What DO vegans eat? (or are they an evolved mix of grass-munching mouse-people?)

Spelt flour, a high-fiber, low GI carbohydrate; Ground flax replaces egg and unsweetened applesauce acts as a fat substitute; Immunity-boosting coconut

Upon telling someone you’re vegan…

“What do you mean you don’t eat meat?”

“Do you eat eggs?”

“No cheese, either?”

“Well, what the hell do you eat?!”

These questions are generally accompanied by a grimace, giving the impression that many people assume not eating meat or dairy means munching on nothing but lettuce leaves and wheatgrass. (For the record, I’ve never had wheatgrass and don’t plan to.) In answer to the myriad of questions regarding what vegans eat (because yes we eat and yes, vegan food can be delicious) I’m offering a glimpse at what goes on my plate on a “normal” day.

Breakfast: Mini pancake stack (made with spelt flour) with toasted coconut

Spelt flour, a high-fiber, low GI carbohydrate; Ground flax replaces egg and unsweetened applesauce acts as a fat substitute; Immunity-boosting coconut

Spelt flour, a high-fiber, low GI carbohydrate; Ground flax replaces egg and unsweetened applesauce acts as a fat substitute; Immunity-boosting coconut

Lunch: Homemade veggie burger (made with cannellini beans and brown rice), avocado, broccoli & sugar snap peas tossed with nutritional yeast

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Cannellini beans are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals; Fiber and selenium in brown rice pack a double punch for colon health; Broccoli & sugar snap peas for vitamins like C & K; Nutritional yeast offers B-complex vitamins (I use one fortified with B-12 as well) and is a complete protein; Avocado, a source of over 25 essential nutrients

Afternoon Snack: Carrots and Hummus

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Hummus, containing chickpeas, tahini and olive oil, provides fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, zinc and magnesium; Carrots contain beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes.

Dinner: Sesame noodles with baked tofu and cauliflower

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Buckwheat soba noodles for healthy whole grains; Tofu for low-calorie protein; Heart-healthy olive oil; Vitamin C packed cauliflower; Sesame seeds with cholesterol-lowering lignans

Evening Snack: Oatmeal with blueberries, flax seed, sunflower seed butter and a splash of almond milk. 

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I almost always have oatmeal before bed. I find it keeps me sated through the night. Fiber-packed, cholesterol-lowing oatmeal; Blueberries, a rich source of multiple antioxidants; Flax seeds for vegetarian omega 3 fatty acids (ALA); Sunflower seed butter, a source of life-sustaining vitamins and minerals like selenium, magnesium, copper and vitamin e.