Recently on Instagram, I participated in a group thread with several other lovely people sharing what we each eat on a typical day. Our goal was to share what real-life vegans (and plant-based eaters) eat to inspire the thousands of people taking part in the annual Veganuary Challenge. My day to share meals was a Tuesday punctuated by normal, daily activities–taking the kids to school, going to the gym, working from home, picking up the kids, homework, dinner, and after school activities. As a busy mom of 3, my goal was to show that if I can nourish my body with healthy, delicious meals, that you can too!
As a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, I base my meals on whole, fresh, unprocessed foods. I try to make sure that each meal has protein, carbohydrates, and fats, without placing too much focus on calorie counting, macro calculating, or excessive supplements. I eat when I’m hungry, and don’t force food if I’m not! Being healthy doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself, overanalyze your food, live off salads, or follow some crazy regimen. If how you’re eating isn’t sustainable and satiating, you will never stick with it.
If you’re struggling to find a way of eating that fits your lifestyle and health needs, please reach out via my contact page. I would love to help you fix your relationship with food and find the lifestyle that makes you feel fantastic!
Breakfast: I prefer to go to the gym on an empty stomach. No preworkout powders, no protein powders. So my first meal was around 8:45 am after I took the kids to school at 7;15 and did my workout. I made a batch of my Vanilla Maple Overnight Oats the night before. This time I added a healthy dash of pumpkin pie spice for warming dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar, which is important for hormonal balance and satiety. I topped the oats with blueberries, strawberries, and some crushed almonds for some added protein and healthy fats. I find that the fiber in oats really help keep me full in the morning.
Lunch: During the winter months, I love soups. I honestly love soup all year round, but I eat it much more in the winter. This soup was leftover from the night before, so I just quickly warmed it up on the stove. It has carrots, onion, celery, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, garlic, and kale, so I am getting a good serving of vegetables. It also has navy beans for some protein. I am a firm believer that soup should be served with freshly baked bread, so I had a couple slices of sprouted whole grain bread slathered with Kite Hill’s almond milk cream “cheese” in the chive flavor. Simple, hearty, and delicious and easy to quickly warm up in between emails and phone calls. Soup is also wonderful to pack in a thermos and take with you if you work outside of the home.
Snack: I wasn’t feeling terribly hungry on the way to pick up the kids from school, but I was craving a cooling green juice. I stopped by my favorite place, I Love Juice Bar and snagged myself a Super Greens. It features wheatgrass, celery, kale, spinach, cucumber, parsley, and lemon. Deep green juices and smoothies are a fantastic way to sneak in extra micronutrients!
Dinner: On Tuesdays we eat dinner pretty early because of the kids’ after school activities. So as soon as we got home from school and started on homework, I got some brown rice on the stove for some deconstructed sushi bowls. I also quickly diced and roasted up some sweet potatoes and made a simple dressing with a coconut amino, ginger, and garlic base. I was able to help the kids with homework while dinner was working on the stove and in the oven. Once the rice and sweet potatoes were done, I topped the bowls with some edamame, cucumbers, carrots, avocado, hemp hearts, and the dressing. I also added some dried nori for iodine, which is important for thyroid function. The kids really enjoyed this meal and it was very minimal “hands on” cooking.
Between the 4 times I ate during this particular day, I really only cooked one meal! With my weekly fridge prep day in place and the savior of leftovers, I am able to eat delicious, healthy, satisfying meals with minimal effort. What do you eat on a typical day? Share with me in the comments below!