What does that mean, you ask? Since I was little, I never liked meat. The smell and texture completely grossed me out. I frowned at my mother’s spaghetti with meat sauce and baked chicken dinners. She forced protein shakes down my throat to ensure I was getting enough nutrients. Let me be clear, I’m not a vegan/veggie snob. If you’re a carnivore, have at it! It’s just not for me. I often get asked what I eat so here ya go:
Carbs are my friend…I have this thing for sweet potatoes…and fries…and sweet potatoe fries. Yes, fries. I confess. Phew.
But seriously, I do my best to eat a plant based, whole foods diet. Lentils, fruits, veggies – basically, I shop around the outer perimeter of the grocery store limiting processed foods and dairy. That being said, I like frozen pizza and doughnuts just as much as the next gal. I’m not crazy. On work days, I typically have oatmeal with almond butter and blueberries for breakfast. And coffee….lots of coffee.
Snacks/lunch is always something quick: Larabar makes a yummy food bar that is Vegan with only a few ingredients so you know what you’re eating. https://www.larabar.com/
I also get vegan protein/fruit smoothies at work that fill me up.
Since I STRUGGLE in the kitchen (some of you make it look so easy!) I keep dinner simple. Salads with lentils and goddess dressing, nuts, and any veggie in the fridge. Trader Joe’s brand Goddess dressing is vegan. http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1221
I make a decent black bean and squash tacos. I steam squash, heat up black beans, add tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, salsa in taco shells and BOOM! Dinner!
If I’m feelin’ super fancy, I love these smashed white bean & avocado sandwiches: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/smashed-white-bean-avocado-club
Black beans and rice is a complete protein. Serve that with broccoli and you’ll be full of iron…and gas…hehe. Speaking of farts, check out http://www.themoonring.com. You won’t be disappointed!
Here’s a list of staples I buy at the grocery store:
Almond milk, raw nuts of any kind, any kind of potato, avocados, any veggie, any fruit, dried fruit, sprouted breads/bagels/english muffins, lentil beans, almond butter/peanut butter/jelly, hummus, coconut milk chocolate ice cream, snack foods: pretzels, popcorn & dark chocolate, whole wheat pasta & sauce, and frozen pizza I buy pizza with and without cheese because I do have a small child that is VERY PICKY. He survives on air and crackers…crazy.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!