Recently, I have had many of my followers asking for meal inspirations and ideas regarding healthy eating. Since I am now sitting in an airport waiting for a new flight because mine got cancelled, I'm going to be productive with this time. I am creating this post for all of you.
Nutrition and healthy eating has been a long journey of mine since I can remember. I have always had food sensitives and allergies, making it difficult to eat regularly. To add even more, I am a proud vegetarian. This combination has lead to myself eating a lot of vegan options. I am not 100% vegan. I also am not caught up on the title of being vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, whatever anyone would like to call it. Who cares what it is called, as long as you are eating to feel your best.
The main goals of my eating habits are to eat less animals, more protein, lots of nutrients and less processed or genetically modified food items. If one can learn about the mind body spirit connection and endorse it while eating, this turns food into medicine, not restrictions. I aim to eat what makes me feel my best, with the addition of adding treats here and there.
This post is going to cover what I normally eat in a day, the recipes and the importance of specific nutrients. Enjoy!
*Please notice how I do not properly measure my ingredients. This encourages me to eat whatever I want whenever I want it. It also encourages me to be mindful of when I am full, and then stop eating when it is appropriate. If you are focused on losing weight, it may be a good idea to measure your foods to ensure you are not eating a surplus of calories. *
Ah, the most important meal of the day, it's true. Breakfast allows us to start the day off properly. It is a time to eat foods that will provide you endless energy for the day, that can be either sweet or savoury.
My favourite breakfasts follows:
Peanut Butter Protein Cereal
-1 sliced banana
-1 large handful of blueberries (I always have frozen on hand)
-Your favourite type of cereal (Some of mine are Nature's Path Golden Turmeric Cereal or corn flakes sweetened with fruit juice instead of sugar)
-Powdered peanut butter
-Soy Milk (8 grams of protein per CUP)
-Half scoop of your protein powder
-Chia seeds, coconut or any type of nutritious topping
I mix all of this together in a large bowl and consume it with a large cup of matcha tea. Having protein in the morning helps you recover fast from previous workouts, start your energy levels for the day and improve digestion.
-1 tsp of matcha powder
-1 tsp of raw honey
- 1 sprinkle of cinnamon
-1 splash of soy milk
-Extra Additives (I add medicinal mushroom powder for digestion and Spirulina for my greens intake)
Mix with hot water. Matcha is an ancient powder used for it's antioxidants. It will give you large amounts of energy.
Tofu Potato Scramble:
Another favourite of mine.
-Medium firm tofu
-your choice of veggies (spinach, broccoli, peppers, onions, avocado)
-Cheese (parmesan or vegan options)
-A piece of Kamut wheat toast on the side
To begin, fry the vegetables, add tofu and cook. The add your toppings and make some toast. A perfect post workout meal.
I understand it can be hard to make lunch when we have these days full of school and work. Meal prepping will very much help you in saving time and creating healthy meals. I intend to make extra food with dinner each night to have enough for lunch at school the day after. Here are some ideas!
Vegetarian Turkey Sandwich:
-2 slices of your choice of bread (I enjoy 100% rye or Kamut wheat bread, spelt is great as well)
-Vegetarian Ham/Turkey (This stuff rocks seriously changed the sandwich game for me)
-Spinach or lettuce
-Cucumber or pickle
I'm sure you know how to assemble a sandwich :)
Overnight Protein Oats:
Could be used for breakfast or lunch!
-1/2 cup of oatmeal (watch your portions on this, it is easy to use a lot of oatmeal. Don't worry if it looks small, it will expand.)
-Blueberries, Banana, Strawberries (you chose)
-1 scoop of protein powder
-Soy milk or water to soak
-Chia seeds or any additional toppings
Combine ingredients in a jar or container and let sit overnight.
There are so many options for vegetarian dinner ideas. I love experimenting.
Tofu Pad Thai:
-Firm Tofu chopped into squares
-Cornstarch noodles (I am very sensitive to rice since it has been a main component of my diet for years now. Feel free to substitute rice noodles)
-Peanut Lime Sauce (Peanut butter, soya sauce, lime juice, coconut oil)
-Any extra veggies such as spinach, peppers, onions or leeks.
-Avocado and cilantro to top
Fry tofu, boil noodles, create sauce. Combine all together with added veggies, top with sliced avocado, cilantro, bean sprouts and crumbled peanuts.
Turmeric Noodle Pasta:
-Turmeric Noodles (from costco)
-Vegetarian meatballs or sausages
-Pesto or garlic seasoning, S&P
-Spinach (add extra veggies! broccoli, carrots, peppers, even beans taste great)
Cook pasta and meatballs. Add sauce if needed. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
-chilli powder, S&P
-3 types of beans of your choice
-vegetarian ground beef
Fry vegetables in oil. Add vegetarian ground beef and cook until crispy. Add beans, tomatoes and possibly some water if you need more liquid. Add seasonings. Top with vegan cheese and 0% greek yogurt.
Apples and Peanut Butter
Cliff Builder Protein Bars
Simply Protein bars
Fruit and veggies
Tortilla chips with salsa and 0% greek yogurt (MY FAV)
Bean crisps or chips
Popcorn on the stove made with coconut oil
Green Energy balls:
-your choice of seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower)
Combine all in a bowl and roll into balls!
These recipes are simple and quick which is what I need most in my life. For more detailed and professional recipes and blog posts regarding delicious food, please take some time to check out my cousin The Roasted Chickpea.
I am so extremely lucky to have this passionate lady as my cousin. She loves to create meals for Macy and I to eat at family dinners. Check her out because I love her to death.
There you go! A usual day of eating for myself. I hope this gave some of you some ideas on how to incorporate more vegetarian, healthy, balanced meals into your life. Please feel free to ask me any questions. Sharing and exploring healthy lifestyles is my passion and I encourage all of you to be mindful of your eating habits.