20 October 2010

What vegans eat: My typical Tuesday (longest day of the week)

Tuesday is my longest day of the week. I run 4 - 6 miles in the morning, work all day in Queens and take a graduate course in Manhattan in the evening. I make a point to prep all my meals, snacks and beverages so that I can eat the way I want and avoid paying for meals on the go.

I made Gena’s delightful Butternut Squash Smoothie (to die for) for breakfast. I tried it on Monday morning.

And it was very good but I decided I’m not a real fan of the Vega Vanilla Chai Whole Health Optimizer. On Tuesday morning I made it with the vanilla protein powder I had on hand.

I use an Oster Blend ‘n Go

So that I can drink it on my drive to work

For lunch I made a yummy salad.

I massaged kale
in sesame oil and sea salt and added a splash of coconut water vinegar. I diced pickled green tomatoes and banana peppers, a few olives, half a yellow tomato, 1/4 of a red pepper, about a 1/4 cup of red onion and added 1/4 cup of millet and left-over baked tofu.

During class we get a 15 minute break, around 7:00 p.m. and I choose to eat a light dinner at that time (I don’t like to eat late … when I get home from class, I want a glass of red wine and then I hit the sack) I made a quick and easy soup.

JL’s Measuring Cup Soup

Steam 2 cups of the green of your choice (I used spinach) in veggie broth

for one minute in the microwave. Then add the protein of your choice (I went with red beans made in my rice cooker this weekend!) a grain of your choice (1/4 cup of quinoa, also cooked in the rice cooker this weekend), and more veggie broth.

Heat for three minutes in the microwave.

I transferred it to my Thermos

and added a splash of Louisiana hot sauce.

Dinner is ready!

I also pack water/drinks/snacks. I drink about a half-gallon of water a day and have at least one 8oz glass of 100% cranberry juice cut with water each day. On my long days, I fill up my bottles.

(cran-water in the the small bottle)

Two apples

because they are small (that’s a honey crisp to the left… YUM)

Some raw veggies to nibble on

And some nuts and seeds for the drive from work to school

In all it’s glory

I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, cran-water and snacks (and my probiotics in the little pill case.)

Food, laptop, work files, textbook…

…ready to roll!

Turns out I didn’t touch the raw cucumber and green beans (one less snack to pack Wednesday!)

How do you handle meals when you have a long day away from home?

Originally posted on JL Goes Vegan.

JL | @JLgoesvegan
Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now blogs about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. Follow JL on her blog and Facebook.