Lately, I’ve been avoiding the question “why don’t you eat cheese?” I’ve mostly been telling people that I’m highly allergic to dairy and eggs and will break out in a rash and high fever if I do. And usually most people would leave me alone. However, the rare times that I do mention I live a plant-based diet, people bombard me with a multitude of questions like “where do you get your protein?” or “what do you even eat?” and my favorite, “are you crazy?” Many people do joke that vegans eat rabbit food, twigs and leaves, and “nut paste,” ( In my defense, nut paste tastes good!) But I do understand the questions. Living in todays society, its hard to find something at a gas station or a fast food restaurant for vegans to eat. But I do believe that myself, along with my fellow vegans eat more than just twigs and leaves. To prove myself, I’ve gone along with a Youtube-type blog modeled after the “What I Eat In a Day” videos. So, here is what I ate today, along with pictures.
Today I had a half a cup of oatmeal, which I heated up in the microwave. On top of it Isprinkled on one tablespoon of chia seeds, two tablespoons of flax seed, a lot of cinnamon, and one tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter. Yum! This is usually for the days that I have a little extra time in the morning. When I’m running late, I will usually have a piece of fruit (either an apple or banana) and a granola bar. My top picks for energy bars are Clif Bars, Lara Bars, or Nature Valley.
I had a banana (typical vegan snack). Other snacks for me would be a bag of nuts (almonds, cashews, or pistachios) or a granola bar.
Today for lunch I went to West Commons on campus. I had a big green salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers, olives, and kidney beans. To top it off I had French dressing. I also ate vegetable pot pie (which was one of the best things I’ve eaten at a dining commons.) I also had chips and guacamole.
About half a roll of Saltine Crackers.
For dinner I went to East Commons on campus. I got a big green salad just like I did at lunch: Spinach, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots, and a bunch of chick peas. Again, I had French dressing. I also had a veggie burrito and sautéed brussle sprouts which are not pictured here because I was too excited to eat them.
Late night snack:
French fries from the Big O in East because these fries were sent from God himself.
This is typically what I eat in a normal day. On days where I feel like something more I’ll either go to places downtown such as Pita Cabana, Subway, Taco Bell, and Kiwi. My favorite snacks are Oreos (yes, they’re vegan), pretzels, sweet potato chips, hummus, and popcorn. I’m no where near the perfect vegan and I doubt a lot of people in college are either. For now, until I get a proper kitchen, I’m bettering my body with (somewhat) healthy foods, helping the environment, and saving a few animals along the way.