I don’t know about you guys, but I am obsessed with watching What I Eat In A Day videos. They’re all the rage on YouTube right now and for some reason, they’re super entertaining to watch! Therefore, I’ve decided to do my own, in blog form of course.
My Current Diet/Am I Vegan?
First off, I refer to myself as mostly plant based, not mostly vegan, because I do have honey pretty frequently, and honey is not vegan friendly! As far as my diet goes, I avoid animal products as often as possible, but I am not super nit picky about it (for example, if someone offers me a cookie, I’m not going to refuse it just because there is ⅛ of a teaspoon of dairy in it). I try to avoid animal products for ethical, not health reasons, and my main concern is avoiding animal flesh rather than dairy. That is why I’m not super strict about trace amounts of dairy in the occasional treat. Also, I can’t resist treating myself to veggie pizza from time to time, and I don’t do the whole vegan cheese thing (yuck, what even is it?). I can’t seem to bring myself to completely give up Chic Fil A just yet so that is the only meat I currently eat, and I have it very rarely. Though I do try to avoid animal products as much as possible, because I’m pretty flexible about my diet, I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself fully plant based. I will say that at least 85% of everything I eat is plant based, as well as everything I cook or meal prep at home. The only time I don’t eat plant based is when I’m out with friends, or when I’m having a treat (usually a French macaron or chocolate croissant of some sort).
Breakfast: Green Protein Smoothie
I am currently obsessed with smoothies! I’m a big veggie person but I’m not usually a fan of fruit. That’s why I love doing fruit smoothies; it’s an easy way for me to force myself to get some fruit into my diet without really noticing. I also highly recommend investing in a nutribullet if you plan on making smoothies often; it makes clean up so much easier than with a blender!
Green Protein Smoothie Recipe:
Handful of spinach
Half of a frozen banana
Vegan Protein Powder (my favorite is the vanilla flavored Olly protein powder)
1-2 cups of frozen strawberries
1 Tbs organic peanut butter
Sprinkle of Chia Powder
Water to blend (I don’t measure this out, but I always put in the smallest amount that I can get away with because I like my smoothies thicker)
This smoothie is so good, and is a super healthy way to start your morning! It has protein, fruit, and dark green vegetables, which are all important things to have everyday.
Calories: about 400
Lunch: Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with Chickpeas
I meal prep on weekends, and this is one of my favorite things to meal prep right now. Right now, I am mainly focused on getting lots of protein while cutting down on starches as much as possible. I’ve tried doing cauliflower rice all by itself (just straight up cauliflower ground into a “rice” texture) but it doesn’t taste anything like the real thing. Since then, I’ve discovered the secret to making a cauliflower rice dish taste exactly like actual fried rice!
The secret is to mix a small amount of actual brown rice into the cauliflower “rice” mixture. When I say small, I mean around 1/4 cup brown rice to 1 cup of cauliflower rice; that’s all you’ll need! I promise, you don’t need much to make this dish taste just like the real thing. The rice blends with the cauliflower and the cauliflower becomes barely discernible in taste, so you forget you’re not having real fried rice!
Chickpea Cauliflower “Fried Rice” Recipe
Around 1-2 cups of riced cauliflower
1/4 cup brown rice (if you want there to be less of a cauliflower taste, use 1/2 cup)
⅓ can of organic chickpeas
Season with soy sauce, pepper, onion and garlic powder
For some reason, when the smallest amount of rice is mixed in with the cauliflower, you can barely taste the cauliflower! It tastes just like the real thing, but it’s much healthier and lower in calories. With this recipe, you get a massive bowl of food for around 300 calories, since the majority of the dish consists of cauliflower. You’re also getting some healthy carbs from the brown rice and plant protein from the chickpeas.
Pre-Workout Snack: Tone It Up Bar
I always work out in late afternoon/early evening immediately following the work day. I can’t bring myself to get up at 5 in the morning so this is what works best for me! I head to the gym straight from work, so I eat some sort of pre-workout snack in the car on the way to the gym. My absolute favorite protein bar is the Tone It Up vegan protein bar. This is the only protein bar that I actually like the taste of! I personally hate the taste of protein bars, and this is the only protein bar I have ever had that actually doesn’t taste like a protein bar. It tastes like a cross between a rice crispy treat and a granola bar, but with a thicker, coarser texture due to the pea protein. My favorite flavor is the blueberry coconut because it tastes like a blueberry muffin, but I also love the peanut butter chocolate flavor! If you’re wondering where to get these, I purchased these from Target in the protein powder section, not the granola bar section.
Dinner: Rice and Beans
After I’m home from the gym and have gotten showered and comfy, I’ll heat up something quick for dinner. The last thing I want to do is cook after a long day and it’s usually around 8:00 by now, so I want something simple. On this day, I had my favorite canned soup, which is the Annie’s Spanish Rice and Beans. This soup in particular has such a thicker consistency, so it’s more of a stew than a soup. All I have to do is heat it up then top it with salsa and avocado if I have it, so it’s super easy and quick!
Calories: 300 (not counting avocado and salsa if you choose to add that)
Dessert: Cinnamon Apples
My absolute favorite healthy fall treat has been cinnamon apples. It’s super simple; just take a sliced apple and sprinkle it with cinnamon. It sounds simple but it’s so good!
Evening Tea Time
I love to wind down at night with a good book and a calming tea. My current favorite bedtime tea is the “Beauty Sleep: Chamomile Rose” tea; which you may remember me mentioning on my Instagram. I am a bit of a conoissore when it comes to tea, and I can tell instantly when tea is of cheap quality (which is why I avoid certain brands completely, like Tazo for example). If you’re finicky like me and you can instantly pick up on cheap tasting tea, you’ll definitely be able to taste the difference. This tea tastes super high quality so if you have high standards for your tea, give this one a try! I’ve never had tea like this before, and I’m not just saying that. I wish I had known about this tea before I posted the “Once Upon A Dream: The Princess Relaxes” blog post because this luxurious, princessy tea would have been perfect for it. If it’s any indication, I’m more than halfway finished with a 36 tea bag supply and I’ve only had it for about a week and a half! Thank you to Republic of Tea for sending me a tin; I will definitely be purchasing this when I run out!
There you have it, a what I eat in a day on a normal day! What are some of your favorite plant based recipes? I want to get into baking plant based treats too, so leave me a comment if you have any good recipe suggestions!