I’ve had a pretty crap week. I’m 99% sure I’m allergic to mosquitos because my bites always swell up. I got bitten a few times on my calves/ankles Tuesday evening, and my legs were a mess (one of them blistered, ouch!). I’ve done a bit of running and some rugby handling drills, but I haven’t properly trained once this week because it was too uncomfortable. I’m hoping to get a workout in today; luckily I exercise at home barefoot as I can’t wear proper shoes at the moment.
With all this going on, this week’s blog post had sort of slipped my mind. I was worrying yesterday about what I would talk about, and in the end I settled on doing a ‘what I eat in a day’. This will give you a small insight into what I eat as a vegan, and trying to be healthy. None of these meals were particularly planned, I was rushing around from place to place so all of the meals were quick and easy.
First thing, whether I’m at home or work, I’ll always have a peppermint tea. While the tea has lots of health benefits (reduces bloating, helps indigestion, anti-inflammatory, etc.) honestly I just drink it because I like it. I’ve never liked milky english breakfast tea, and I can’t cope with the caffeine in coffee anymore. I get weird, like sweating and constant babbling. It’s not fun.
For the rest of the day I’ll just drink water. I’ve never had an issue drinking tap water but I know some people can’t hack it, adding some lemon or some fruit in a diffuser can help you drink more and stay hydrated. I don’t track my water intake, I probably should, but I just make sure to drink lots when I wake up.
I’m a big fan of porridge. It’s so quick and filling, and you can add loads of toppings if you want. Yesterday I had protein oats, so I mixed half a serving of protein powder with the oats before adding my plant-based milk. Oats are a good source of protein anyway but adding protein powder means I get a bit extra in the morning, and it’s vanilla flavoured so it acts as a sweetener too. After 2 minutes in the microwave, I added a handful of chopped strawberries and a tiny portion of flaked almonds. Easy! It’s a really enjoyable breakfast, and I’m making the most of seasonal berries being cheap in the supermarket.
Tip: buy ‘value’ porridge oats. I buy Asda’s Smart Price porridge oats, which are 75p for 1kg. Not only is it way cheaper than buying branded oats, but as a rule of thumb the more processed the oats are, the less protein they have in them. If you compare these ‘Smart Price’ oats (12.3g of protein per 100g) to ‘Jordan’s Chunky Tradition Porridge’ (6.7g of protein per 100g), considering the latter is more than double the price it’s a no brainer.
I’m happy I had a bit of a random day yesterday, because although I stress the importance of meal prep, I can at least show you that a healthy lunch is doable with little time. My boyfriend and I had both been working from home, and longingly looking out the window at the beaming sunshine. We both decided to walk up to university and do work at the terrace bar, so we could enjoy the nice weather while it lasted. Unless I purposefully want to eat food from a cafe, I will always bring my own food. It’s hard finding food that is vegan and healthy, and it gets awfully boring eating falafel sandwiches. I usually prefer my own food to shop-bought stuff anyway.
I threw this salad together in about 5 minutes, the most effort it required was a bit of chopping. The salad was made up of: spinach, green pepper, tomato, half a pack of instant wholegrain rice and quinoa (tomato and basil flavour), half a tin of chickpeas, and roughly 50g of hummus. Lunches don’t have to be complicated to be tasty. I’m glad I took a nice photo at home because by the time I got to university I’d accidentally tipped the box upside down in my bag. Oops.
This was technically supposed to be a pre-workout, but it ended up just being a snack. I had a protein shake around 4ish, and I was going to attempt exercising but then a rugby pal text me and we decided to do some handling practice later in the evening. Protein shakes really fill me up and are a nice sweet treat so I was more than happy. I also ate a rice cake a bit later, but that was more out of boredom than anything else.
On a normal day I would have usually had some fruit and nut mix too, but my timings were a bit off yesterday and my lunch was pretty filling.
My friend, my boyfriend and I spent a while down the fields throwing a ball around so it was quite late when we got back. My friend and boyfriend got takeout and much to their dismay, I said no to takeout and make my own food. I wouldn’t normally eat two ‘salads’ in a day, so please do not think that you need to eat salads for every meal to be healthy! It was honestly just the quickest/easiest thing I could think of. I’m not entirely sure of the timings, but it took me roughly 20 minutes I believe; I just cooked until it looked done. I chopped a small sweet potato and half a block of tofu, and cooked them in a frying pan with a bit of tamari sauce (very similar to soy sauce, just richer in taste and wheat free). After about 10 minutes I added some asparagus and green beans to the pan. I massaged the spinach with tahini, and added everything from the frying pan once it was cooked. I drizzled a tiny amount of golden syrup on top, and sprinkled the dish with sunflower seeds. It was easy to make, and only required one pan.
I try and pay attention to how many grams of carbohydrates, protein and fat I eat in a day just to make sure that I’m eating a balanced diet. Yesterday my macros were roughly 50% carbs, 30% protein, and 20% fat. For anyone that worries vegans don’t get enough protein, I ate 90 grams yesterday! Going plant-based doesn’t mean you’ll turn into an emaciated skeleton, it’s very easy to meet your protein needs without meat and dairy.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I eat in a day, it was a bit last minute but hopefully this gives you a more authentic look into my diet. I’m super excited for tomorrow, as I’ve ordered my first ever DSLR camera! Trying to take quality photos of food on my phone is sometimes a little hard, especially in low light, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to produce better content for my blog. If you liked today’s post please subscribe to my mailing list, and any suggestions for future topics please comment!