I am no stranger to vegan food or veganism. I was a vegan for a few months my sophomore year of undergrad, and back when Lolo would eat vegan foods I would have some along with her. I think that there’s a certain type of appreciation that you gain once you start to enjoy vegan foods for what they are.
I think there’s a lot of ignorant people out there who make fun of veganism or vegan food, and I definitely think that’s unfair. It’s a personal choice one makes and it’s not an easy thing to do. I actually very much admire those who choose not to consume any animal products or flesh, but being vegan every day is something I can’t do.
I have two full vegan days twice a month. I also think that it’s good, for me personally (I’m not going to give you guys health advice, I’m not a licensed professional) to cleanse my body twice a month when I eat strictly vegan. I eat vegan twice a month, but I don’t consider myself a vegan. That title is reserved for those who do it every single day.
I follow specific guidelines on these days. There’s variation, but I stick to these specific guidelines for me. I’m not going to say that those who don’t are wrong, because everyone is different. This is what I do.
- Meat, animal products, dairy, eggs, etc
- Garlic, onions, shallots, aromatics (other vegans do consume these, I don’t)
- (Little to no) processed foods
- Soda, Starbucks, etc. I only drink water.
- Eating out (I stick to homemade foods on these days.
Essentially, I opt for simple, clean, homemade meals that are free of any animal products or flesh.
Anyways, you guys wanted to know what I eat in a usual Vegan day, so I decided to record what I ate today to share with all of you guys! Each and every time I do this, I eat different foods depending on what’s available or what I’m craving.
Oh, and I always eat “normally” on Midnight the next day. lol.
What I ate, 7/20/17:
*I provided photos of what I thought was necessary.
I am usually not hungry in the mornings but I usually have corn. I had one cob of corn this morning, and was going to have a nectarine if I was still hungry after but I decided to wait until lunch.
I was really craving mushrooms, so I sautéed some mushrooms with soy sauce, olive oil, and chili sauce. I added pepper, paprika and salt, and made sure everything was seasoned. After I heated up my favorite brown/red rice pilaf with chia and kale, I mixed that with the mushrooms and sauce to make a little rice bowl. This was so satisfying to eat and so tasty.
I had a huge tablespoon of peanut butter. I almost always have midday dessert cravings on my vegan days and I’ve learned that a big tablespoon of peanut butter usually hits the spot.
Will was craving pasta of some sort, so we found a recipe for vegan Alfredo. He googled how to peel a potato, just so we could make this recipe. Essentially, we pureed peeled and cooked potatoes in a blender with vegetable broth, and added lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. I topped mine with fried tofu slices. It basically tasted like mashed potatoes mixed with pasta. Not terrible but not amazing.
SMALL SECOND DINNER:
I almost always get hungry around 8:30-9:00ish on my vegan days, so I microwaved a very small bowl of leftover Alfredo and added some fried tofu on top. I also had a banana.
So, that’s it! Simple but tasty meals that are cruelty-free! You guys were all super curious, so there you go. If you guys want more vegan recipes or meal ideas, just let me know and I’ll happily oblige!
“In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current.”
Are you guys familiar with being vegan? Have you ever been vegan or enjoyed vegan foods?