What do you eat? And ohmygod where do you get protein?
OK relax. I eat plenty of protein and I don’t live off salad. I get these questions so often I thought I’d share with you what I typically eat in a day.
7 a.m.: I always start the day with a glass of water. I take a shot of apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) and eat two tablespoons of nut butter — if I can control myself, sometimes it’s more like three … or four.
I eat first thing so I can get something in my system to jump start my metabolism. I like nut butter for the protein and because it tastes like heaven, duh.
9 a.m.: Breakfast during the week is usually a protein shake or bar. I use plant-based protein and avoid whey. I include fruit in my shakes, typically frozen bananas, and sometimes I’ll add flaxseed, greens, more peanut butter (don’t judge) and either almond or soy milk. I’m not crazy about Shakeology but its vegan shakes aren’t bad so I use those or Perfect Fit protein.
Overnight oats is another go-to with fruit and (surprise!) nut butter.
1 p.m.: OK, fine. I did have a salad today. But it was broccoli slaw (obsessed with this stuff, it’s very versatile and my pigs love it, too). I’ll toss it with olive oil and red wine vinegar, red onion, hemp seeds for protein and whatever other forgotten foods I can find in my fridge.
Hemp seeds are a great source for protein, they are small and soft, similar to chia seeds, and have a nutty flavor. I’ll add about three tablespoons to wraps, mix with hummus or toss with pasta.
Lunch might also be a sofritas bowl from Chipotle or vegan chili.
4 p.m.: Yes I eat every 3-4 hours. Snack time is something small like hummus mixed with hemp seeds and snap pea crisps, a small apple and a handful of almonds, or a protein bar if I haven’t had one already.
8 p.m.: Michael makes us dinner almost every night after we get home from the gym — I know I’m spoiled.
(If wine counts as a meal, you can insert that here.)
Otherwise, these are some of my favorite dinners:
2. Edamame and mung bean noodles (from Publix) with onions, mushrooms and vegan sausage
2. Veggie dumplings (from Publix) with sweet potatoes, onions and spinach
3. Fried eggplant and jackfruit. The recipe was so amazing, I blogged about it that night. (This recipe does have cheese but can be made without.)
10 p.m.: Every now and then I’ll have my homemade dark chocolate (with tons of) almond bark but I really try not to eat after about 8:30 p.m.
See, that wasn’t so scary, was it?
If I try, I can easily consume about 80-100 grams of protein in a day and none of it comes from meat. If you’re new to my blog, that’s the whole idea.
Not everyone needs that much protein; I like to lift heavy shit at the gym so I do.
I’m on Pinterest if you want to follow my food board.