My Meatless Everyday
Hometown: Oakland, CA
My dietary leanings: vegan (except honey), raw (as close to 100% as possible), gluten free, basically all whole foods, many of which come from the farmer’s market
My favorite vegetable: too hard to choose one, kale and beets are all-time faves, lately heirloom tomatoes (the fruit that eats like a veg!)
Breakfast: My typical breakfast is a smoothie with homemade raw almond milk, topped with ground flax and acai powder. Today the smoothie had banana, blueberry, ginger, chia seeds, maca, cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom. My smoothies are generally eat-with-a-spoon thick. I always have tea, and today it was Ancient Forest from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Morning Snack: Once I’m at work I sip kombucha. On breaks I drink almond milk mixed with juice (orange, today) to keep me energized through 4 hours of lecturing.
Lunch: Lunch is my biggest meal if I’m at home, but today was a work day. I had almond milk mixed with pomegranate and cherry juices (all my juices are unpasteurized, by the way), a big, fantastic plum, and Lulu’s raw chocolate.
Dinner: A salad of beets and Pippen apple with mixed greens, dressed with blood-orange-infused olive oil, coconut vinegar, Bragg’s aminos, black lava salt, plain black pepper and smoked black pepper. I drank a Rishi Chocolate Chai with raw honey and almond milk. Can you tell I love my almond milk? Just to make the point, if you have never had freshly made nut milk, you have no freakin’ idea what you are missing. Also, if you have never had a Pippen apple, go to the farmer’s market, find one, and eat it. You’re welcome.
Later: My final cup of tea was Gunpowder Green, again from Mountain Rose Herbs.
This was plenty of food for me on a teaching day. On more physically active days (like, more than just my usual daily yoga) I eat more. Or when I have an opportunity to eat at an awesome vegan restaurant I can really pack the food in – but on an average day this is enough. Also, no one else in my family eats the way I do, so I don’t want to do anything more elaborate than chopping up veggies and making weekly batches of almond milk and smoothies.