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Vegan Perspectives: Daily Eats

All right everyone, how did day one go? Would love to hear what you had to eat so we all have even more ideas.

If you are anything like me having examples is the easiest way to be successful at a new challenge.  For that reason I reached out to a number of great Vegan bloggers to provide a sample of what they might eat on any give day.  And remember this is all a learning process!
successWhat you will see is you can make this simple or complex or anywhere in between, but you will very likely be full and satisfied all day if your focus is on veggies.  Don’t forget to check out Heather’s post yesterday full of good eats.

Tara Burner of TaraBurner.com
Early breakfast: Coach's Oats steel cut oatmeal with natural peanut butter. (yum!)

Breakfast: Smoothie made with fresh fruit (usually some combo of bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, grapes and fresh apple juice). – reminder no yogurt or whey protein those aren’t vegan

Snack: either granola (homemade or a commercially made one that doesn't contain honey--yes I was one of 'those' vegans who didn't eat anything with honey in it either!) or handful of nuts

Lunch: A black bean burger or ...a salad-full of romaine lettuce, kale, edaname, radishes, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, black olives, sunflower seeds, scallions, spinach

Snack: hummus and pita chips

Dinner: Usually some type of meal that consisted of brown rice or black rice, or quinoa along with variety of veggies and stir fried.

Evening Snack: If I was still hungry or wanted to snack then I always turned to a good bowl of popcorn sans butter...for additional taste though sometimes I'd add coconut oil or nutritional yeast to it.

You can also find some vegan/vegetarian (and regular) recipes on Tara's other site http://www.RecipesForEatingWell.com
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A typical day in the life of Banana Buzzbomb:
Breakfast:
Oatmeal - Coach’s Oats with some vegan Florida Crystals brown sugar along with a bit of salt and chia seeds.
Oatmeal
Lunch:
Smoothie - Bananas, strawberries, mangoes, and spinach are my go-to mix, but I mix this up on a daily basis. To kick it up a notch I’ll add some hemp protein powder, maca, chlorella, and even swap out the water for coconut water. Don’t let smoothies intimidate you. You really can’t go wrong. Throw in fruit, ice/frozen fruit, water, and blend. Too thick? Add water. Too runny? Add fruit.
Smoothie 
Mid-Afternoon Snack: Three oranges or a couple of dates. I never limit my raw fruit and vegetable intake.

Dinner: Salad - I’m not just talking about any salad. I’ve talking about a SALAD. No cereal-size bowl for me…I use a mixing bowl. I start with a base of greens like a spring mix or spinach (No, not iceberg!) and throw on any vegetable or fruit I can think of. Peppers, tomatoes, avocado, broccoli, and carrots. The list goes on. I usually top it off with beans. My preference? Garbanzo!  Then throw on vinaigrette or another tasty dressing.

Dessert/Evening Snack: Ice Cream  – I make my own ice cream using VERY ripe and frozen bananas. Throw them in the food processor, whip them up, and you have ice cream. Before I had my food processor I would put them in my blended with just a little water and blend. Sometimes I’ll add a bit of cocoa powder in the mix.

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Many of you were not clued in to it but I chose to eat Vegan for the first few weeks of January (in other words leading up to the Houston Marathon).  Here is a look at what I was enjoying:

Breakfast: Huge green smoothie: Spinach, coconut milk, banana, Vega protein powder, maca, broccoli, carrots

Snack: Dessert hummus (morphed from a recipe for Chickpea blondies because I like things like cookie dough)
blondies
Lunch : Veggie chili recipe from Wholefoods
veggiechili
Snack: Apple and nut butter
Dinner: Sweet potato with tahini and shredded carrots or shredded broccoli (maybe a boca burger)
Snack: Blueberries and Love Grown Granola  - this does have honey but I chose to go ahead with it so I wouldn’t make myself crazy in the transition
lovegrown
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Gratitude JournalRunning_motivation
March 2
I am grateful for all of the positive feedback and support from those around the blogosphere on this challenge. Even those not participating are give a big hand to those trying.

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