This Vegan Life

Wonder what vegans eat?  Here is a day in my new food-life as a vegan.

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The breakfast of champions!  I have oatmeal for breakfast every.single.day.  It makes me so very happy!  My go-to oatmeal recipe: 1/2 old fashioned oats, 7 drops liquid stevia, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almondmilk, 1 cup water, 1/2 a mashed banana, 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce.  And lately I have been adding a small handful of frozen strawberry slices for a flavor kick.  Combine everything on the stove, bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 20 minutes.  Best breakfast ever.  Plus a pear – which I eat while my oatmeal cooks because I am not patient enough.  Oh, and coffee.  Lots of coffee.

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Lunch is actually the biggest meal of the day for me during the week.  It keeps me fueled for work and also prevents me from snacking all day because I fill up at lunch (my oatmeal keeps me just filled enough that I can resist morning snacking but I am definitely ready for a big lunch!)  On the menu: Mexican Lettuce Wraps courtesy of Peas and Thank You – a great food blog I follow.  I didn’t have a lot of toppings on mine, just some salsa.  On the side was a small cup of green beans, carrots with hummus, and apple and an orange.  Then for dessert (told you lunch was my biggest meal of the day!), a Mixed Berry Crumble courtesy of Daily Garnish, another great blog I follow.  Instead of butter this crumble uses coconut oil – which is solid unless you heat it up.  I used a bag of frozen mixed berries (remember, always check the label to make sure it is 100% berries and has NO sugar).  Super duper awesome delicious!

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Look, a picture of water!  How original!  No, actually it is flavored sparkling water.  Zero calories, zero sugar.  Typically I would be enjoying a can of Diet Coke in the afternoon, but my efforts to eat only foods I recognize – and nothing on the ingredient list of diet coke is recognizable – means I have given up soda as well as dairy products.  This actually does the trick for me.  No caffeine boost, but I get plenty of that with coffee in the morning!

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My afternoon snack is also pretty amazing.  Celery with all-natural, unsweetened, no-salt added almond butter.  The ingredient list has one item on it – almonds.  They are just processed until butter – though I buy mine “chunky”.  Lots of fat in almonds, but really good for you fat.  And the protein count can’t be beat.  I had 1 tablespoon smeared over a few pieces of celery.  On the side 2 thin rice cakes (no salt or butter added, but I swear they taste just like popcorn!), and four strawberries.  For a beverage I had a mug of peppermint tea with a splash of more unsweetened vanilla almondmilk, a couple drops of liquid stevia, and the tiniest bit of vanilla extract.

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Dinner was awesomely delicious as well.  Home-made Marinara Sauce (my own recipe this time) over spaghetti squash.  On the side a simple salad of lettuce (ice-berg, which I don’t like but I needed a big leaf lettuce for my Mexican wraps and all they had was ice-berg.  I will be glad when it is gone – no flavor!) with a home-made dressing: Low-Fat Tahini-Chickpea Dressing from another blog I read, Fat Free Vegan.  Oh my goodness!  So flavorful and good – and only 26 calories for 2 tablespoons!

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Dessert later in the evening was a Chocolate Chip Banana Brownie, again from Daily Garnish.  Picture is not pretty but let me tell you something – these are best darn brownies I have ever had! I used vegan chocolate chips – which I can find in my regular grocery store.  Had it with a mug of decaf coffee.  Great way to end the day!

And I drink a lot of water throughout the day – just from the same water bottle over and over again (gross, I know).  Didn’t want to keep taking pictures of that water bottle!

So, there you see?  Vegans eat really good!  I was perfectly satisfied all day long and the food wasn’t “weird” at all!

Tomorrow I will post a recipe of my own creation that will once again prove just how easy (and delicious) being vegan can be!

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One thought on “This Vegan Life

  1. betty lou jones February 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Thanks for the details – although I am a carnivore! your meals looked pretty good!

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