I’m sure with the new year starting there will be plenty looking to eat healthier. With our busy schedules and hectic days, it’s easy to get off track. Breakfast has always been an issue for me because I get up super early for work and I just don’t have time in the mornings. I’ve complied some of my favorite grab-and-go meals that everyone (even non-vegans) will love! Some of the combos may sound kind of odd but try them and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
- Overnight Oats. The mother of all grab and go breakfasts. The recipes are as endless as your imagination on this on but my favorite is Berry Delicious Overnight Oats. The night before, I grab a mason jar, fill it with rolled oats (steel cut oats just don’t work out for this), almond milk (my FAVORITE is Califia Almond Milk, the toasted Coconut flavor) just enough to cover the oats, then fill the top w/ frozen berries. The berries marinate in there overnight and meld with the milk and it’s just a delicious combo in the morning. Just stir, eat and enjoy. I also make a yummy Apple Pie one by replacing the frozen fruit w/ Trader Joe’s Thick and chunky applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Coconut Toast (or Bagel). Toast some whole grain bread or half of a bagel and spread w/ coconut oil (it’s so good for you), and enjoy. DELISH!
Breakfast or Lunch
- Rice cake, banana, and peanut or almond butter. I know some people are going to check out as soon as they read rice cake, but I’m telling you, this is DIVINE! It must be a plain, unsalted rice cake, trust me I’ve tried all different kinds and the rice cake really makes this. Simply take your rice cake, spread it w/ peanut or almond butter and slap some sliced banana on there and you got a little piece of heaven. I have a stash of peanut butter and rice cakes at work as a backup so if I’m running late in the morning I know all I have to do is grab a banana before I run out of the house and lunch will be covered.
- Avocado Toast w/ pumpkin seeds. Oh my heavens, I could eat this all day every day! Toast your bread well, mash (or slice up) some avocado to put on the toast, sprinkle on some salt, garlic powder, pumpkin seeds, and some cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy like I do).
- Avocado, Tomato, and Salt. You don’t get more grab and go than this! I literally just grab an avocado and a tomato and go to work. At lunch, just slice them up and sprinkle with salt. If you have extra time and you want to spruce it up you can make part of it ahead of time by making a container with some corn and black beans sprinkled with salt, garlic and parsley then add in the sliced avocado and tomato for a nice little salad. If you don’t have time for all that, trust me, I know it sounds Plain Jane but the tomato, avocado, and salt are REALLY good and the fat in the avocado keeps you full all day!
- Veggie Beans. Grab some frozen veggies (I like to use broccoli, or green beans, or the mixed vegetable bags with the broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower) toss them into a container and throw in some of your favorite beans (you can use garbanzo, black beans, kidney, lima, whatever), and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, garlic, and whatever other spices you like and go. You can throw in a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil if you want but it doesn’t really need it in my opinion. I like this one because you don’t have to remember to put it in the fridge; the veggies will defrost and keep everything cool until lunch time then just pop it in the microwave, stir and enjoy.
Healthy snack options are endless and kind of a no-brainer but I’ll list a few just in case someone needs some ideas.
- Apples (Or any fruit. Almost all fruits are naturally grab-and-go, thanks God!)
- Carrots or fresh broccoli & hummus
- Popcorn (depending on where you work. This is not an option at my job but I love it on my days off)
Healthy eating doesn’t have to go out the window when your schedule gets out of hand. Be prepared and keep healthy foods on hand in your house. When you eat better you will feel better and you’ll be able to fight the stresses coming at you.
For more information on eating vegan I recommend you read The Kind Diet and/or watch the documentary Forks Over Knives (it’s purely on the health effects of eating a plant-based diet: no graphic animal content).
Eat well and be well lovelies!