I begin my day each day by taking my supplements with a 16 oz glass of lemon water. Stay tuned for more on my daily supplements. I have two entire posts dedicated to this topic.
After I take my supplements, I drink coffee with either oat milk or almond milk. My favorite oat milk is Willa's (it has no artificial sweeteners, flavors, gums, preservatives, etc. and uses the entire oat during processing). I also like Silk Oat Milk. My favorite almond milk is Silk Unsweetened Vanilla.
I don't use a traditional coffee maker, and instead I use an Italian Bialetti Moka Pot to brew my coffee. I do this for several reasons: first, it's inexpensive, second, it has a lower impact on the environment (no filters, cartridges, pods, etc.), third, it tastes delicious - smooth and bold, and finally, I use the Bialetti Moka Pot because I find the ritual of brewing it on my stovetop therapeutic and calming in the morning. I am very serious about my morning routines and plan to create a post dedicated to this topic soon.
It's time for breakfast. I used to do intermittent fasting which I no longer do for reasons I plan to detail in another post soon. Now, I listen to my body and wait for it to get hungry. Once the hunger cues begin, I feed myself. For me, this is usually around 11 am or noon. One of my favorite breakfasts is this Blueberry Baked Oatmeal. It's so simple to make and you only need 7 ingredients. I like to bake this blueberry baked oatmeal on Sunday or Monday morning and then store the leftovers for a quick and easy meal-prepped breakfast. Simply microwave to reheat.
Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts because it feels and tastes like eating dessert for breakfast, while being super healthy and filling. This blueberry oatmeal bake is buttery, lightly sweetened with maple syrup, and loaded with bubbling blueberries. These golden oats smell almost as delicious as they taste. I've included links to a few of my other favorite baked oatmeal recipes below.
For lunch, I keep it simple and healthy. My favorite lunches include salads with plant-protein, any kind of veggie bowl, and I especially love this burrito bowl style loaded baked sweet potato. This recipe is from my cookbook which is where you will also find over 20 of my favorite vegan lunch recipes.
For snacks, I keep it clean with veggies, hummus, chips, crackers, or guacamole. I also love fruit and smoothies.
Dinner is where I really like to have fun! I love going out to eat with friends and family and trying new things. When I am enjoying dinner at home, I like creating an experience. One of my favorite things to do is to think of a meal I love at my favorite restaurant, and then create a healthier, lower calorie, vegan, and gluten free version of it.
For instance, before going plant-based, I used to love the lettuce wraps at PF Chang's. So, I made a vegan version that is mouthwateringly delicious for a fraction of the calories!
To make life a little easier for you, I've linked some of my favorite healthy vegan and gluten free dinners here.
I always save room for dessert. Literally. I have a sweet tooth and I believe life is too short to deprive myself! If you've read my first cookbook, Easy Low-Cal Vegan Eats, you're probably familiar with my weight management philosophy. Calories In vs Calories Out. This is how I am able to enjoy dessert every day and why you can too!
I'm not making a recommendation that you count calories super strictly (or even at all). I try to be mindful of what I'm consuming and leave a little bit of wiggle room each day in order to eat the sweet treats that I crave. This is how I keep myself on track with healthy eating. My method may not be for everyone and I'm just sharing what works for me.
There's a lot to be said for people who can intuitively eat and there's a lot to be said for all of the other weight management and diet techniques available. The most important techniques of all are - of course, listening to your doctor, and giving your body the nourishing food, exercise, hydration, rest, etc. that it needs.
One of my favorite desserts is my vegan and gluten free "Copy Cat" Alyssa's Oatmeal Bites. They're addictive and literally the perfect moist, chewy, filling, and healthy oatmeal cookie! I make them in batches and gobble them up before bedtime.
For a complete collection of my favorite vegan and gluten free desserts, grab a copy of my vegan baking book, Light & Easy Vegan Baking.