After what seems like only a few short weeks, I’m proud to announce I’ve transitioned gracefully into the vegan lifestyle. And questions I hear too often than not are: “What does the vegan lifestyle entail?”or “So, what can you eat?” and “Wait, are eggs vegan?”
So, I’m here to put some curiosities to rest and shed some light on the abundance of a plant-based diet. Yes, I eat lots and lots of fresh (sometimes frozen) fruits and vegetables. But I also eat BREAD and natural SUGAR and a whole lot of carbohydrates.
I’ve also done a lot of research on vegan diets: HCLF vegan, label-free vegan, plant-based, raw till four, and so on. YouTube has been an awesome resource for me in addition to various published articles and blog posts. Not only are you able to SEE what and how other vegans prepare their food, but you can also build up some dope recipes to try later.
Today, I listed out everything I ate for you. I did actually go grocery shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s this day too, so a few meals were purchased from the store. Keep in mind–I don’t eat out all the time. Actually, I eat out at restaurants very rarely… As a college student, I get that not everyone can afford a green smoothie or kale salad on the reg. If you guys like this post, I’ll hopefully be able to post more “What I Eat In A Day’s” with intricate delicious recipes in the future.
But for now, enjoy! And please leave me a comment if you have any questions!
- Lemon water
I always start my morning with lemon water: a big glass (sometimes two) of a freshly squeezed lemon wedge in plain water. This is great for detoxing your body and really infiltrating your intestines early on. I continue to drink from my refillable water bottle throughout the day. But actually though, I can’t stress this enough… drink more water guys!
- Green tea
If you know me, you know I love my tea: green, matcha green, yerba mate, ginger. I stopped drinking coffee a while back, so tea is a wonderful alternative caffeine source filled with antioxidants.
- Black Strap Molasses
Molasses is a thick tar-like goo that is usually added to breads, syrups, or anything that needs sweetening. Naturally, it contains a lot of sugar, but it’s also packed with potassium and iron (something I need more of because I’ve always been iron deficient). So, one spoonful in the morning is just what I need.
Not too sure why I grabbed an apple, but I guess I wanted something fresh. To be honest, I used to really dislike apples… something about the acidity and bite. Now, I love them! I think you just have to choose the right kind. And always go organic (I can usually tell the difference).
- Banana, Mango Smoothie Bowl
My pre-workout smoothie bowls are a must. I’ve posted several different smoothie bowl recipes on this blog, but essentially, you can throw any type of fruit or vegetables that you have on hand into the blender. It makes for a satisfying breakfast AND you can decorate it gorgeously with coconut or cacao nibs.
- Potato Fries with Hummus Guac
Oil-free, guilt-free fries are life. Check out my previous post on how to make fries without all those nasty oils. And the hummus guac is literally everything.
- Whole Foods Smoothie
I ended up going to Whole Foods mid-day, so I grabbed a green smoothie since I was hungry. My advice is, if you’re hungry, EAT. It’s so important to listen to our bodies and to nourish it whenever possible. This was the “Garden City Greens” with almond milk, blueberries, bananas, kale, avocado, spirulina, and spinach. It was super thick and wasn’t really sweet, but delicious nonetheless.
- Trader Joe’s Tofu Spring Rolls
A stop at Trader Joe’s warranted these tofu spring rolls for dinner. They were ok! Not too bad, but not filled to the brim like I was hoping for. Spring rolls are actually super easy to make at home. I can definitely put up a recipe if you guys want to see that.
- Dark Chocolate
Because everyone needs a little dark chocolate in their lives. Yes, I have developed a deep love for dark chocolate mMMmmM. Besides the various health benefits of eating a bit of dark chocolate from time to time, it’s totally free of milk and cream: hence, still vegan.
- Dates in Oat Flour, Carrots, Sourdough Bread
I purchased some dates rolled in oat flour a little while back from Whole Foods, and I enjoy reaching for them as a snack or on top of a smoothie bowl. As you can see I was craving a variety of late night foods, so I ate some of that, some carrots, and some sourdough bread. My roommates think it’s funny that I snack of carrots and hummus, but I LOVE it. The crunch of carrots really do satisfy me, and who doesn’t love their beta carotenes??
- Sleepytime Tea
As a ritual, I always end my day with some Sleepytime Tea. Herbal tea is great for tuning down after a long and eventful day. Plus, it warms the belly and prepares you for a good night’s rest.
And that’s it! Hope you guys enjoyed this blog post of “What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan“. I’m hoping to do a lot more of these in the future and really drive home the message that veganism is easy. I’ve personally been a vegetarian since November of last year, so meat hasn’t been an option for me at all. There are so many ways you can avoid dairy and eggs… you really just have to be a little more mindful in your daily choices.
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