I don’t know about you, but there is something fascinating about what I eat in a day type content – I always enjoy these videos on YouTube, and blog posts detailing what a given person has consumed on a given day. Maybe I am just super nosy, but the enjoyment these bring me signalled that its time to make a little food diary of my own.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the abundance of people sharing what they eat on the Internet makes it very easy to compare what we eat to the diets of other people, and forget that every body is fundamentally different – we have different metabolisms, activity levels, genetics, just to name a few factors which determine what and how much we should eat. I am sharing this simply for informative purposes. People are often curious about what vegans eat on a typical day, and I aim to prove that it certainly isn’t ‘grass’/salad/rabbit food – as you will see later, my protein consumption is probably higher than your typical omnivore’s. Hence, you should take posts like these with a grain of salt. There is a big different between using them for inspiration, while eating in such a way that makes you feel great, and copying exactly what someone else is doing on social media as a means of achieving the same results.
I like to switch up my meals on a regular basis and unless I have cooked it in advance, will not have the same dish two days in a row. There are people who eat pretty much the same thing every day, and I am not one of them. Nonetheless, this day is pretty typical in terms of amount and the types of dishes I consume – abundant, high in protein and carbs, very colourful. Because life is too short not to eat all the carbs and colourful food (and it’s also too short for small portion sizes).
Breakfast: Acai Bowl with Peanut Butter, Medjool Dates and Raspberries.
I am always craving something fruity first thing in the morning (unless it is excessively cold) because nothing is as energising as those wonderful natural sugars and flavours. Acai bowls like this are much simpler than they look and sound: this one was made through blending together around 3.5 bananas, a splash of cashew milk, a tbsp of acai powder (this is the one I use) and a handful of raspberries. I topped it with a spoonful of peanut butter, some soy yoghurt, more raspberries and shredded coconut. Breakfast is always one of my favourite parts of the day, and regardless of how early I have to leave the house (hello 6 am shifts) I will set aside plenty of time to enjoy a nourishing meal in the morning – however, prepping things in advance certainly helps!
Some of my other favourite breakfasts include: fruit platters, overnight oats, homemade bread with different toppings, scrambled tofu, protein pancakes and waffles.
Lunch: Spaghetti with a Tomato Sauce and Chickpeas.
This is such a simple meal but never fails to hit the spot. In the summer, my lunches typically consist of cold dishes and salads, but these chilly November days require something which keeps me warm and energised for the hours ahead. The solution is usually pasta. As this dish is such a staple in my diet, I will be posting a recipe soon, so stay tuned if you are interested. I like to make my own tomato sauces from scratch using either fresh or canned tomatoes as it gives me much more flexibility in terms of spices and reduces unnecessary sodium in my diet. Sometimes, I will make my lunches in bulk if I have a busy week coming up, which is ideally done with spaghetti as it can be stored in the fridge for several days and are just as delicious when eaten cold.
Dinner: Buddha Bowl with Homemade Chips, Tofu and Guacamole
Dinnertime usually sparks my culinary creativity, and the foods it involves vary on my mood and energy levels. Sometimes, I will meticulously prepare a curry from scratch, construct tacos out of homemade wraps or challenge myself to veganise a popular dish. However, I often need nothing other than a bowl packed with carbs, protein, healthy fats and some micronutrients, which requires minimal preparation and satisfies even my not-so-modest appetite (lol).
Vegan food can be just as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and meals like this make me feel more alive and fuelled up than anything else because nature feels much more immediate in fresh, minimal ingredients – in particular when the potatoes are sourced either from our allotment or the local farmers’ market. And to make simplicity in your eating habits more appealing, there is also the question of price which I’ve discussed recently in an Instagram caption. Potatoes, for example, are one of the cheapest ingredients out there, which dispels the myth of veganism = necessarily expensive. Except for the obvious fries/chips, this bowl contains tofu pan fried in turmeric and cumin, guacamole, spinach and cabbage.
For dessert (not to be confused with desert, as I still mix them up sometimes despite having lived in England for nine years #Russianproblems) I had a Pulsin raw chocolate brownie bar which I didn’t photograph as it is pretty self explanatory.
Snack/Post gym meal: Ryvita crackers (later topped with cashew butter), a Pink Lady apple, tomatoes, a can of lentils
As you can probably tell, I am not that much of a snacker and prefer to eat large meals fewer times a day, but I am always craving a quick source of carbs and protein after the gym. Hence, on this particular day, I came home and threw together whatever was left in the fridge. It is not the most exciting of snacks for sure, but served its purpose in quickly replenishing my energy after a tough workout.
Not included in this photo was a protein milkshake I made with a scoop of chocolate protein powder from Vega and cashew milk, but much like the raw brownie I mentioned above, this is pretty self-explanatory.
Keep in mind that simply due to the requirements of food photography, I did not include my portions in their entirety in many of these photos (I know from experience that trying to fit half a kilogram of potatoes onto one plate is much harder than you expect), and according to a website called Cronometer I ate in the range of 2750 calories (530 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of fat, 110 grams of protein) on this particular day, meeting 96% of my nutrient requirements. I fell slightly short in terms of Calcium and Vitamin E because I did not take my usual supplements (if you would like me to do a separate post detailing what supplements I take alongside my usual diet, do let me know in the comments) but on occasion this is okay because I will consume more than enough on a different day and my body will balance itself out. I have not counted calories or my macronutrient breakdown in months, and never usually do as I like to eat intuitively, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment for the purposes of this blog post!
As aforementioned, my food may be to everyone’s taste, as there are as many alternative ways of eating out there as there are human beings, and we all have individual requirements, lifestyles, preferences. However, I love sharing what I eat and hopefully encouraging others to try out more plantbased meals. So, do let me know in the comments – did you enjoy this style of post, and would you like me to do more full days of eating in the future? Do you prefer big meals, or smaller snacks throughout the day? Do you love potatoes as much as I do (lol)?
Lots of love, Maria ♡