What I Eat in a Day…

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What?! No meat, milk, eggs, or junk?!
 When people hear that I eat a whole-foods, plant based diet, the next question is always, “but what DO you eat?!” The idea of no meat, eggs, and dairy–especially in Texas–is very foreign to most people. If someone had told me they were “vegan” 10 years ago, I would have asked the same thing!

 Tofu? Soy steak? Mung beans? Wheat grass juice? Um…no thanks! To be honest, I STILL don’t eat any of those things, but there are a ton of easy, healthy, and most importantly DELICIOUS things that my family and I do eat on a daily basis! Below is a sample of what I might eat on any given day. Now keep in mind, since I eat WHOLE plant-based foods, I don’t worry about calories, carbs (they are your friends!), or quantities of food that I eat. Plant foods have less caloric density than animal products, so you’ll need to eat larger quantities to feel full. I listen to my body. Some days I am not very hungry and tend to graze and drink smoothies or freshly made juices. Other days I am RAVENOUS and eat anything not nailed down to the floor! I eat until I am comfortable. Full, but not stuffed. Here is what a typical day of food might look like for me.

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A typical day’s worth of food, minus a snack or 2. From top left clockwise–Breakfast: acai smoothie bowl. Snack: mixed berries. Dinner: burrito bowl. Lunch: salad, almonds, and black bean brownies

 

Breakfast: Oatmeal with a drizzle of maple syrup and assorted toppings (hemp seeds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, frozen raspberries, etc), coconut yogurt, and 1 cup fresh fruit

Snack: 1 cup veggies (carrot, celery, cucumber, bell peppers, etc) with 3 TBS hummus

Lunch: Large Salad with assorted veggies, beans/chickpeas, ½ cup quinoa, etc and 2 TBS vinaigrette dressing, or leftovers from the night before (soups are my favorite!)

Snack: Fresh fruit (an orange, apple, banana, etc), or a smoothie

Dinner: Burrito Bowl (cilantro lime brown rice, seasoned black beans, sautéed bell peppers, salsa, and fresh guac!)–a FAVORITE in our house!

Bedtime snack if desired: Brown rice cake with 2 TBS unsweetened nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon or another piece of fruit

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