Today, just like the whole of last week, was a pretty hectic day (even though it's a saturday). So today I decided to show you what I eat when I'm very very busy and don't really have time to make extensive meals, whilst still eating plantbased.
As I already stated, today was a pretty hectic day. I needed to go to work in the afternoon, I needed to catch up with my studying and to start of the day, I needed to deliver something to a couple of students in Antwerp.
That's why today's breakfast was a fast and easy smoothie that I could easily take on the road with me. I simply blended together some orange juice, some raspberries and blueberries, half a banana, some seeds and nuts (pumpkin seeds, linseed,...) and a little bit of soy yoghurt, just to make it a little bit more substantial. Before I ran out the door, I quickly grabbed a protein bar (a raw cacao and orange protein bar from BodyMe) that we still had lying around the house from one of our previous Sourcedboxes.
For those of you that don't know, Sourcedbox is a monthly subscription box in which you get a variety of healthy, vegan and raw snacks and drinks. We have been subscribed to this service for quite some time know and have been very pleased with it. Obviously, every once in a while there is something in the box that we don't particularly like, but overall, it's been a big success.
So I grabbed my protein bar and my smoothie and I was on my way.
When I got back home from Antwerp it was almost time for lunch.
For lunch, I had a plain bagel with cashew cream cheese, avocado, tomato and lettuce on top (as you might have seen on Instagram, I've been eating this quite often lately, but it's just so goooooooooood).
I make the cashew cream cheese myself, based on a recipe from Niomi Smart's cookbook 'Eat Smart' (a great book if you want to start eating plantbased, I really recommend it).
I discovered this recipe about two weeks ago and since discovering it, there's always been a little container of cashew cream cheese in my refrigerator. It's just so damn good!!!! And easy to make as well! All you have to do is blend together 125ml of water, a cup of soaked cashews (they have to soak for at least overnight, but if you soak them for a longer period of time they get even creamier), 2 cloves of garlic (add less if you don't like garlic or are planning on kissing someone right after ;) ), some salt and pepper, the juice of half a lemon and three teaspoons of nutritional yeast (you don't have to use this but it makes it a little more "cheesy"). If you like, you can add some herbs to the blender as well, every now and then I like to add some dill or chive or even some parsley.
I quickly ate my bagel and then I was off to work. I had to rush to make it in time that's why there's no picture of the bagel ;).
After work (around 5pm) I needed a little afternoon pick me up, so I ate a bowl of soy yoghurt with some kiwi, sprinkled some cacao nibs on top and topped it all of with a drizzle of agave syrup.
I like adding cacao nibs to my yoghurt. On their own, they are a little to bitter for my taste, since I don't really like dark chocolate (I'm learning to like it though), but in a smoothie or on top of my yoghurt I don't mind them. Cacao nibs are good for you, since they contain a high level of antioxidants, like flavonoids. Other than that, they contain theobromine, a substance known to have a stimulating effect on your brain, which makes this to ideal snack to eat before a study session.
I also took my Vitamin D supplement afterwards. I, like a lot of people, do have a Vitamin D sufficiency (I blame it on all the rain we have here in Belgium), so it's important that I add some supplements to my diet. I take (or should take) this supplement every week, to keep my Vitamin D levels in check, which is important since a Vitamin D deficiency can cause you to feel tired and fatigued. Vitamin D is also vital for healthy muscles and strong bones.
Finally, after studying for the rest of the afternoon, it was time for dinner. My daddy prepared a delicious meal of pasta with a spicy tomato sauce (and scampi added in for my parents and my brother). Once again I didn't take a picture of this, since we have a strict 'no cellphone or electronics at the table'-rule in our house and since dinner is family time, so I hope you don't mind.
And that completes my What I Eat in a Day. I hope you liked reading about my meals on a busy day. There are still a lot of misunderstandings about what people on a plantbased diet actually eat, but as you see we don't chew on a carrot all day long ;)..
I'll talk to you soon,