After several requests for some meal ideas and a glimpse into a week of my diet, I have written this up for y’all! Throughout last week I took pics of what I eat and learned that I really do eat a wide variety of stuff. Never, ever, do I feel like I “run out of ideas,” or “get sick of what I am eating.” I promise there are so many cool options that you probably didn’t even know about until you started researching a more plant based diet. Let me know what questions you have. Happy to help!
Let’s talk coffee for a minute if you’re a coffee addict like myself, and if not, just skip over this to the food: If I make coffee at home I always use either Silk Almond Creamer or Better Half ( 1/2 coconut cream and 1/2 almond milk.) I also like “So Delicious” flavored Coconut creamers, but they are on the super sweet side, almost too sweet for me now. But, if you like sweet, maybe go with that brand.
Starbucks: At least a few times a week I am at Starbucks and have officially said goodbye to my latte. No more. Way too many calories, crap and $. I always get a grande or venti cappuccino with almond milk. That’s it. It is super foamy, so I do not recommend a tall, and I just love the foam. It reminds me of ice cream/whipped cream. A Grande Almond Milk Cappuccino has just 120 calories, 4 g of fat and 12 g of carbs and 10 g of sugar. (Compared to a Grande Almond Milk Cinnamon Dolce Latte without whipped cream is 330 calories, 13 grams of fat, 42 grams of carbs and 40 grams of sugar! Isn’t that crazy?? ) Get a cappuccino. You will be come hooked. And it is cheaper.
|Depending on the heat in which we are cooking are food, we use sesame, avocado and coconut oil. We haven’t bought olive oil for a while. So many other benefits with other oils.|
|Here is a Vegan butter I have been cooking with and putting on toast and bagels for the girls. I switch up hummus brands all the time. But, we always have hummus in our fridge, a variety of brands. Back when I had more time, I enjoyed making my own hummus. Maybe again soon 😉|
1.) Veggie Burgers & Kale Puffs.
For busy weeknights, we always have a variety of vegetarian burgers in our freezer. I really like this brand of black rice burgers made with diff veggies. I like to cook them on the stove with a little coconut oil.
Kale puffs = just like tater tots. My kids love these and they are perfect to go with veggie burgers for busy weeknights .
3.) Veggie Soup – this is one I make on a whim, especially on a weekend for lunch. I always have veggie broth at home, and I will add frozen or fresh cut up veggies ( carrots, peas, green beans, celery, onion, really whatever you have on hand! ), and some ancient grains and rice ( thank you Costco for this awesome mix! ) and spices or seasoning.
|These are the supplements and vitamins our kids take daily. Have you tried Elderberry? It is one of our favorite supplements and these gummies taste amazing.|
|Since I wanted a vegetarian vitamin that didn’t contain animal by-products, I switched to this daily multivitamin and I love it.|
While we eat vegan options when possible, we are not Vegan. That is a complete lifestyle change and we are just not quite there yet. Maybe some day. However, we LOVED hearing that one of our favorite and the best ( in our opinion) wines out there, Chimney Rock, is becoming a Vegan wine as of 2018! Most wines are made with an animal by-product cleansing agent, FYI. More reason to love and support Chimney Rock.
5.) Pasta w/ salads. My girls go crazy for Lemon Spaghetti. It’s literally just 3 lemons squeezed, 2/3 cup of olive oil ( or I like to use avocado oil sometimes), and 2/3 cup of parmesan cheese mixed with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. That’s it. They beg for it every week. Sometimes I throw frozen peas in the pasta the last 3 minutes of cooking. They also love pasta with balsamic vinegar and olive oil or just a regular marinara or pesto sauce.
We also cook sometimes with seitan ( a Japanese wheat protein ) and use it as a meat substitute.
There you have it. A glimpse into our kitchen for a week and some of our go to recipes and snacks. We usually go out at least once a week, and so many restaurants now a days are very accommodating to a variety of diets and allergies. Be open to change and make the decision to make a difference. I have no regrets and I have truly never felt better.