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What I Ate Today | Vegan Keto w/ Recipes

What I Ate Today | Vegan Keto

It’s been 4 days since I completed my 21 Day Vegan Keto Intermittent Fasting Challenge. As the title says, I’m still eating Vegan Keto(at least for today and the days before). My mind races with meal ideas which means each day varies but here’s a snapshot of what I eat.

I have been focusing on making sure my micronutrients are complete or at least close with enough balance throughout the week by using the app/website Cronometer.

As with ANY recipe you are recreating to achieve a certain macro/micro goal, unless you use the exact ingredients I use, our totals will vary slightly. I do use a lot of Whole Foods/365 products–this is the closest grocery to me with costs comparing to others.

I hope this helps give you ideas & make your meal planning a little easier.


Meal #1
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Make the night before or at least an hour prior to eating. You will see I used 2 different non-dairy milks. I have created a habit of doing this to help with completing micronutrients.

Pumpkin Spice Chia Protein Pudding

  • 365 Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, 1/2c
  • 365 Unsweetened Original Soy Milk, 1/2c
  • Vega Essentials Vanilla Protein Powder, 1/2scoop
  • Manitobla Hemp Seeds, 3tbsp
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice, 1tsp
  • Canned Pumpkin(plain! not pumpkin pie filling), 1/4c
  • Maple Extract(alcohol free), 1/2tsp ->optional
  • Chia Seeds, 1tbsp
  • Walnuts, 1.5tbsp
    • If you buy raw, toast in a pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. DO NOT BURN
  • Sprinkle Sea Salt

Blend all ingredients except for chia seeds, walnuts & sea salt. Pour in to jar or glass. Stir in chia seeds. Put in refrigerator for at least an hour or make the night before. When ready to serve, top with toasted walnuts & sprinkle of sea salt.

Bonus Recipe / Pumpkin Pie Spice

I did not have pre-made Pumpkin Pie Spice on hand so I made my own!

  • 4tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2tsp round ginger
  • 1tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2tsp ground nutmeg

Keep in an airtight jar.


Meal #2

Who’s pesto is the besto?! 😉 For these Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms, mine is! …in my opinion and hopefully in yours 🙂

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Baby Bella or White Whole Mushrooms, 8oz package. <-I used 144g(not the whole package)
  • Fresh Basil, 2c
  • Lemon Juice, 2tsp
  • Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast, 1tbsp
  • Garlic Powder, 1/2tsp
  • Sea Salt, 1/2tsp
  • Olive Oil, 1tbsp
  • Pine Nuts, 2tbsp
  • Water, 1tbsp

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Blend everything except for mushrooms and water. When blending, if you need more liquid, I added a tbsp. of water. You can add another tbsp. of olive oil as well. My macros today are this exact recipe. With a towel or paper towel, wipe off each mushroom cap & remove stem. DO NOT RINSE IN WATER. Mushrooms absorb water–we do not want an already wet mushroom before stuffing. Stuff each mushroom with pesto. Place on nonstick cookie sheet. I used parchment paper on my nonstick cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms


Meal #3

With this meal, I already had the Keto Coleslaw made. I used a recipe I’ve already created and made it keto friendly by switching out the cane sugar for Swerve. I did use a little less Swerve since I wasn’t too sure what the taste was going to be and only used red cabbage. My thought was I need to be attempting to eat the rainbow a bit more.

The Burger I chose is from a company called, The Meatless Farm Co. First time trying it. The package comes with 2 burgers and are the same price as Beyond Meat Burgers. To put it as nicely as possible, I am NOT a fan. It basically is a burger that you 150% need to season. It does say on the packaging to season with salt & pepper but even with doing that and adding BBQ sauce, I did not exactly enjoy it. 🙁  …I still have one more to eat.

Vegan Burger with Keto Coleslaw & Broccoli

  • The Meatless Farm Co., 1burger
  • Keto Coleslaw, 1 serving
    • Red Cabbage chopped, 457g
    • Hellman’s Vegan Mayo, 3tbsp
    • Apple Cider Vinegar, 1tbsp
    • Swerve Granular, 1tbsp
    • Sea Salt, 1/2tsp
    • Makes 4 servings–When using fresh(not packaged) cabbage, I prepare coleslaw at least 4 hours before serving but prefer the day before. 
  • Broccoli, 1c
  • Earth Balance Organic Butter, 1tbsp
    • used to cook burger & sauté broccoli–I used the same pan
  • G. Hughes Sugar Free Original BBQ Sauce, 1tbsp

Snack

  • gimMe Teriyaki Roasted Seaweed, 1 package(5g)

Vegan Keto What I Ate

Calories 1238 | Fat 87.2G | Net Carbs 28.7G | Protein 71G

Every micronutrient is covered!

I’ve been in this “feel good fest” since starting eating this way & I’m loving it!

-Jen

 

 

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The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

The 21 Best Vegan Cereals – Ranked

My Saturday mornings as a kid were spent watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and tearing through a box of cereal. Ever since those days, I’ve loved having a bowl of cereal, curling up on the couch, watching some Netflix – or whatever everyone watched before Netflix.
 
Going vegan has taken a blowtorch to all my favorite cereals
 
So, I set out to find what are the best vegan cereals. After spending over $100 on cereal I learned a few things. First, I learned buying 20 plus boxes of cereal will have people look at you like you’re a lunatic. Secondly, I learned what cereals are good, which are great and which taste like the box it came in.

With each ranking,

I’ll give you the low down on the taste, calories and protein and on some cereals Jen (the smarter and more responsible vegan) will give you facts you need like processed sugar being used etc. With that being said, TASTE was the top determiner on where these cereals were ranked. As you’ll learn through these rankings, as I did while reviewing where I placed each cereal, that I’m still that kid on Saturday morning when it comes to how I want my cereal to taste.

Secondary to taste was calories and protein content.

I’m an avid weightlifter and while I’ve learned that you don’t need to consume animal products to get the protein I need, I like to be very aware of where all my protein is coming from. I’ve also switched the serving size from the arbitrary serving size that they give you on the box, which is random and different on each cereal, to my own personal serving size of 2 cups. This is the amount that fits in my cereal bowl that I made in art class in high school YEARS ago.

Here we go – a complete ranking of the 21 best vegan cereals starting with…

Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Maple

21. Sunrise Crunchy Maple – When you’re doing a list of the best vegan cereals, someone has to be last. For this list it’s Crunchy Maple. To sum it up in one word – Weird. There are a lot of flavors and textures competing in the bowl and it just didn’t make any sense to me. There are Rice Krispy type pieces, little puffs and flakes – all different tastes and textures. I honestly don’t think any of them on their own would be all that bad, but all together it’s a train wreck. Avoid if possible.

Calories: 330
Protein: 6g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Gluten Free, Non GMO & Organic on packaging

20. Fiber One Original – Tastes like the box it comes in. Next.

Calories: 240
Protein: 8g

19. Van’s Simply Delicious Cinnamon Harvest – It’s hard to look at the Cinnamon Harvest box and not think, hey, these should taste kinda like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Fact is, they don’t. At all. Maybe they don’t deserve to be this low, but all I can taste when I eat them is disappointment.

Calories: 320
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Gluten Free, Non GMO, Organic, Corn Free, Dairy Free & Nut Free on packaging

18. Rip’s Big Bowl Triple Berry Walnut Cereal – These are super healthy–possibly the healthiest cereal on this list. Based on pure taste these are, well, not really the reason you’re choosing Engine 2. You have to go into the bowl fully aware that you’re about to have a healthy, really good-for-you cereal. I feel like it would take awhile to get your taste buds to the point where you really enjoy it. However, if you’re all-in on a healthy bowl of cereal, go for it. Also, I believe the term is “nutrient dense” – a 2 cup serving packs over 500 calories and 19g of protein, both second on this list.

Calories: 533
Protein: 19g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan and Low Sodium on packaging

17. 365 Morning O’s – Booooooooooring. So unbelievably boring. These are the 365 version of Cheerios. It’s not that they’re bad, they’re just super bland. There are better options out there. If you are eating these straight up, without adding other things to them then I’m concerned you live a joyless life.

Calories: 200
Protein: 8g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Organic, and Kosher on packaging

16. Barbara’s Original Puffins – Like a slightly worst tasting (although admittedly healthier!) Cap’n Crunch. Very much a, “Cap’n Crunch slightly destroy your mouth,” texture. As far as flavor goes, they have a slight cinnamon flavor and not much else. However, they’re definitely a tier up from the bottom three on the list. I probably wouldn’t buy these again, but if they were in the pantry, I wouldn’t hesitate to pour myself a bowl.

Calories: 240
Protein: 5g

Jen’s Notes: Denoted as Vegan, Non-GMO & Kosher on packaging

15. Cap’n Crunch – I think most of us are aware that Cap’n Crunch is not a “healthy” cereal. But when your pantry is loaded up with organic and non GMO cereals with whole grains, protein, flax and all kinds of other health conscious ingredients – my goodness does Cap’n Crunch seem awful for you. If you can get around the food colorings and ingredients you can’t pronounce AND the fact that at 3g it’s the lowest protein content of any cereal on the list, Cap’n Crunch is still the great tasting cereal that will destroy the inside of your mouth with it’s jagged edges.

Calories: 293
Protein: 3g

Jen’s Notes: Contains Brown Sugar, Palm and Yellow Dyes. Brown Sugar gets processed using bone char. Palm oil devastates forests, animals and people. Look for products that use responsibly sourced palm oil or avoid it all together. Yellow Dye #5 & #6–all I can say is do your research. Many studies have been done on these dyes, require special labeling in Europe or are banned all together in other countries. 

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