As I was putting this post together I realized that, while it doesn't look like it, I sneakily consumed a lot of veggies over the course of these two days. I don't know when the habit started, but I can't help but sneak veggies into most of my meals, breakfast included!
These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, but I hope this post still gives you some inspiration for plant-based meals to try and also shows you some creative ways to eat more veggies!
Breakfast Day #1:
Chocolate Pumpkin and Carrot Oatmeal. Yes, I know this will sound gross, but trust me, it's good. I cook my oats and about 1 teaspoon of chia seeds in water until beginning to thicken. Then I add in some Homemade Pumpkin Puree, shredded carrot, cacao powder and usually ½ of a ripe banana for sweetness. Then I topped it all off with more banana, granola and peanut butter. So creamy, sweet and full of veggies!
Lunch Day #1:
As I've mentioned before, I've been getting sick fairly often since moving to China, and this afternoon I wasn't feeling the greatest. Not horrible, but no food appealed to me. I ended up eating fruit "cereal" with chopped banana, apple, rice puffs, granola, raisins, dried mulberries and a peanut flour sauce. It was the only thing that sounded good and it ended up hitting the spot.
Dinner Day #1:
Dinner was delicious, even though it looks really messy. I roasted a tray of cauliflower, carrots and chickpeas and we ate that over brown rice with a side of tomato, cucumber and avocado salad. Of course, I then topped everything with buffalo sauce and nutritional yeast. I used to hate buffalo sauce, but I've slowly grown to like it. Spicy and flavorful!
P.S. I always add more veggies to my bowl as I eat, so know that I usually eat more than I show in my pictures!
Breakfast Day #2:
Even though it's been really warm in China lately, I've still been craving my warm oatmeal in the morning. This day I made simple oats by cooking oatmeal in water with chia seeds and ground flaxseeds and then added a sliced banana, peanut butter, raisins and granola.
Does anyone else think that food eaten out of a mug tastes better?!
Lunch Day #2
After a hot and tiring trip to the market, I enjoyed a green chocolate smoothie. This smoothie was made using 1 small head of romaine, 3 frozen bananas and cacao powder. Then I topped everything off with a little more banana, granola and dried mulberries. I've found that when I eat a smoothie as a meal I have to add either greens, chia seeds or nut butter--some kind of vegetable or protein/fat source. Otherwise I get a sugar rush and then crash. Greens really help me feel satiated longer. If you've never tried a green smoothie with romaine, I really recommend it!
Snack Day #2:
If you've been reading along for a little while, then you'll know that dried persimmons are my current obsession. I had one as a snack with a homemade match a late made with match a powder, hot water, coconut milk and soy milk. I recently got a milk frother and it's perfect for making matcha lattes.
Dinner Day #2:
Dinner was very weird and ugly because I was finishing off lots of leftovers. In this random bowl was brown rice, marinara bow-tie pasta, roasted veggies and chickpeas, Sriracha and nutritional yeast. #Strangebutgood
Nighttime Snack Day #2:
We ate a really early dinner and stayed up later than normal so I ended up having a late night (un-pictured) snack of two rice cakes, one topped with mustard (weird, I know) and the other topped with peanut butter and sliced banana.
How do you sneak vegetables into your meals?
What is your favorite kind of latte?
Would you currently choose to eat a smoothie or oatmeal?