Yes I am no vegan. I believe that it is possible to humanely raise farm animals in partnership with humans. Chickens lay eggs regardless of whether a cock (both figuratively and literally) is present, so the vast majority are unfertilized and wouldn’t hatch into actual chicks anyway. Furthermore, unless you have loads of time and money, I have not seen a sustainable budget for a vegan athlete. As you can see from the above, being a vegetarian is a struggle! You find it, you do it, and you don’t collapse from malnutrition two years later, freaking let me know. I’m down to try. Until then, pass the eggs. The omega three’s and fat are vital for vegetarians, and they are a fantastic source of protein. I eat two a day, I should do more, and I have not grown sick of them yet. Why? The answer is all in good thyme.
When I first started spending the night with my incredibly wonderful boyfriend (hi Jesse!) he would make eggs for both of us in the morning. For some reason, his eggs were always so much better than mine. I attributed this to pure love and magic. Finally, one day after exclaiming once again how his omelets and scrambled eggs were just so magically delicious he let me in on his little secret. Thyme. I have no idea what thyme does to make eggs melt in your mouth savory. I really don’t. But it is bomb, and now I can’t imagine eating eggs without it. Dried thyme is like $5 a bottle, and you can probably get by with one bottle every 5-6 months. Well worth the cost. Sprinkle just enough thyme onto the eggs so that there is a green piece of thyme about every fourth inch or so, and let the magic unfold! It’s cheap, it’s good for your muscles, and it is very, very delicious.
This Week in Updates: Safeway We Need To Talk
Mission almost accomplished. About $1 less from what I had hoped for once you add in the $3 ice cream run that will hopefully come later today. Have to feed the muscle children! My largest purchases happened to be my 10oz of instant coffee and my pure usa honey. It was a hard budget day. I once again turned down the organic yogurt and bought store brand greek for half the cost, and while I shelled out a ton extra for USA honey as opposed to that made in Brazil, I was painfully aware that it was not organic. I do shell out extra money for the good products where I have been able to do so. My veggies and fruit are all organic, and the milk I buy as well. Eggs are, of course, all free range and organic, and I pay double the price for Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese. But what about everything else? Why is Nancy’s organic yogurt $7 as opposed to store brand $3.50? Even when I shopped at New Season’s in Portland (kind of like Whole Foods) that was the price of organic goat yogurt. I could have gotten double the Nancy’s for that price.
So Safeway, you and I might need to have a little talk. Yes, you are close to me, but just as my budget it important to me, so is putting my money where my mouth is, literally. Jiff peanut butter, yes you are so very, very cheap, and Nescafe I love you, but this relationship cannot be allowed to continue. Next week, I’m going to brave the journey to the health food store, and try to slowly change my buying habits. I am going to fuel myself for triathlons and the muscle children, keep my budget, and eat organically and humanely. I may eat eggs and drink milk, but I will not take part in the abuse of any animal. This is freaking hard, but hopefully with your support, I can show it is possible.
This is why I would like to do this.
Knowing indirect participation is the same thing as direct participation. Time to bite my own bullet, and do what is right.
On another note, I think swimming is really buffing out my arms! Or maybe it’s just the B&J.
The Recipe: Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Fry Bread
Note: This is also a great way to eat up stale bread!
- Olive oil
- 3 eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons milk
Heat up olive oil in a pan, then place bread into it. Fry until both sides are golden brown. While bread is frying, beat eggs and milk together. Once the bread is done, scramble eggs in the pan. Add thyme to taste, about a light sprinkle is what I’ve found works best. Salt and pepper to taste on both eggs and bread. Enjoy!