I have had many people ask me about this since I talked about going plant-based, so I wanted to share what I typically eat in a day. I have found the lifestyle to be really easy to follow, and I am never hungry. Overall, if it comes from a plant, I eat it!
Every Day Guidelines
- I try to eat at least one raw meal per day, meaning, I don't cook my food. This is to ensure that I am getting the maximum amount of nutrients from all sources.
- I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. I pay very close attention to my hunger cues and signals that I am done eating.
- I eat very few processed foods. This helps me avoid refined sugars and bad oils.
- I drink water throughout the day.
- I limit the amount of "fake meat" and soy products. They are highly processed, and too much soy can interfere with hormone levels. I do occasionally eat tempeh, which is fermented soy and healthier than tofu, etc.
My Typical Day of Food
I drink at least 16 oz of water with lemon, sometimes with cinnamon added (I am not ready for cayenne yet) to aid my liver in detoxing.
One of the following:
- Oatmeal made with almond and/or coconut milk and banana with a little pure maple syrup.
- Fruit with some coconut meat.
- Green smoothie - I do these a couple times a week but not every day because it can get pricey! There are some great recipes on Oh She Glows.
My raw meal usually. So I would have a big salad with some nuts or chickpeas, homemade dressing (some recipes on Pinterest) or Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette if store bought. Otherwise I'll have a small salad or veggies and hummus, with a side of soup or leftovers from the night before.
This is where I get to experiment because I haven't been vegan for long! I have a lot of recipes in my guide from The Ultimate Reset that are of course vegan, so I do utilize those, but I also love checking out websites and trying new dishes.
Faves from the Reset:
- Roasted Root Medley
- Veggie Stir Fry
- Quinoa Salad
- Pinto Beans (with taco fixins)
Websites for recipes:
If I am not feeling like cooking from a recipe or I don't have everything I need for it, I will just come up with something on the fly. It's pretty easy because any veggie based side you typically make can be used as a main dish, or make a couple sides and call it dinner! I've done things like a stir fry using whatever I have on hand, dumping that on some quinoa, or the other night I made a bag of frozen Alexia sautee baby red potatoes and dumped that over some steamed broccoli. Really, if it sounds good together, it probably is! You don't need a fancy recipe or a bunch of exotic ingredients. If you have some frozen veggies and rice and some Braggs aminos and sesame oil, you have a dish! You can also do beans and rice - just season them up well, or there are convenience foods like quinoa burgers, etc. in your grocer's freezer section. Brown rice pasta is also a hit here - add a jar of marinara (read your labels and find a good one) and you're done. Or keep it super simple and make a wrap (I use gluten free ones) out of veggies and hummus and a little avocado. Overall, I find this way of eating more convenient because there is no meat to thaw and prepare, and no slaving over the stove unless you want to! The possibilities are endless.
I tend to nibble on veggies and fruits mainly, sometimes nuts or seeds. Hummus is a great thing to eat with veggies or rice crackers. You can also do some kind of nut butter with a rice cake or gluten free bread or an apple. Avocado is great smashed onto things like crackers with a little salt - or use homemade guac! Steer clear of junk of course - just because it's vegan (I'm looking at you, Oreos) doesn't mean it's healthy! If you need a little something sweet, make a smoothie, or use this great recipe for Peanut Butter Balls - yum (you can use any nut/seed butter)!!
Hopefully this helps you see what I eat in a day, and maybe prompt you to try a couple vegan days each week! Your body will thank you, and you'll probably find some new things you like that you can add to your regular menu!