What I Eat in a Day

Today I thought I'd share a glimpse into what I've been eating lately, given that I eat vegan, am in the midst of my 75 Hard challenge, and am doing a year of no sugar until next July. It seems like a lot of rules to follow but it actually just boils down to whole, plant based foods. It ends up being a pretty darn simple meal planning and prepping process. And I feel much better when I stick to eating this way. Oh, and my day always starts with black coffee, so let's just get that out of the way now. Coffee or die. Other than that, let's get into what the rest of my day looks like:

I'm not much of an eater early in the day, so instead I start with another beverage. It's a super easy and delicious way to get more collagen into your diet, and it's basically breakfast hot chocolate.

Chocolate Collagen Shake
  • One cup oat milk
  • One scoop of collagen powder
  • One tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup (which I am currently skipping due to my year of no sugar, but I'm actually okay with the not sweet taste!)
  1. Combine all ingredients into a pot.
  2. Heat on stove over medium heat, using a whisk to create a frothy texture.
  3. Take it off the heat before it reaches the boiling point and pour into a mug.

Shortly after that, I make a smoothie for the day, which is the easiest way to get greens in along with fruit, specifically berries, which I'm surprisingly bad at.

Berry Spinach Smoothie
  • 1/2 of a frozen banana
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of spinach (frozen or fresh both work fine)
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oat milk
  1. Blend fruit and greens together to break into small pieces.
  2. Add vanilla and oat milk.
  3. Blend to desired consistency and serve.

I admit, I don't try very hard for lunch. I've been occasionally swapping my bigger deal meal for my lunch time one, but either way, one of the meals needs no recipe - it's rice cakes spread with almond butter or peanut butter and topped with sliced bananas. I usually have additional fruit with that, like an apple, along with a salad of mixed greens, cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, and seasonings. With mustard because I hate salad dressing.

Then it's time for dinner, which almost always involves quinoa and beans in some form because I am a creature of habit and they are high in protein for a vegan.

Quinoa Taco Bowl
  • Cooked quinoa
  • Black beans, rinsed and drained (I've cooked from scratch before but I still find cans easier and still cost effective)
  • Salsa (sugar free of course!)
  • Chopped bell pepper (but never red because ew)
  • Avocado, diced
Mix into a bowl and eat! No measurements because I tend to just prep big batches of this and eat it throughout the week. I often toss in a few extra spices like turmeric, smoked paprika, and onion powder if I didn't bother to sauté any onions. If I'm feeling particularly hungry and like I need more bulk, I add steamed broccoli or roasted diced potatoes.

And I almost always end the day with a cup of tea. We have a few options from Harney and Sons, and my favorites are the blueberry green and black currant.

I'm pretty consistent in my meals because I'm not bothered by eating the same thing multiple days in a row. I actually prefer it, I get into moods like that. Do you have an minimalist go-to meals to simplify your meal planning and prepping process? 

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