Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Day (or four) In The Life

I promised to keep track of a day or so of eating and post it for you.  You can see the kinds of things I'm eating in a day (generally speaking). 

In addition to the foods listed here, I also try to hydrate quite a bit.  I drink coffee in the morning (regular, either black or with soy milk for creamer).  I try to drink only 1 or 2 drinks a day with caffeine, then I go decaf the rest of the day.  I don't drink soda or sugary drinks at all.  I drink water, Sobe zero-calorie vitamin water, and decaf tea (green or black, hot or cold).  I also drink the occasional glass of soy milk or almond milk if I haven't had enough calcium for the day.  And I always take a one-a-day vitamin (as directed by my physician).

Side note: Everyone should write into Sobe and tell them offer a powdered mix for their vitamin waters so we don't have to buy plastic bottles.  I love the stuff, but hate to buy all those plastic bottles. 

I think you'll see that I get my full recommended daily amount of fruits, veggies, protein and whole-grains in a day.  And if not, I make up for it the next day.  I try for each day to get what I need, but I don't stress if I miss something.  I look for a good balance in the course of a week.  So here's the last three days and today.

Breakfast: wheat raisin bread (bought from Dutch Oven Bakery) toasted with Earth Balance vegan butter, a mango and coffee with soy milk
Lunch: (we ate out at the Mandarin in Ames) stir-fry veggies and tofu, bean curd and spinach soup, rice
Snack: Sobe vitamin water and a banana
Supper:  fresh veggies, fresh fruit and popcorn (homemade, with popcorn salt but no butter)
      Sunday nights we have a "munchie-lunchie" that always includes popcorn while we watch a nature show.

Breakfast: baked oatmeal with blueberries (recipe on previous post), coffee black
Snack:: banana
Lunch: black bean burger with lettuce, tomato and guacamole on a wheat bun, broccoli spears, soy milk
Snack: Chex mix (homemade with Earth Balance instead of real butter, used Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Wheat 'n' Bran Shredded Wheat, Club Cracker Stix and regular pretzels)
Supper: roasted veggies with whole-wheat penne pasta (mushrooms, onions, garlic, zucchini squash, yellow squash, red peppers) with roasted red pepper marinara, garlic bread, spinach salad with berries and raspberry balsamic dressing
Snack: a couple fun size Hershey's dark chocolate

Breakfast: Hodgson Mill Multi-Grain Hot Cereal (it's like oatmeal but better) with almond milk and cinnamon, coffee black
Snack: hazelnut soy decaf latte (from Starbucks), a few almonds
Lunch: leftover pasta, veggies and dip (made with Tofuti sour cream, salt, dill and onion flakes)
Snack: Stacy's Multi-Grain Pita Chips with guacamole
Supper: pizza and beer (ordered out, I like the Amy's Roasted Veggie Pizza from the frozen pizza section at the grocery store--and my kids actually really like it, too.)
Snack: I had a slice of cherry dessert pizza as a treat! I'm guessing the streusel topping had butter in it, but I ate it anyways.

Breakfast: grapefruit, almonds, coffee black
Snack: cinnamon biscuits (kids made them homemade with whole-wheat flour, soy milk and Earth Balance butter and shaped as squares for Square Week--because it's hip to be square!)
Lunch: wheat pita with avocado, spinach, tomato and cucumber slices, a side of fruit salad (yummy, yummy!)
Snack: banana "ice cream" (recipe to follow soon)
Supper: potato leek soup, bean salad (both from previous posts), veggie dippers
Snack:  probably some more ice cream, not sure yet

For Thursday's supper, we are scheduled to have crispy glazed tofu, baked potatoes and a wilted spinach salad.


  1. Banana "ice cream" is one of my favorite little tricks! It's so surprising how much it feels/tastes like ice cream.

  2. K--Were you the one asking about estrogen? I looked it up in the "Veganist" book by Kathy Freston. Too much to write in a note, but you should check her website:

    Also, is a 21-day vegan kickstart. Dr. Neal Barnard has some good information on estrogen and vegan eating, so you could peruse that website.