In this WIAW post, I share about the high volume low calorie foods I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was A LOT of food!
I eat a LOT of food. I'm talking quart sized smoothies, dinner plate sized lunches, serving bowl-sized salads, and oatmeal for two. Just scroll through my Instagram and you'll see!
The amount of food I eat has become totally normal to me, but sometimes when I set my huge, serving-bowl-of-a-salad next to my husband's small plate, or drink my smoothie with friends, I'm reminded that I'm not your average 25-year-old American girl. While sometimes I do feel a bit awkward about my portion sizes, I've come to be okay with the weirdness, because eating this way is how I can feel my best!
It's been almost two years since I decided to go vegan, but it's really been in just the past 6 months or so that I've started caring more about avoiding processed foods and eating whole, plant-based foods...especially whole, ripe, raw fruits and veggies! But as most of you know, vegetables and other plant foods are high in nutrients, but quite low in calories. That means in order to meet my calorie needs, I need to eat a large volume of food.
I remember I used to make smoothies using ½ of a banana. Now I use 2-3 bananas in addition to some other kind of fruit!
I used to think the lettuce I put on my turkey sandwich was a quality amount of greens for the day. Now I add greens to most of my smoothies and eat a large head of lettuce a day!
As you can see from the food I ate last Friday, my meals are voluminous and colorful. This is the kind of diet that makes me feel my best! I love that I don't feel sluggish and sleepy after I eat lunch, but have energy for the rest of the day. I love being able to eat as much as I want without worrying about my weight. I love counting nutrients instead of calories. I love feeling hydrated throughout the day.
My High-Volume Low-Calorie Breakfast
Before I eat breakfast I usually chug lots of water...and continue doing so throughout the day.
For breakfast on Friday I had a Berry Banana Smoothie with hidden zucchini and cacao nibs on top.
My High-Volume Low-Calorie Lunch
Lunch was quite a random assortment as no specific food was calling my name. Snack plate it is! I had a bowl of Deliciously Ella's Green Cleansing Soup, sautéed veggies, an orange, a bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and a rice cake with mashed avocado and nutritional yeast. I enjoyed eating a lot of random colorful things and while the soup looks nasty, it's really delicious! It's made with white beans, sautéed spinach and broccoli, and seasoned with cilantro and cumin. Yum!
My High-Volume Low-Calorie Dinner
A serving bowl sized salad with 1 head of romaine lettuce, 1 large apple, 1 bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and a dijon balsamic vinaigrette with a large baked sweet potato on the side . I can't get enough of sweet potatoes lately!
Friday was quite a colorful day and I went to bed super satisfied and nourished.
If you want to see what others are creating in the kitchen, check out Arman's blog!
More "High Volume Low Calorie" Food Inspiration
If you're looking for more high volume low calorie food recipes, check out my Creamy Vegan Tomato Zucchini Soup recipe!
Do you eat lots of high volume low calorie foods?
What foods make you feel your best?
What kind of potatoes do you like the most?
Do you eat a large or small volume of food?