I get this question at least once a week, and I always kind of internally chuckle when I’m asked, first, because it’s the same one I used to pose to vegetarian and vegan friends, and second, because I now realize that vegans eat way more variety than those who consume a standard American diet. I was stunned to read this quote yesterday:
“[A vegan diet] is so limited in variety and taste that people get sick of it.” –Gina Lundberg, spokeswoman for the American Heart Association
Clearly, Ms. Lundberg hasn’t spent much time eating vegan. Whereas I used to approach dinner as consisting of a meat, a starch, and a vegetable, I now consider the wealth of fresh vegetables in the fridge, the seven varieties of beans in the pantry, the whole grains, the spice rack, the types of non-dairy milk, and the combinations are so exciting! I think from perusing my blog, you’ll see that I haven’t been at a loss for different meal options. I love not having to handle raw meat and eggs as I cook. I love exploring different ethnic cuisines and seeing how the flavors interact. I love trying new spices. And even when recipes don’t work out, I always learn something.
But for argument’s sake, let me really answer the question. What do I eat? Here’s what I ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Green Smoothie
Mid-morning Snack: Banana Bread with a cup of almond milk
Lunch: Leftover Rapid Ratatouille with Couscous
Afternoon Snack: Good Sense brand trail mix (sodium free), baby carrots with hummus
Dinner: Split Pea and Root Vegetable Soup
Post dinner munchies: Some air-popped popcorn, plain
Is that nutritionally balanced? I’m not sure. But what I do know is I felt good, satisfied, and nothing I was eating was “junk.” There was protein and fruits and veggies, so I guess it was a pretty good day.