Vegan for a Day

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Today’s post is a little bit different from what I usually post here on my blog, but I am super excited about this one! I am pretty much obsessed with food, and yet I am not skilled at cooking, and I’m basically the queen of takeout and frozen meals. Rarely do I ever prepare my own food. I usually order food and go pick it up, or I just pop something in the microwave for several minutes and voila. Most of what I eat on a daily basis is not exactly healthy, and some type of meat is usually included. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, and I finally decided to go for it.

I thought it would be a fun experiment to step outside of my comfort zone, at least for one day. Not only would I be preparing all of my own meals, but each meal would be vegan. It sounds easy enough, right? For someone like myself, who never thinks about what I’m putting into my body and just eats whatever I’m hungry for, this took quite a bit of planning and dedication on my part.

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Breakfast/SnackAvocado toast with red pepper

This was my pre-lunch snack. The average person might call this breakfast, but I don’t really eat breakfast because I’m a late riser. I went with avocado toast because it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time now. I looked for ideas, and there are different ways you can spruce up avocado toast. I decided to go with red pepper flakes because I love when my food has a little spice. I think the pepper and the avocado had a nice balance.

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LunchSun dried tomato & basil veggie wrap

Wraps are one of my favorite things to eat, so I knew I had to have one for lunch. As mentioned earlier though, I usually just order them from a food place and bring home to eat. I usually always like my wraps to have turkey in them, so it was hard for me to exclude it. I did it though, and it still ended up being delicious. Fortunately for me, I love veggies. I think my wrap turned out quite nicely. The wrap itself is sun dried tomato and basil (I also like spinach wraps), and I filled the inside with lettuce, a little bit of crushed red pepper, avocado, bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, and pico de gallo.

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DinnerBurrito bowl

I have wanted to try making my own homemade burrito bowl, a la Chipotle, for a while now. I’ve finally done it! Although when I go to Chipotle, my bowls always have chicken and cheese in them. I excluded meat and cheese for my vegan day, but I am still thrilled with how well it turned out. This is probably a super simple meal for most people, but it was the most difficult of my three meals to make because it actually required some cooking and using the stove. My burrito bowl included cilantro lime rice, black beans, onions, bell peppers, lettuce, and pico de gallo. I even had my mom eat a bowl, and she liked it.

I currently have no plans to completely exclude meat from my diet, but I definitely want to include more vegan style meals into my diet more often. I had a lot of fun with this. Do you have any plans to go vegan in the future, or maybe you’re already vegan? Let me know in the comments. Feel free to recommend some other vegan recipes for me to try as well.

Thank you HealthLabs.com for sponsoring this post. All viewpoints and photos are my own.

31 thoughts on “Vegan for a Day

  1. All looks delicious! I’ve been vegan since the start of 2017 & I’m definitely more passionate about food/cooking now than I was before. I sometimes post my vegan meal ideas on my blog, so if you’re in need of some ideas feel free to have a look. 🙂

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  2. I love this! 💛💛 I’ve been vegetarian for five years, and just recently went vegan. I LOVE cooking so that’s helped immensely, and I’ve discovered so many new types of food. Cheese was the only thing that was hard for me, but cashew cheese is just as good and doesn’t make me feel like crap physically. I just wish cashews weren’t so expensive 😭

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  3. This sounds like such a fun challenge to do. I’m also bad at prepping my own meals and tend to go for things that are much quicker to make. All your meals look great!

    I’m not vegan, but I don’t really eat meat or milk-based products so I think I could easily do it if I tried. I wouldn’t have to change much and the only things I’d really miss would be Cadbury chocolate and takeaway pizza!

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  4. these meals look so tasty! i’ve been incorporating a lot more vegetables in my diet since last september and i’ve been feeling so much better and healthier. i’ve also vegetarian meals for several days in a row and i loved it. i think i could do it if i wanted to but chicken is so yum! i’m not able to eat much pork anymore, and in fact i almost kind of avoid red meat altogether now because it has caused headaches for me in the past, so i’ve almost completely cut it out of my diet for about a year. and also milk, i switched to rice milk two years ago 🙂 though i still splurge on cheese lol

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  5. As a vegan of 2 years myself, I can surely say that you did REALLY well, definitely a lot better than me wen I was new to the vegan world!All of this food looks soooo much healthier than what I eat, and so delicious!You go girl!

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  6. Your vegan meals sound and look delicious, Britney. I have been leaning more and more towards a vegan diet too because it seems it is easier on the body. That said, I absolutely refuse to exclude seafood from my diet. 🙂 But I am experimenting and trying out Ella Woodword’s recipes. It feels energising. xx

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  7. It’s great that you went vegan for a day! It takes time to adjust from eating meat to going completely vegan. It is important to always check for nutritional facts – not worth going through nutrition deficiency. The food you’ve eaten throughout the day looks delicious and healthy! It’s totally fine to not have a plan to exclude meats. I mean I still try to limit the consumption (but bacon is life once in a while) XD.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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