There seems to be an assumption going around that vegans only eat raw fruits and vegetables. I, in fact, first learned about this phenomenon through a meme on facebook:
I mean, for one thing, I haven’t had a “heavy night out” in years. I’m more into the “stay at home and binge-watch The Office” scene. With a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Or a plate of enchiladas.
So clearly, my dietary needs extend a little bit beyond celery and sliced apples. I like a hearty, filling meal just as much as the next person- just without the whole murdering-innocent-animals component. And thus, the veggie burger was born.
If you’ve read up to this point, I’m hoping it’s safe to say you’re interested in my favorite foods to eat on the daily. This is an average meal plan for me, including snacks and how much water I aim to consume over the course of the day.
The time that I eat breakfast varies from day to day, but generally, it’s after eight and before eleven. If I’m working an A.M. shift for that particular day, I’ll probably skip the smoothie bowl and grab some cereal instead. Buuut, if I’ve got some time to kill, a smoothie bowl is ALWAYS a go-to. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and the results are always remarkably tasty. This morning, I blended frozen mango chunks, ice, and bananas to get a base for the bowl- about a handful of each. To garnish and give it that insta-ready look, I added some more bananas, some strawberries, kiwi, peanut butter, granola, and cocoa pieces. The results are refreshing and filling, delivering a perfect punch of protein to get me through the day. Along with the smoothie bowl, I also enjoyed some iced coffee (a must) and a glass of water. I also prepare my portable water bottle, which I enhance by adding fresh fruits or cucumbers.
Lately, I’ve been on a meatless meatball kick. These “meatballs” from Trader Joe’s are truly top notch, and add a rich flavor to any savory meal. Did I mention there are twelve grams of protein in every serving? Because they can be so filling, I sometimes choose to just enjoy them alone. Today, however, I added in a cup of steamed vegetables to bring some color to my meal. By lunchtime, I’ve probably downed half of my water bottle- if not more. Once you make drinking water a routine priority in your daily life, the rest is easy. Drinking water comes just as mindlessly to me as blinking or breathing- it’s not something I need to remind myself to do. Not only does drinking an adequate amount of water keep you feeling hydrated and awake, it’s also great for keeping your skin looking blemish-free.
Before I became a vegan, one of the hardest things I envisioned giving up was pizza. On top of being the token dish at every social get-together, pizza is simple to make and extremely tasty. The good news is, vegan pizza is just as easy to make (and dare I say, even tastier.) My favorite way to prepare pizza is on a piece of vegan naan bread, which is available at most chain grocery stores. Feel free to top your naan pizza with whatever toppings you want, but for me, I only eat my pizza plain. Daiya makes excellent mozzarella-style shreds that melt and taste just like real cheese, I’m happy to report. Once again, I opt for a glass of water with my meal, or polish off my first bottle of flavored water that I made around breakfast time.
Around this time, I’m usually reading, writing for the blog, or catching up with my friends over text. I also tend to get very snacky around this time, as a thin-crust plain pizza doesn’t always quite cut it. Some of my favorite late-night snacks are peanut butter, chips, strawberries, granola, or cereal- or even a combination of two. I also tend to drink a lot of water at night, usually if I’m concentrating on one task for a long period of time. I also LOVE to take steaming hot baths, and enjoy a tall glass of cold water during that as well. If it’s a chilly night and I’m not in the mood to work on projects or take a bath, I enjoy making myself a cup of hot cinnamon tea and parking myself in front of my laptop to watch Netflix. Whatever it is I choose to do, I always make sure I’m satisfied, happy, and ultimately, healthy.
If you’re interested in learning more about my diet, or if you have any suggestions for me, drop a comment below! I look forward to posting again on Wednesday!