What I Eat in a Day (Vegan and Healthy)

Vegan what I eat in a day

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. 

Vegan smoothie bowl

Vegan icecream

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. 

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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 

Vegan what I eat in a day

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).

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Oil free fries

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

Vegan and Healthy full day of eating

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)?

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Lots of love, Maria ♡

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84 thoughts on “What I Eat in a Day (Vegan and Healthy)”

  1. This all looks amazing! I seriously want to eat more like you because it always looks fantastic. Since I don’t know how to cook, I always resort to takeout and instant/frozen meals, which I know is terrible. I like eating cold foods too though, so I know those don’t really require cooking. That buddha bowl really has my mouth watering right now! I really want some guacamole. lol

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    1. Not gonna lie, I am not actually the best cook myself (I’m really clumsy and always drop everything lol) so I tend to go for meals that require minimal preparation most of the time! But I am so glad you like this, you should go and get yourself some guacamole for sure:) Xx

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    1. Thank you so much! And you should definitely try out making a bowl sometime:) whether I make up recipes totally depends on the situation, if I do not have any ideas or am making something brand new (e.g., I made doughnuts the other day for the first time and had to look up a recipe for guidance) but try to get creative and make them up myself as much as possibe:)

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this – and wow your diet is far more exciting than mine! I’ll need to buy some cookbooks and set a New Year resolution to put my kitchen to good use 😉 literally none of the meals here are things I wouldn’t eat – they all look absolutely delicious!xxx

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    1. Hahah well I do have my odd days where I can’t be bothered to cook and literally have microwaved oatmeal 4x a day 😂😂 and yes new cookbooks are always a good idea! Thank you so much for your kindness lovely xox

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  3. WHY DOES EVERYTHING YOU MAKE LOOK SO GOOD omg I would literally pay you to be my personal chef because absolutely everything looks amazing, I need to improve my culinary skills / diet asap!! xxx

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  4. These look amazing! I’ve been loving smoothie bowls in the mornings as well! My favorite recipe is bananas frozen, dates, peanut butter, cacao powder and coconut milk topped with granola and more cacao nibs.

    – Grace

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  5. I love What I Eat in a Day posts. I think they are so interesting! That smoothie bowl looks really tasty, and I looove homemade chips with guac! It’s great that you recognize that everyone’s bodies are different — I think it is so important to find what works for you. Great post!
    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

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    1. Yesss smoothie bowls and guacamole with chips are always a favourite of mine!! And that is definitely an important thing to realise – so glad you can agree 🙂 thank you for reading and for your lovely comment ❤️

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  6. I don’t think i’ll ever get over how amazing your food looks in photos! That buddha bowl especially looks o good and filling! I love watching and reading what i eat in a day type posts/videos, they always inspire me in some way or another!

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  7. Maria,
    whaa? How have I not followed you on instagram just yet. Which, I just did 2.5 seconds ago. I love to watch those videos as well, and I love following insta accounts that share what people eat because it gives me ideas what to feed myself! I love that you mention that we ultimately have different bodies and process foods differently, but it’s nice to get new ideas 🙂

    Natalie | http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

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    1. OMG this is the nicest comment ever!! Thank you so much for checking out my Instagram and for following me, and yaaay I am so glad that someone can agree with me on the joy of what I eat videos :’) hope you have a wonderful weekend xox

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  8. Everything looks so amazing! Like, sooo #goals. This is really helpful, I’ve been trying to incorporate healthy eating into my lifestyle now, and your Buddha bowl looks absolutely CRAZY AMAZING! xx

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    1. Ahh I am so glad you like this post! You should definitely give veganism/vegetarianism a go even if it means incorporating a few meals here and there:) and I would absolutely love to share some of my buddha bowls with you if I could hahah. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment xox

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  9. Wow, I literally just put up a new post on my blog and I talked about how I’ve been thinking of going vegan but I’m not so sure I’m cut out for it. This post shows me that it’s totally doable haha. Everything looks so delicious like wow, I want to eat it all. Can’t wait to see the spaghetti recipe, great post Maria.

    PS: I’m also a huge fan of ‘What I Eat In A Day ‘ posts and videos 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

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  10. I have a thing for what I eat in a day content and basically everything food related haha! Your meals look so damn delicious it makes me so hungry omg!! How can you make it all look that good seriously? 💗 xx

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