There are two big reasons people give up on veganism:
- They aren’t eating enough. Fruits and vegetables are less calorically dense than meat and people tend to forget this. This is actually good news, people! Vegans can eat more food while simultaneously eating fewer calories- you just have to make sure you are eating more than you would on an omnivorous diet. To avoid that uncomfortable lingering hunger, eat your vegetables with beans, legumes, brown rice or potatoes to feel completely satisfied.
- It’s inconvenient. I’m being 100% real here- veganism can be inconvenient if you are not prepared. Meal prepping, learning how to cook, buying bulk staple items for your kitchen and having quick grab-and-go snacks or fruit are important if you want to succeed in a vegan lifestyle. There’s nothing worse than being super hungry and the only food option near you is McDonald’s. I try to always keep a Clif bar, banana or apple on me when I’m working or going to class.
My main purpose of this blog is to enlighten people and show them how easy a vegan diet can be. Although I cook some bomb meals, there are days where I just don’t feel like spending that much time in the kitchen.
Today was one of those days.
My quick meals almost always consist of brown rice or potatoes as the base. I prefer brown rice because it has more fiber than white rice- AKA it’s more nutritious and it keeps you full longer.
Today I chose sweet potatoes. I baked them in the oven for about 45 minutes, until they were nice and soft. If you don’t have that much time, I would recommend baking a bunch of potatoes at the beginning of the week and refrigerating them until you need to use them. This saves you so much time and all you have to do is microwave them when you’re ready to eat.
EAT YOUR GREENS. I usually use romaine lettuce because #basic but lately I’ve been buying spinach.
So now that you have your starch + your greens, add vegetables and legumes.
I like black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, broccoli, corn, avocado, tofu, edamame, onion, bell pepper, carrots, etc. Just add whatever you have in your fridge.
I like to top off my lazy meal with some sort of sauce. Lately I’ve been super obsessed with the tomato basil hummus from Trader Joe’s- it’s so good! Adding hummus, ketchup, mustard, tahini, Sriracha or salsa really helps to give it some extra flavor.
Also- never forget the nutritional yeast like I almost did today.