This’ll be a big lunch post, it’s been three weeks!
A commenter posed a question about my lunches: Do they keep me full, especially since sometimes there’s not a distinct protein source, and do I find myself needing an afternoon snack?
They do keep me full for a few good hours. The calorie, fat and protein content varies from day to day since I don’t pay that much attention. I try to make sure I’ve got protein, good carbs, veggies and a bit of fat in each lunch, and a little something sweet like chocolate or fruit. But I’m not that scientific about it, so depending on the day it might be carb heavy with little protein, et cetera. After eating my lunches I normally find myself satiated but not overfull, which is exactly how it should be. Regarding the protein issue, I do try to make sure that I get a good serving of protein at least a few times a day from varied sources – soy, beans, nuts/seeds, quinoa. There are also amounts of protein in all other foods except fat (I think), so I’m getting plenty. When I first became vegan I was concerned with including a specific protein component in every meal, but as I’ve grown more comfortable with it I’ve given myself permission to have all grain and veggie meals when I want to, so that is why you may see some lunches with no discernible protein.
I do eat an afternoon snack, as well as a morning snack, and this is how I prefer to eat. Usual eating times are breakfast at 7, snack at 10:30, lunch at 12:30, snack around 4-5 depending on when I get hungry, and dinner whenever I get it made – it varies from 7 to 9. Typical morning snack is a piece of fruit, and for the afternoon it’s usually soy yogurt or nuts. I throw in crunchy snacks like pretzels or sesame sticks here and there because I am a crunchy snack monster and this keeps me from gorging on chips or something like that. I eat snacks because I get hungry in between meals, and I couldn’t jam more food into my breakfast or lunch without feeling overfull.
Hope this helps explain my eating tendencies to anyone who might be interested! On to the lunches.
3-16 “beef” stuffed collards, gherkins, cheese crackers,
root veggie soup, grapes
3-17 roasted beet salad with soy bleu cheese, baked tortilla strips &
tangelo reduction dressing, dark mint chocolate
3-19 mini crustless tofu quiches, parsley mashed potatoes,
raw chard salad with grapefruit, grapes
3-20 roasted beets, mini crustless tofu quiches, parsley mashed
potatoes, raw chard salad, gf crackers, grapes
3-25 broccoli-cheese grits, black eyed peas with mushrooms, parsley mashed potatoes, carrot sticks, pb cookies
3-26 quinoa spaghetti with marinara & toasted pine nuts,
steamed broccoli, vanilla soy yogurt with blueberries,
sweet potato-pecan-choco chip muffin
3-31 pizza with caramelized onions, artichiokes, roasted red peppers &
fyh mozzarella, broccoli, tahini dip, prunes
4-1 chickpea cutlet piccata, mashed cauliflower with rosemary,
roasted asparagus, tangelo, strawberries
4-2 assorted “cheese” and crackers, broccoli, radishes,
tahini dip, dark mint chocolate