Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vegan What I Ate Today: April 2015

Last month I brought back one of my favorite type of posts, a "what I ate in a day" style post/video. I don't know about you, but I'm always curious to see what other people eat in a given day, such as what are their favorite meals? What do they snack on? And how long do they go between meals?  So with all of green tips and food I try to have to stay healthy, I thought you might like to see a monthly installment of my very own, "Vegan What I Ate Today." So here's month two of that series, my food from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed, during a day in April.

Just a reminder, I follow a gluten-free, vegan, no-GMO diet!

So here's my food for the day:

No time for the video? Here it is in picture form:

5:00 AM Warm lemon water: 8 oz. warm water + juice of 1 lemon

5:20 AM: Pre-workout snack: peanut butter on toast

I use this Food for Life Sprouted Gluten Free Bread with Trader Joe's Organic
Creamy Peanut Butter.
Workout: 60 minutes of Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped Workout DVD. Read more of why I love this workout DVD in this post, "My Workout Routine".

Here's a preview of the DVD I did today: Suzanne Bowen's BarreAmped 

Then I come upstairs and make my breakfast smoothie...

 Morning smoothie recipe:

Blend + serve.
6:45 AM: Breakfast smoothie. I make one smoothie and share a portion with
Mila (as Avery is not a fan).

I eat it while I take a shower and get ready for the day. Here's my make up, flax seed hair gel, and my phone. I love the app, Audible since it lets me listen to books, as I don't have as much time to read them these days. The book I've been loving lately on there is Tony Robbins, Money: Master the Game. Any other Audible or Tony Robbins fans?

Then by about that time I get Avery and Mila all ready to go...and we
read a few books.
After I leave for work, I oil pull in the car. In case you don't know, oil pulling is where you swoosh coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes or so and then spit it out. It can help improve oral health as well as helping your body detox, among other issues. Here's a post I did a while back on the topic, "Oil Pulling: What is it & How to do it."

Just oil pulling while I drive...nothing to see here other drivers. ( :

8:45 AM: Morning snack #1: Fruit bowl, 1 banana + several organic
strawberries.  Other than my smoothie in the morning, this is the only fruit I eat all day
as it seems to mess with my digestive system if I eat it later in the day
and combine it with other food. 
Then around 10:20 AM I get ready to have my main morning snack for today, which is a "Quinoa Oatmeal." Okay so there's not actually any oatmeal in it, but it reminds me of oatmeal so that's why I call it that.  Here's how I make it...

First up, all you need are: some rice milk or water, a sweetener (I like this
brand Lakanto) and some Ancient Harvest Quinoa Hot Cereal Flakes.

Here's a close up of the flakes...

1. Bring 2 cups of water or rice milk to a boil.

2. Add in 2/3 cup of quinoa flakes (I do 2 servings), you could just do
one if you wanted. Then stir for 90 seconds while it boils.

3. Remove from the heat and let it cool, it will start to thicken. Then you
can add some flavor. I add 1 1/2 Tbs. Lakanto sweetener and 1/4 tsp.
salt. It kind of reminds me of Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal from back
in the day.

Here's the finished "Quinoa Oatmeal" that packs around 8g of protein and
5g of fiber.

Then around 12:00 I start warming up lunch with my hot plate. Read here
about how and why I don't use a microwave. 

12:10 PM: Lunch: "Naughty and Nice Vegan Enchilada Casserole" from the
blog, Oh She Glows with some Late July's "Chia and Quinoa Corn Tortilla Chips"
and Trader Joe's Guacamole. Instead of making our's into a casserole,
we skip the baking step, and make it more like a Chili Mac. 

1:15 PM: Drink up time: Daily Chia Seed Drink: 2 cups water+ 3 Tbs. chia
seeds + 1 packet of SweetLeaf Stevia + juice from 1 lemon. I drink this
from around 1:00 to 3:00. 

2:30: Afternoon Snack: Leftover "Vegan Cheesy Casserole". Leftovers
are one of my favorite things to have for an afternoon snack, or basically
my "second lunch" as I sometimes call it. It uses up the extra food hanging
around the fridge and it tastes yummy too! 
Then around 5 PM I head home to be with this little one (and her sister and dad!), who has recently started "smiling" for the camera. It's too funny. Case in point...

"Cheese" while she hangs out in the fridge.
Then it's time for green juice. I try to wait 2 hours after my afternoon snack before my green juice, so it doesn't give me digestive trouble.

5:15 PM Green Juice: 2-3 stalks of swiss chard, 1 gala apple, 1 knob of ginger
3 stalks of celery, 1/2 a lemon peeled, 1/2 a large cucumber *all organic

When Mila hears me turn on the juicer she usually comes running, ready
to help me drop the fruits and veggies into the juicer.

"Cheese" again while making our juice.

Then I go off and share my green juice with her and Avery.

Then it's time to start making dinner. Tonight we're having, "Vegan Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup and Roasted Potatoes & Mushrooms." Here's how we make it (or how my hubby makes it...he rocks at this recipe)...

1. First he spreads butter on the bread, Earth Balance Soy-Free Vegan Butter that is.
We have Food for Life Gluten-Free, Brown Rice bread and he just uses
Rudi's Whole Wheat Bread.

2. Then he lays the slices of Daiya Cheddar Style Block cheese, that he's peeled
into these skinny slices, onto the bread. 

3. Next he cooks it on the cast iron pan for several minutes.

4. Then he flips it to get the other side cooked.

5. Then they're done!

This is my favorite non-homemade vegan tomato soup by Imagine brand.
We simply pour 2 containers of it into a large stock pot and let it come to a
simmer then we're done with it. 

As I mentioned above we pair this with some organic russet potatoes
and baby bella mushrooms that have been roasted at about 425 degrees for
40 minutes or so.

6:45 Dinner: Vegan Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup with Roasted
Potatoes and Mushrooms
We recently swapped out chairs on one side of our kitchen table for a bench
and I love it. Avery does too as she always cuddles with me while we eat.

Dessert: 1/8 cup of Lily's Sweets Baking Chips (stevia-sweetened)
Sometimes I don't have the time or energy to cook a fancy dessert or even just
a regular dessert, so I pour some chocolate chips into a measuring cup and eat
those for my dessert. Quick, easy, and satisfies my sweet tooth.
Anyone else like to eat just plain chocolate chips? ( :

Then I'm done for the day. I try to stop eating around 7:00 or so and I got to bed around 9 or 9:30 PM.  

Did you see any food you like or currently eat? Share below and look forward to seeing you all for next month's "what I ate" post!  If you want to keep the "what I ate today" posts going, check out last month's "Vegan What I Ate Today" post...

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See you next time greenies!

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