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This is the second post in a series, documenting what I eat in a day as a low carb vegan. After I posted part 1, I got a lot of positive feedback from people mentioning how it’s nice to see what other people eat on a low carb vegan diet. There are loads of posts and videos out there about high carb vegan diets, but not a lot about low carb!
This is another pretty normal day for me, food-wise. I had a request to post what I would eat on a lazy day, when I didn’t really have time/any desire to put in the effort to make real food. So, this is that example. It’s not a particularly inspiring menu, but it is pretty normal for me.
As I mentioned previously, I sort of practice lazy intermittant fasting. Basically, I just don’t eat in the morning. I don’t really have a set schedule, I’m just not-at-all hungry in the morning, and tend to prefer drinking coffee or tea until 12-1pm.
- Calories: o
- Net carbs: 0g
I ended up eating “lunch” around 3:30 today, when I felt hungry. Since I really need to go grocery shopping (on the docket for tomorrow!), I had carrot slices with peanut butter and dried coconut. This might not sound that exciting or filling, but it was a literal 1/4 of peanut butter and an additional 2 ounces of dried coconut, with about 2 medium carrots, sliced up. This was over the course of about 2 hours. I’m a pretty slow eater, and tend to graze a bit.
Carrots are admittedly pretty high in carbs, but I tend to shoot for around 40g of net carbs per day. I can stay in ketosis at this level, and still get lots of veggies in my diet.
- Calories: 730
- Net carbs: 20g
I recorded an awesome interview with Stevie from I Choose Sexy, and made myself a Beyond Burger as a treat around 7pm. They’re only available at Whole Foods right now, which is a serious bummer, because this is literally the best burger I’ve ever tasted, and it’s low carb and vegan. I don’t know how they managed to turn pea protein, beet juice and coconut oil into such a masterpiece, but right now I’m thinking dark magic. Normally, I try not to eat too much processed food, but I’m okay with these being a weekly exception.
Burger was served with mustard, pickles, sauerkraut and more carrots with a tahini sauce that I’d made earlier in the week! Can’t wait to get more fresh veggies tomorrow. I’m usually fine with a carrot mono-meal, but definitely could use a break! This day is definitely a little more sugary (thanks to the fifty pounds of carrots),
- Calories: 540
- Net carbs: 12g
By 8pm, I was already hungry again. I try to make 8 my cutoff for eating, so I don’t just mindlessly snack throughout the evening, but I realized that I had basically eating nothing (well, not nothing…but not a TON of food) throughout the day. So, snacks it is!
Macadamia nuts are my favorite treat because they’re so rich and buttery and toasty and delicious. They’re also super low in carbs, and very high in fat. For some reason, they bother my stomach if I eat them raw, so I try to just enjoy macadamia nuts roasted, and on occasion. So, I ended up having 2 servings (about a 1/2 cup) of macadamia nuts, and then some 100% chocolate. This stuff is totally unsweetened, and eliminates a chocolate craving without adding too much sugar.
- Calories: 540
- Net carbs: 9g
This day was a little higher in sugar than I typically like to go (carrots are really sugary!), but this is pretty accurate for a low carb lazy vegan day of eating for me. Lots of peanut butter, nuts and foods that require me to do almost nothing. Not every day can be insta-worthy!
- Calories: 1810
- Net carbs: 41g