It’s Wednesday, which means 1) I’m halfway through the week (!!!) and 2) it’s time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesdays! Thank you Jenn who blogs at Peas and Crayons for hosting!
Not only was yesterday a day of uncharacteristically light (for me, at least) eating but it was also a day of vegan eats. I don’t know when that last happened. Although I didn’t begin the day with the specific intention of eating a vegan diet, I have actually been inching towards more of a plant-based, vegan diet recently. More on that in a post later down the road. For now, please enjoy the following photo-splosion of food.
Chia, buckwheat and hemp “cereal” with almond milk, half a banana, a handful of Kashi shredded wheats for texture, and a couple of small squirts of agave syrup
I’ve only recently started eating Qi’a Superfood cereal, a mix of chia, buckwheat and hemp seeds, from Nature’s Path. It is on the pricier side (compared to conventional “cereals”) but I think it is worth the splurge! I’ve only eaten the original and am curious as to how the two other flavors — apple cinnamon and cranberry vanilla — taste.
This “cereal” is chock full of Omega-3’s and packs 6 grams of protein per serving. It is free of wheat and gluten and is also vegan, so can be easily incorporated into many diets. Personally, I like it with a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt, milk (because of the chia seeds, one serving is only 2 tablespoons — it will expand!), some sort of granola (or in this case, shredded wheat cereal) to add texture, and either a nut butter or fruit. It’s also great for salads!
Half a banana with peanut butter
WORKOUT – Headed over to my gym for a workout. 20 minutes each on the elliptical trainer and stationary bike at high resistances. I then completed 20 minutes of various strength exercises, including triceps dips, lunges, squats, side planks and incline planks. I was doused in sweat by the end of my session!
Raspberry Hemp Protein Shake
This was made with Navitas hemp protein powder, tons of frozen raspberries, almond milk, peanut butter and some ice cubes. I was on the run and needed post-workout fueling, so I threw this together quickly, knowing I wouldn’t have a chance to eat lunch immediately.
Salad of kale and spinach, with carrots, tomatoes and various sprouts, topped with avocado + Persimmon + Handful of nuts (no photo)
YOGA!!! I did 30 minutes on my own
Bottle of GT’s Green Kombucha
BBQ Tofu with beets and tomatoes atop a bed of arugula
Sprouted Chips + Salsa
I didn’t portion it out so there’s no photo of how much I actually ate, but ended up crumbling some onto the salad and then eating about half the bag and half the jar of salsa. I’ve got snacky hands, what can I say.
These Way Better Chips are great healthy snack options. The tortilla chips, which come in a variety of flavors, including the Sweet Chili pictured above, are made from sprouted whole grains and seeds. Their ingredient list is comprised of a short list of recognizable ingredients. As good as you’ll get with processed foods these days! Read their story here.
I didn’t eat a typical dessert yesterday, which is rare for me, as I usually have something sweet everyday. At the end of last night, I didn’t crave any sweets (oh hey, if curbing my sweet tooth is a side effect of veganism, count me in!), and also found myself heading to bed early because I had an early morning yoga session this morning.
Have you ever followed a vegan diet? Would you ever consider it?