It’s official, the holidays are in full swing and I think I’ve already gained 5 lbs. All jokes aside, the best holiday, Thanksgiving is in the past. However, going back to my hometown made me realize how many people from high school you see while ringing in that holiday cheer. Unfortunately I saw an ex-boyfriend, a mean girl, and that one person who just always creeped me out. No matter who the person is, I want to look my very best (even though I always look like a wet rat when running into these people.) So I’ve dedicated the next three weeks I’m attempting a plant-based diet/vegan diet. The difference between the two are people on a vegan diet don’t use any animal products including leather bags etc. People on plant-based diet don’t consider those things, it just impacts what they are eating. Plant-based diets aren’t re difficult as you would think, and looking at my current diet, it seemed extremely feasible. I swapped traditional dairy including milk and butter with plant based alternatives about a year ago. I personally prefer the taste of almond milk and vegan butter tastes that same as traditional butter. I also don’t cook meat because I don’t really like it. I think the only real issue will be my beloved cheese. I started on Monday and I’m going to walk you through what I ate in a day and show you how easy and satisfying vegan eating can be.
9:00 a.m: Starbucks iced coffee, sweetened with soy milk
Coffee is always a staple in my daily diet, and this option totally gives you that silky milk feel without actual milk. Starbucks’ soy milk actually has a nutty flavor which is super delicious is coffee. I actually prefer my coffee made with soy milk than my old half and half order.
12:30 p.m: Mediterranean Bowl
This is seriously so good and won’t have you missing meat at all. I started off by cooking a Boca burger in a skillet on medium heat for about 10 minutes, flipping frequently. Then cut up some assorted veggie, I included lettuce, cucumber, red peppers, red onion, and banana peppers. Heat up some rice and add some hummus and you have a delicious meal in no time. The rice and burger keeps you feeling full all day.
6:30 p.m: Veggie Pasta
Pasta has a really bad reputation of being super unhealthy but it’s really easy to make it delicious and nutritious. I start out by boiling whole wheat pasta. While that’s cooking, I start to wilt spinach with minced garlic, lemon and capers. Once the pasta is done, I toss everything in marinara sauce and enjoy.
9:30 p.m: Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
The key to adjusting to a new diet is balance. This recipe is awesome to satisfy your sweet tooth without eating tons of sugar. I keep frozen bananas in my freezer at all times just to make this recipe. Blend frozen bananas until smooth. Add dairy free chocolate chips and enjoy the most delicious plant-based ice cream.
That's what I ate yesterday, and as you can see, you can still treat yo' self while eating on a plant-based diet. Delicious can be nutritious too.
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