what I eat in a day: tasty vegan recipes for weight loss

I have a confession: I am embarrassingly obsessed with what I eat in a day videos on youtube. I can easily lose a few hours watching these videos and clicking through suggested videos, and I've discovered a lot of really cool vloggers and amazing recipes over the past several months. I don't know what the appeal of these videos is for me, but there is something so fascinating seeing what other people eat, and when I first went vegan these videos were incredibly helpful for me for inspiration. now that I'm focused more on my health and on weight loss, these videos are again a resource and an inspiration for my diet.

for awhile I've really wanted to film my own what I eat in a day video (and I even tried once!) but I found it so awkward to set up my phone to accurately capture myself cooking. instead, I decided to document a day on my plate in photos and blog about it! all of these recipes are vegan, easy to make, filling and delicious. over the past few months I've lost around 30 pounds so these recipes are overall fairly typical of what I would eat in a day to achieve my weight loss goals. 

breakfast: 8:45am

on this particular day, I worked out around 7am. I would normally eat before a workout, but because I had such an early workout I wasn't ready for food when I first woke up! as soon as I got home from the gym, I put on a small pot of coffee and a pan of oatmeal. once cooked, I topped the oatmeal with some fresh pomegranate seeds, a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and a splash of coconut milk. I always have silk french vanilla almond cream in my coffee, and I usually have 1-2 cups of coffee, and 1-2 cups of caffeine-free tea in the afternoon or evening.

snack: 11am

I forgot to take a picture before I ate my snack, but I ate a handful of red grapes and a piece of multigrain toast with natural peanut butter.

lunch: 1:30pm

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I'm a huge fan of soups, particularly creamy, hearty soups! this recipe is really simple but really hits the spot! take 4 cups of roughly chopped carrots and place them in a pot with 3-4 cups of vegetable stock and 1-2 cups of coconut milk. this time, I added about 1 cup of dry split red lentils to make it extra filling and to boost the protein content, but sometimes I'll throw in potatoes or sweet potatoes. I usually add garlic powder, some grated ginger and some himalayan pink salt, but you can add any of your favourite savoury seasonings. bring the pot to a boil and then reduce it to simmer and cover for 25 minutes, or until the carrots are soft. once finished, blend in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender until smooth and creamy. top with pepper and a dollop of coconut cream. I ate this with some savoury yam chips that I recently purchased at a farmer's market, and this whole meal was incredibly filling.

dinner: 7:30pm

I'd been drinking plenty of tea and water throughout the day, so I didn't really realize that I'd missed dinner until after 7pm! since I'd had a fairly intense workout that morning, I decided to spring for some pasta for dinner. to make the sauce, I added cooked quinoa, tomato paste, tomato sauce, olives, mushrooms and zucchini to a deep frying pan on low heat. I seasoned it with oregano, garlic powder, nutritional yeast flakes, sea salt and a little cayenne. I cooked this until the mushrooms and zucchini softened, and then served it onto whole wheat penne pasta. this recipe was insanely filling, I could hardly eat it all and it made lunches for work for my whole week! this sauce was so tasty; it was similar to eating traditional bolognese sauce but with no meat!

right before bed, I had a small square of dark chocolate with my evening tea. I didn't document my water intake, but on days that I work out I typically drink between three and four litres of water. 

so, that's what I eat in a day! if you enjoyed this blog post please let me know in the comments below - I would be happy to share more about how I've lost weight or what my diet looks like if that's something y'all are interested in hearing about!

a quick note about my diet: I would classify myself as vegetarian, and at times loosely vegan (around 70% of my diet is vegan). I don't count calories as it's not ideal for my mental health, but I do sometimes use MyFitnessPal to keep an eye on my macros to make sure I'm eating enough protein and fat. I'm not a health care professional, but I have been working with a dietician and personal trainer to make sure I'm losing weight in the healthiest way possible for me.