I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been a vegetarian for about a year now, so I thought I’d use this post to let you in on my day-to-day diet. I never set out to be a vegetarian, it was more of a test to see if I could give up meat for two weeks. Well it’s almost been a year now and I have still not eaten meat. Of course, when I told my husband I was going “veggie,” he thought I had come down with some kind of psychological disorder, especially when I told him that HE, too, would be eating much less meat and more vegetarian dishes. Despite the initial shock, however, both he and I have managed just fine for the past year, and I’ve never felt better. I still cook meat for my family but not as often as they would like. I know what you’re thinking, so let me dispel the myths that are floating around in your head. Yes, there are plenty of vegetarian things for you to eat. Yes, you can get your daily-recommended protein without eating a cow.I am so sick of that annoying question, “How do you get your protein”? Seriously? I probably get as much protein in my diet as some one who is not a vegetarian. Here’s a break down of my typical day, but rest assured that there are a ton more options.
Breakfast: Quaker Oats Weight Smart Oat Meal
- Oatmeal (Calories: 160; Fat: 3 grams; Protein: 7 grams; Sugar: 1 gram)
Midmorning Snack: Protein Shake
- 8 oz Almond Milk (Calories: 60; Fat: 3 grams; Protein: 1 gram; Sugar: 6 grams ((It’s a little high in sugar, but it’s totally worth it)
- Nature’s Plus Spiru-tein Chocolate Protein Powder (Calories: 96; Fat: 0 grams; Protein: 14 grams, Sugar: 7 grams)
Lunch: 2 scrambled eggs with fresh salsa (Italian Rose Fresh Salsa from Sam’s Club)
- Eggs (Calories: 70-90 per egg ; Fat: 10 grams; Protein: 14 grams)
- 2 Tbs. Salsa (Calories: 10; Fat: 0 grams; Sugar: 0 grams)
Mid Afternoon Snack: Trader Joe’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus with Pretzel Crisps
- 2 Tbs. Hummus (Calories: 50; Fat: 3 grams; Protein: 2 grams; Sugar: 1 gram)
- 10 Pretzel Crisps (Calories: 110; Fat: 0; Protein: 3 grams; Sugar 2 grams)
I’m already up to 44 grams of protein and I haven’t even had dinner!
Dinner: Since I’m very conscious of what I eat during the day, I splurge a little for dinner and don’t look at the nutrition facts. Most nights I have a salad with either sushi, salmon, or white pizza with spinach. I just eat slowly and remain conscious of my hunger level.
As you can see, my diet is well balanced and includes plenty of protein-rich options. To avoid hunger pangs, I drink 16 oz. of water before each meal and eat only until I am satisfied. The water also helps curb my appetite so I don’t accidentally overeat. Listen. Just give it a week. Try my “test” and see what happens, maybe you’ll love it and decide to cut back on your meat intake or head right to Morton’s Steak House. Hopefully you will meet some where in the middle and incorporate some more vegetarian dishes in your diet. Even a little change will help. Enjoy!