Vegan for a Day

So, you want to try being vegan for a day? Not sure you want to commit to a lifestyle, but interested to see what it’s all about? Well, you’re in the right place. 😉

The idea for this post came to me when my sister casually mentioned that she would like to “try out” veganism, but had no idea where to start. She asked me if I had any resources on my blog for someone like her, who is interested, but doesn’t know how to go about it.

It struck me that I’ve arrived at my mostly raw vegan lifestyle very slowly. In fact, it’s taken me a couple of decades to get here! I became a vegetarian (and I use that term loosely because I still ate pepperoni pizza, among other things) when I was 11-years-old. So I have had years to build up a knowledge base, familiarize myself with vegetarian products and delicious, nutritious meat alternatives.

For someone interested, but just starting out with “clean eating,” I imagine that it is overwhelming to say the least. So, today I am sharing two simple, sample daily meal plans and a shopping list for each day. No stress, no fuss, and no overwhelm in the grocery store.

DAY 1

Breakfast:
Smoothie — 1 banana, frozen berries, scoop of peanut butter, almond milk

Lunch:
Salad — lettuce, cherry tomatoes, nuts, shredded carrots, dressing

Dinner:
Vegan Chili, recipe here

DAY 2

Breakfast:
Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit

Lunch:
Spring Rolls, recipe here

Dinner:
Pesto Pasta, recipe here


SNACK IDEAS:

Veggie Chips
Sliced Veggies with Hummus
Fresh Fruit
Lara Bars
Trail Mix
Homemade Granola Bars, recipe here

Alternate Dinner Idea:

Rice & Beans, recipe here


Shopping List: Day 1

  • almond milk
  • frozen berries
  • peanut butter
  • bananas
  • lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes
  • carrots
  • favorite nuts
  • favorite dressing
  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh garlic
  • 1 package of meatless crumbles (I love this kind)
  • seasoning
  • olive oil

Shopping List: Day 2

  • oatmeal
  • soy sauce
  • spring roll wrappers
  • hummus
  • shelled sunflower seeds
  • kale
  • 1 box vegan pasta (we like this kind)

So that’s it. A simple, easy-to-follow vegan meal plan and shopping list for two days. Going vegan really does not have to be difficult, fancy, or expensive! People are usually amazed by how low my grocery bill is each week. Once you have a few basic recipes to work with, the ideas will start to come to you. Even if you decide to go vegan once a week, or once a month, it will do great things for your health and for the planet.

If you decide to give this a try, I would love to hear all about it! If you’ve got any questions, give me a shout.

xoxo

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