I'll start by sharing what I don’t eat. These are the things I don’t eat as a vegan for ethical, environmental, and health reasons:
These are plant foods that I don’t eat because I don’t like the taste:
I have always been freaked out by condiments and pre-made jar foods so I never ate, and still don’t eat:
And here’s some things that people may assume that I eat because I’m vegan, but actually don’t:
So what DO I eat??
Here’s a typical day in the life of food for Jen. A little disclaimer: I’m not saying that this is the healthiest way to eat and that everyone should eat exactly like me. But I do think that I have found a way that is sustainable for me because it’s affordable, healthy and pleasurable to my pallet.
Morning: I start the day with one cup of dark roast coffee with brown sugar and soy milk. I don't have a second cup or drink it during the day. When I’m ready for food, I have toast with Miyoko’s Cultured Butter.
Noon: I have a banana berry smoothie with a splash of soy milk and small pour of maple syrup. This gives me energy and doesn’t make me feel heavy or slow me down.
Afternoon: I’m ready for something more filling by this time in the day, and I want to make something fairly simple to put together. Tortilla with beans and avocado and arugula would be my ideal lunch. I also love a simple avocado and cucumber sandwich, or a salad with brown rice.
Snacking: On cold days, I like to bake things to keep the kitchen warm and cozy so I will make baked potatoes, baked tofu or roasted asparagus to eat through out the day. In the summer, I love to eat watermelon, green grapes, peaches, and strawberries.
Dinner: My favorite dinner is pasta with tomatoes. I either use fresh tomatoes or make my own sauce with plain strained tomatoes. Sometimes I add fresh basil, or well cooked leek, or spinach.
More common foods I keep around:
And I also keep things like hemp seeds, chia seeds, and/or walnuts to add additional protein and omegas to my meals.
Suppliments: I take vitamin D and a vitamin B complex.
* I buy organic and fair trade chocolate and coffee so I’m not supporting exploitation of people or the planet. I don’t mind paying more for these items. If I can’t afford it, I’d choose to not buy the chocolate rather than buy a cheap brand with bad ethics. Or, I’d buy the more expensive coffee, and make up for the cost somewhere else in my budget.