Vegan Food Diary – How to Make a Buddha Bowl

Oh hey! How are you? It’s been months since I’ve posted here and I kept having so many reasons I wasn’t ready yet and so I finally decided it is time to just dive in!

I’m going to start by doing something that’s easy for me that I think (hope) will be helpful for you of you are a new or aspiring vegan and want to know what vegans eat on a typical day.

Before we get to the food I’ll let you know I Teeter between being a junk food Vegan and a healthy food Vegan… I go back and forth but my aim and goal and mission is to CRAVE and WANT healthy, whole food. I’m working on it,

I started off my day with Complete by Juice PLUS+. It’s a whole food nutrition shake that I love to pack with more nutrition from frozen fruits and veggies.

In my smoothie this morning I added Complete Chocolate, banana, almond milk, almond butter and spinach. Delicious!

Next I had a vegan grande Cafe Latte from @starbuckscanada  today when I went to drop my son’s chrome book back to high school. I just about cried when I said thank you to his principal. My baby is growing up!

How I order Starbucks Cafe Latte Vegan:
Grande Cafe Latte with almond milk and cinnamon on top (this is sugar free, too)

I’ve been growing my Tower Garden since April and it’s getting lush and large! Here’s a recent pic:

I bought the tower garden because I’m NOT a veggie lover. I am looking to foster healthy habits and CRAVE whole foods. I figured if the food is looking me in the face, every day, I would WANT to do something with! And it’s working. My favorite way to have LOTS of greens is to smother them with healthy dressing and other veggies I do enjoy (avocado πŸ’–, potato πŸ’–, green beansπŸ’–, crunchy onions from French’s πŸ’–).

Here is what is in my vegan buddha bowl:

Vegan Loaded Buddha Bowl Ingredients:

Base: Quinoa
Greens: Arugula, Romaine, Elegance Mix, Kale & Chard – All from the tower!
Toppings: Crunchy Onion Topper from French’s, Air Fried Mini-Potatoes, Avocado, Vegan Bacon from LiteLife and Baked Green Beans
Dressing: I used this easy recipe with Tahini, Maple Syrup and Lemon — sooooo gooood! The recipe make enough for three of my giant Buddha Bowls so you could use it for quite a few small salads. I stored it in a small mason jar in the fridge.

I ate this “accidentally vegan” cookie yesterday and I was going to tell you I ate two because I did – at FIRST – but then ended up having about six, even broke my fast to have more (full confession). Then I noticed my skin looked very patchy today and I’m sure it’s the extra sugar. I finished a 10-day detox challenge just about a week ago so I’ve been eating very clean and I’m noticing the effects sugar is having on my body and I don’t like it! That’s a GOOD thing because, as I said, I’m trying to focus on loving and wanting whole foods.

If I can control myself then I think these would be an ok little snack from time to time, if I had just one or two and felt IN CONTROL when choosing to have one.

I’ve been trying to cut back on my caffeine intake, especially since I’m running the 10 Healthy Habits Challenge monthly now and one of the habits is to reduce caffeine and sugar.

This fruity tea from Sipology has no caffeine in it and I love it with a little maple syrup and lemons over ice. I make up this big jug you see in the photo and then have it as a refreshing drink for the next few days after that.

I hope this gives you some idea of what a vegan eats on a daily basis. I’ll be posting a lot more of these posts, too, to give you more ideas and inspiration.

Just FYI, I’m not a big eater, I don’t eat a lot in a day so I’m not saying that what I eat should be what you eat. And full disclosure I have about 50lbs I’d like to lose and so if you think all vegans are thin people or getting vegan can make you thin it doesn’t work like that.

I had issues before becoming vegan and they didn’t go away when I became vegan and I didn’t become vegan to lose weight (though it sure would be a nice perk had it happened). The reason I don’t eat a lot is I’m following two lifestyle habits:

1. Eat when I’m hungry, stop when I’m full. I believe in this – I won’t count calories or force my portions in any way. I believe that if and when I can get fully attuned with my body it will tell me what it needs.

2. Intermittent Fasting – I don’t have a lot of knowledge or research to point you to on IF at this time but for the sake of sharing I’ll start looking up more how this works and/or why. For now, what I do and what I know makes me FEEL GOOD is to give my body a break from eating for a good few hours per day. I’ve played with the fasting window and right now I usually aim for stopping eating at 6pm and then starting at 10am.

This was fun! I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to hearing from me with more vegan food diaries. Let me know if you have any questions!

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