Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vegan Lunch Ideas & Smoothie Recipes

My husband graduates tomorrow from a very tough swimming course in the Marine Corps. Proud wife right here! It was a very physically demanding and mentally draining few weeks for him but he hung in there (a lot of people quit or were dropped... 7 out of 13 actually!). Anyway, he had asked me to plan out his breakfasts and lunches so I did just that! 

Each week I wrote down the recipe for 5 smoothies for him to have for breakfast. He only wanted smoothies in the morning because he didn't have much of an appetite. They were also nice and quick for him to make! I even laid out some of the ingredients the night before, knowing he probably didn't know what they all were haha  Here are a few of the smoothies he had:

Tropical Energy:
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana
1 tsp maca powder
1 cup spinach 
up to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Vanilla Almond:
1 frozen banana
1 spoonful almond butter
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (he used PlantFusion)
1 tsp flaxmeal
up to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Mango Peach:
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen peaches
2 tbsp hemp powder
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 banana
up to 1 cup coconut water

Very Berry:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 scoop Eureka! Berries powder
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1 cup spinach
up to 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

Chocolate Blueberry:
1 scoop Vega chocolate protein powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp hemp powder or seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
up to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

For lunches, I went with smaller meals because he didn't have a lot of time to eat. I made sure to include a lot of protein, nuts, seeds, veggies and fruit.  It's been pretty humid here lately so it's nice to eat cooling foods.  He also didn't have access to a microwave or anything so I had to stick with cold meals.

Note: My husband is vegetarian but eats a lot of vegan meals. Mostly he just eats eggs and cheese a few times a week. 

You'll see here that I repeated a lot of things and that was simply to keep the cost of groceries down.  The recipe for the zucchini muffins is here and the bars here (I didn't stick exactly to the bar recipe but close. My husband said he didn't love them but still ate them where as they are a new favourite for me!).

Vanilla coconut yogurt topped with chia seeds, fruit (strawberries, cherries, blueberries), homemade chocolate zucchini muffin, homemade superfood protein bar, SoDelicious almond milk, mix of Greek dishes.

Apples, almond butter, homemade chocolate zucchini muffin, GoMacro bar, Vega Sport accelorator (it was gross so he didn't drink it. I tried one of their energy ones and didn't like it either. Just has that fake taste to it, you know? I guess if you like Crystal Lite type stuff you may enjoy the taste), seitan sandwich and SoDelicious almond milk.

Green Superfood bar, veggie sandwich, banana, apple, homemade superfood protein bar, SodDelicious almond milk.

Quinoa with veggies and Tofurkey pesto spinach sausage, cilantro Bitchin' sauce, bell pepper, apples, almond butter.

Strawberries, apple, veggie sandwich with Tofurkey deli meat, trail mix and homemade superfood protein bar.

Veggie wrap with wild rice and lentils, apples, almond butter, trail mix, veggies + hummus.

Looking for more vegan friendly lunch ideas? Check out this post from 7 Day Vegan! Lots of great ideas.


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