Starting on Monday, I decided to stick to a vegan diet this week. You're probably asking yourself why. Honestly, there isn't one reason that made me decide to do this. There are a couple different reasons, but none of them would be strong enough on their own. Here they are:
- Help the earth's environment
- Eat fewer processed/unnatural foods
- Force myself to try new recipes
- See if I could stick with it
Here are some of the foods that I've made so far this week, starting out with breakfast. I've eaten overnight oats each day this week. I've had trouble coming up with other quick and easy breakfast options (other than smoothies, which require an extra 10 minutes of work in the morning). Here is today's banana cinnamon steel oats version, made with banana, almond milk, steel oats, and cinnamon.
For lunch I've been having a lot of vegetables. Today I had plans after work, so I actually had two lunches. Here is lunch part one. I had cream of asparagus soup (made with almond milk and my homemade vegetable broth) and a toasted whole wheat pita.The pita and soup was a fantastic combination. If you're interested in the recipe for the asparagus soup, check out http://blogilates.com/best-of/blogilates-vegan-challenge-meal-plan.
For my second lunch/first dinner, I had spaghetti squash with canned tomato sauce (with oregano and cayenne sprinkled in), fresh diced tomatoes, and seitan. Seitan is a protein source (read meat substitute) made from wheat gluten. It looks like middle school cafeteria mystery meat, but is really rather benign.
Another dinner I made this week was sushi. Here I filled my rolls with cucumber, avocado, and asparagus. I had some mango slices for dessert as well.
Speaking of dessert....I bought a vegan cookie today at the climbing gym. The picture is upside down--obviously--but it is a double chocolate chunk cookie. It tasted like a normal cookie, and in pre-fab cookie form, it was a little too sweet for my taste. Gasp, I know. The calorie count on this cookie was out of control. This single cookie, about the size of my palm, was almost 500 calories. I don't know how that compares to normal cookies, but it was quite a shock to me.
Those are just some of the recipes I have made so far this week. I'll post later in the week with more recipes! So far I haven't really missed any animal-based foods. I've been able to eat just about everything I've wanted.