No More Meat & Potatoes

A Day in Food with Carl

Last week Cindy posted what she ate on what was a typical day for her, and we had some requests to continue the trend. So here goes. This was a typical day for me this week.

BREAKFAST:
Protein Shake
1 cup of vanilla unsweetened Hemp Milk (Whole Foods)
1 banana
1 large scoop of peanut butter (fresh ground from Whole foods)
1 tbsp. of chia seeds (Whole Foods)
1 tbsp. of maca powder (Whole Foods)
1 scoop of plant-based protein

1 piece of toast with Earth Balance butter (Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s)

No big secret here friends. I usually just like to start my day with a protein shake, which will keep me full for a couple hours, at the very least. Sometimes I’ll do banana and peanut butter, or sometimes banana and frozen berries – whatever you like is fine. Protein in the morning is usually a good idea to get the brain going and keep you full for a couple hours. And see if you can stay away from whey protein and all the others made from animal by-products. There are a few plant-based ones out there that cost the same, taste the same and are better for you.

MID-MORNING SNACK:
Apple and Peanut Butter
A classic. I’ll have some fruit mid-morning usually to keep me going until lunch. If not fruit, a handful of nuts and raisins.

LUNCH:
Mixed Salad
Butter lettuce (Trader Joe’s)
Shredded carrots (Trader Joe’s)
Corn (Trader Joe’s)
Lentils (Trader Joe’s)
Handful of raw walnuts (Trader Joe’s)
Handful of raw sunflower seeds (Trader Joe’s)
Handful of assorted raisins (Trader Joe’s)
Spicy peanut vinaigrette salad dressing (Trader Joe’s)

This is something I have actually come to crave every day. I typically shop for the week on Mondays and keep everything in the fridge at work along with a big bowl and silverware. The salad I make is pretty darn big, but it’s not overly dense given that it is all fresh veggies and nuts. I rarely get that post lunch sleepiness and power through the afternoon pretty nicely.

AFTERNOON SNACK:
Chocolate and Banana
After lunch I like to treat myself to a few squares of chocolate. I buy the 85% cacao dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s. The darker the better, because lighter chocolate has more sugar and milk. Amazingly enough I used to absolutely hate dark chocolate, but after changing my diet my taste buds have changed. I don’t consume all that much sugar in my diet anymore, so milk chocolate has become too sweet for me.

I’ll have some fruit mid-afternoon to keep me going through the end of the day.

POST-WORKOUT PROTEIN SHAKE:
1 cup almond milk
1 Banana
Blueberries
Strawberries
2 scoops hemp protein

I got this at the gym after I worked out. Much like everyone else, I like to get some protein in my system afterwards to help rebuild the muscle. That night at the gym I did 3,000 push-ups, 2,000 dips, 1,000 pull-ups and 500 sit-ups. Normally I’d do a bit more, but I was feeling tired. Fine, I’m kidding.

PRE-DINNER SNACK:
Spicy hummus (farmer’s market) and multi grain pita chips (Trader Joe’s). This spicy hummus we get at the farmers market might be the most delicious thing on the planet. I’ll put it on anything.

DINNER:
Improvised “Stir-fry” and Spinach Salad
Brown rice (Trader Joe’s)
Corn (Trader Joe’s)
Lentils (Trader Joe’s)
Sunshine veggie burger (Whole Foods)
Spicy chipotle hummus (farmer’s market)

The salad was just spinach, a few strawberries and a vinaigrette dressing Cindy made.

This was totally a makeshift dinner. I was feeling extremely lazy and the drill this night was to look in the pantry, fridge and freezer and mix anything that I could find. I put everything but the veggie burger in a pot and warmed it up. The veggie burger was baked in the mini toaster oven and added at the end. The Sunshine veggie burgers are actually a savior to have in your freezer. They are amazingly delicious, healthy, and are super easy to make. They are one of few that are both soy-free and gluten-free. I use them as my meat substitute in a stir-fry or tacos, and will have an actual ‘burger’ if there is some bread lying around.