I recently transitioned to a plant-based diet and probably the best thing about it so far has been the enjoyment I am taking from experimenting with so many new ingredients and recipes.
Here is a typical ‘what I eat in a day’ with a couple of options for each meal and snacks. I try to eat a variety of legumes for protein, but I certainly eat less protein than I used to, but I am not so worried about it. The options below include protein powder, but I don’t actually have it every day. My percentage of carbohydrates has certainly gone up, but they are such good carbs – full of healthy fibre. I keep reading that it is very difficult to be deficient in protein, but a large majority of us really are deficient in fibre. Rather than focusing on what I am removing from my diet, I am instead thinking about the vegetables/legumes/tofu I have never bought before, how I can cook them, what spices I can add to make them taste great etc.
So read on for my ‘what I eat in a day’ and buon appetito!
What I Eat in a Day
Porridge or overnight oats made with almond/soya/coconut milk with a number of different added ingredients (not necessarily all at the same time!): vegan or hemp protein powder, peanut/almond butter, flak seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, pine nuts, raisins, walnuts…
Smoothie made with frozen banana, vegan protein power, a handful of spinach (you really can’t taste it!), peanut butter, flak seeds
Mashed white beans with garlic, green olives and sun dried tomatoes on toast (made with a nice seedy bread) with chilli flakes on top
Vegan piadina pizza – see recipe here!
Raw brownies (Deliciously Ella’s recipe) made with medjool dates, almonds/pecans, raw cacao powder and maple syrup
Pita bread and hummus (I still haven’t got round to making hummus myself, but that is next on my ‘to do’ list)
A hearty soup with lentils, beans, chickpeas, vegetables (e.g. cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, courgette) and some crusty bread to dunk.
Portuguese Pasta (well, this is the name my Portuguese partner has given it, as Italians would never cook pasta this way!): onions, peppers, courgettes, peas and tomatoes are cooked in salted boiling water and then the pasta* is added and cooked together with the vegetables to create a yummy pasta soup.
(* I have also experimented with chickpea, lentil, and black bean pasta which are all high protein and very tasty)