I am really excited to compile this post. I have a lot of inspiring, amazing people in my life who support me and this blog (and probably 97% of them do not eat vegan/plant-based). One of my biggest fans is my out of this world aunt. She’s always the first one to send me a text at 5 AM (early bird club for life, me and her) and gush about how much she loved a post. She honestly has no idea how much this means to me every time. I’m beeeeeyond grateful for her encouragement!
This post is dedicated to her, because she was the one to propose the idea to me. The idea behind it is to share a couple easy dishes/meal plans that would not intimidate someone who is transitioning or just trying to eat less meat/dairy. No tofu, no tempeh, or any other ingredients that some people may have to ease into. Just the same ‘ol food they would normally eat, but veganized. Challenge accepted, auntie!
Here are five separate days with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that anyone would enjoy – minus the meat, cheese, milk, and other animal-based ingredients. I hope this proves just how easy (and still delicious) a plant-based day can be.
Hi loves – another round-up of what I’ve been eating. Enjoy. xx
Oh, and as always, follow along on Instagram for plant-based food inspiration!
Inspiration overload right here. Another round-up of all the belly-filling, nutritious bowls of food that I have been eating. And you know… vegan donuts. Have you noticed a trend yet? Basically… throw a bunch of veggies, grains, and whatever-else-is-in-the-fridge into a bowl and call it a meal. Works for me!
Also – I have been sharing my meal photos much more now that I finally created a separate Instagram account for the blog! If you haven’t already, please please follow along… lots of plant-based foodie love. My handle is @thefriendlyfig. xx
I really dig this new format of sharing what I am eating – compiling over the course of a month rather than a structured day. It’s easier for me, and there is a ton to see for you guys :)
Aside from our honeymoon (splurge splurge splurge), I have been really paying attention to my diet lately. I am looking to make some small changes here and there (I kinda always am trying to see what works best for my and how I feel). My mom and I were discussing our eating habits at length recently and we both think it’s time to cut back on the oil we cook with. We’re Italian, so you can imagine how much olive oil we cook with now – literally, it’s on everything. I am also a huge coconut oil advocate – and I’ll still use it to a certain extent… like on my popcorn! – but I do want to also watch my intake and cut back… just to see if I notice any changes or difference in weight/health/etc. We’ll see! I’ll report back if there is anything significant to report. I feel like this oil thing may be harder than when I adopted a vegan diet and gave up cheese!
I also kinda fell off the no-sugar wagon – well, fell off but not as bad as before! For example, I never use sugar in my coffee anymore (huge win for me). I’m also not into the flavor shots anymore, either. Now that the wedding had come and gone and we’re back from the honeymoon, I am ready to commit again and watch my intake. If I do have sweets, it will be something that is totally worth it on the weekend.
I haven’t made up my mind about dates yet – they are loaded with sugar, but… natural sugar? Not sure how I feel yet. Maybe if I am dying for a sweet and losing my mind, I’ll have a date. But… maybe not! I guess we’ll see how I feel. I won’t kill myself over it ;)
Anyways, now that I have rambled on and on about my diet changes as of lately, let’s get to what I have actually been eating. Lots of good stuff (as always!) to inspire.
It’s a cozy day in our home. I got up extra early, read a couple chapters in bed, and had a craving for something sweet for breakfast. I also had fresh figs in the fridge, and I’ve been dreaming of what I was going to use them for. This elegant toast seemed like the way to go. Local honey and fresh baked bread from the Village Hearth Bakery. There’s absolutely nothing better than that.
Life has been a whirrrrlllllwind over here. I haven’t had much time for structure. I feel like this is the first October that will be a blur for me. It feels like something is going on every week… and really, that is how it is! One week into married life, and I feel like we still have so much to do… well… me. Between name changing and then getting ready for our honeymoon, it’s definitely been hectic over here!!
Instead of a diary of my day, I have just been taking photos of my food and would like to compile it all here. This is basically what I have been eating for the past few weeks. Lots of different meals, foods… you know. Variety is key to not getting bored, amiright? ;)
THERE IS A TON AFTER THE BREAK – just a warning. I love taking pictures of my food, so… you know. I think I may like this way of doing things better, too. I may just do a once a month compilation of everything I’ve eaten. I hope it gives you some insight into my eating habits, as well as ideas for your own diet!
Hi friends! Another plant-based day entry. Lots of vegetables for this lady, as you’ll see. With summer closing out, my fruit choices will shift – more apples, pears, pomegranates, and grapes for me. Occasionally, I will try to grab mangoes if they look good because I neeeeeed them, but mostly I just get disappointed. Fall, I love love love you above all the rest, but your choice in fruit lacks compared to summer. It’s fine, though. Autumn everything else makes up for it.
Anyways, here’s what I’m noshing on lately.
Hi friends! I feel like I haven’t wrote one of these posts in a little bit, so here’s a quick update on what I’ve been munching on lately. I really hope these posts serve as inspiration for anyone who is looking to eat more plant-based meals (or making the transition entirely). Definitely let me know if you’re still digging it. I don’t want to bore anyone to death ;)
Hi friends! I promised a food update from Vegas :)
I’ve been so excited to compile this post… like basically the moment I got there. The very first restaurant we went to, I was floored by how many options I had – and this pattern continued throughout the entirety of the trip. I snapped pictures of (almost) everything I ate… my friends love me and totally get it ;)
I honestly can’t believe how easy it was eating here… but actually, it does make sense. Vegas is a top vacation destination in the US, so they sort of HAVE to be accommodating for the wide variety of visitors. It just made me so happy to know I didn’t have to go crazy with swapping out ingredients and all that jazz. I’m typically a little shy when it comes to that and just settle on french fries (haha!)
After the jump, I’ll break down each day!
It’s about that time for my sugar-free update! I mentioned in the past that I wanted to give this sugar-free lifestyle a go to see what happens… at least until the wedding (and no, probably not going to do this on my bachelorette weekend in Vegas).
So far, I’ve been feeling good. I noticed that I have been sleeping very well and getting up without feeling bloated/groggy. I do eat fruit, which is no issue for me. I actually prefer fresh fruit to sweets any day of the week. The hardest part has been not putting sugar in my coffee. So to be honest, I haven’t really been drinking much coffee, either! That’s probably a good thing. As much as I love it, I definitely think cutting back a bit is a good thing. With the fall quickly approaching, I know I’ll be back to my tea drinking, anyways. I LOVE tea during the cool months! Joe and I always have a couple mugs of tea while we curl up on the couch in the fall and winter. It’s a good habit to be in.
Anyways – here is what I am eating lately, sans sugar.