No Meat? Well What DO You Eat???
1/17/2012 6 Comments
Whenever I tell someone I’m a vegan vegetarian they respond with, “OK, but you eat chicken, right?” No, I reply. I don’t eat animal products. I’m a vegetarian. They say “Oh, but you eat fish at least, right?” NO! I’m a vegetarian. I eat VEGE-tation. Defeated they then ask,“Umph, then what DO you eat?” So here are examples of what I may eat in a day:
BREAKFAST – an organic fruit & juice smoothie (no ice cream, yogurt, or chemical powders added. I use bananas to make it creamy & sweeter) – or a bowl of naturally sweetened cereal w/ vanilla almond milk – or tofu scramble w/ veggie bacon & naturally sweetened waffles w/ REAL maple syrup (not maple flavored corn syrup)
LUNCH – an avocado sandwich on gluten-free bread w/ plenty of organic lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, pickles, & sprouts w/ a bag of kettle chips – or a large fresh salad of lots of chopped organic produce w/ homemade vinaigrette dressing or non-dairy Goddess dressing – or a Portobello mushroom burger...
...w/ a side salad – or veggie chili soy cheese over sweet potato french fries
SNACKS – unsalted almonds, unsalted raw cashews, organic unsulfered raisins, any unsulfered dried fruit w/ no sugar added – fresh organic fruit, jarred fruit in fruit juice (not canned fruit cocktail soaking in corn syrup) – lightly salted kettle chips – popcorn seasoned w/ sea salt – naturally sweetened granola bars w/ non dairy chocolate chips
DINNER – stir fried organic vegetables w/ homemade teriyaki sauce over brown jasmine rice – or same veggies & rice w/ curry sauce – or soy meat tacos w/ a side of Spanish rice, & vegetarian refried beans (no lard) – or whole grain or brown rice penne pasta under roasted veggies in marinara sauce w/ soy italian sausage –
or my favorite meal: vegan BBQ ribs, maple candied yams, vegan mac & cheese, curry black-eyed peas, stir fried collard greens w/ bits of seiten “meat” & vegan blueberry corn bread
DESSERT – soy cookies n cream ice cream – or vegan chocolate chip cookies – or vegan oatmeal raisin cookies – or vegan carrot cake – or a gluten-free red velvet cupcake - or vegan lemon cake – or fruit sorbet – or a chocolate almond-milk shake – or vegan brownies w/ chocolate chips
*NOTE: Fake meats, like soy burgers & veggie bacon, are processed food. I call them “transition foods” because it makes the shift from a carnivorous diet to a vegan one easier. But keep in mind, its healthier to eat organic produce, legumes, & grains in their most natural unprocessed state.
**TJ’s VEGAN TIP: You can use avocado in place of cow cheese on salads, sandwiches, & burgers.
Hope this helps,
Herban Vixen Tanjareen
“Too Vain To Gain”
1/19/2012 08:21:07 am
I work out and my workout becomes soooo intense…Lol I guess channeling the negative energy is a good thing! Eat a balanced diet.
1/19/2012 08:22:38 am
I’m so happy to have found this blog. I am a fellow alien, I’m vegan too! We gotta stick together You’re menu sounds very similar to mine. We should trade recipes. I am a loyal fan of the site now, thank you for what you are doing. I will spread the word.
10/8/2013 10:06:36 am
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6/3/2014 09:51:10 pm
I think there are no problems if we remove non vegetable items from our diet! The reason is there are alternate for everything! For example, protein is the main content of meat which can be provided by nuts! But if we remove vegetables from our dish that can make serious health problems!
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