Happy Herbivore Blog

September 29, 2012

This Week's Q&A (Anemia & Menu Planning)

You've got questions and we've got answers! Q: I am a flight attendant and am looking for foods from home that are easy to make ahead of time and don't require heating up.


A: I can’t recommend the meal plans enough for this. Except for the soups, none of the lunches really needs to be heated again (they’re designed for travel), and if you pack your soup in a thermos, it should stay warm. All the sandwiches, salads and bowls don't need to be heated after you've made them. That plus your snacks like fruit/veg that also doesn't need refrigeration, and you should be good to go. Most of the dinners should be fine without needing to be heated and for breakfast, you could do simple things like almond yogurt and fruit and some of the breakfast rice dishes and wraps. All those travel well. 


Q: Can I use regular whole wheat flour instead of vital wheat gluten? 

A: No! You must use vital wheat gluten. You cannot substitute whole wheat flour or any other flour. If you have a wheat or gluten allergy, OrgraN makes a gluten-free vital wheat gluten substitute . To learn more about vital wheat gluten, see this post “what is vital wheat gluten ." 


Q: When I was eating meat, I was borderline anemic. I’ve been vegan for three weeks and recently purchased a vegan iron supplement. Should I take it every once in a while? When I feel lethargic? Should I take a pill or liquid supplement? 

A: I’m not a doctor or nutritionist so I can’t give medical advice. However, I don’t recommend taking an iron supplement without having blood tests done to confirm anemia, and then talking to your doctor about what supplements you should take, if any, what dosage and how often. It’s easy to overdose on iron and there are serious consequences. I encourage anyone to talk to their doctor before starting a supplement regimen. You can also read this post about iron-deficiency and anemia. 


Q: Do you have any tips for menu planning? I need variety without waste from unused groceries. 

That’s exactly why we created the meal plans! All the work is done. A variety of meals and ingredients but no waste of leftovers.

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