WIAW: Plant-based edition

Hi friends! Thank you so much for the lovely birthday wishes (and get well wishes for P) yesterday! I’ll share more pics in Friday Faves, but we had an awesome dinner here at the house with family. We ordered Indian food from Saffron, enjoyed a cake from Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and I made a giant cheese board. It was nice to celebrate a bit together, especially since the funeral is tomorrow. <3

Making a wish with my best girls:

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For today’s post, I thought I’d share a WIAW post featuring a full day of plant-based eats. My eating style has reverted back to a more produce focus since I started with the gallbladder polyp thing, and while I still eat chicken and fish, there are days that go by when I realized I haven’t had any animal-based products at all.

Here’s what a full day of plant-based eats looked like recently:

6:45 I wake up and have a a full glass of water and a little snack while I wait for the coffee maker to heat up. Usually this little bite is 1/2 a protein bar, a couple of Enjoy Life protein bites, an amazeball, or some dark chocolate. It wakes me up instantly. 😉

I have an amazeball and make my usual decaf coffee. I usually froth it up with some collagen powder, but today I just have it with some monk fruit and almond milk.

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(This is my milk frother! It was about $15 and I use it every day.)  

9:00am I’m back home from drop-off and make “real” breakfast. At the beginning of each week, I sauté a ton of veggies to add to wraps, salads, and scrambles. This week, it’s bell pepper, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato, kale, and carrots, seasoned with garlic powder, turmeric, and miso. I serve the chickpea scramble with a dollop of vegan Buffalo sauce from Sunbasket. (I add a fun sauce to our delivery each week and they’re always good on wraps, in scrambles, or as veggie dips.)

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+ a few squares of dark chocolate

I take all of my supplements (DIM, adaptogen blend, MitoQ, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and selenium) and head upstairs to get started on my first block of work for the day.

1:00pm One of my go-to lunches: Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi, a Beyond Meat sausage, arugula, spinach, and a little Primal Kitchen Ranch drizzled on top. For the gnocchi, I add it to a skillet with avocado oil and let it cook, flipping occasionally for about 10 minutes. It gets nice and crispy this way! Then I’ll crumble in the sausage to brown it, and wilt in the greens. Serve and top with dressing. 

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After lunch, I drink some herbal tea while I blast through work stuff.  

6:30pm The Pilot is out of town, so I take the girls on a dinner date to Charro Vida. We share some chips with salsa and my entree is the hemp tamales: 

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(I eat about half and take the rest home for lunch the next day)

9:30pm Organifi golden milk latte with almond milk while catching up on This Is Us. I’ll usually have Four Sigmatic hot cacao (<— order from Thrive Market) or the Organifi gold before bed and it’s one of my favorite nighttime rituals. The Organifi has reishi, turmeric, and magnesium, and is so comforting and delicious. The pumpkin flavor is awesome! (I don’t have a referral code but I use Shaun Stevenson’s – enter MODEL for 20% off)

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So there ya go! I’m definitely a creature of habit and once I find something I like, I’ll have it repeatedly before I’m sick of it and switch onto the next thing. I find that anything I can do out of habit uses less brain power, so I’d rather use the decision making for more important things than what I want to eat for breakfast. I have a handful of staples and tend to rotate between these.

Are you a creature of habit when it comes to food? What are some of your go-tos?

Plant-based friends: any awesome lunch or breakfast combos you’ve loving?



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  1. Katie on November 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Total creature of habit here. I have probably eaten slight variations of the same lunch for a solid 90% of my adult working life, so like 12 years. Every Sunday I pack up cups layered with frozen fruit, chia seeds, and yogurt so by the time I take it to work the fruit is thawed and the chia seeds have gelled. There’s also usually some cereal to stir in, almonds, and a banana. When I have extra time to get freaky, I treat myself to a sandwich: Dave’s Killer Bread with peanut butter on both the upper and lower slice and sprinkled with cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and a dash of cayenne. The critical next step is that, instead of jelly, I pile up about 1/3 of a very thinly sliced apple. It’s the kind of sandwich that you don’t wanna leave in the office fridge, because I’m a pacifist but I would totally do a murder if someone stole that lunch from me.

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2019 at 11:48 pm

      that sounds amazinggggggggg

  2. Anne on November 13, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I came to the comments to get more veg meal ideas- so I’ll have to check back again later! I like your idea of big veggie fry early in the week, but oooh the chopping! 🙁
    Anyway, I found this recipe and have been making it almost every week. So good with the tahini on a slice of bread. https://simple-veganista.com/cranberry-walnut-chickpea-salad-sandwic/

    • Fitnessista on November 13, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      haha i was like where is everyone today???
      i’ll check out that salad- thank you!

  3. Jodie on November 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Which brand miso do you use? I like roasted curried chickpeas, with roasted broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cabbage with miso and balsamic glazed roasted sweet potatoes.

  4. Molly on November 14, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    What decaf do you recommend? I’m looking for an organic strong decaf coffee.

  5. Tess on November 14, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Can you do a post on all the supplements and vitamins you recommend? So interested in this nighttime turmeric drink as well!

  6. Sana on November 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I love when you share these WIAW posts! Gives me a lot of great ideas for my meals. I recently heard about the TJ cauliflower gnocchi from some co workers and it’s gluten free so I think I’ll try it this weekend.

  7. adrianna on November 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    maje creature of habit here! i have the same breakfast, lunch, and dinner (i vary the veg but thats about it) nearly every day. i don’t really get sick of my meals, they’re easy, mostly healthy, and quick. i only have to cook for me so its easy. and grocery shopping is a breeze, ha!
    side note: HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!! you are so fantastic, gorgeous, amazing, great mama and wife and virtual friend. hope you had an absolutely great day 🙂

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