As I continue to strive toward a Quality Life, I have been asked many questions- and I truly enjoy sharing what I have learned. The number one question is, “So, what do you eat?”
With my first full year of being plant-based under my belt (Happy Anniversary to me!!!) I can tell you what I eat has become purposeful and, like every cook, I have found a few ‘go to’s’ that keep the family and me happy.
With all of the research claiming that coffee has so many health benefits including cognitive ability (my #1 reason), protection from Parkinson’s, and type 2 diabetes- I haven’t shied away from filling up my mug in the A.M. My cup a java adds just an extra two or three benefits due to the tsp of Turmeric creamer from Laird superfoods (lairdsuperfoods.com) and the 1/4 cup of almond milk I add in.
- turmeric = curcumin which has been proven to stop the growth of fat tissues, may reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and much more
- almond milk= adds protein, calcium and a bit of fiber
*after enjoying a nice warm cup, I can then embrace the idea of dishing up a nutrient dense breakfast
Breakfast – ‘Break the fast’ Ideas
I grew up with the mantra ‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. This is your first opportunity to break the fast from the long night of sleep and recharge correctly. Breakfast has to be something that can be simple and quickly made. It also has to contain good fats and protein to start me off on the right foot.
Some of my favorite breakfast options include…
sweet potato with banana, nut butter and almonds
overnight oats with nuts, nut butter and fresh fruit
Avocado toast with balsamic glaze and tomatoes
Smoothies with frozen bananas, almond milk, protein powder, spinach/kale, and fresh fruit
It is very important that I take a half hour for lunch every day no matter how busy, preoccupied I am at the time. I mean sit down, take my time and enjoy it. This has helped my digestion, my cognitive abilities, my evening dinner intake, and my mindset about food; enjoying it instead of thinking of it as a ‘means to an end’.
Some of my favorite lunch options include…
spring mix salad with a black bean burger, shredded carrots, tomatoes, nuts with balsamic/oil
black bean tamales from the farmers marker and guacamole or half an avocado
buddha bowls with brown rice/quinoa, roasted veggies with chickpeas
If it sounds like lunch is important, dinner is even more. This is our family time and growing up it was the only time we sat around the table and actually spoke to each other. I still remember going around the table and getting the undivided attention from my family to tell them my “2 goods and 1 bad.” Even today, when my siblings and mother get together, dinner is an 2 hour or more EVENT that we all look forward to. I want to carry that tradition with my own kids, so eating together (even if we are eating different foods- as my boys aren’t quite 100% plant-based… YET) is important.
Some of my favorite dinner options include…
black bean, sweet potato tacos
spaghetti with lentils and mushroom bolognese
white bean puttanesca
- Purple Carrot has some great plant based recipes if you are looking for ideas
At the end of a long day, I also enjoy a nice glass (or 2) of red wine- a nice long pour. This may no be the most ‘Vegan’ thing to do, but it is plant-based and I am good with that 🙂