Hello foodie lovers! I hope you are healthy, well, and thriving! When it comes to cooking as a busy Vegan.. it should be easy! You may want to fuel your body with delicious, healthy foods, but you don’t have the energy to constantly create new meals. You rush to the cabinet and find a half box of pasta: that should do it! Hmm. Eat the pasta. But, know that healthy eating doesn’t happen on the fly like that.
It takes more prep and planning. Here are some tips for planning ahead:
- Have a “go-to” breakfast! Eating the same thing = less time planning!
- Prep your ingredients ahead of time. Chop veggies and store in a reusable container. Prepare a protein source ahead of time!
- Choose dinners that will take 30 minutes or less to cook.
Healthy eating should be easy and quick! You don’t want to spend an hour preparing a meal in the middle of the day, when you need your energy for work! Keep things simple for breakfast and lunch. Then, have a little fun at dinner time and let yourself play.
Let me preface your reading with this: I am not a dietitian. Also, I do not want to call myself a vegan (yet). I embrace a 80% plant-based lifestyle. So, here’s a day that I just happened to eat Vegan:
What I Eat In A Day: Vegan
Oatmeal is an amazing way to start your day! Oats are high in fiber and water, so they keep you full longer. Not to mention, they lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and support digestive health. If you are a person who needs energy first thing in the morning, oats are a great breakfast option. Aside from the health benefits, they just taste amazing! I mean, look at that bowl of goodness.
I love to workout and stay active in any way I can. That’s why oats have been my go-to breakfast for years! I use instant oats because they are just so easy! I cook them on the stove top for 3-5 minutes. Then, I add a scoop of protein powder to help me stay fuller longer, and to build muscle. Finally, I add frozen mixed berries on top. Oh, and don’t forget the coffee!
Alright, I know you’re a foodie lover. But do you actually have time to cook a 5-star lunch everyday?
I’m guessing no. That’s great, because eating healthy doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. You have so many other areas of life that need attention besides what you eat. You have family, your career, and your hobbies. So, that’s why we’re all about being healthy and well in a way that is easy and fun here. With a little thought ahead of time, you can have lunch ready in less than 5 minutes.
I call this a “throw your leftovers on top of lettuce” salad. Here’s the trick: choose a carbohydrate source. Choose a protein source. Then, add some veggies. After, pick a healthy fat. Arrange them delicately, or haphazardly, into a bowl. Voila!
This bowl reminds me of those amazing meze bowls with beautiful, slow-roasted Greek veggies. That’s what I attempted to replicate here. The day before, I had roasted some sweet potatoes, eggplant, and prepared some quinoa for dinner. I stored the leftovers in the fridge, and repurposed them into a lunch salad, with avocado. The result? Some serious plant-based goodness right here.
Dinner time. That’s when it’s your time to shine, right foodies? At this point, you’ve finished your work for the day and you begin to relax. Time to get creative!
Look in your fridge see what vegetables need to be cooked. Are some getting soft? Reduce food waste by using those ingredients first. Then, find a recipe or just create something new! If you’re looking for something a little different, try a healthy version on a classic comfort food.
So, what’s with this lentil bolognese? It takes 15 minutes and is so easy to make! Let’s just say I was craving this childhood favorite, and this recipe did not disappoint!
It’s the end of the day. You want a treat, but you’ve done so well today. So, you try to avoid that craving like the plague. Please don’t, my wonderful foodies! Why? Ignoring cravings only intensifies them. If you’re struggling with your mindset around food and dieting, fix that first. Read this award-winning book about diet culture and how to improve your relationship with food.
When you’re craving something, eat it! Just remember that there will always be more later, you don’t need to overdo it!
So, what’s this deliciousness here? Vegan dark chocolate squares, of course! I was inspired by a recipe I found on instagram, and changed it up based on the ingredients I found. Anyone else do that?! Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the recipe, but I have a solution for you. Check out these Vegan Chocolate Coconut Squares by Running on Real Food.
Diets are personal and individual, so do what works best for you. This is one snapshot of a typical day of eating. Sometimes I eat more, and sometimes I eat less. That’s just life, right? There are no perfect days!
Comment below what you’re excited about cooking!