As a mentioned a few posts ago, from Sunday 7/13 to Sunday 7/20 I will be doing a week of vegan eating to lighten up before the best weekend ever, Wanderlust Fest at Squaw Valley. And by lighten up, I don’t just mean weight—lately I’ve been feeling really bleh. Between the Fourth, work lunches, and eating holiday leftovers, I’ve eaten a lot more meat lately than I ever do. I definitely notice that when I eat too much meat and carbs (Chinese food… French dips… mashed potatoes…) my stomach… just… doesn’t work, and in turn, my skin reacts negatively too.
Put simply, I need to cleanse!
So this coming week I’m going to eat completely plant-based to heal my body and soul before “woopin’ it up” (Real Housewives, anyone?) at Wanderlust. But just because I’ll be eating vegan doesn’t mean I’m going to let myself rely on simple carbohydrates like bread and pasta to get me through the week—I’m more so planning on being healthy than vegan, because I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: “vegan” doesn’t always mean “healthy.” (Pizza, processed foods, and sugary desserts can all easily be vegan!)
Here are some menu items I plan on eating next week:
Vegan Milkshake | Breakfast, snack
This is a treat I make on an almost daily basis. I simply blend together homemade almond milk, banana, strawberries, and one medjool date together to get the most delicious, fruity, nutritious milk shake ever.
Toast! | Breakfast
So simple but so good. My favorite thing on toast is avocado with salt and pepper; it tastes just like bread with butter. I just mash some avocado, spread it on toast, and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. You could even add onion or tomato to make it more like guacamole. And of course, PB and J with banana…Mmmmmm.
Chia Bread | Breakfast, Snack
I’ve heard a lot about this supercharged “bread.” I’ve been dying to try it since! This will be a good opportunity to get me to finally do it! I might try one batch in the oven and one in the dehydrator. There are tons of recipes for this vegan bread, but here’s one I’ll probably try: [Super Power Chia Bread]
Oatmeal | Breakfast
Because duh! Oatmeal with almond milk and fruit is the easiest vegan breakfast ever, and a great kick start to the day.
Sushi Bowl | Lunch, Dinner
One of my all-time favorite recipes I’ve ever invented. I eat at least one or two of these a week. I posted the recipe on NMD here. I’ll have to modify since I usually add Greek Yogurt to the sauce.
Taco Salad | Lunch, Dinner
An easy healthy, vegan meal! Just throw together everything you’d put in a burrito or taco: lettuce, tomato, onion, beans, rice, and avocado. I’ve heard of some people using walnuts as a meat substitute, but unfortunately I am very allergic.
Pasta | Lunch, Dinner
Thank god pasta is vegan, man. But when I eat pasta, I try to eat it for lunch since our metabolism starts slowing down around dinner time. One of my favorite pastas is with a mushroom and swiss chard sauce. It normally has mascarpone (ugh yum… also, *note, it is pronounced mahs-carr-poh-nay!) in it, but I’m going to plan on using a cashew cream (blended, soaked cashews) instead!
Soup | Lunch, Dinner
Vague, I know. But there are actually a few soup recipes I want to try because I love soup. First off, we have a recipe for a Tuscan vegetable soup that a Tuscan woman named Mary (the reason we call it “Mary’s Soup”) made for us one night in Italy. It is a bunch of hearty veggies pureed and it is heavenly with croutons. I’ve also heard of many cashew cream soups and, of course, regular spicy, tomato soup is delicious!
A Fat Freaking Salad | Lunch, Dinner
I love eating salads at night because they fill me up but I can digest them easily before bedtime. I love making huge salads with all kinds of combinations and a simple olive oil/balsamic vinaigrette. Some of my favorite salad ingredients are: spinach, arugula, beets, carrots, strawberries, peaches, and almonds. The important thing is to make the salads huge so you get full and satisfied!
Vegan Sushi | Lunch, Dinner
One of my favorite things ever! It’s basically the sushi bowl but in roll form! I love adding avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, carrot, and tofu.
Soba Noodle Salad | Lunch, Dinner
Easy, peasy, beautiful, vegan food. Simple, delicious, and more filling than a normal salad because of the buckwheat soba noodles. There are a billion soba noodle salad recipes, but I like the one from Giada’s Feel Good Food cookbook.
Miso Soup | Appetizer, Snack
Miso is my favorite way to prepare my stomach before eating dinner. Starting with something small and liquid helps get the tummy ready to eat. It also helps to fill you up with something light so that you don’t eat as much as dinner (which should be the lightest meal of the day). I make it with hot water, miso paste, chile paste, soy sauce, and green onion. So easy!
Other Simple Snacks | Snack time
Popcorn, fruit, vegetables, Snapeas, juices, granola bars, dark chocolate, Almond Dream ice cream… The list goes on.
As you can see, there are tons of yummy vegan options, whether you’re full vegan, part-time vegan, or want to give being vegan a shot. There are tons of websites dedicated to helping people find simple, affordable, tasty vegan foods, so give it a Google!
I’ll update you guys as to what I’ve eaten each day, so stay tuned for those!
Peace, love, and a hell-of-a-lot of fruit.