What I Eat in a Day: Healthy & Vegan #2

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Welcome to another instalment of vegan things that I eat in a day! If you haven’t caught my other posts on this topic, you can check out my very first post about a week of basic, vegan meals here and my healthy, vegan meals in a day post here.

Today’s post is another insight into the healthier plant-based meals that I eat on an average day. I’ve been really into eating well and exercising a lot recently, and I’ve been loving how energetic I feel as a result. Of course, that doesn’t mean I don’t treat myself – life isn’t worth living without cinnamon buns and takeout – but it does mean that I’m a little bit more thoughtful about what I regularly put into my body and how it might help or hinder me later. When you’re vegan or even vegetarian, thinking about your own nutrition is all the more important since you need to make sure you eat a very varied, nutrient-rich diet to keep on top of all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. (But no, it’s not as difficult as non-veggies claim!)

Whether you’re vegan or vegetarian or neither, hopefully this post will give you some inspiration for tasty, plant-based meals you can try out yourself. Anyway, without further ado, here is what I ate in a day…



Unless I’m going all out and cooking up a stack of pancakes, I try to keep my breakfasts relatively light. As I’ve said in previous posts, eating too much or too early tends to make me feel off for the rest of the day, so lighter meals are the way to go for me before midday. For breakfast today, I enjoyed a slice of seeded toast with mushroom tofu scramble, topped with chives and a few squirts of sriracha. I finally found a big bottle of sriracha sauce in one of my local supermarkets and since then have been using it on pretty much anything and everything that it goes with. I only had one slice of toast rather than two, but made up for this with a much bigger portion of the tofu scramble. This meal is filling but not heavy, and the seeds in the bread paired with the tofu make it a good source of protein, with the mushrooms ticking off one of my five-a-day.



Next up, lunch! I’ve been making a conscious effort to have good, hearty salads both at home on weekends and at work, but on this particular day I was running kind of low on my usual ingredients. I made the best out of what I had though, and cooked up a warm buckwheat salad with green beans, parsley, pine nuts and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Buckwheat is a great health food that’s high in vitamins and minerals, but low GI and low calorie without sacrificing satisfaction – this was very filling, and also relatively quick and simple to prepare. Given more ingredients I probably would’ve done something a little more interesting with my buckwheat, but this wasn’t too bad for whipping something up out of next to nothing!



Whenever I have a gym session or class planned, I always make sure to leave time to have a quick snack beforehand to give me enough energy to get through it. Before my late afternoon class, I had a nectarine, a corncake with crunchy Meridian peanut butter (it’s 100% peanuts!) and one of my own homemade energy bites. These were inspired by a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s superfoods recipe book, and are essentially just nuts, dates, oats, seeds and dried berries. They’re a great little pick-me-up that are totally raw and natural, but also full of healthy ingredients. I have plans to develop this recipe further using a few lovely ingredients I received from BonPom Healthfoods too so keep an eye out for that if vegan nibbles are your jam.



This dinner is one of my favourites that I’ve created so far! Back before I went vegetarian, one of my all-time favourite meals was a pork and chorizo stew with fennel and butter beans, and I decided to recreate those flavours in a dish similar to pasta e ceci, a dish I also adore made up of chickpeas and pasta. Basically, this is fennel seeds gently warmed in extra virgin olive oil, followed by chickpeas, celery and fresh fennel stewed in vegetable stock. Season with copious amounts of paprika and smoked paprika, salt and pepper, and blitz up half of the mixture with a soup blender, then add the other half back in with butter beans and soup pasta and cook until the pasta is tender. Top with another drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some leftover fennel tendrils and wow. This is grade A indulgent comfort food, but it’s healthy because it’s still low in fat, totally plant-based and contains plenty of protein from the beans and chickpeas. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again…



If you haven’t heard of banana nice cream then dude, where have you been? If you have a freezer and a blender or food processor, you can make amazing healthy ice cream using simply frozen bananas and whatever other ingredients you’d like to add to them for flavour. Today, I made peanut butter, chocolate nice cream with a caramel sauce, topped with cacao nibs. The caramel sauce was a delicious concoction made from raw lucuma powder, almond butter, agave nectar, sea salt and oil and was just perfect with the nutty, chocolatey nice cream. Cacao nibs are also a new one for me and I didn’t like them much at first – when you’re used to chocolate, it’s a bizarre texture and very bitter taste – but they’ve really grown on me and I now love topping all of my breakfast bowls and desserts with them.

There you have it – another day of healthy, vegan meals. Let me know if you’ve found this post helpful, and definitely send me photos of anything you make yourself because I’d love to see! What are some of your favourite healthy but tasty dishes?

7 comments

  1. This made me very hungry! Nice posts xx

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  2. Yummy! Thankyou for the inspiration. I love these kind of posts! Nice cream is the BEST!

    I also do vegan 'what i eat in a day' posts >> http://psychologyfoodandfitness.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/what-i-eat-in-day-plant-based-vegan.html

    Nadia | http://psychologyfoodandfitness.blogspot.co.uk <3

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  3. Love these types of posts! I'm still transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism and posts like these help to make that transition easier! The stew sounds amazing!! x

    Claire | NotNormallyLikeThis

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  4. Your dinner looks and sounds incredible! Definitely something I'm going to be trying when I get the chance! xx

    Toasty

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  5. Wow! very nice. I like this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. These meals all look so yummy - I'm newly veggie and always struggling for some inspo, so thank you! Going to have a look back at all your other meal posts and find some new ones to try.

    With love, V. x
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