My goal right now is to start meal planning. I'll start by planning one week at a time and then eventually be able to plan for an entire month.
I'm using the vegan food pyramid as a guideline.
I want to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs to live. I also want to be able to eat what I want. I'd want to be able to bake vegan cookies or anything else I want to make. I love baking. Right now, however, I need to meal plan so I can get everything I need on a daily basis. After a while, I most likely won't think about it.
According to a vegan pyramid, I need to consume fats/sweets sparingly and preferably in liquid oils. I need 2-3 cups of dairy substitutes, 2-3 cups of legumes/seeds/beans, 6-11 cups of whole grains, 3-5 cups of vegetables, and 2-4 cups of fruit. I also need to drink 8-10 glasses of water and take a multivitamin, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and calcium supplements.
I've written out a guideline for myself based on the food pyramid:
Morning - drink 2 bottles of water (one average water bottle is two cups of water) and take vitamins
Eat 1 cup whole grain (i.e. oats for oatmeal/breakfast cookies, whole grain pancakes/toast/bagel)
Eat 1 tbsp. nuts (in oatmeal/cookies/pancakes)
Drink 1 smoothie for 1 cup fruit, 1 cup soy milk, and 1 tbls. chia seeds (meets serving size for seeds)
Eat another serving of fruit, either by itself or mixed in with your grain
Snack #1/2 - Eat a serving of fruit
Eat a serving of a vegetable
Drink 1 bottle of water
All of the above paired together will fill you up until lunch/dinner time.
Lunch/Dinner - Eat 2 servings of vegetables
Eat a whole grain (pasta, rice)
Eat a serving of beans
Drink 2 more bottles of water
Snack #3 (if you're a little hungry) - 1 cup vegan ice cream
Tally of my servings: Vitamins, 10 cups of water, 3 servings of whole grain, 6 servings of nuts/seeds/beans, 2 cups of dairy substitute, 4 servings of fruit, 6 servings of vegetables
With my meal planning guide, I meet all my goals. All the meal ideas I have listed above are examples. I mainly eat oatmeal for breakfast or breakfast cookies. I do need to add more dairy substitutes to my diet. Without the last snack, I wouldn't have reached the minimum. I'll have to look up some recipes to try.
I will be grocery shopping this week. I will post later on about my grocery list and how to be frugal about shopping vegan.
"Keep Moving Forward"