On days I workout, I like to really fuel myself with healthy foods that are going to give me energy and help me with muscle growth and recovery.
I like to always eat very intuitively to what my body is craving. Whether that means kale salad or pizza and ice cream, I listen to what my body wants and feed myself accordingly.
Vegan What I Eat in a Day
I don’t believe in “good” or “bad” foods or cheat days. I just like to balance my diet with things I know are healthy and things I really enjoy. When I work out I like to pay a little more attention to eating more carbs and more protein than I might eat on a day where I’m not doing as much physical activity.
For my first meal of the day, I like to have a small meal so I don’t feel too full or tired. Ideally, I fuel up two hours before I exercise. Eating healthy carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereals, whole-grain toast, and fruits and/or veggies helps to give you sustained energy for your workout and for the rest of your active day!
My go-to breakfast lately has been my Steel Cut Oats Recipe, which you can fin on my blog here. I use to hate oatmeal until I figured out the best recipe on how to make good oatmeal that doesn’t taste awful.
Before My Workout
To give myself a boost of energy as my coffee wears off before I push myself in my workout, I like to use a pre-workout. My go-to right now is the Ground-Based Nutrition Wild Berry flavoured Preworkout.
I’ve been using it since my workout journey and I reached out to the company since many of you were interested in what I used for workouts. They were super kind to give my readers 20% off your purchase using the code EDGYVEG at checkout!
During My Workout
To stay hydrated during my workout, I like to drink an Electrolyte drink while I work out. My favourite one for a few months now has been the Ground-Based Nutrition Pineapple Coconut Electrolytes. Again, there’s no obligation to purchase but if you did, my readers can get 20% off their purchase using the code “EDGYVEG” – I would never promote something I didn’t love and personally use!
After My Workout
To recover from my workout and help to build muscle, I drink a protein shake! Again, I personally use Ground-Based Nutrition products and currently making protein shakes using their Chocolate Protein Powder mixed with almond milk within 15-30 minutes of finishing my workout. This was recommended to me by the personal trainer who I’ve been working out with for the last few months (also, who doesn’t like a good chocolate shake midway through their day?).
These drinks help with maintaining my hydration, carbohydrates, and protein that I’m losing during exercise. My personal trainer broke it down for me on why Carbs and Protein are important after a workout:
- Carbohydrates: You burn a lot of carbohydrates — the main fuel for your muscles — when you exercise. In the 20-60 minutes after your workout, your muscles can store carbohydrates and protein as energy and help in recovery.
- Protein. Eat things with protein to help repair and grow your muscles.
I like to keep it pretty light for lunch, as my days tend to be busy and I like to eat a heavier dinner. Something that’s quick and easy for me to make for lunch is avocado toast.
I simply toast 2 slices of whole-grain bread. Mashup 1/2 an avocado and spread it on the toast, then I top with slices of tomato, salt, pepper, fake bacon bits, and some seasoning. It’s an easy lunch that keeps me feeling satisfied.
One of my favourite snacks to munch on is the Chickpea Chips. Though they are processed, they satisfy my crunchy, salty snack craving on-the-go.
I am the queen of burgers. I could eat a burger every day for the rest of my life and be more than happy about it. For dinner, I cook a Beyond Meat Burger in a pan with no oil and put that on a burger bun with lettuce, tomato, vegan bacon, and vegan cheese.
On the side, I made some air-fried Brussels sprouts, these are super quick and easy. I trim 1 lb of sprouts, slice in half, and toss with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of tamari, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp of grated ginger. Spread them evenly in the air fryer basket and cook at 350F for 10 minutes, or until they are golden brown and the outside leaves are crispy. Check them near the end of cook time, as Brussels sprouts can go from crisp to burnt very quickly.
And that’s what I eat on a typical day when I’m working out!
You can watch my Vegan What I Eat in a Day on YouTube!