I’ve only ever done one full day of eating post and it was a lot of work. I always thought they’d be easy, but it turns out that if you’re meticulous about your own photography and post processing, then it’s going to take a lot longer than the standard ‘full day of eating’ posts. Although, I would like to add that I don’t think very highly of my photography – still learning.
I thought I would do a full day of eating post from a vegans point of view, because while there are lots of posts out there with vegan meal ideas, I feel from my own research, that foods aren’t ‘normal’ as such. I mean for that person, I’m sure scrambled tofu is considered normal, but for someone like myself who doesn’t like faffing around as much, then it can get a tad frustrating trying to come up with ideas.
So here it goes. A full day of eating: vegan style. I know I bang on about this a lot, but I don’t track macros anymore. So, I don’t actually have any nutritional information for this post, as I did in my last one.
Breakfast – 11am
I always eat my first meal of the day around 11am-12pm, it’s just a habit I’ve fallen in to, but before that I have coffee with milk and three sweeteners. You can find vegan options for dairy free milk in my last post, where do you get your protein from? So, for today’s breakfast I had cereal which had milk, cornflakes, reeses cereal, natural muesli with no added sugar, stewed berries and coconut syrup. After finishing this I realised that cornflakes aren’t actually vegan and I think we all know reeses aren’t either. However, yesterday’s breakfast was vegan, so I’ll use that one instead 😉 which was pancakes, that I fudged up. I ended up throwing all the failed attempts into a bowl, microwaved it for a minute and topped it all off with my vegan stuffed cookie, coconut syrup and again stewed berries – a great save on my part. This was a perfect breakfast and because the ‘pancakes’ were made from oats, it resembled baked oats. Someone later told me on Instagram that what I had made was actually called kaiserschmarrn in Berlin, so I guess I didn’t screw up after all!
Lunch – 1pm
I’ve been craving sandwiches for a while now and since I’ve stopped eating dairy products in excess, I don’t know what to add to them. I like my sandwiches to have spread too and I don’t mean butter. What I usually have in my sandwich as a condiment is mayonnaise, so instead of that, I made a pea and mint purée to spread on both slices of bread and filled the sandwich with roasted bell peppers, a spicy bean burger, grated carrot and spinach leaves. I topped the burger with sweet pickle and this sandwich was epic. I haven’t enjoyed a sandwich this much in a long time.
Afternoon Snack – 3pm
I had another coffee and one of my homemade protein peanut butter cups. The video for this is on my Instagram page. I always have around 3 cups of coffee a day and a cup of tea in the evening which are all made with milk and sweeteners. Today I had my last peanut butter cup, as an afternoon snack. I melted it in the microwave for a few seconds so that I could do another video for Instagram, which someone requested and I ate it soon after, because it was just oozing soft, creamy peanut butter at me and the temptation was too much.
Photo quality is lacking as evening photos often do in the winter. Dinner has been the meal I’ve been struggling with the most, since eating less dairy, because usually I’d have a three egg omelette with lots of cheese and veggies. However, today I fancied a plate of veggies and my new love, white rice. So I did it proteinologist style. I boiled broccoli and Brussel sprouts; roasted them with bell peppers, red onion, and a quarter of a bag, of Quorn vegan chicken pieces, which I marinated in tandoori seasoning by the gym chef.
Now, let me talk a little bit about this seasoning for a minute. It is the best. I know that sounds weird as it’s just seasoning and I wasn’t sure about it at first either, because it was a small tub for £2.99 and I wasn’t sure what seasoning actually was until the gym chef ( whoever runs that instagram page) filled me in on why this is so popular and now I get it. The seasonings are basically lower in salt than the stuff you can buy at the store and they also have no added preservatives or additives either; just herbs and spices. The tandoori seasoning I used is very strong and hot, but it is very flavourful and it can make any bland food taste like a trip to India. If you are interested in purchasing any gym chef seasonings and they have 6 flavours available, then you can follow this link and use my discount code HAPPY10 to save yourself 10% at the checkout.
Disclaimer: While I do get sent products from CSN, I don’t get paid to post positive reviews about the products I receive. All thoughts and opinions are my own, based off my own experience with the products I have tried. I will always post reviews which are both honest and unbiased; here on my blog and over my social media platforms. I would hate for people to purchase something that I had given a great review for, if in actual fact it tastes like s*it. I’ve fallen victim to those people and scams numerous times which is why I feel so passionate about delivering honest reviews. The same goes for any other products which I receive from other companies or purchase myself. So you can always trust me 😉
Supper – 9pm
I always need a snack and a cup of tea around 9pm (I promise it’s not to watch celebrity big brother) so tonight’s snack of choice is some proper corn which I had with my huge Holland and Barrett order last week. I bought two flavours: Sweet and Salt and coconut and vanilla. The sweet and salt flavour is vegan, but the other is actually only suitable for vegetarians as it contains buttermilk. The proper corn, popcorn is lower in calories (129cals) than the standard stuff and it is also lower in sugar too with 8.4g per 30g serving of popcorn. This flavour tasted better than I expected. Although, it could have had a bit more flavour for my liking, but I could definitely taste the difference between the salt and sweet flavours and the popcorn itself wasn’t dry like the type you can buy at the cinema. I’ve seen a few people using proper corn on my Instagram feed: the packaging alone has attracted me to it numerous times, as it has a pop art effect. While I’ve never really been a fan of popcorn; I really wanted to try this version and I’m glad that I did because It’s delicious.
I picked up my bags of propercorn from Holland and Barrett when they had their sale on last month, but for a 90g bag it’s not even that expensive – £1.65. It’s definitely a snack that you should consider buying and having to hand, especially for cinema trips as it tastes better, it’s healthier and also far cheaper.
And that’s it. A full day of eating vegan style. I was always one of those people who thought a vegan diet was restrictive and I still had that mindset last week too. But, after spending time putting together vegan categories on my Pinterest, my mind has changed slightly. Obviously, I am still learning and trying to adjust from adding a ton of cheese or eggs to my meals, and sometimes that’s just more convenient. But, I do feel better now I’m eating less fat and more carbs. I’m not as bloated as I was a few weeks ago when I first started adding more carbs to my meals and my skin is starting to feel better too. Although, I’m still waiting for these bags under my eyes and the lethargy to disappear next.
If you guys have any more meal suggestions, which aren’t soy based then please feel free to comment below and check me out on Instagram for more recipes and food photos.