WHAT I EAT:
On A Daily
I’ve gotten a lot of messages asking to do a food log/meal diary. Honestly, no two days are the same for me. Depending on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling, my eating habits vary day to day. There are, however, certain staples that remain somewhat constant.
I'm not a doctor, I'm not a nutritionist, and I'm not a fitness expert. But, I am a snack-loving, health and figure conscious person who knows how to make quality food choices. I wanted to provide you with the details of what I might eat in a typical day with some thoughts about why I make these choices.
It's a good idea to always have some of these foods on hand, however, if you read my "Food Philosophy" article, you know that I ultimately guide my food choices based on what I want in every moment. If I want an acai bowl, or a pastry, or a light snack for lunch, I'll have it, but I will fall back on some of these staples if I'm stuck, not sure what I'm craving, or just need something quick. I'm not going to tell you exactly what to eat for breakfast, or any meal, because I believe you should be making those choices on your own using your own intuitive eating skills. This list is merely here to give you some food ideas if you're lacking inspiration or if you are interested in eating more plant-based and don't know where to start. I also wanted to provide some more specifics for those of you asking for "exacts" on what I eat.
I love quick and easy breakfast ideas that don’t sacrifice health for timeliness. I know everyone’s go-to for a simple breakfast is probably cereal, but I have been loving this simple breakfast for months now that takes all of 30 seconds to “prepare,” if you can call it that.
I know yogurt and granola is not a ground breaking revelation to the breakfast world, but I’ve put my own spin on it to make it plant-based and more nutrient dense. I like to have non-dairy yogurt with grain-free granola. I know both of these sound like TOTAL paradoxes, but I will explain!
The base for non-dairy yogurt is usually coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk depending on the brand. I think these taste just as good, if not better, than real yogurt and still contain probiotics. I always go with the “unsweetened” flavor option because the sweetened version is too much sugar for me.
Grain-free granola is usually made up of raw nuts, seeds, and other goodies which have far more nutrients than your average baked granola where most of the nutrients are depleted. Grain-free granola is super filling (even more so than regular grain granola) and will keep you fuller longer because it’s made up of mostly fats rather than carbs which burn through you faster.
SO DELICIOUS DAIRY FREE COCONUT MILK YOGURT ALTERNATIVE
This is my favorite brand of non-dairy yogurt. I love the consistency and taste.
WILDWAY GRAIN-FREE GRANOLA,
This is one of my favorite brands of grain-free granola. The Banana Nut flavor is heaven and it's so soft & chewy! The bits of dates make it so delicious!
PALEONOLA GRAIN-FREE GRANOLA
Another amazing grain-free granola option. The Maple Pancake flavor is great and I love the bits of shredded coconut in it! Their Original flavor is also pretty fantastic.
If I have more time, I’ll make a vegan protein pancake with chia seeds, half a mashed banana, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, & plant-based protein.
Another one of my favorites is oatmeal with a scoop of plant-based protein powder mixed in topped with blueberries.
These are some of my favorite snacks to have throughout the day.
RIPPLE NUTRITIOUS PEA MILK
I drink this stuff at least twice a day and probably go through 2 bottles a week. It's vegan, tastes better than real milk, and has 8 grams of protein per serving! I get most of my protein in the day from this drink.
I LOVE this bread! It's made with almond flour, applesauce, coconut oil, coconut flour, sweet potato flour, flax seeds, almond butter and apple cider vinegar. Your typical processed bread doesn't give you that much as far as nutrients go, so I prefer to go with something packed with more real qualities. I like to enjoy this with some nut butter, chia seeds, and honey on top!
KITE HILL CREAM CHEESE CHIVE SPREAD
Words can't describe how much I love this stuff! It's vegan but you'd never know it (it's made out of almond milk)! I LOVE eating this spread with crackers.
These are my favorite crackers because they are grain-free — which means that leaves room for more wholesome, quality ingredients instead of just fillers. These are made completely from seeds and I recommend the Mediterranean flavor.
JICAMA WITH VEGAN RANCH DRESSING
Jicama is like a savory apple — light, crisp, but without the sugar, carbs, and calories. I buy pre-sliced jicama sticks at the market and I love dipping it with some vegan ranch.
I have always just loved eating raw, unsalted cashews. If I eat a handful in the day, they keep me really full!
SEA SALT CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS
These are like the healthier version of corn nuts (which I loved growing up)! These are definitely filling with a lot of plant protein and I eat them straight out of the bag... often times dumping the entire package into my mouth haha.
HUMMUS WITH PINE NUTS & CARROTS
I used to hate hummus but sprinkling pine nuts on top changed that for me. I really love it now with baby carrots and honestly crave this snack.
CRUNCHY PEA PUFFS
I love munching on these — they're almost like the healthy version of Funyun rings to me (another thing I regrettably grew up eating), but instead, these are organic, Non-GMO, and packed with plant-based protein! They're definitely addicting so beware once you open a bag!
ROASTED SEAWEED SNACKS
These are definitely not filling, BUT they're fun to munch on if you're just in the mood to nibble on something light and are such a better option than reaching for chips if all you really want is something crunchy and salty. I always have these on hand for a little pick-me-up.
Kale chips are another great alternative to real potato chips but have a little more substance than seaweed snacks. Plus, they have tons of vitamins that simply don't exist in traditional chips. I like this brand because there's 6 grams of protein per serving (and I also like their cool ranch flavor)!
CHILLED SUPERFOOD SOUP
I'm so glad I discovered these! They're organic, vegan, and contain so many nutrients! You can't beat the convenience — they're ready to go in a bottle and I drink these like you would a juice (except they're way more filling). I love the Cucumber Avocado flavor.
Dinners can be somewhat of a challenge since most dinner recipes revolve around meat, chicken, or fish and I don’t eat any of those... but I love my whole world of plant-based dinners that I look forward to nightly!
CINNAMON ROSEMARY CARROT SOUP
I love making my own soups for dinner. One of my go-to's is made by roasting lentils, carrots, onions, and garlic, then pureeing them with vegetable stock and herbs/spices like rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It's so comforting and feels like Thanksgiving every time I make it!
CAULIFLOWER OR RED BEET CRUST PIZZA
This is the easiest dinner to throw together. I buy the pre-made crusts from Whole Foods, then throw on whatever toppings I'm feeling and pop it in the oven. Trust me, the red beet pizza crust sounds off-putting but I like it better than cauliflower crusts now!
This is another one of my comfort foods. I always top my spaghetti squash with peas (an amazing plant-based protein option) and a side of marinara sauce.
I'm really not a fan of regular, lettuce based salads. I like a little more substance and this chickpea and broccolini salad feels like a real meal instead of eating straight greens in a bowl. I make this by throwing together chickpeas, roasted broccolini, red onions, lemon juice, olive oil, and himalayan sea salt. It's super simple and filling.
Most of the time I am craving something sweet instead of savory so these are even more crucial to have on hand for me.
This is not like other bars which I find to be gross, stale, and like a big chunk of ground up, hard cardboard. This one is soft, crumbly and has spirulina in it (an amazing superfood)!
PUMPKIN GRAINLESS GRANOLA BAR
Theres something so comforting about this bar — it smells like your mom's homemade pumpkin bread. I instantly get excited when I break open the package and the aroma takes over. This is technically a granola bar — but GRAIN FREE!
These might be one of my proudest discoveries.. This whole line is dedicated to nutrient-dense crackers with tons of fun different flavors. My absolute favorite is the Cinnamon flavor which is kind of like a mix between cinnamon toast crunch cereal and a churro? These are very light but delicious.
These bring me back to my childhood, only I don't think I was eating as great of quality as the ones I have today. Each strip has one serving of fruit & veggies in it! They're perfect when I want something sweet. This brand also has the BEST flavor combinations — you must explore them!
I love these healthy, raw & vegan remakes of macaroons — These melt in my mouth and are always a nice little treat. They also have several different flavors, but my favorite will always be vanilla!
SKINNY DIPPED COCOA ALMONDS
I'm pretty sure I have an addiction to these... I've honestly made a separate trip out of the house solely to purchase these cocoa dusted almonds. Bonus - they have 7 grams of protein! They taste like a decadent chocolate snack you'd get from a candy shop but they are actually healthy.
DARK CHOCOLATE SEA SALT ALMOND BAR
I always have a dark chocolate bar on staff because chances are, I'm craving chocolate at least once a day. I love crunchy almonds and sea salt with my dark chocolate, it really tastes so much better than dark chocolate alone. I like to have a square whenever I'm in the mood for something rich!
WALNUTS & CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Sometimes I just love mixing chocolate chips and walnuts together in a small ramekin. I have always just loved this combination and find it so satisfying (and filling).
DARK CHOCOLATE DIPPED FIGS
These are heaven! They taste like chocolate covered gummy bears — chewy and soft, but a little gritty from the seeds of the figs inside. Also, for those of you who don't like the taste of dark chocolate, these really taste like milk chocolate (even though they're not) so I would give it a try!
I hope this helps give you an idea of the things I typically reach for on any given day. This was definitely one of the most requested things for me to share so I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into what I put into my body. I eat whatever it is that I want, but for the most part, I eat pretty healthy because eating nutritious food makes me happy and it's what my true preferences are. One of the best skills I ever learned was to be in tune with my body to know what it is exactly that I'm craving. Most of my meals will consist of these healthy options that I love, but I also refuse to deny myself the pleasure of eating anything else that I might want. If I want to eat something "unhealthy", then I will, no guilt about it.