What I eat in a Day

Hi guys,

Just a quick post to give you a bit of an insight into what my diet looks like on an average day! I would say this is one of the healthier days so perhaps my next ‘What I eat in a Day’ blog will reveal all the naughty things I not so secretly eat.


Breakfast

Breakfast is hands down my favourite meal of the day. When people say they don’t eat breakfast I genuinely feel sad for them for missing out on something so great! I usually have Oats. Luckily for me, this healthy breakfast option is my absolute favourite. If I could I would have oats for breakfast lunch and dinner, I’m not kidding.

So usually in a rush for work I take a container of oats with frozen berries, ground flaxseed and agave nectar. At work I then add hot water. Sometimes I’ll substitute flaxseed for chia seeds, depending on whats in the cupboard. On the weekend when I have a bit more time, and preferably after I have done some sort of fasted cardio, I will cook the oats in almond or oat milk and add cinnamon, raisins, walnuts, cocoa nibs and a chopped banana, with a swirl of agave nectar. The latter is higher in calories, hence the cardio.

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Lunch

During the working week I tend to take a packed lunch rather than needlessly spend any spare money going out and buying from the supermarket. I guess I do tend to stick to similar options, which I know if probably a bit boring but a lot of people seem to just have a sandwich so I like to think I switch it up a little bit. I usually either have a wrap, soup or leftovers from dinner the night before. Yesterday I had a Spinach wrap with hummus, siracha, cucumber, mushrooms, spinach and two Linda McCartney Veggie (SFV) sausages.

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Dinner

I try to stick to this rule: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper. Quite often I go to the gym straight from work and so by the time I get home it’s about 8pm. Therefore I try to have something light otherwise I don’t sleep well. Usually on evenings where Tom and I are both around we will make a big batch of something tasty to last us a few days. This saves time and money. Last night I had leftover lentil bolognese with giant cous cous and curly kale!

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Snacks

I usually have breakfast about 9am and lunch around 2/3pm so I’ll have an apple and a banana as late morning snacks. If I know I’m going straight to the gym I’ll often grab a Trek or Cliff Bar or occasionally I’ll just eat a tin of pulses just to give me some extra energy. Yes, I eat the beans straight from the tin – I don’t care!

So there you have it. This is a particular healthy day to me, although not uncommon really. Look out for my next post which will show you some of the naughtier things I eat!

Thanks for reading – N x

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Vegan Stick-to-your-ribs Porridge

Nothing is better on a cold, crisp morning than a steaming hot bowl of delicious oats, whilst snuggling under a blanket with a good book. Whats even better is that no animals were harmed in the making of this bowl of greatness, which is naturally good for your heart health.

Good for heart health you say?

Yes! Old-fashioned rolled oats keep you satisfied for longer and naturally contain a form of soluble fibre called oat beta-glucan which dissolves inside the digestive tract to form a paste which binds to excess cholesterol and helps to prevent cholesterol from being absorbed into the body. Nuts are rich in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, which lower bad cholesterol. I like to add Cacao nibs as they contain phytonutrients which help absorb free radicals that cause damage in the body. Phytonutrients have been said to enhance immunity, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. They can also be found in colourful fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, tea, whole grains and many spices.

Whats more, by adding some fruit (I’ve opted for banana and raisins) and an unrefined sweetener like agave nectar you get the natural sweetness that satisfies that pesky sweet craving!

What’s not to love!?

Ingredients

  • 40g Oats (I prefer old-fashioned rolled oats)
  • 10g Flaxseed
  • 20g Walnuts
  • 20g Raisins
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 10g Cocoa Nibs
  • 1 Small Banana, Chopped
  • 1-2 Cups Oat Milk (or other vegan milk – I use Oatly Original)
  • A squirt of Agave Nectar

Directions

  1. Add the Oats, Flaxseed, Walnuts, Raisins and plant milk to a pan.
  2. Bring to boil and turn down the heat. Continually stir, being careful to avoid the oats sticking to the pan.
  3. Add the cinnamon and warm through for 5-10 minutes adding extra milk if the consistency is too thick for your liking.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and add the banana, cocoa nibs and agave nectar.
  5. Fill your belly with goodness!

You’re welcome! xx -N

Wagamama’s NEW Vegan Menu is Here!

Last week Reading Vegan Outreach (RVO) were invited to try the NEW Vegan Menu at Wagamama’s. As one of the organisers I wrote a post for RVO and made a short YouTube video. Check it out 🙂

Reading Vegan Outreach

Last week Reading Vegan Outreach were invited to try Wagamama’s new Vegan Menu and enjoy a private cooking demo.

Check out our short video!

In Reading we have a big outreach team and the number of vegans is growing rapidly. However, we don’t yet have a wholly vegan restaurant or cafe in or round town. We are lucky that we have a lot of chains that offer great vegan options and there are enough vegans to ensure these options remain and are expanded upon.

Wagamama has had vegan options for some time. If you were to check the allergen menu you would see that you can swap out egg noodles for rice noodles, chicken for tofu and just ask to leave animal products out of a certain recipes. However, it’s not ideal to have to sift through allergy charts and can be confusing for those visiting for the first time…

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