What do you eat? My vegan day.

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

First Thing

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.

 

Breakfast

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.

Lunch

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.

 

Dinner

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.

Snacks

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!