Today's Vegan Food / Eating Out at Restaurants

Thursday, October 22, 2015

These are some things I've eaten today, so far (breakfast, lunch, and a snack). All this is super easy to make and so good for staying fit and having clear, bright skin! Everything is vegan and the ingredients can be found at any grocery store. 

The lunch I ate today was from Cafe Colette, which is not a vegan restaurant. One of the troubles I hear voiced from a lot of people looking to go vegan is "How will I go out to eat with my friends and family?" Vegan restaurants are hard to come by, even in NYC, but I've learned that you can find something to eat almost anywhere. For example, the salad you see here originally had cheese on it, so I just asked for no feta and they left that out. You may think you're being a pain by asking for something to be altered for you, but it's usually not that complicated and waiters are happy to help.

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Mash and Tofu Kale Scramble

For the sweet potato mash--
You'll need:
  • One medium sized sweet potato
  • 1 tsp. vegan margarine, like smart balance (make sure to get the one that says vegan)
  • salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger (if you don't have some of these, don't worry, it tastes good with salt alone :) )

Place one sweet potato, skin on, in a bowl and cover with a damp paper towel.
Microwave for 6-8 minutes, or until very soft, turning halfway through this time and returning to microwave for the remaining half.
Once it is soft, use a fork to mash it in the bowl with 1 tsp. vegan margarine (I use Smart Balance), and a dash each of cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger.

For the tofu scramble--
You'll need:
  • 1 block extra firm tofu, liquid drained out, and crumbled (with fork or just use your hands)
  • a handful of kale
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. each of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric

In a medium sized skillet, add one Tbsp. olive oil and set to medium heat.
Add onion, and cook until golden brown. Then, add tofu and all of the spices and stir in the hot pan. Cook for five minutes, then add kale. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan. After about 4 minutes, kale should be bright green and wilted when everything is done. Serve with toast and smart balance :)

Lunch: This was my acorn squash and farro salad from a restaurant in Brooklyn. If you want to make it yourself, I would suggest roasting an acorn squash and cooking farro (a whole grain) on the stove and serve warm with a vinaigrette of sorts. It was so yummy and all the ingredients are packed with vitamins.

Afternoon Snack: Hummus, Artichokes, and Olives on Whole Wheat Sourdough Toast
You'll need: 
  • Bread of choice (whole grain/whole wheat is best)
  • Hummus
  • Pitted kalamata olives
  • Canned artichoke hearts
  • Balsamic reduction (optional, but makes everything so yummy!)
I love making open faced sandwiches like this. You can just toss all kinds of little goodies on top of things like hummus or avocado mash, and it's done! This is one of my favorites.



  1. Talk about something other than vegan! No disrespect but you're turning into the typical preachy vegan. Let us see other sides of you that don't include constant talk about your diet!

    1. it's an important part of her life, chill out

  2. Hi! I'm from Spain and I'm 20 years old. I really love your blog and your photos, you're beautiful! I sometimes felt worry about my appearance or thought that I never got a beautiful skin and body like you and other women but, I love read your blog because I learn about your healthy life style and fashion style, that inspire me! I'm reading more about vegan and skincare on Internet. I'm so happy that you share that little things of your life with us because sometimes that can be new big things for me.Thank you (Sorry for my low level of Englis) xx Clem

  3. Not really into the other comment on here. There's nothing preachy about what you post whatsoever. They're informative & helpful to someone who would like to live a healthier, more ethical life. Most people aren't raised vegan, so I like seeing posts like this that let me know different options I wouldn't think of!

  4. The reason Dayna is making all these vegan posts (of which there really are not that many, in light of her entire blog) is because people have commented on so many of her blogposts asking for these such specifics...and lmao idk who hurt you if you think a literal breakdown of the foods she ate is preachy. Like ??? Not once does she shove veganism down anyone's throats?? In fact, the only particular "pro vegan" sentiment Dayna has expressed is that veganism is healthy and good for your skin. Obviously you are entitled to your own requests and opinions, but labeling someone as a "typical preachy vegan" who talks "constantly about her diet" when she has literally, two posts down, divulged about an extremely emotional and heartfelt moment/turning point IS disrespectful. If you are expecting Dayna to speak about her relationships or other such business ("the other sides of you"), you must have been mistaken: this blog is not a gossip magazine. It is someone's precious time, thought, and care put out into public eye in order to guide/aid/interest others—it is not some McDonalds menu where you can order whatever you like and expect it to be served. It is completely up to Dayna to share whatever she likes, and (in my eyes) downright audacious for you to burst into someone's comments section and demand other content when you cannot appreciate the generosity already given. Dayna has absolutely no obligation to run such a blog, and it is both frustrating and amazing that readers like you can disregard the effort put into blogposts and expect to be catered to. In regards to leatherpetal and other blogs. I know it must be extremely difficult for someone like you, but try and muster up some dregs of what others refer to as "human decency" and not be as presumptuous in your future comments. Look!! This is me, pulling up your (assumingly) non-vegan receipts. Bitch bye!!

    1. Lmao! Bye bitch? Classy. There is no need to get this heated over a comment. And clearly you cannot count because there had not been only “2” vegan posts. I didn't mean disrespect when I made my comment and I do suppose I could have worded it differently. I didn’t say stop ALL vegan posts. I understand why she is vegan and I respect it but I can't say that I agree with it. I think I'm entitled to my own opinions on the lifestyle, as is anyone else. Surely, I'm not the only non-vegan who reads this blog and therefore I don't think it is a bad idea to, as I said, show different sides of herself. Sides that may be more relevant to us non-vegans. No, by that I did not mean to talk about gossip nor about her relationship. I think it’s an insult to Dayna for you to have assumed that. I am not here because of who she is dating. I read her blog because I enjoy it. I think she is eloquent, well rounded, and genuine and I highly admire her for these traits. Obviously, I’m very late on seeing the replies to my comment so I’m sure most won’t see this.
      Anywho, I’m pretty sure you were more offended by my comment than Dayna but I do apologize to her if she was hurt at all.
      I’ve really been enjoying your recent posts, Dayna.

  5. I think it's great that you're sharing about what you love! We all know that with popularity, the more bad things people have to say. I suppose this is a prime example. Love your blog and it's really inspiring as a new vegan :)

  6. I respectively disagree and love hearing about your vegan meals and ethical products you use etc. considering how hectic your schedule can probably be sometimes :)

  7. I respectively disagree and love hearing about your meals and ethical products you use etc. considering how busy your schedule can probably be :)



By Dayna Frazer