Eating healthy is a difficult thing and I don’t take eating lightly cause mama likes to eat. I’ve noticed I tend to eat healthier when i’m single (subtly blames Eric) but I’m HAPPY so of course I’ll want pizza and mac and cheese at 3am with him. Isn’t that what love is all about? It also isn’t a fair game because men’s metabolisms tend to usually work a lot faster than women’s. Or at least mine, CURSE YOU GENES. It’s still something i’m trying to balance but it’s a process!
Being vegantarian (my made up word for sometimes vegan but definitely vegetarian, CHEESE is so hard to give up!) makes breakfast for me a little difficult. I tend to skip out on breakfast foods but I never skip breakfast. I literally wake up as a starving little monster every morning. You should never skip breakfast as that’ll slow your metabolism so always eat right when you wake up! I also try to drink a full glass of water with lemon before I eat anything. It’ll help your digestive system and rehydrate your body. I also carry around a 2.2 Liter water bottle and try *key work try* to drink that and more every day.
I don’t eat eggs and I hate avocado, WILD I know, so breakfast meals aren’t ever the move. On the rare occasions I am eating breakfast foods, I’ll vouch for oatmeal with almond butter, agave syrup and berries on top. A friend also taught me to soak the oats in apple juice overnight and oh my gosh, so good. I love açaí bowls or putting the açaí packets that you can get from the grocery store in smoothies. I also love putting almond butter and honey on ezekiel bread. It’s super tasty and sometimes if I’m feeling crazy I’ll put a little bit of hazelnut butter on top too.
Since we’ve established I basically don’t eat breakfast foods ever, I’ll tell you what I usually eat for my breakfast-y lunch. I love arugula and spinach so salad is usually what I’ll crave (excluding the junk foods cravings like pizza or pancakes). I’m very particular about dressings but my favorites are italian and ceaser. Always make sure to look at the ingredients while you’re at the grocery store though because sometimes they sneak in some egg or milk in there… soo unnecessary if you ask me.
I can’t tell you enough how happy it makes me that grocery stores have so many meat alternatives now! One of my favorite meals to put together are vegan kiolbassa sausages with brown rice or beans (it isn’t good to mix the two together because it’ll crazy bloat you up), peas, kale, broccoli and quinoa. It literally takes five minutes to boil or grill the kiolbassa and fifteen minutes for the rest. I love pink himalayan salt so I throw a pinch (or two) on top and it’s so easy and tasty. This is a bit of a heavier meal so I’ll either eat this for dinner or after a work out because I’ll be completely starving. My common mood throughout the day is hungry little monster.
Another favorite meal of mine would be vegan hamburger meat on ezekiel bread or if I’m feeling REAL crazy, hawaiian bread which is literally stupid good. I put vegan cheese, lettuce, either chipotle sauce (Eric and I love chipotle sauce) or vegan mayo and ketchup. I’m kind of a plain eater so you can add whatever you want like avocado or mustard but either way, you should try it. I’ll put together a kale side salad and/or throw some sweet potato fries in the oven and voila, purrfection.
Being vegantarian, I have to be very mindful about taking vitamins and nourishing my body because I become easily deficient and anemic. Sweet potatoes, kale and broccoli, for example are really great at getting your intake of Calcium. You can get your Iron through brown rice, oats, nut spreads and leafy greens so you’ll be completely set with all of the recipes I gave you!
Quinoa, beans, lentils, ezekiel bread and nuts are a great way to get your protein in. One of the things that just kiiiillsss me is when someone asks how I get protein even though I don’t eat meat. UMM. The protein that you get from eating meat is literally recycled from the plants the animal eats, soo you actually don’t have to kill an animal for protein! YAY, lets all stop abusing animals now! There she is… The pusher is back and ready to rumble.
As for snacks, I usually go for juices, tea or fruit. Nutritionally, it’s better to juice vegetables than fruit because you lose a lot of the fiber in fruit juicing them so keep that in mind when you’re buying or DIY juicing. (How many more times can I type the word juicing?!) My favorite tea is cinnamon tea and and my favorite fruits are mangos, kiwis and blueberries. Popcorn, plantain chips and trail mixes are also great to have if you’re craving more of a real snack. I’m also completely obsessed with artichokes so I’ll literally go in on a whole one by myself. It’s not the prettiest sight to see.
I hope this inspires you to try to cut out meat as I am completely passionate about not harming animals for food. It honestly is so unnecessary and completely horrible in my opinion to subject animals to a lifetime of torture and abuse. Cows and chickens are smarter than dogs so it feels completely contradictory to eat a cow but have a dog as a pet to me.
If you need an extra push I recommend watching What The Health, Cowspiracy or listening to the Dr. Joel Fuhrman on the You Made It Weird podcast. If you need a really aggressive push and want to watch the video that turned me vegetarian for the rest of my life, watch If Slaughterhouses Had Glass Walls on youtube. It’s a really heavy video but choosing ignorance over educating yourself on what goes in to make your meals feels very counterproductive and selfish. Animals can’t stand up for themselves so I’m taking on the role to fight for their rights. Sounds cheesy? NOPE, no dairy here. Pun intended.
Heres a list of what you’ll need to try my recipes out! I’ll put my favorite products in links and if you guys try any of these recipes send me pictures and let me know how it goes! I’m very new to cooking so I love all the tips I can get!
INGREDIANT & GROCERY LIST
For Smoothies – Orange or Apple juice Almond OR Soy or Coconut milk, Acai Packets, Spinach, Flaxseeds or Chia seeds, any type of vegan protein powder, Strawberries and banana, granola, goji berries and almond slithers for açaí bowl version
For Snacks & Breakfast foods –
Ezekial bread with almond butter, hazelnut spread, Cinnamon tea, Oatmeal with almond butter, agave syrup or honey, cinnamon and your favorite berries, Popcorn, Trail Mix, Artichoke with vegan dipping sauces
Lunch & Dinner – Vegan Kiolbassa sausages, Vegan cheese, Kale, Spinach, Arugula, Peas, Quinoa, brown rice, beans or lentils, Ezekial bread, Sweet Potatoes, Lettuce, Dressing (Italian or Ceaser), Pink Himalayan Salt, Chipotle sauce, Vegan Mayonnaise, Ketchup