Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What I Eat in a Day (With a Free Printable)

I've mentioned it on here before, but for those of you who do not know, I am a vegetarian. I know in some corners of the world I just said a curse word. But it is true and I have been for over 8 years now.

I love living a meat free lifestyle and never have issues with people asking questions. I actually get a lot of questions from inquisitors, which surprised me at first, but now I'm mainly used to it. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is simply, well what do you eat? 

Kind of an odd question, but I do understand that since most people were raised on meat, it's hard for them to picture life without it. My absolute favorite question is, "What do you eat on Thanksgiving??" Which I always have to laugh at because 90% of the Thanksgiving meal is veggies, carbs, and little extra sweets. Only one serving is actually meat, so I eat everything but the turkey.

But honestly, that is what inspired me to write today's post. I know there are so many people who are interested in the vegetarian lifestyle and what I consume on a regular basis. So I wanted to take you through an average day with me to give you a few ideas on a basic menu. I'm also hoping this is inspiring/helpful for people who are interested in becoming vegetarians and just don't know where to start.



Let's begin with Breakfast

On an average morning (when I have a little more time that's not rushing around) my favorite thing to eat is Fage 0% plain Greek Yogurt. Then I usually throw in some some blueberries, strawberries, and banana. Top it all off with some Kind Granola, and you've basically got the most delicious breakfast out there!

One of the biggest benefits of this breakfast is that there are 23g of protein in one serving of Fage Greek Yogurt. So many people ask where I get my protein from. Well....there ya go! Considering the average woman is only suppose to have 46g of protein in day, there is literally half my day right there. (And that's more protein then in the average 3oz piece of beef, btw.)


Next on to Lunch

In complete transparency, the large majority of my lunches are the left overs from the previous night's dinner. I simply portion them out into containers after the night's meal so they're easy to grab as I head off to work. One of my favorite, easy to pack lunches is a frittata. I make them frequently for dinner (at least once a week) and I always make sure I plan out more than enough for lunch packing.

Here's a typical frittata recipe

4 large eggs
4 large egg whites
2 tbsp of fat free milk
6 oz asparagus
1 small onion
1 diced tomato
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen corn
salt, pepper, garlic, basil (seasoned to taste)

You're gonna wanna pre heat the oven at 375 degrees. Throw the veggies in a pan on the stove with a small bit of oil and cook those up on medium heat. In a separate bowl mix up the eggs, milk, and seasoning. Once the veggies have cooked through (about 4-6 minutes) pour the egg over the top of the mixture, distributing evenly. Let that heat for about 4-5 minutes, until the edges seem to set. Then place the pan into the oven for an additional 15 minutes for the entire thing to cook. When the egg is cooked through, the frittata is complete. And completely delicious! 

Now being a vegetarian, I do still eat eggs. However I only cook with organic brown eggs from free range chickens. Each egg has 6g of protein and with 2 eggs being in a serving, that means I get at least 12g of protein right there.


Afternoon Snack

For an afternoon snack I usually go for an apple, string cheese, or anything else fun and easy. I like snacks because I tend to have lunch really early (like sometimes at 11:30am early). So a good 3:00 snack is something that helps my metabolism to keep moving.


Finally I complete my day with Dinner.

We are big Mexican fans for sure in our house. There are so many fun recipes we do each week that give us that Mexican flair! One of my absolute favs is our quinoa bowl.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa (uncooked)
1 can black beans
1 cup frozen corn
 1 small onion
1/3 packet of taco seasoning
1 tomato
1 cup of fresh spinach
1 avocado
1 lime

Start by cooking the quinoa on the stove with 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes (or until it is fully cooked through). In a separate pan toss in the black beans, corn, onion, and seasoning. Let that cook through for about 5 minutes. Then assemble! I start by putting the quinoa on the bottom of the bowl, placing the black bean mixture over that, and then adding the slices of tomato, spinach, and avocado on top. Finish it off by squeezing the lime across it all. It is seriously so yummy!


I wanted to give you all a FREE Printable to go along with today's post for any of you meal planners out there like me. Meal Planning has literally changed my life in 2016.


Writing out my weekly meal plan has been a game changer so print it, write it, love it!! And enjoy life my friends!


If you want some more fun meals to share with those you love (including yourself), follow me over on Pinterest where I have a few different recipe boards!
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