I wanted to clean up my diet a bit with the goal to lose a couple of pounds of fat.
I have been vegan since 2016, but when I try to eat healthier/lose weight that means I focus on whole foods.
Whole foods are the best way to fuel your body. There is an abundance of delicious, whole foods and I love throwing meals together.
The other important thing when it comes to weight loss is protein. You can get enough protein from plants, but I see the best results if I consume a little bit more.
There are tons of vegan meat options that are high in protein, but those are very processed and I don’t consider them very healthy.
When I’m trying to lose fat, I prefer to stick with beans and tofu for protein, but I add in protein powder. Protein powder is a great way to get a lot of protein with little carb.
I recently bought Vivo Life Protein which is probably one of the healthiest protein powders you can buy. There are a lot of vegan options out there though.
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Below I share with you what I eat in a day when I’m trying to lose weight.
I meal prep all of my food every Sunday, so I eat the same exact thing for 6-7 days.
Meal prepping makes my life easier and it’s how I stay healthy. I know not everyone likes to eat the same food for a whole week, but I don’t mind it.
However, when I meal prep it has to be food I’ll enjoy. I love to cook simple but very flavorful meals, otherwise life is no fun.
- Fruit of choice
- Red onion
- Bell peppers
- White jasmine rice
- Great Nothern Beans
- Olive oil
- Garlic salt
- Red pepper flakes
- Creamer (for coffee)
- Protein powder
6 am: Coffee + Protein shake
I start my day with a hot, light-roast coffee with a splash (or two) of Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer in Caramel. On this day I also added a bit of pumpkin spice creamer from Silk as well.
I also place one serving size of Vivo Life Protein Powder into 8 ounces of water and chug it pretty quickly. I’m not a huge fan of protein powders, so the faster I can get it over with, the better.
7 am: Fruit
I get to work around 7 am, so by the time I settle into my desk it’s about 7:15 or so. This is when I eat my morning fruit.
I had peach slices, but I always switch it up. I love to eat grapes, bananas, or mangos early in the morning.
12 pm: Tofu Bowl
This tofu bowl is one of the best meals I’ve ever prepped.
Veggies: Chop up 2 zucchinis and 2 heads of broccoli. Place them in a container with a drizzle of olive oil and shake it up. Spread the veggies over a cookie sheet. Chop up a red onion and add them to the sheet. Sprinkle some garlic salt and pop it in the oven (400°F for 20 minutes).
Tofu: Cut 2 blocks of extra firm tofu into cubes. Place them in one layer on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 425°F. This step is to dry out and crisp the tofu a bit. In the mean time, juice 2 whole limes. Once the tofu is done in the oven, place them in a large pan with a little bit of olive oil. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and the juice of the 2 limes. Cook over medium-high heat until the lime is cooked off/absorbed.
Put the veggies and tofu over about 1/2 cup of cookies white jasmine rice and top with fresh cilantro. I also squeezed fresh lime juice over all of it.
Another great option is to add butternut squash to this dish. It’s SO delicious.
3:30 pm: Avocado, Bean Toast
When shopping for bread, I try to find a brand with minimal ingredients, little to no sugar added, and high protein.
I toast 2 slices of bread and mash 1/2 and avocado on them. Mash about 1/4 a cup of Great Northern Beans and place on top of the avocado.
The key to delicious avocado toast is the seasoning. I add pink Himalayan salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
For even more flavor, add tomato slices over the beans!
6 pm: Veggies and Hummus
I prepped sweet potato fries for the week by peeling them and chopping them into fry shapes. Add olive oil and garlic salt and bake them in the oven at 425°F for 40 minutes or so.
I made a veggie plate with the sweet potato fries, 1/2 of a bell pepper, 1/2 of a cucumber, and baby carrots. I added a large scoop of hummus (I love the Hope brand) and dipped my veggies in it.
7:30 pm: Larabar
I LOVE Larabars and think they’re one of the healthiest bar options. My favorite is the chocolate chip brownie because it fills my sweet tooth without going overboard.
See, I told you. Very simple but delicious.
Eating vegan and eating healthy doesn’t need to be difficult or nasty. The more you practice, the easier it gets.