Last week I shared my vegan eats – lunch and dinner. So here we have some yummy vegan breakfasts:
It’s Good Friday, and I’m off work- the gym is closed too – whatever am I going to do with myself? Anyways, I know I’m not going to miss another Fitness Friday post. Sorry about last week guys and gals.
This week we’re toning it down a notch from the HIT (High Intensity Training) for something a bit more relaxed. My second class of our Fitness weekend (my goodness was it really 6 weeks ago???) was BeamFit, although low tempo this worked the body completely differently and was thus still hard work. Ben didn’t join me in this one – he went off to spinning.
Looking forward to Easter, but a bit concerned about the vegan eating bit – especially as we are eating out to celebrate my sister’s birthday on Sunday.
But enough about concerns about the future – what about What I ate Wednesday – another Monday of eats for me :-)
Since dipping my toe in the vegan water I think I have been missing milk in my hot drinks most. I’ve given up drinking tea, but found that I like coffee with unsweetened almond milk.
I enjoy unsweetened almond milk and usually have a carton or two in the fridge (ok, 4 at last count) but I really enjoyed this brown rice milk. It’s sweeter and somewhat richer than the almond milk – Perfect for a cocoa or a delicious matcha latte!
Before I started on this vegan journey I made this granola, and I thought it would be a waste not to share it with you because it really was yummy.
It was a ‘challenge’ I saw on Facebook which made me try it. A friend of a friend posted a tongue in cheek comment requesting a low fat protein granola made and delivered. Well, I couldn’t resist the challenge, so there and then I had a go – and got it right first time.
Actually, I love to make granola. It’s so easy just to throw a few things together – pop it in the oven and BOOM – granola perfect for sprinkling over a breakfast smoothie, or serve with milk.
So, yesterday got a bit side tracked. I shared with you some vegan snacks and treats that I bought and enjoyed over the last week. “But what did your meals look like?” I hear you cry. “What did you eat”? and quite possibly “how did you get enough protein?”
Hey – so I’ve been working on my vegan eats for about a week now. I know I haven’t been perfect, but I also know it’s a step in the right direction. It doesn’t feel so bad to know I’ve had a nibble of animal products here and there when my main meals and snack have been good, wholesome plant-based meals.
This has been a whole lot easier because I hade some amazing products to help me through the week.
When I was doing themed posts for WIAW I considered doing a vegan post – but I didn’t know how I would get around my love of cheese and yogurt.
Well, as I mentioned on Monday – I’m dipping my toe in the vegan water :-) So it just so happens that this WIAW post is my first Vegan day – whoop whoop!
I’m focusing on plant based eating – eating real foods.
I quoted Michael Pollan in one of my very first blog posts. Another quote from his 2008 book, In Defense of Food:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Sounds like good advice :-) There is so much advice out there, and so many fads – it’s hard to know which to listen to. I like the way One Green Planet summed it up:
“So the message here is this: Eating real food matters more than what diet you choose to follow. So don’t stress about which fads to follow. But do choose mostly foods direct from nature. Plant-based eating is the way to go!”
And don’t forget the latest news that we should be eating 7, not 5-a-day. Since focussing on plant based eating at the start of the week it’s been easy. Having said that, I’ve done this before, and somewhere along the line (usually when a new fad comes out) I get lost along the way.
So what did I eat on my first vegan day?
I’ve finished off the last of the salmon in the fridge, I have the last quorn steak (that I battled with myself over buying) for dinner tonight and my whey protein shakes are packed away. I went shopping over the weekend and I’ve stocked up on almond milk.
Actually, the thing I’m most concerned about is my daily tea and coffee – only one of each, but always with milk. I’ve trialled soya cappuccinos in my local coffee shops over the weekend, and actually, I think I can get used to it – that is if I am ‘allowed’ soya that’s not fermented.
Anyway, while I use up the last of the non-vegan produce in the fridge, I was trialling this breakfast idea. After dabbling with going gluten free, and years of not allowing myself anything that was remotely unhealthy, I have since emabraced Fench toast – or as we called it when we were growing up – eggy bread. After all, aside from gluten isses, what’s wrong with a slice of wholemeal/granary bread (Ok, so at times I wouldn’t eat a whole slice of bread) with egg/egg white (in my no fat days *eye roll*) dry fried with only a sprizt of 1 cal spray (*another eye roll*).