For some reason, when people hear the word “Vegan”, they think of cutting out all of the good stuff. No more Friday night pizza with the family, no late night savory ice-cream, all that’s left is nasty, tasteless food.
The sad truth is, I was there. I was one of those people. I had no idea what veganism was, nor did I know the pros or cons about what I was really getting into. It wasn’t until I finally decided to take the leap into the “organic” food realm, that I learned the heart-warming, soul clenching compassion that veganism has on humanity and our economical structure.
I can admit, I did have an interesting first week that was filled with yummy recipes and others that were NOT so good.
I thought a “Potential Vegan” could use some enlightenment on what the first week would actually be like, so I documented my food list, and how it worked out for me.
Here is a daily list of what my family and I ate during our 1st week as non-meat eaters and what I thought about them. (Keep in mind, these are just my opinions).
Week 1 Food List and Recipes
Breakfast: English Muffin w/ Tea
Whole Wheat English muffin
Fresh raspberries and blueberries
(Of course this was a simple delight)
Passion Fruit & Lemon Tea
Lunch: Mean Green Smoothie
Fruit Smoothie: Kale, Mango, Sour Orange, Banana & Strawberries
Dinner: Kale and Romaine Lettuce Salad
2 Bunches of Kale
Half of Romaine lettuce head
(The salad was an absolute hit)
Breakfast: Mean Green Kale Smoothie juice
Organic Banana (sliced)
Whole Wheat English Muffin
1 tb of Basil Pesto
5 cherry tomatoes (sliced)
**This breakfast is very light and filling. Perfect for early morning boost of energy.**
Lunch: Simple Salad
Small kale and veggie salad
(The salads are pretty staple foods- and I love that I can have as much green leafs as I want. By the time lunchtime came I couldn’t wait to eat ..Eating salads make me feel so joyful).
Dinner: Electric Alkaline Soup
( I was looking for Dr. Sebi recipes & stumbled across this hearty treat on Youtube)
bell pepper (green, red)
Click the link for the tutorial. I definitely trying this recipe..it was so freakin’ delicious!
Breakfast: Sleek Simple Breakfast
1 Slice of Artisan Multigrain bread
1 Tb Basil Pesto
Handful of cherry tomatoes
Organic small banana
0.4 Cup of Organic blueberries
0.3 Cup of Organic raspberries
**These breakfasts are perfect for me. Sweet and salty is just how I like it, especially at the start of the week. As a mom-preneur, these are great before my workouts.**
Lunch: Kale Korean Salad
10 Blue Corn chips (for crunchy toppings on salad)
Homemade Garden vegetable soup
**Very nice afternoon filler, that is light enough for me to get back to work with ease.
Dinner: Quinoa/Black Beans, Mushroom Soup & Kale
30g White, red and black quinoa
0.3 Cups Homemade mushroom soup ( mixed veggies, tikka masala powder, curry, salt and pepper)
0.25 Cups Sauteed kale
** Now this was a super light dinner, yet I didn’t need anymore. I felt great and my body let me know that this was enough.
40g Dried Mango
Breakfast: Toast, Veggies & Wildberry Tea
1 Slice multigrain toast
1 tb Vegan butter
1/2 medium avocado
0.5 Cup of Cucumber
8 oz. Wild berry tea
**Again one of my favorite breakfasts, topped with lovely smooth wildberry tea, yum!
Lunch: Vegan Sausage & Toast
1 Slice of multigrain bread
0.7 tb vegan butter
0.25 of the avocado (from earlier)
1/2 tb of jiffy natural peanut butter
1 Field Roast Italian Meatless Sausage
*The vegan sausages are surprisingly really good. You would think it was real meat.
Calories: 584 (It was a pretty large lunch)
Dinner: Celestial Salad
2 cups of kale and romaine lettuce salad
**I decided to keep dinner light and breezy. I didn’t want to go to sleep with a heavy stomach.
Breakfast: Berries & Toast
0.4 cups organic blueberries
organic small banana
1 tb basil pesto
0.5 tb vegan butter
At this point I was still getting used to not having eggs or waffles in the morning and still attached to toast, so I enjoyed having the same breakfast everyday for a little bit- I didn’t bother me.
Lunch: Fruit Smoothie
Homemade fruit smoothie
Dinner: Portabello Mushroom Burgers
whole wheat buns
Breakfast: Fruit & Oatmeal
0.5 Raw Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 tb natural peanut butter
1 frozen banana
I love this one. I honestly was not a huge oatmeal fan prior to this, but I’ve grown to love it when its mixed with peanut butter and banana.
Lunch: Simple Salad
Kale & Romaine Lettuce salad
10 Blue Chips
Light Caesar dressing
**Salads are easy, quick and satisfying! Just what I need when I don’t feel like going the extra mile in the kitchen.
Dinner: Lentil Soup & Veggies
1 Cup Lentil Soup
Sauteed mushrooms, onion and kale
**This meal warms my heart. I never tried lentil soup ever and now I’m hooked.
Breakfast: Slammin’ Oatmeal
0.5 Raw steel cut oatmeal
small organic banana
1 tb peanut butter
6 raspberries ( a cute lil topper)
Lunch: Veggie Wraps
3 corn tortillas
Field Roast Italian sausage
0.5 cups Sauteed peppers and onions
**I can eat a wrap anyday anytime. I swear I was a pro at making them in my past life. There can be anything on the inside, which is why I absolutely love these veggie filled beauties.
Dinner: Stuffed Eggplants
Eggplant: Inside carved out, baked, with some of the flesh left inside
** I’m sorry but this one was a thumbs down for me. The eggplant was tough, and I baked it well over 45 minutes. Maybe I did something wrong, but all I ate was the filling, and the meal was not satisfying. Just a waste of my daily calories. I will not be making this again.
Calories: 1 roll 67 Calories
**I ended up eating a slice of toast, which wasn’t good for my overall calorie intake, because I was well under what I was supposed to have ate.
So as you can see, during my 1st week, my meals were colorful, alive and I did NOT starve! I actually enjoyed my food because it was alive, the enzymes made me feel vibrant, and no animals were involved. After getting through all of that, I realized there are so many delicious recipes to try, and that motivates me to keep going. I thought to myself , I CAN DO THIS!!
To all my fellow soul light brothers and sisters, you can totally take on this lifestyle. It can be challenging at first, but once you are over the 1st 7 days, you’ll feel so energized and ready to take on the next week.
Hope my experience helps,
Your Soul Sister Zaedah