As I got older, I started to research this vitamin phenomenon to determine if I should take supplements.
Although we should obtain most nutrients from a balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables--supplements are sometimes necessary.
According to the Mayo Clinic website if you are:
- Vegan or Vegetarian
- Consume less than 1600 calories a day
- Don't eat a balanced diet
- Pregnant or want to become pregnant
- Adults 50+
- Have improper absorption of nutrients from surgery, allergies, intolerance, disease, etc...
You should take some form of a supplement whether it is a multivitamin, or any of the alphabetical varieties best for you.
Always consult with your doctor before taking any supplements!
Since I am not a member in the medical profession, I can only offer what this vegan gal takes on a daily basis and surprisingly I don't need a shot of gin to get them all down. I wouldn't say they are tasty, but they aren't unpleasant like some vitamins:
|Multi-Vitamin, Vit C, Calcium, Vit B Complex, Omega-3 DHA, Vit B-12|
Always check the labels. I was surprised how many vitamins aren't vegetarian, let alone vegan. Again, speak to you doctor first about supplements. Not all supplements are created equal.
Amazon now has a "Subscribe & Save" program for some vitamins. If you buy a few months supply, you can get a hefty discount.
In addition to supplements, healthy eating is also key.
How does this vegan get her plate in shape?
Tonight we dined on Chickpea Patties and Bring-On-Spring Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette!
Bring On Spring Salad & Maple Mustard Vinaigrette
Ingredients For Salad:
2 cups Arugala
2 cups Baby Lettuces
1 cup Corn, frozen and thawed or canned
1 cup Black Beans, cooked or canned
1 cup Spelt, cooked
1 cup Cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup Fennel, chopped
1/2 cup Bell Pepper, chopped
Ingredients for Vinaigrette:
2 tbsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard ( I used Trader Joes mmmm)
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence
pinch of salt
1/8 cup Olive Oil
Water, as needed
For the salad just toss everything together in a large bowl. For the dressing, combine first five ingredients and whisk together. While drizzling oil in, keep whisking. Add water as needed to thin to desirable consistency. I like a thicker vinaigrette.
Now who is ready for spring??