Aside from beauty blogs and makeup tutorials, my favourite content to read and watch are meal prep and “What I Eat In A Day” posts and videos. I love seeing how people put together delicious plant-based recipes, whether it’s a slap-up dinner or a simple breakfast made up out of everyday ingredients. With that in mind, I thought I’d document what I eat in a day – all vegan and from easily available foods – and put together this post from a recent weekday spent working from home. Bon appétit!
I used to be really bad at breakfast. Before becoming vegan, breakfast would usually be a store-bought coffee and croissant on the way into the office. Cutting out convenience food (like pastries and muffins) has been one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced since changing my diet, but it’s also forced me to be more creative with what I have first thing in the morning, which has been fun! Most days, I will bring in some overnight oats or a homemade smoothie, and I keep a supply of 9Bar snack bars in my desk drawer in case I’m caught short.
On this particular occasion I was working from home, so had the flexibility to make something a little different. We did an Ocado order last week, and they randomly stock a lot of Swedish goods, so we picked out some Polarbröd which is a soft and chewy flatbread – perfect topped with Violife and cucumber! Accompanied by a glass of orange juice and a cup of coffee with frothed oat milk and teaspoon of sugar, this gets the day off to a good start.
I’m usually a little peckish again around 11am, so today I made a quick smoothie to tide me over til lunchtime. I have been loving this smoothie recently; it’s so easy to make and full of goodness. It’s one banana, some non-dairy milk (I used almond to get a nutty boost), 3 teaspoons of cacao powder (for a natural mood and energy boost – who needs Red Bull?), a teaspoon of maca powder, chia seeds and flaxseeds, some almond meal and agave syrup. So creamy and chocolatey – great on its own, over Weetabix or with a Trek oat bar dipped in, too!
I normally go for lunch around 1pm (any earlier and the day tends to draaag). When I’m at the office, this means something cheap from the market nearby or a sandwich from Pret, but I have been making more of an effort to bring lunch in from home, which has been going well!
On my work from home day, though, we threw together a quick pesto pasta with shiitake mushrooms (though standard mushrooms work just fine) and cherry tomatoes. Sacla do a Free-From pesto which is suitable for vegans, and tastes exactly the same as the original. This pasta was just what I needed mid-way through the day, and the leftovers were just as yummy for lunch the next day!
When I’m at the office, I don’t normally have a “treat” after lunch, unless I go out for a Calippo or have a Vego bar stashed away. However, working from home I had access to our freezer and, therefore, these ridiculously good vegan ice cream cakes. They’re simple, but so yummy! I feel like being vegan has made me appreciate simple desserts so much more, I dunno. But this was a very welcome afternoon treat.
Tea is a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up, in my opinion. It gives me an excuse to pop away from my desk and stretch my legs, and, well, is there ever a time when tea isn’t a good idea? I personally favour herbal teas, and this cup of Peppermint with a little bowl of Rich Teas (accidentally and fabulously vegan) was warming and lovely around 3pm.
I usually get home around 6:30pm, so it’s normally around 7-7:30pm by the time we sit down to eat. Today though, I wanted to be able to take these photos while the light was still good (blogger problems), so we ate a little earlier than usual.
Oven-baked potatoes have long been one of my favourite comfort foods, and they make filling and delicious meals. There’s nothing boring about this simple dinner, especially if you jazz up the toppings! We had ours with baked beans (topped with plenty of mixed herbs, seasoning and nutritional yeast), a side salad dressed in balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of spring onions on top (because I’m currently a little obsessed with garnishing all my meals with spring onions).
I hope you enjoyed this insight into what I eat in a day, and maybe even picked up a few basic ideas for plant-based meals of your own. You can also check out my “What I Eat In A Day” Twitter threads here and here.