March 5, 2019

What do I eat?

Remember posts about “Why I suddenly care about gluten-free bread” and “Tips to stick to your diet?”

In them I explain what type of diet I am on and how to make it easier. Since it became a routine and I feel so so so much better I wanted to share with you what I eat on daily basis.

Now let’s take a tour of what I ate in the beginning of beautiful March.

After workout

I usually train in the morning and therefore I have plant-based protein powder mixed with water directly after training. It is quick and quality solution to fuel yourself after a workout.

Cocoa plant-based protein powder I eat when I train.

Fruit snack

I eat fruit almost everyday. In the season of persimmons I ate a lot of those. Pomegranate was on my menu 4 times per week #truelove. Now I eat apples, bananas, pineapple,. When I finish with eating fruit I wait at least 30 minutes before moving to breakfast.

Pineapple cut to pieces for breakfast.

Breakfast

Man, I really like porridges. Mostly I use millet and buckwheat. Rarely rice. I soak it overnight, cook in salter water, drain and top with seeds/nuts and cinnamon. If I feel extra fancy I put some plant-based milk but as I explain at the end of this post I don’t want to get too hooked on that stuff.

Simple millet porridge with pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Lunch

In the winter I ate soups two times per day. Now that the weather is nicer I started craving salads. Today I had mixed greens with some left-over risotto (usually I just use red or brown rice), sautéed kale, beetroot and sesame. I use vinegar and salt (sometimes soy sauce) for dressing.

Big bowl of mixed greens, beetroot, sesame, kale and leftover risotto.

Warm liquid

I drink only water during the day but after lunch I like to treat myself with either some tea, golden milk, acorn coffee or any type of warm beverage. Today Klemen made us cocoa drink with chai masala spices.

Warm beverage with coconut milk, chai masala spices and cocoa.

Dinner

Put-everything-in-a-pot type of soups are my go-to for dinners (and I ususally make a lot so it lasts for 2 days). I love clear soups meaning I cook only vegetables in spiced water and then add rice or some other carb as a side-dish. But soups where I cook grains together with veggies are nice also because they are thick and comforting. Today I made oats soup with carrots, leek, cauliflower and turmeric. So delicious and creamy!

Bowl of oats soup with carrot, cauliflower and turmeric.

Snackety snack

Yeah there are days when I feel extra extra hungry. If I still feel hungry after the whole day of eating I don’t limit myself - I eat (as long it is in the limits of stuff I can eat). I love milky rice, buckwheat bread with miso and spinach, tofu with vegetables, …

Today that was some buckwheat bread with tomato sauce, pickles, nutritional yeast and lettuce. I make my own sourdough buckwheat bread (instructions on how to make it are in my Instagram highlights) and it became such a staple I have it almost every day for one meal.

Buckwheat bread with tomato sauce, pickles, nutritional yeast and lettuce.

PS.: Take home message

Keep it simple. Optimize. Cook in bulk. Avoid processed food. Find some kind of routine.

PS1.: Simple food?

I just want to emphasize one thing - there is a difference between a) when I cook in a restaurant, for a blog or for parties and b) when I cook for myself everyday. In the first case I want delicious food. Yes, it can be healthy, but I would use much wilder ingredients, put olive oil everywhere and cake would have chocolate all over it. All the dishes would be upgraded, levitated and whatnot.

In the second case, however, my cooking comes down to basics. I strive to eat as clean as possible and not using anything processed/fancy/decadent. Even stuff like store-bought plant-based milk, plant-based yogurt, tofu and tempeh - I want to see them as an occasional treat and not as everyday staple food.

Baby, this one is a keeper

On my mission to reduce food waste, I used some over-ripped bananas that were laying around and made this scrumptious & good for ya belly Banana Bread