“So what DO you eat?” This question is usually preceded by my explaining that I don’t eat meat, dairy (90% of the time), or GMO anything. I’ve been a vegetarian for fifteen years, and I can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked that. I live in a Southern town that is very traditional in terms of dietary practices. A meal isn’t complete without meat, and a vegetarian is a rare creature. I think bacon may even be an unofficial food group.
I have two purposes for doing this. The first is that I feel compelled to clear up the following misconceptions: Eating healthy is boring, vegetarians are pale weaklings, and eating all day will make you fat. The second is, without being pretentious, to give some insight into a day in the gastronomic life of a dietitian and to show that I am, in fact, not a rabbit (as many a carnivore has accused me of at some point)!
So, to answer that burning question, here is what I ate today! It should be noted that I end up eating about every 3-4 hours in general. It gives me steady energy all day, and helps prevent low blood sugar, to which I am prone.
(Bonus: You’ll even get two recipes out of it. Score! Read on.)
Breakfast – Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Muesli mixed in soy yogurt
Morning snack – Organic apple, salt & pepper pistachios
Lunch – vegetarian sushi roll, half an avocado (this is a daily thing — I’m obsessed), and a spinach salad with lime vinaigrette. I then had two almond butter chocolate chip cookies (one of your recipes — you’re welcome!).
Post Zumba – 1 cup almond milk blended with a banana and 1/2 scoop Raw Protein powder
Dinner – Quinoa spaghetti with mushrooms, peas, and kale pesto (recipe #2). Slice of Italian bread on the side with marinara.
Dessert – Dark chocolate-covered Powerberries (from Trader Joe’s).
Drink – Water, water, WATER! I sip all day — you should never be thirsty.
Be assured I get all the protein I need along with loads of healthy fats, and I even get my sweet tooth satisfied (often more than once a day!). I don’t have to count calories because I know almost all the foods I eat are naturally nutrient dense — meaning more nutrients, fewer calories. There’s no question that following a plant-based diet while being conscious of our food’s origins is the way to go. This is not anecdotal evidence, people — it’s proven!
I promised you the recipes, and recipes you shall have! Click on the “Recipes” category and they are the first two on the post. Enjoy!