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I’ve been on a plant based diet for 3+ years now after delving a little deeper into the animal agriculture industry’s practises. I recommend seeking out films such as Earthlings, Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, and the book ‘Eating Animals’, if you are wondering where your food comes from. 

In any case there is a common perception that the vegan diet is hard to do well. Honestly, on occasion I’ve had trouble finding something on a menu at a restaurant, for the most part I find it pretty easy and nourishing. 

When I’m at home breakfast looks a little like this:

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Steel cut oat porridge with blueberries, coyo, hemp, pumpkin & sunflower seeds. 

As a morning snack or as a prequel to breakfast I make a warm drink like chai blended with a vegan protein powder (I’ve used Usana Nutrimeal Free in this one). I also drink 3-4 cups of green tea a day. 

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Lunch might be:

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Roast veggies, quinoa, hummus, sauerkraut. 

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A speedy light lunch or afternoon snack – raw veggies, olives, avo, hemp seeds, sauerkraut. 

Dinner is all about soup for me lately (usually green as I find it harder in winter to drink a green juice or smoothie so this is an easy way to get plenty in). Add a squeeze of lemon/lime and a drizzle of olive oil along with some fresh herbs and you can make almost any combo shine. 

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Cauliflower, Broccoli, Zucchini, Spinach, celery, whatever is in season that you like. TIP: Cannellini beans give a thicker creamier texture plus add vegan protein. 

If I’m going to a friends house or have a bit more time for creating I love this Teff tart by Sami Bloom with lentil pesto and heirloom tomatoes. Sami has amazing plant based recipes, check her out! 

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Out & About:

On the go there’s usually an Avo toast on the menu at most cafes, if you’re lucky they have sprouted grain bread and nut mylks for your coffee, like Zeitgeist in the CBD. 

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Orchard St in Paddington does their own gluten-free seeded bread with turmeric macadamia butter that is a satisfying meal or 1 slice is a great snack. 

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Orchard St also do THE BEST raw, vegan, healthy sweets. One of my favs is this Celestial Chaga Slice. I’d like to say it is a sometimes food but this or something like it features in my life almost everyday. I make my own raw chocolate but it’s a bit rustic to make a pretty picture of. 

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My dear friend Rita Ince created these babies for a recent yoga retreat we hosted. 

Happy eating tribe.

Chew slowly,

savour the flavours,

feel free to comment below with your favourite herbivore meals. 

x

Maryanne