Vegan Daily Protein Combination #2 – The Lazy Day Edition

To be honest with you, the lazy day edition is pretty much any normal day now. I found an easy way to get everything I need in super easy and quick format, from breakfast to supper. I decide to share ideas of what I eat in a day to help other people who might want to reduce their meat intake and don’t really know how to get it done intelligently. This is not a full proof combination, and it’s targeted for a women my age (35) my height (170 cm) and my weight (81 kg), but it can serve as a reference point for other people. You can see the first post in this category here.

I start my day with a smoothie, in which I add 2 tbs of ground flax seeds, 2 tbs of chopped walnuts (I buy them chopped, put them in the freezer) and 5 almonds. Yes, I count them. I add soy milk with a bunch of frozen fruits and some superfoods powder that I got in a box somewhere. I usually add some oatmeal, if I want to stay focused until lunch. I didn’t add it though to the countdown, it’s not a constant in my life, so let’s just consider it a bonus!

Lunch will be 1/2 cup of hummus and vegetables that I dip directly in the container and some kind of piece of bread or crackers I can steal find in the fridge at work. An ex-employee of mine used to eat that for lunch all the time. Her conviction that food boredom was not an issue in her life just gave me the little push I need to not care just as much.

And for supper, I add 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli to the boiling pasta while I soak 1/2 cup TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) on the side in powdered no sodium vegetable broth. I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of TVP, but it has the advantage of being fantastically easy to use and a very complete vegan protein. I drain the pasta and broccoli, put it back in the pot, add the TVP, pepper, sriracha, olive oil, nothing and eat it right out of the pot.

Is this combination a gastronomic dream? No, it isn’t. My priority right now is efficiency, and what I try to accomplish in my day is not the pleasure of my taste buds, but a shitload of work and study. This routine allows me to work 8-10 hours a day, study 5 and still have time to take a shower once in a while and slap colours on my face every morning… I can even find time to do the dishes, aka a ninja blender container and a cooking pot. I eat this way 4 days a week during times of high stress and work overload. And when everyone at work is falling ill with stomach flues and colds and many types of influenza, I remain unperturbed.

That’s when you realise that being a vegan is the best option for the lazy or ultra busy cook who doesn’t want to eat out all the time. That being said, I’ll try to be a little less lazy and buy my own bread from now on…

I want to add that the proteins for which there are no targets are non-essential amino acids, which means that your body, in a healthy environment, can synthesise them from other nutrients. I know that vitamins and minerals are also important, and I do take them into account when thinking about my food, but I already take a multivitamin, for B12 and for iron mostly, but it has everything else.  If I change the frozen vegetable for peas, or cauliflower, a mix of these, I’m still all good for the day. In reality, I buy one of those three, whichever is on sale at the grocery store 🙂

So here’s the data: