What I Ate Today – A Vegan Food Diary
I consider myself mildly obsessive when it comes to food. I read recipes more than books, have a tattoo of a stack of pancakes, and would likely collect my favourite cake stand first were I to leave my house in the event of a fire. So why don’t I understand the fanatical following that social media starlets have garnered through food diaries?
The premise is pretty simple; regular people take photos and videos of what they eat from the time they wake up to the time they’re sneaking snacks in to bed. Originally more of a question posed to athletes, nutritionists, and anyone you wish you could share a label size with, I’ve noticed that the purpose is migrating from just fitness, to a form of lifestyle education. With people always asking vegans “what can you eat?” – diaries seem like they can be a useful tool to show people exactly how we’re getting by.
So, for science, I pulled out my phone every time I went to chow down on February 17th, 2016 (like I do every day anyway). I’ll preface the post by saying that this is how I like to eat, and these are the foods that work for me. This diary is in no way an instructional guide for eating healthfully, it’s just a snapshot of how one vegan lives her life. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not endorsed by anyone (yet).
I get up around six and start working shortly after that (all for my beloved ecorazzi readers). As I stay sedentary, writing for the majority of the morning, I don’t find I have a huge appetite first thing. BUT my friends, we know breakfast is important. My solution? A MASSIVE, and I do mean at least a litre in size, green juice. Today’s green juice included two apples, one whole cucumber, a couple celery stalks, a couple curly kale leaves, half a lemon, and a knob of ginger.
Believe or not, I sip that juice from 7:00-11:00am. In addition to a couple glasses of water, it’s enough to hold me over. But as lunchtime rolls around, I’m ready to go to town on my lunch. Salad is a common middle of the day pick for me, and this one had the bonus of being lovingly hand-crafted by my boyfriend, Matt.
This quinoa salad had sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas (cooked from dry, not canned), hemp hearts, and sunflower sprouts. Topped off with a tahini, maple syrup, and lemon juice dressing, it’s an extremely filling and satisfying meal. A big batch of this means having the same lunch Monday-Friday, and I’m actually pretty excited about that.
Having had a tea and lots of water throughout the day, I easily make it to dinner time (vegans aren’t starving guys). But dinner is still early for someone my age, I’m told. Don’t judge me. Tonight, I am craving stir fry – a regular occurrence for me.
This stir fry had cremini and enoki mushrooms, carrots, celery, purple cabbage, snow peas, and a salad mix of bok choy and assorted greens. Cooked in some sesame oil and tamari, it was amazing mixed with brown rice and topped with smoked tofu. Another gigantic meal that boasts leftovers for the rest of the week.
I seldom let a day pass without dessert. A generally healthy eater, sweets are certainly my kryptonite. On this particular evening, I joined a friend at Sweet Olenka’s, a great local ice cream counter that features six or so vegan flavours daily.
I almost always go for the coconut paw, a formed scoop of coconut milk ice cream dunked in dark chocolate. I treat my friend to a double scoop, but only if he agrees to get vegan. He does, and our vegan ice cream party ensues.
Second dessert was definitely on my mind, but I go to bed by ten, so I didn’t fit anything else in. Shucks.
So there you have it friends, a day of vegan goodness. Most of my food is made at home, the one thing I will highly recommend that current and transitioning vegans get a handle on. Yeah, we live in a beautiful time of bountiful vegan restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you have to go broke eating at them. If you liked this, let me know in the comments. You can also follow my daily foodie adventures on Instagram.
What did YOU eat today?