Wanna join me on a Plant-based Diet Journey?

Happy New Month Everyone!!! I know I’ve been MIA for a while but sometimes it’s good to take breaks and focus on your own well-being, and that’s exactly what I’ve focused on lately. As a result, I’m thinking about going on a plant-based diet. I am motivated by being healthy overall. I was once able to do a junk food fast that started as a 30-day challenge and before I knew it, I was able to stretch the challenge for six months and I dropped 25 pounds.

I think I should be okay with this diet. I have refrained from drinking soda, sugary drinks, and red meat for about 5 years. I know it’s easier said than done so I’ll be sure to report my day to day meal choices and how I feel in general throughout the challenge.

Right now my diet consists of the following:

Carbs: Brown Rice, Whole grain bread and bagel, whole grain pasta, sweet and regular potatoes, Whole Grain Cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats), Plantain

Protein: Chicken, Ground Turkey, Beans (Black-eye peas), Eggs

Veggies: Broccoli, Steamed Carrots, Spinach, Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, Cucumbers, Avocados?, Tomatoes

Fruits: Strawberry, Cantaloupe, Banana, Pear, Apple, mangoes, etc

Snack options: Sweet potato chips, yogurt, fruit, (I’ll add more as they come to mind)

Execution Plan: I think the most important aspect of starting and sticking to a diet is to PLAN AHEAD. What I mean by this is to prep your food ahead of time. It’s easier to get off track when you don’t have a healthy meal and snack on hand with you. When hunger strikes, you’ll be more like to just grab an unhealthy or non-plant-based snack or meal that is in reach.

For the whole of October, I will cut out the nonplant-based items from my current menu, e.g chicken, eggs, and we’ll see what happens next. My understanding is that protein is present in plant-based foods also, so I really won’t be missing much.

Empty out your refrigerator and come with me on this journey!

Thanks for stopping by,

Abi

 

 

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How to make Overnight Strawberry Peanut Butter Oats


So we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but are you all ready for a little secret about making breakfast the night before?

Here it is –  overnight oats! It’s that simple. Save yourself some time and pop a half-cup of oatmeal and milk in your refrigerator overnight and wake up to ready-to-eat breakfast.

Overnight oatmeal. Easy breakfast ideas
Here are the ingredients I used in my overnight oats: 2% milk, old fashioned oats, bananas, peanut butter, and strawberries. I didn’t use any sweetener but feel free to add honey or sugar.

Overnight Oats
This is the recipe I followed. I strawberries instead because I don’t like blueberries.

 

Mason Jar overnight oats.
Photo of my overnight oats in a Mason Jar. I used this mason jar container so I can just grab-and-go in the morning. The jar also fits in my cup holder, which is a huge plus.


Notes:

  • This recipe is customizable. You don’t have to stick to bananas, blueberries, strawberries, etc. Customize it with your favorite fruits and have it your way.
  • The first time I make overnight oats, it was late Winter and I prepared it in a small storage bowl with a lid. I was able to warm it in the microwave oven before I headed out in the morning. This was perfect because it was cold out. So, you can definitely switch things up based on your preference. You can also use a soup mug with a lid. I’m sure it’ll work well.
  • Also, you can be flexible with milk based on your preference and diet. Options are soy milk, almond milk, whole milk, 1 or 2% milk, and so on.
  • Get more recipes here.

 

I want to hear from you. 

Are you open to trying overnight oats? If yes, what ingredients would you use?

 

 

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