What I Ate Today & Why I Ate It

Friday, August 28, 2015

Everyone's always a bit curious as to what I eat in a day, as a vegan, so today I took photos of everything!

I'll say I did probably eat a bit too many noodles for one day, but then again I am a believer in a high carb diet. That is, one consisting of primarily  lots of whole grains, fruits, veggies, plant based protein, and a small amount of healthy fats (like those from olive oil, avocados, and nuts).

For breakfast, I had oats (I eat some version of this almost every morning). It's so easy. I microwaved 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup water for one minute. Stirred in 1 Tbsp. of crunchy peanut butter. Then, topped with some figs and banana coins, flaxseed lignans, cashews, and some almond milk. It takes about five minutes and is so filling. The oats have tons of fiber, making the amount of "net carbs" very low (fiber is so important, that's why unprocessed carbohydrates are the way to go -- they usually have lots!) The oats have about 10 grams of protein, and the nuts and peanut butter add about 8 more, for a total of 18 grams of protein. That's more than only the 12 grams you get from 2 eggs.

For lunch, I had soba noodles and tofu (teriyaki soba recipe from an earlier post here). Then, I just sauteed a handful each of kale and broccoli in olive and sesame oil (about 1/2 Tbsp. each) for about 7 minutes. The soba noodles are made of buckwheat, which is actually a fruit seed and has no relation to wheat at all. They also have lots of fiber, and 1 cup of cooked noodles (about what I have here) has six grams of protein. Combined with the tofu, you have about 20 grams in one meal alone! It's also super filling and packed with skin-saving, toxin clearing nutrients from the greens.

For dinner: more noodles. This isn't a typical day in that I don't normally have two noodle dishes, but it's still quite healthy. I can't stress enough how you actually can eat a high carb diet, as long as you are eating the right kinds and not mixing in animal fats and highly processed, refined foods. Here, I have whole wheat pasta topped with marinara, veggies, and a soy based veggie sausage (soy has unfortuantely gotten a bad rep, but really it alters hormone levels on such an insignificant level, even less than most animal products!). The veggies were sauteed in a tiny drizzle of olive oil with the 'sausage' coins. All in all, the approximate 1.5 cups of cooked pasta with the soy sausage total about 20 grams of protein.

I ate almost 60 grams of protein without even thinking about it! It's funny how people say "well where on earth do you get your protein from if you're not eating meat, cheese, and eggs?" Well, I get it from whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and places I don't even realize have protein sometimes. I'm also on a perpetual budget, and I know for a fact that I spend less money living this way than when I was buying my non-vegan groceries almost a year ago. I also look and feel better.. but I've said that about a million times on this blog.

If you guys are interested, I'll keep posting more daily insight into my meals! xox


  1. Are you doing another Q&A soon?

  2. These look so delicious!
    Do you normally pack lunches for work or is this something you'd typically eat at home?

    Would you consider doing an Autumn fashion haul/lookbook in the future? I'm sure myself and others would love to see how you keep warm when the temperatures drop :)

  3. love these kid of posts the oats are my fave

  4. The next post should be your idea of grocery necessities for vegan beginners

  5. The next post should be your idea of grocery necessities for vegan beginners

  6. What do you do about fruit flies? They have unfortunately taken over my house. My bananas are no longer safe haha

  7. Yes please post more daily meals! Also do you enjoy incorporating smoothies into your meals?

  8. Please do an updated skincare routine post :)))) and maybe vegan products tht you use

  9. Was it hard for you to start being vegan?
    Do you like this lifestyle?:*

  10. Oh! Really great meals! And maybe even more important that you've showed people that it's not a big prob to be a vegan!! i appreciate it! Waiting for new recipes from you=)



By Dayna Frazer