Many people have asked me what I eat in a normal day and I was sure I had posted this before, but for the life of me I can’t find it on my own blog! So I will share what I scarf down in a normal day but first I must make a disclaimer.
I eat to fuel myself, grabbing what is available, usually standing up or on the run (totally not zen, I know), and I don’t like to cook or clean. If what I throw together tastes great then that’s bonus, but no one is going to confuse me with a chef. Haute cuisine is my lovely wife’s department (see www.chayg.ca) and when I get to eat her cooking, I feel uber blessed. So what I eat is probably not the typical food regime for a vegan – I would expect, and hope, that the typical vegan makes more taste oriented food choices than myself.
Here goes. A typical day of eating by the hour:
4:45 am - My first “meal” is more like a nibble. I grab a couple of strawberries or few nuts and a glass of water so that my tummy won’t growl while I am meditating.
7:00 am – Breakfast – First real meal – one of my favorite concoctions is a table spoon or two of hemp hearts (I don’t measure, but am guessing that’s how much), a table spoon or two of sprouted and milled flax seed powder (pretty course), a hand full of berries (any kind will do), table spoon of almond butter, a pinch of cinnamon, a scoop of vegan protein powder and unsweetened almond milk. It makes a tasty sludge that is awful to the eye, but yummy to the tummy. If I am in a rush to get somewhere, I might just have an apple and a protein shake.
9:30 am - Morning snack A few hand fulls of fruit, nuts and seeds, plus a protein shake (mixed with water).
11:30 am – Pre-Lunch – A salad made up of spinach, field greens, homegrown sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, peas and mung beans are often in my mix), any other veggies that are handy (chopped kale, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, green peppers, etc.), a table spoon of hummus, and a shot of balsamic vinegar. Another meal that non-vegan friends have described as bizarre, but I love. Alternatively I will eat dinner leftovers at this meal. Things like curries, stir fry, wraps – my wife’s food creations are to die for so it’s a real treat if I have them.
2:00 – Lunch – Usually having just returned from the gym I repeat my Pre-lunch meal depending on what’s available. Add a protein shake here as a workout recovery.
4:00 – Afternoon snack – a lot like my morning snack. An apple, some berries, some nuts or some trail mix (raw not roasted), plus a protein shake.
6:00 – Supper – the most awesome meal of the day when my wife is cooking, which is often. She tends to prefer hot meals and loves to experiment, so we get to savor things like tofu curry, an exotic stir fry, sweet potato stew, black bean soup with cashew cream, vegan chili, asian salads. Yummm. If I am making, I tend towards raw and will throw any veggies in the fridge into a bowl add my sprouts, toss in some vinaigrette, stir and go. Protein shake chaser.
8:00 – Evening snack – mall nibble, a few berries a couple of nuts and a protein shake night cap.
I also take a mix of vitamins and minerals in the am, noon and pm (multivitamin, flax seed oil, sea kelp, chlorela, probiotic, spirulina, maca, extra B12 and iron and in the winter extra vitamin D). I don’t consciously measure my food, but I do from time to time and in all I am usually taking in around 1,500 calories, maybe a little more. I am never hungry and I never feel bloated or tired after a meal. I am always fueled and energized.
Hope this is useful. Please share what works for you!