What I Eat in a Day (Vegan and Healthy)

What I Eat in a Day (Vegan and Healthy)

I don’t know about you, but there is something fascinating about what I eat in a day type content – I always enjoy these videos on YouTube, and blog posts detailing what a given person has consumed on a given day. Maybe I am just super nosy, but the enjoyment these bring me signalled that its time to make a little food diary of my own.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the abundance of people sharing what they eat on the Internet makes it very easy to compare what we eat to the diets of other people, and forget that every body is fundamentally different – we have different metabolisms, activity levels, genetics, just to name a few factors which determine what and how much we should eat. I am sharing this simply for informative purposes. People are often curious about what vegans eat on a typical day, and I aim to prove that it certainly isn’t ‘grass’/salad/rabbit food – as you will see later, my protein consumption is probably higher than your typical omnivore’s. Hence, you should take posts like these with a grain of salt. There is a big different between using them for inspiration, while eating in such a way that makes you feel great, and copying exactly what someone else is doing on social media as a means of achieving the same results.

I like to switch up my meals on a regular basis and unless I have cooked it in advance, will not have the same dish two days in a row. There are people who eat pretty much the same thing every day, and I am not one of them. Nonetheless, this day is pretty typical in terms of amount and the types of dishes I consume – abundant, high in protein and carbs, very colourful. Because life is too short not to eat all the carbs and colourful food (and it’s also too short for small portion sizes).

Breakfast: Acai Bowl with Peanut Butter, Medjool Dates and Raspberries. 

Vegan smoothie bowl

Vegan icecream

I am always craving something fruity first thing in the morning (unless it is excessively cold) because nothing is as energising as those wonderful natural sugars and flavours. Acai bowls like this are much simpler than they look and sound: this one was made through blending together around 3.5 bananas, a splash of cashew milk, a tbsp of acai powder (this is the one I use) and a handful of raspberries. I topped it with a spoonful of peanut butter, some soy yoghurt, more raspberries and shredded coconut. Breakfast is always one of my favourite parts of the day, and regardless of how early I have to leave the house (hello 6 am shifts) I will set aside plenty of time to enjoy a nourishing meal in the morning – however, prepping things in advance certainly helps!

Some of my other favourite breakfasts include: fruit platters, overnight oats, homemade bread with different toppings, scrambled tofu, protein pancakes and waffles.

Lunch: Spaghetti with a Tomato Sauce and Chickpeas. 

Vegan full day of eating

This is such a simple meal but never fails to hit the spot. In the summer, my lunches typically consist of cold dishes and salads, but these chilly November days require something which keeps me warm and energised for the hours ahead. The solution is usually pasta. As this dish is such a staple in my diet, I will be posting a recipe soon, so stay tuned if you are interested. I like to make my own tomato sauces from scratch using either fresh or canned tomatoes as it gives me much more flexibility in terms of spices and reduces unnecessary sodium in my diet. Sometimes, I will make my lunches in bulk if I have a busy week coming up, which is ideally done with spaghetti as it can be stored in the fridge for several days and are just as delicious when eaten cold.

Dinner: Buddha Bowl with Homemade Chips, Tofu and Guacamole 

Vegan what I eat in a day

Dinnertime usually sparks my culinary creativity, and the foods it involves vary on my mood and energy levels. Sometimes, I will meticulously prepare a curry from scratch, construct tacos out of homemade wraps or challenge myself to veganise a popular dish. However, I often need nothing other than a bowl packed with carbs, protein, healthy fats and some micronutrients, which requires minimal preparation and satisfies even my not-so-modest appetite (lol).

what i eat in a day vegan

Oil free fries

Vegan food can be just as simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and meals like this make me feel more alive and fuelled up than anything else because nature feels much more immediate in fresh, minimal ingredients – in particular when the potatoes are sourced either from our allotment or the local farmers’ market. And to make simplicity in your eating habits more appealing, there is also the question of price which I’ve discussed recently in an Instagram caption. Potatoes, for example, are one of the cheapest ingredients out there, which dispels the myth of veganism = necessarily expensive. Except for the obvious fries/chips, this bowl contains tofu pan fried in turmeric and cumin, guacamole, spinach and cabbage.

For dessert (not to be confused with desert, as I still mix them up sometimes despite having lived in England for nine years #Russianproblems) I had a Pulsin raw chocolate brownie bar which I didn’t photograph as it is pretty self explanatory.

Snack/Post gym meal: Ryvita crackers (later topped with cashew butter), a Pink Lady apple, tomatoes, a can of lentils

Vegan and Healthy full day of eating

As you can probably tell, I am not that much of a snacker and prefer to eat large meals fewer times a day, but I am always craving a quick source of carbs and protein after the gym. Hence, on this particular day, I came home and threw together whatever was left in the fridge. It is not the most exciting of snacks for sure, but served its purpose in quickly replenishing my energy after a tough workout.

Not included in this photo was a protein milkshake I made with a scoop of chocolate protein powder from Vega and cashew milk, but much like the raw brownie I mentioned above, this is pretty self-explanatory.

Keep in mind that simply due to the requirements of food photography, I did not include my portions in their entirety in many of these photos (I know from experience that trying to fit half a kilogram of potatoes onto one plate is much harder than you expect), and according to a website called Cronometer I ate in the range of 2750 calories (530 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of fat, 110 grams of protein) on this particular day, meeting 96% of my nutrient requirements. I fell slightly short in terms of Calcium and Vitamin E because I did not take my usual supplements (if you would like me to do a separate post detailing what supplements I take alongside my usual diet, do let me know in the comments) but on occasion this is okay because I will consume more than enough on a different day and my body will balance itself out. I have not counted calories or my macronutrient breakdown in months, and never usually do as I like to eat intuitively, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment for the purposes of this blog post!

As aforementioned, my food may be to everyone’s taste, as there are as many alternative ways of eating out there as there are human beings, and we all have individual requirements, lifestyles, preferences. However, I love sharing what I eat and hopefully encouraging others to try out more plantbased meals. So, do let me know in the comments – did you enjoy this style of post, and would you like me to do more full days of eating in the future? Do you prefer big meals, or smaller snacks throughout the day? Do you love potatoes as much as I do (lol)?

Vegan what I eat in a day

Lots of love, Maria ♡

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96 Comments

  1. Jacolene November 15, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Wow it all looks so pretty and yummy 🙂

    • whatismaria November 15, 2017 / 10:30 pm

      Thank you!! I am glad you think so Xx

  2. J | thenellybean November 15, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    Your diet is just goals, literally. Also I had no idea you were Russian, that’s awesome! xx

    • whatismaria November 15, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Omg thank you so much!! And yeah most people don’t realise, but I am glad you think it’s cool :’) xx

  3. DGGYST November 15, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Damn ! Goals right there! These all looked so beautiful and delicious!

    • whatismaria November 15, 2017 / 10:31 pm

      Ahh that means so much to me! Thank you very much for reading:)

  4. Britney November 15, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    This all looks amazing! I seriously want to eat more like you because it always looks fantastic. Since I don’t know how to cook, I always resort to takeout and instant/frozen meals, which I know is terrible. I like eating cold foods too though, so I know those don’t really require cooking. That buddha bowl really has my mouth watering right now! I really want some guacamole. lol

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 6:48 am

      Not gonna lie, I am not actually the best cook myself (I’m really clumsy and always drop everything lol) so I tend to go for meals that require minimal preparation most of the time! But I am so glad you like this, you should go and get yourself some guacamole for sure:) Xx

  5. Brooke Jade November 16, 2017 / 12:21 am

    Oh my gosh, all of this looks SO good!!! 🙂

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 6:48 am

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me:)

  6. Beyoutiful November 16, 2017 / 1:05 am

    These are so healthy girl, happy for ya! That spaghetti looks so delicious 🙂

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 6:49 am

      Ahh thank you dear! And yesss the spaghetti was super yummy:)

  7. Always Cleia November 16, 2017 / 3:06 am

    aaaahhh your food looks so good!
    I’m not vegan but I am vegetarian and have recently looking into those power meal bowls.
    Do you look up a lot of recipes or do you mostly make things up as you go?

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much! And you should definitely try out making a bowl sometime:) whether I make up recipes totally depends on the situation, if I do not have any ideas or am making something brand new (e.g., I made doughnuts the other day for the first time and had to look up a recipe for guidance) but try to get creative and make them up myself as much as possibe:)

      • Always Cleia November 16, 2017 / 6:03 pm

        I’d love to be able to just make things up as I go! Future goals! How did the doughnuts turn out?

  8. AJ November 16, 2017 / 5:31 am

    Wow your food looks yummy!!!

  9. Julia November 16, 2017 / 5:32 am

    All of this looks super tasty and I love how colourful all of your meals are as well 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much Julia!! I absolutely love colourful food:)

  10. SimpleSerenity November 16, 2017 / 8:07 am

    Everything looks absolutely amazing, super yummy. I would totally eat everything , your photos are stunning. xx

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 9:35 am

      Ahh that is so kind of you! Thank you so much dear ❤️❤️

  11. Joy The Witch November 16, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Omg your dinner looks SUPER good!! I love avocados! Love the photos you took, as usual!

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you so much!! Avocados are definitely one of the yummiest foods out there ❤️

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thank you! So glad you like this post Xx

  12. Lyn November 16, 2017 / 9:16 am

    great food! looks really yummy and healthy

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Ahh I’m so glad you think so ❤️

      • Lyn November 16, 2017 / 10:20 am

        😍😍😍

  13. crystalsandcurls November 16, 2017 / 11:09 am

    I really enjoyed reading this – and wow your diet is far more exciting than mine! I’ll need to buy some cookbooks and set a New Year resolution to put my kitchen to good use 😉 literally none of the meals here are things I wouldn’t eat – they all look absolutely delicious!xxx

    • whatismaria November 16, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      Hahah well I do have my odd days where I can’t be bothered to cook and literally have microwaved oatmeal 4x a day 😂😂 and yes new cookbooks are always a good idea! Thank you so much for your kindness lovely xox

  14. hell0chloe November 16, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    WHY DOES EVERYTHING YOU MAKE LOOK SO GOOD omg I would literally pay you to be my personal chef because absolutely everything looks amazing, I need to improve my culinary skills / diet asap!! xxx

  15. grace November 16, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    These look amazing! I’ve been loving smoothie bowls in the mornings as well! My favorite recipe is bananas frozen, dates, peanut butter, cacao powder and coconut milk topped with granola and more cacao nibs.

    – Grace

  16. Siyana November 16, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    You are the example that healthy food can look amazing and be as tasty!
    I’ve also discovered your Insta, and OMG where have I been?! It’s so gorgeous, I can’t even!

  17. The Style of Laura Jane November 16, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    It is funny when people think that vegans must eat salad and “rabbit food” 24/7. These meals look delicious and you can definitely get as much or more protein than many omnivores. I always crave fruit in the morning as well. xx

  18. kirstyjadeblog November 16, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Homemade chips are the best, all of this food looks so good! x

    • whatismaria November 17, 2017 / 7:53 am

      THank you!! Homemade chips are my absolute favourite ❤️

  19. dianamariak November 16, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    That pasta looks amazing! I need to start adding new ingredients to my food so I can change it up a bit. I love acaii bowls, I had my first taste in Hawaii and absolutely need to start making them at home again. Thank you for sharing these 🙂

    http://mylovelierdays.com

    • whatismaria November 17, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Omg acai bowls in Hawaii sounds like the absolute dream!! Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you liked this post xox

  20. Kim November 16, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    That Buddha Bowl looks seriously delicious!

    • whatismaria November 17, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Thank you! I am glad you think so xox

  21. Mia November 17, 2017 / 1:53 am

    I love What I Eat in a Day posts. I think they are so interesting! That smoothie bowl looks really tasty, and I looove homemade chips with guac! It’s great that you recognize that everyone’s bodies are different — I think it is so important to find what works for you. Great post!
    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    • whatismaria November 17, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Yesss smoothie bowls and guacamole with chips are always a favourite of mine!! And that is definitely an important thing to realise – so glad you can agree 🙂 thank you for reading and for your lovely comment ❤️

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:41 am

      Omg thank you! You should go and make yourself one asap:) And I think avocados are always a good idea!

  22. Eena November 17, 2017 / 6:18 am

    I spy with my little eye some avocado! Thanks for sharing this – been wanting to try veganism but I always find it hard, especially when starting out!

    cabin twenty-four

  23. Gluecksgeist November 17, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Can you cook for me please? Everything looks amazing xx

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:42 am

      Haha I would love to if I could :’) Thank you dear xox

  24. Richel V. November 17, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Have to admit that at a time, I thought that vegans/vegetarians only eat salad! I am so glad to be proven wrong. Your food in a day looks so yummy!

    xx, Richel V. | richelvergara.com

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:43 am

      Haha it is an easy misconception to have, but it’s definitely not true (in my case, anyway). Thank you for your comment!

  25. hudapervez November 17, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I don’t think i’ll ever get over how amazing your food looks in photos! That buddha bowl especially looks o good and filling! I love watching and reading what i eat in a day type posts/videos, they always inspire me in some way or another!

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:45 am

      Ahh that means so much to me as I work really hard on my food photos and I am so glad you like them:) And yes they definitely are inspiring, especially when I am running low on ideas myself hahah xx

  26. Laura @ Feast Wisely November 18, 2017 / 2:09 am

    Really interesting Maria and I’m in your camp of larger meals over snacking – I think it helps to give your digestive system rest between meals…..

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:45 am

      Thank you Laura! And I can totally agree with that, I feel much better physically when I eat large meals 🙂

  27. nataliesalchemy November 18, 2017 / 4:26 am

    Maria,
    whaa? How have I not followed you on instagram just yet. Which, I just did 2.5 seconds ago. I love to watch those videos as well, and I love following insta accounts that share what people eat because it gives me ideas what to feed myself! I love that you mention that we ultimately have different bodies and process foods differently, but it’s nice to get new ideas 🙂

    Natalie | http://nataliesalchemy.wordpress.com

    • whatismaria November 18, 2017 / 6:38 am

      OMG this is the nicest comment ever!! Thank you so much for checking out my Instagram and for following me, and yaaay I am so glad that someone can agree with me on the joy of what I eat videos :’) hope you have a wonderful weekend xox

  28. Ji Ah November 18, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Everything looks so amazing! Like, sooo #goals. This is really helpful, I’ve been trying to incorporate healthy eating into my lifestyle now, and your Buddha bowl looks absolutely CRAZY AMAZING! xx

  29. auchatbleublog November 18, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Wow! I just want to eat everything here! Love this post!

  30. In Roseac November 18, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I want to try these meals so badly 🙂 xxx

  31. Katie. lacoconoire🌻 (@lacoconoire) November 19, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    this post is soooo interesting! ive been thinking about going vegan for a little while (or at least vegetarian) but i always wonder what id end up eating!

    your breakfast looks absolutely amazing! *dribble* … but not as amazing as your dinner! that little platter looks absolutely incredible – please can i pay you to come and cook for me?!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • whatismaria November 19, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Ahh I am so glad you like this post! You should definitely give veganism/vegetarianism a go even if it means incorporating a few meals here and there:) and I would absolutely love to share some of my buddha bowls with you if I could hahah. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment xox

  32. Sunaina Das November 19, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Wow yummy , I need to try this ASAP 💗

    • whatismaria November 19, 2017 / 7:48 pm

      Thank you!! Glad you like it xox

  33. Eena November 19, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    The Buddha bowl is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all day – definitely want one right now. I love bowls/meals thag scream avocado overload.

    cabin twenty-four

    • whatismaria November 19, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much! Avocado is always a good idea in my opinion – glad you can agree :’)

  34. Misabella November 20, 2017 / 4:50 am

    These meals could actually turn me vegan 😂

    • whatismaria November 20, 2017 / 7:48 am

      Haha I am glad to hear that!! 💚

  35. Liv November 20, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I love these posts!! The food looks so yummy xx
    Liv
    livwrites.co.uk

  36. Abby Strangward November 21, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Love these, as someone who is looking into more vegan meals!! There’s actually an opening on our team for a vegan recipe curator – if you’re interested, shoot me a message at hello@seafoaming.com !! xox

  37. Beth November 22, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Your buddha bowl looks so good! Can’t beat avocado! xx

    • whatismaria November 24, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you!!! Avocado is amazing <3

  38. Sarah Julia November 23, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Great pictures 😍 and great taste. I am sure going to try this buddha bowl 😁

    • whatismaria November 24, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much! You should give it a go for sure:)

  39. almostfearlesswanderer November 23, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Yummm looks delicious! I haven’t really tried to go vegan however I am now cooking at least 3 meals a week that are vegetarian and delicious!

    • whatismaria November 24, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Thank you! And that sounds like such a great idea, even making a small difference can be super beneficial:)

  40. Demilade November 25, 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Wow, I literally just put up a new post on my blog and I talked about how I’ve been thinking of going vegan but I’m not so sure I’m cut out for it. This post shows me that it’s totally doable haha. Everything looks so delicious like wow, I want to eat it all. Can’t wait to see the spaghetti recipe, great post Maria.

    PS: I’m also a huge fan of ‘What I Eat In A Day ‘ posts and videos 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

  41. Garance November 26, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    This is God sent, as I’ve genuinely been trying to improve my eating habits…this looks so so good and I’m actually gonna try the Buddha bowl with homemade chips tonight! xo

    Love, G – https://urbankidparis.wordpress.com

  42. tapeparade November 26, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Wow, this was so interesting to read! I’ve rarely seen these kinds of posts where people document their food for a day – I’m vegan too so it was really cool to hear about. xx

  43. emmacather1ne November 27, 2017 / 1:28 am

    This all looks amazing!!! I love seeing what other people eat in a day! Great meal ideas x

  44. ughmango November 30, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I have a thing for what I eat in a day content and basically everything food related haha! Your meals look so damn delicious it makes me so hungry omg!! How can you make it all look that good seriously? 💗 xx

  45. Layla Rosita December 2, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I cannot believe how super yummy and colorful your plates look! Do they always look that fancy? I would love to eat vegan one day, but I’m taking baby steps right now by cutting out meat at first. Your pictures are amazing babe, have a great weekend! <3

    Love, Layla Rosita | http://www.laylarosita.com

  46. Vinita December 4, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Looks amazing, Maria! I was thinking of trying some vegan recipes and these dishes look so great!

  47. KENDI KARIMI December 12, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Looks so yummy. I feel hungry now 😭

  48. Alyssa January 2, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    The spaghetti and the Buddha bowl look absolutely divine!! I will have to give them a try, I am all about finding new vegan recipes! I will be cooking a lot more during this school year, which I’m quite excited for! 🙂
    xx Alyssa

    • whatismaria January 2, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Alyssa!! You should definitely try them out as they were both delicious 🙂 Good luck with everything in the upcoming year! xox

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