People are always asking us what we eat. I guess saying you’re vegan makes people think you eat lettuce and apples all day. A typical day for us might be coffee and tomato sandwiches for breakfast, some cashews, almonds or peanuts as a midmorning snack, hummus, tabouili and tomatoes on pita for lunch and rice and beans for dinner and decaf chai or peppermint tea before bed. Other days we’ll have seaweed salad and miso soup for lunch, sticky rice on the side if very hungry.
Go to your local farmer’s market and look for stands were they have seasoned hummus. They have many varieties with jalapeño or chipotle peppers, kalamata olives, cilantro, pine nuts, etc. Buy some nice ripe local avocados and make some sandwiches or guacamole tacos. Make your own almond butter and serve it over toast for breakfast or as a snack. Have potatoes in hand all the time, they are easy to prepare. Just throw them in the microwave for a few minutes and top them with some veggies, herbs or just plain salt and pepper.
Buy foods that are REAL. Apart from avoiding animal products, stay away from prepackaged, manufactured, genetically modified goods; no matter how healthy the packaging claims to be. How can a packaged “food” be all natural? And only eat when you’re hungry. Fixed meal times are a manmade idea. You don’t need to go by the clock when deciding to eat.
There’s a very nice side to all of this (apart from a very good digestion and all the health benefits of a plant based diet). No frying, no grease in the kitchen. No bad odors or extreme cleanup after every meal.
Things we always have ar home:
Fruit: Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas, Watermelon, etc
Greens (spinach, kale, chard, lettuce)
Veggies: Broccoli, Tomatoes, Onions, Mushrooms, Carrots, Olives, Cucumbers, Asparagus, Garlic, etc
Bread (Sourdough, bagels, pita, tortillas, etc)
Seeds and Nuts, Seed and Nut butters
Non Dairy Milk- Almond, Coconut, Soy, Hemp, Cashew, etc.
Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Rosemary, Oregano, etc.