Hello again, my internet friends! It’s time for another ‘recent vegan eats’ post, where I show some highlights of recent vegan eats, and add little blurbs of what’s going on in life along the way. As always, these posts are not intended to depict an ideal diet, but rather show you some easy, affordable vegan things I eat, and/or highlight some fun stuff along the way. Without further pause, let’s get into some recent vegan eats!
This “recent vegan eats” in particular is pretty darn boring. Life has just been….stressful to say the very least. Since getting back into reality after the holidays, I’ve been under a lot of physical and physiological stressors and I haven’t been doing the best job eating and sleeping and being a human being. This year really hasn’t been easy for oh so many reasons, but I need to relax and take care of myself a little bit better! The struggle can be so real.
Anyways, all that is to say, I haven’t really eaten anything noteworthy lately, except perhaps, the vegan Banza mac’n’cheese. Everything else has been routine or eating just to get buy. I’ve found anxiety killing my appetite often lately, and after a couple days of really not feeling great, have decided I need to make an effort to eat consistently even when I feel like shrinking into a hole and puking when the anxiety hits. I’ve certainly been reminded that not eating doesn’t help my anxiety!
In fact, it often makes me feel worse, which makes me even less hungry, and creates a vicious cycle that typically results in me eating things like bagels and cereal and fruit and ice cream for dinner when the hunger that’s built up all day finally rears its head.
Over the last couple of days I’ve really implemented consistent meals and snacks every 3-4 hours and plan to keep this up. Gotta get that glucose to keep the brain and body functioning at its best!
I also truly need to work on sleeping, because that’s been wonky, too. Luckily, today was a snow day, so I worked from my bed for 12 hours, which although not entirely stress-free, was still less stressful than having to venture out into a snowstorm. Rest + food = important.
And here I am, still rambling. Let’s see what (if any) exciting things I’ve eaten lately.
Cinnamon Roll Tortilla
Okay, so I invented this snack and I am obsessed with it. It’s nothing fancy, but it is oh so good. Basically, I warm up a whole wheat tortilla, and allow a hint of non-dairy butter to melt onto it immediately after heating. Then, I sprinkle it with oodles of cinnamon and a hint of raw or brown sugar, roll it up, and eat it. It is SO good; it is far better than it has any right to be. Any sweetener would work, as would any nut butter. I’ve also done this with almond butter and maple syrup and although that’s arguably a different creation entirely, it’s delicious nonetheless.
Banana Cinnamon Roll Tortilla
Basically the same thing as above, but with a warmed up, mashed banana (microwave banana for ~30-50 seconds separately before mashing) spread onto the tortilla before rolling. Oh my goodness. Try this and thank me later.
Actually, as I’m writing this, I just realized this is essentially my banana quesadilla, but rolled up, which maximizes the snack-ability factor. Thumbs up all around.
Banza Vegan Mac and Cheese
Banza sent me some of their new vegan mac! It was pretty good. My favorite vegan boxed mac and cheese will forever and always be Earth Balance (which no longer exists), but this was probably the only vegan boxed mac I’ve had in recent years that I would actively repurchase.
I think it could be a wee bit tangier and cheesier (though I do have a really vinegar-heavy palate), but with some pepper, a mountain of nutritional yeast, and some Green Dragon sauce (from TJs), it was darn tasty!…