A Day On My Plate #1

Hello Guys! I decided that today I was gonna create a little day on my plate so you  can get some meal inspiration as well as a glimpse into what a balanced vegan eats in a day. I figure that if you are all interested, I will do this once or twice a week! Today, all my meals are going to be prepared at home which I consider to be very standard for me. Sunday's my boyfriend and I almost always go out and get donuts- we eat as much as we want. Well, maybe I do because we normally get a dozen but my boyfriend would rather have a dozen or two for himself... haha he is a growing man. To be quite honest donuts are more of his obsession, however I happily indulge. Anyways, I don't count calories so I have no idea how much calories are in each of my meals, I just eat a balanced vegan diet and eat as much as I want. Essentially, I eat until I'm full and satisfied. I believe we should all eat a diet that not only provides us physical health and well-being, but also mental health. I crave healthy foods and sometimes I also crave some not so healthy foods and eating that brownie or pizza when you crave it, is promoting is a balanced life. That being said, the majority of my diet comes from wholesome healthy foods, you won't find me eating junk everyday because that is not what my body wants. Life is to short to get caught up in calories because calories are just a source of energy that our body needs to just keep us alive. Oh and if I didn't run out of my favorite Icelandic chocolate, it would have made an appearance today.  Thus, without further a do, lets get into my day.

Before I exercised this morning, I ate one frozen medijool date.

I love these little caramel tasting fruits. This juicy and sweet fruit is packed with A & B-complex, plus they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. Dates are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for ages athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina. Further they obtain anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties which make it a great food for those who suffer with chronic infections and auto-immune disorders. 

Breakfast: Creamy Cacao Wild Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

            Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 2/3 frozen banana
  • 2 heaping tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • Scant scoop of amazing grass alkalizing and detoxing greens powder
  • Enough chocolate coconut water and a splash of almond to blend ( you want it to be thick and creamy)

           Toppings: granola, chia seeds, and  hemp seeds (thats what I have on hand, use whatever you want)

I highly recommend this smoothie bowl, it has become a breakfast staple for me! I will change up the liquid from time to time, depending on what I have. Oh, and sent forget to watch out for my post on wild blueberries to understand why I try to consume these little magical berries everyday. I will update you all via my insta when a new blog post goes up! Also, jus to preface, the amazing grass powder is not the best tasting, however the trick is to mask it with nut butter.... you get the benefits of the greens along with the delicious taste and creaminess of peanut butter, YUM!  Normal coconut water will go great as well, I just used chocolate to get a bit more of a chocolate kick!

I just want to make a quick note about bananas. I used to use one or two bananas in a bowl like this and even use to have 5-6 banana smoothies or nice cream, because I was following high carb low fat diet and thought I had to do that. Now, I follow no diet and trust myself and my taste buds. Truthfully, I never liked bananas I just forced my self to eat them in smoothies, I don't love the taste. Thus, I use just enough to make my bowls creamy and so that I cannot taste the banana!

Lunch: Best Kale Salad Ever

Okay, in all honestly this kale salad is the best kale salad in the world, and one I eat multiple times a week for lunch because its quick easy and full of so much nutrition. This salad is completely balanced, covering all of the macros: fat, protein, and carbs and did I mention... tasty af! Every ingredient in this salad brings something to the table in terms of flavor in nutrition! This is gonna be your new obsession; if you are anything like me. Not only does this salad taste amazing, but it actually makes me instantly happy and vibrant as well as bringing up my mood if I feel down. Depending on the day, my hunger levels, and how much kale I have determines if my salad in giant, normal sized, or consumed with a baked sweet potato on the side. Some days I am feeling the potato and others I am not. I prefer Japanese sweet potato, but if I must settle for a normal yam I will spoon some pb on top! Anyways, after the first day this salad is super quick and easy because you will roast the chickpeas and corn, or whatever you may choose, in bulk! As for additional veggies or protein goes, I keep it simple and just use roasted chickpeas and corn. However, I think tomatoes, onion, cucumber, roasted cauliflower, roasted sweet potato, edamame, tofu, mock meats, and or roasted broccoli would go fantastic. 

*Simple picture located below

         Ingredients:

  • A large amount of curly kale chopped (A head and then some
  • Whole or half of an avocado ( I typically use half, depends on how much salad)
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp of tamari
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • chili powder
  • nutritional yeast
  • sprinkle of hemp seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 lb/ 13 oz can of chickpeas, 15oz can of corn or a bag of frozen corn (roasted in the oven with pepper, salt, and smoked paprika)

* I don't measure when it comes to the spices or sauces I just sprinkle and shake in what I think the measurements are. 

        Directions:

  1. In an oven, at 425 degrees, roast the chickpeas and corn for 25 mins or until slightly crispy.
  2. Chop your kale up and add to a bowl along with all the ingredients besides nutritional yeast and hemp seeds. 
  3. Massage all the ingredients into the kale (with your hands) until the kale has shrunk in side and is fully coated.
  4. Transfer your kale into a bowl and top with the roasted veg (roasted veg typically makes 4 salads)
  5. Finish the salad off with the nutritional yeast and hemp seeds.
  6. ENJOY!!!

Snack: 2 Medijool dates ( can never get enough) & a soy cappuccino

Plus ended up having 2 more dates later on, like I said.. can't get enough of that caramely goodness. 

Completely unexpected nibbles: My boyfriend brought back 2 vegan donuts and a chocolate chip cookie that he assumed we would share, I wasn't feeling it at all. However, I wanted a bite of the donut and a piece of the cookie because it looked good, so that is what I did. I don't always crave that stuff, but I wasn't going to leave myself wondering what the Peanut Butter Twix donut tasted like because I never had this flavor before, same with the cookie.

Dinner: Creamy & Garlicky Tomato Pasta

I will not be posting this recipe today because this recipe deserves a whole blog post devoted to its awesomeness! This pasta is what I like to call the simple and cheaper version of creamy vegan pasta. Normally, creamy vegan pasta calls for a blender with cashews or hemp seeds and maybe even some type of oat cream. What i've created is a creamy pasta that does not need a blender or a lot of cashews, hemp seeds, or nut milks $ creams. I absolutely love my recipes where I use cashews or hemp to make cheezes and cream sauces but this recipe is one that you can whip of super fast and doesn't lack flavor in the slightest. This has become my boyfriend and I's go to pasta meal because it is so quick and bursting in flavor. Bonus: this recipe probably takes 15 minutes in total! In my opinion it resembles al la vodka pasta which used to be a favorite of mine. Can't wait to share this with you! 

        

Alexandra Warner