• Leah

What I eat in a day

For this post it was very important to me to give you guys amazing, simple and vegan recipes!

As I promised in "The Why, What and How of going plant based" being plant based is really not that difficult or expensive.

So here are two of my absolutely favorite recipes. Why only two?

I do intermittent fasting, which I will discussing with you next week.

So for my break fast and I call it that because it literally breaks my fast, I prefer to eat light. I realized that when eating heavy I don't get much done for the rest for the day, so I love to eat Birchers! They are packed full of goodness and bring a good amount of protein along, which I need after my usual morning exercise. What I also love about Birchers is that they are super easy to make and if you want, you can even prep them the night before. Pack them in a jar and take to work.

Raspberry Bircher

50gr of Oats - Oats are amazing and pack a decent amount of protein. They are naturally gluten free and have various minerals and vitamin b's. Plus they are full of fiber so they will keep you fuller for longer.

Cinnamon 1tsp - Add more if you like too because Cinnamon is another food powerhouse

80ml plant based milk - I prefer almond milk

1 apple - The saying one apple a day keeps the doctor away does not come from nothing. Apples have many amazing health benefits.

100gr Raspberries (frozen is better) - Since I was a child raspberries have been one of my absolute favorites, berries have great health benefits, one being that they are loaded with antioxidants.

Start by mixing your oats with the plant based milk and cinnamon. You can leave this mixture in the fridge overnight or prepare it in the morning. You could also make the bircher straight away but it's nicer when the Oats have soaked in the milk.

If you are using frozen raspberries remember to thaw them as well.

Just before you eat the Bircher, grate the apple, smooch the raspberries and add everything together. If you like you can also add some maple syrup to make it sweeter and some seeds for added health benefits. I like to add pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

During the afternoon I will snack on something like nuts or fruits.

Dinner will be a Curry.

I love curries because there are sooo many varieties, they are easy to make a lot of so you can freeze them in portions and access whenever you are to lazy to cook but still want something healthy. Don't worry too much about the ingredients, that's the beauty of a curry, you can substitute almost everything for something else you have around the house and that is about to go off.

Butternut Curry (big portion)

1 brown Onion, chopped - They may not look like much but onions are full of antioxidants

2 garlic cloves, minced - Also full of antioxidants plus help regulate your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels

1 tbsp ginger - packed with antioxidants and can help in the prevention of chronic disease. Ginger is also great against Nausea.

1 tbsp ground cumin - Cumin increases antioxidant intake and promotes digestion along with plenty more health benefits

1 tbsp turmeric - just like ginger it has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant

2 Leeks - Besides being a good source of vitamins A, C and K I also feel that leeks always add a very special flavor to curries, you could use celery or fennel instead

1 big Butternut - I feel like Butternut is really underrated. I love including it in plenty of my meals as it is an abundant source of powerful antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

500gr Lentils - Lentils are rich in iron and folate and an excellent source of protein. Any form of bean could do here as well.

1 can of chickpeas - Chickpeas are one of my favorites.

2 cans of coconut milk - Don't be scared of coconut milk because of it's high fat and calorie content. Yes, you shouldn't drink it by the liter but consumed in moderation coconut milk and oil have plenty health benefits that are good for your heart.

2 cans of diced tomatoes - Tomatoes, especially cooked once is something I try and eat at least once a week because of the high health benefits, one being that they may protect your skin from UV rays. Men should especially be eating tomatoes as it protects them from prostate cancer.

1 cup veg stock

serve with brown rice or eat just like that - Brown rice will keep you full for long and contains Protein

Fry the the onions in coconut or olive oil. Once fried add the garlic, ginger, cumin and turmeric. Let this simmer for about 2 mins so that the flavors get absorbed.

Add some water if you feel it is drying out.

Add everything else and simmer for about one hour to an hour and a half, you will want the butternut and lentils to be cooked trough. Keep your eye on it and add water if necessary.

And voila, you have a tasty, health and super easy dinner!

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