I love watching “What I eat in a day” videos on YouTube, especially when I first toyed with the thought of being vegan, and I’ve always been a little sad that I couldn’t really do my own. Writing is where I shine, and I seriously hate recording myself. Recently, I found some bloggers that have done their own “What I eat in a day” blogs, and the lightbulb went off. I could write about what I eat! Duh! Well, this is me finally catching up. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Remember, whatever ideas you get here, make them your own. Feel free to make mistakes. You may have to make some pretty nasty stuff before you get some killer recipes.
What better way to start the day as a vegan than with a smoothie? I know, there are lots of other breakfasts I could make, but frankly, smoothies are the easiest. All you need is a blender, ingredients, and five minutes. Also, I find it really fun to experiment with different ingredients.
In the morning, I’m a fan of fruit smoothies. I haven’t really gotten into green smoothies yet, but I have an inkling it’s because I haven’t learned how to make a tasty one yet. This morning, I surveyed the kitchen for ingredients. There are so many combinations that I rarely make the same smoothie more than a few times.
I found some bananas (my smoothie staple), grapes, and an apple in the kitchen and started putting it together.
- 2 bananas
- 1 apple
- 1 bunch of grapes
- Splash of coconut milk (optional)
- 2 c. water
- 2 c. ice
Place the bananas, diced and cored apple, a bunch of grapes, coconut milk (optional), and water in your blender. When smooth, add ice to your desired consistency.
Seriously, guys, this is so easy. And it actually turned out pretty tasty too. Sometimes, when you’re experimenting, you may get some nasty concoctions, but that’s okay. At the beginning of your vegan journey, you have to make a lot of mistakes before you find things you love. You’ll begin to build your own vegan cookbook with your favorite recipes, and, all of the sudden, it will actually be easy, and even fun, to be vegan. Be patient with yourself. It’s going to take a little time to get there.
I shared my smoothie with my brother, and it wasn’t enough to completely satiate me. I’m a fan of trusting my body to tell me what it needs, so for a snack, I had some chips and hummus. The hummus was red bell pepper and super tasty. Maybe I’ve just been vegan for a while, but the hummus tasted almost cheesy today. Definitely, a welcome taste knowing that no animals were hurt to achieve that cheese taste.
Look at that delicious salad. I never used to not be able to stand salads without drenching them in ranch. Now, I can only handle a little bit of dressing because the vegetables are so good. It’s interesting how taste buds change.
This is my lunch I brought to work. I added the side of broccoli to fill me up a little more. When I sat down to eat this, I poured some balsamic dressing on top of the salad and stuffed my mouth. If you don’t like eating broccoli plain, you can use Brianna’s Poppyseed Dressing. It’s a vegan option despite the creamy taste.
Here’s what was in my salad:
- 1 head of romaine
- A couple tbsp of hemp seeds
- Handful of sunflower seeds
- Handful of dried cranberries
My mom has always been extremely supportive of my lifestyle choices, and she tries really hard to make delicious vegan meals when I come to visit. Because I know she tries so hard, I never turn down anything vegan that she makes. Tonight for dinner, she was sweet enough to fry up some potatoes with onion flavoring. I had a side of watermelon as well. This is typical of what I eat when I visit home.
I think it’s wise to never act haughty. Just because something isn’t organic or 100% vegan doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. When we acknowledge when others are trying to understand, we can do so much to impact their own lifestyle choices. As soon as we stick our noses in the air, they close off.
For dessert, I treated myself to some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. They have some non-dairy ice cream made with almond milk, and seriously, I died. That stuff is so good! I tried the peanut butter and cookies, so I don’t know how the others taste. But if you’re missing ice cream, give this a try. It was seriously so good.
I hope this gives some ideas of what you can eat as a vegan. The options definitely don’t have to be closed off. Honestly, I’ve felt that my choices and creativity have only increased. When I first became vegan, it didn’t seem like I could eat anything. After a while, though, I slowly added recipes to my mental cookbook, and now I find so much freedom in my food choices. Not only that, but I’m helping the animals, my own health, and the planet. I’d call that a win-win-win.
If you are just starting the transition to veganism, or even just curious, check out my blog post, “What to expect when transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.” This is specifically about transitioning to vegetarianism, but the general principles are exactly the same. Also, many vegans started as vegetarians. Give it a read.