version). I just love having a fresh and healthy breakfast waiting for me in the morning, that took only minutes of preparation the night before. It’s so exciting wait overnight t0 eat it.
In today’s version of my overnight oats I go back to an attempt I made when I first started making vegan overnight oats. I am a fan of using a fruit’s shell as a bowl, and I decided to do it again to the next time inexpensive cantaloupe was available.
The recipe starts by making your oats mixture and allowing it to sit overnight. In the morning, scoop out the cantaloupe shell as much as you want.
I then dice up some of the cantaloupe and add it back to the oats mixture.
It makes for a yummy, nutritious and pretty breakfast. And it contains a couple superfoods.
Recipe: Blueberry and Cantaloupe Vegan Overnight Oats
Summary: Use the mostly scooped out Cantaloupe as a bowl for your overnight oats
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp chia seed
- 1 tbsp buckwheat groats
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 whole cantaloupe
- Mix oats, almond milk, chia seed, groats, blueberries and maple syrup in a bowl, place in refrigerator overnight (for at least 2 hours).
- Scoop out the cantaloupe seeds, discard
- Scoop out most of the cantaloupe flesh.
- Dice 1/2 cup of cantaloupe flesh and add to oats
- Place oats mixture in cantaloupe shell
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 2 hour(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Number of servings (yield): 1
Delicious, and so versatile. See you need time VOO (vegan overnight oats).
What is your food philosophy? Have you ever had to defend it?