Today I want to share with you what I eat in a day. A few years ago I decided to change my diet after feeling sluggish for a long time. It’s painfully obvious to me now, but at the time I didn’t realize that what I ate could drastically impact how I felt and looked. I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, but I usually stick to a similar routine each day with a few variables. Eating this way ensures that I consistently eat pretty healthily and that I always know what I need to buy at the grocery store.
I’ve experimented with different diets, but these days I eat mostly vegan with the occasional dairy or vegetarian item. I love eating a plant based diet, and the occasional dairy makes me feel sane, or helps when I’m stuck somewhere without a vegan option.
Breakfast: I usually start my day with something light and quick.
Options: a bowl of bulk granola + nut milk,
1/2 cup of old fashioned oatmeal with cinnamon and nut milk,
or 2 pieces of Ezekiel bread toasted with natural peanut butter.
Plus a cup of french press cold brew coffee with 1 tbs. almond or soy vanilla creamer. In the winter I’ll break out my mini Bialetti espresso maker for a hot cuppa.
Post Workout: I usually work out in the morning, and need a protein fix within half an hour.
My go-to protein shake is a scoop of Vega One chocolate All-in-One + coconut or almond milk + spoonful of cacao + ice + banana. I also like to add a bit of maca, but tend to avoid it when pregnant.
I really love this vegan protein mix. It’s a lot of whole proteins, greens, probiotics, omega 3, vitamins, fiber, and of course 20g of protein. I like that there aren’t weird chemicals in it that you see in a lot of protein powders, it actually tastes good, and it acts as a little insurance policy if I don’t eat as well as I’d like throughout the day.
Lunch: I’m still usually pretty hungry after my workout, and I prefer to have my biggest meal at midday to avoid feeling too full right before bed.
For lunch I’ll make a big salad with beans and a ton of veggies and leafy greens OR a veggie wrap of the same kind with a bit of dressing, vegan mayo, or mustard. I am in love with Quorn’s meatless and soy free turkey roast. It tastes A LOT better than most meat free sandwich meat, and you can eat it hot or cold. Sometimes I’ll bake one up at the beginning of the week and use a few slices in my salad or wrap at lunch. I tend to stay away from convenience food, even if it is vegan, but the occasional treat is awesome.
Usually I prefer a lunch that is cold and raw like salad or a wrap. This isn’t because of a random fad diet, but rather, it reminds me that this meal is where I get the majority of my greens and veggies. Also, a fresh lunch keeps me from feeling sluggish in the afternoon.
Snack: Strawberry banana yogurt, almonds, or fresh fruit like bananas and apple slices.
I tend to avoid dairy because it can occasionally make me feel sick, and my skin has gotten better after removing most of it from my diet. If I have yogurt I’ll try to keep it as my only dairy throughout the day. I realize there are vegan yogurts…but I have yet to find one that I enjoy.
Dinner: For most meals I think “protein + veg + carbs”. At dinner this translates to whole grains like quinoa, plus a bean or tofu, and whatever veggies I have in the fridge. I like to serve burrito bowls, protein pasta, stir fries, etc. Also important: healthy fats. When cooking grains or heavier items I like to add healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, etc. so that the grain is moist and yummy.
Dessert: I freaking love ice cream. Especially now that there are some amazing vegan ice creams, and even Ben & Jerry offers a plant based option…it’s kind of hard to say no. I enjoy the occasional treat, but most days I try to avoid the empty calories. If I’m really craving some end of the day sugar I’ve started to reach for something else…..
Throughout the Day: In addition to all of these yummy meals, I drink a ton of water. I keep a small bowl of sliced lime in the fridge for every refill. A good rule is to drink your body weight in ounces each day. As a special treat I occasionally buy a case of Pellegrino sparkling water in glass bottles. I know, I know, when you think of “special treat” water isn’t usually your first thought, but it’s really helped curb my pop cravings. Adding lime or lemon is a great way to enjoy water, get a hit of vitamin c, and have fresh breath.