Want to know what it’s like to live (and eat) like a vegan? We speak to our resident PT, Georgie Spurling about her vegan diet and what she eats in a day. Over to you Georgie…
Being a vegan is honestly the best choice I have ever made, but it’s all about listening to your body. Veganism isn’t something anyone should jump into. Educating yourself is vital before changing your lifestyle. You need to know what to eat to satisfy your body and what will give you the macros you need. This also means experimentation. Sounding like alot? It’s really not, you just have to learn to listen to what your body is craving and it’s easy!
This is an example of what I eat in a day – it works for me but bear in mind it may not work for you!
Breakfast: I’m a porridge addict! I love the warmth of it and how satisfied it makes me feel. Oats are one of the best foods we can put in our bodies. They are rich in a certain fibre called beta-glucan which is proven to lower cholesterol. Oats are also proven to stabilise blood sugars meaning we stay fuller for longer. They really are a power food! I make my porridge with almond milk and stir in maca powder to make it creamy. My favourite toppings at the moment are banana, raspberries, shredded coconut and almond butter.
Lunch: One of my favourite new recipes to have at lunch is my winter vegetable salad. This consists of roasted fennel, beetroot and butternut squash on a bed of kale and quinoa, which is dressed in balsamic vinegar and garlic. I top with pomegranate seeds to add an extra flavour. This is so incredibly easy to make in advance to take to work with you the next day. The root vegetables are really filling and the quinoa is packed with protein. An overall balanced lunch to fill you with energy for the afternoon.
Dinner: One of my all time favourite meals is my own sweet potato gnocchi. For one sweet potatoes are literally the best thing ever, and two who doesn’t like a good pasta dish. These little bites of gooey goodness taste so indulgent yet they are extremely healthy and surprisingly light. I make this with peas, spinach and drown it in my homemade pesto before topping with nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavour. Are you drooling yet?
Snacks: Fruit is always in my handbag. I love fruit its hydrating and gives you that all important glucose to help our body and brain be full of energy. I also love making my own flapjacks. My favourite at the moment is almond butter and maple syrup flapjacks. Full of healthy fats to improve your skin, hair and nails, and they taste like heaven.
I hope that a day of my food diary helps inspire you to lead a healthy lifestyle. Try eating plant based for 2 days a week and see how you feel, I can guarantee you will feel great!