In an attempt to forever answer the question “Where do you get your protein from?” I recorded every meal I ate in a week. Now about to hit 6 months as a vegan, I’ve finally figured out a way to spend minimally, eat healthy food, and even cook (my how far we’ve come)!
I start the morning off with a cup of green machine or smoothie before heading to my favorite yoga class. I go straight from class to Whole Foods to do all my grocery shopping for the week.
My grocery list for this week:
- 2 cans of chickpeas
- Red Onion
- Almond Milk
- Green Pepper
- Riced Cauliflower
- Coconut milk yogurt
I try to meal prep one or two high protein dinners, along with a huge batch of quinoa so I don’t starve during the week.
A cup of quinoa typically feeds me for at least 6 meals, so I add it in to almost everything I cook. I also find I can roast a can of chickpeas in the oven with broccoli while I make about 3 servings of stir-fry with tofu. Meal prep took me an hour.
For lunch on Sunday, I had a bowl of the stir-fry with a cup of coffee, since by this time I started to get tired and the coffee keeps me from crashing when I start working.
When I get back from campus, I’ll heat up some of the chickpeas, broccoli and quinoa before heading to bed.
I had a glass of green juice before my run. When I got back from my run, I made a smoothie with a scoop of protein powder, and of course my cup of coffee, before I shower. I took the smoothie with me on my way to campus.
For lunch, I stopped by Pret A Manger on campus to have one of their small servings of lentil soup. I was still hungry, so I splurged for a bag of popcorn.
For dinner, I had too much work to get back early, so I picked up a bowl of tofu and vegetable pho at one of the stores on campus.
As usual, my green juice before the run kept me going. I was running late so I threw my coffee in a to-go cup and grabbed a banana on my way out the door.
When I got out of class I was hungry so I bought a bag of granola around 11, and then grabbed a falafel wrap for lunch at 3:30.
Since I ate lunch later, I ended up eating a bowl of chickpeas, quinoa, spinach, and avocado when I got home from the library around 11:30.
My pre-run green juice held me over until I made some coffee. I had a couple of minutes, so I made a bowl of berries and coconut yogurt.
For lunch, I went to Pret again for one of their vegan grain bowls, which are so filling and healthy. I always grab one on cold days because they keep me going into the afternoon.
I was lucky to finish my work at little early so around 9, I went home and threw some of the tofu stir-fry in the microwave with a cup of green tea.
You guessed it! I had a glass of green juice. I lifted weights so I made a smoothie with protein powder to take to class.
Lunch was lentil soup again, this time without the popcorn because it was on the early side. I talked one of my friends into grabbing a banana from the dining hall for me so I could have a snack for later.
For dinner, I ate the last of the chickpeas, onions, and quinoa with the rest of the spinach.
Breakfast was a glass of green juice, a banana, and a cup of coffee.
I ate lunch with a friend so I bought a grain bowl from my favorite coffee shop with a cup of lemongrass tea.
Every Friday, I order sushi with one of my friends who lives on campus. Avocado sushi with bubble tea is my comfort food.
Total: $ 25.53
Green juice, coffee, and a bowl of berries were breakfast.
Lunch was the last bowl of tofu stir-fry and another cup of coffee.
For dinner, I had a friend over and we made some curried chickpea and rice cauliflower stir fry with some naan she brought.
After your first few weeks of being vegan, you start to settle into recipes and meals. Although it can be challenging at times, I find it has made cooking and meal planning easier.
You can follow my vegan cooking journey on my Instagram story! I share new recipes that I love, and how I make my staple meals!
Have you considered going vegan? What are your favorite vegan foods?
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