What did Brenda eat today?

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Brenda Davis, registered dietitian, is a leader in her field and an internationally acclaimed speaker. She is co-author of nine vegetarian and vegan nutrition classics: Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition, Becoming Vegan: Express Edition, Becoming Vegan, Becoming Raw, Becoming Vegetarian, The New Becoming Vegetarian, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, Defeating Diabetes and Dairy-free and Delicious. She is also a contributing author to a tenth book, The Complete Vegetarian. Brenda has authored numerous professional and lay articles. She is the lead dietitian in a diabetes intervention project in Majuro, Marshall Islands. Brenda is a past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. In 2007, she was inducted into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame.

My usual diet includes a big breakfast bowl and one giant salad at either lunch or dinner.  If I have a salad at dinner, I have soup, dehydrated crackers, fermented cheese and veggies at lunch. If I have the salad at lunch, I usually have a cooked or raw main dish at dinner.  I enjoy a fresh fruit or small treat at lunch, and fruit ice cream or pudding for dessert at dinner. When I am away from home, I try to be very flexible in my eating.  I do love to have a good breakfast bowl where-ever I am at.  Sometimes, I bring homemade dry muesli (with lots of nuts, seeds and some dried fruit) when traveling so I can easily add fresh fruit and non-dairy milk or yogurt for a healthy meal.

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Breakfast

1 Bowl of Cereal:

3 Tbsp sprouted grains (quinoa, kamut berries, barley, triticale, etc.)
1/4 cup cooked quinoa or oat groats or homemade dehydrated granola
1/2 cup berries
1 cup other fruit (apples, pears, bananas, oranges, peaches, plums, kiwi, mango, etc.)
3 Tbsp cashew-pear cream, plain non-dairy yogurt or chia pudding
2 Tbsp nuts and seeds (hemp seeds, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, walnuts)
1 cup fortified almond milk blended with hempseeds or unsweetened soy milk (almond milk is very low in protein so I fortify it by blending 2 quarts of almond milk with about 3/4-1 cup hempseeds. The dramatically improves the nutrient profile of almond milk. (Blend about 2 cups of almond milk with the hempseeds in a high speed blender. You will end up with what looks like cream – it should be very smooth).  Then pour the “cream” back into the 2 quart milk container and shake it well.)

Green juice (once or twice a week)

Lunch

– Large green salad (kale, romaine, spinach, collards, etc.) with a variety of colorful vegetables, avocado, sprouts, edamame, beans or tofu and soaked and dehydrated nuts and/or seeds and steamed sweet potatoes, yams or squash
– Homemade tahini dressing

OR

– Lentil or other “full meal” soup
– Homemade, dehydrated vegetable/seed crackers with fermented cashew cheese and tomato slices
– Raw vegetables

 

Dinner

– Large green salad (kale, romaine, spinach, collards, etc.) with a variety of colorful vegetables, avocado, sprouts, edamame, beans or tofu and soaked and dehydrated nuts and/or seeds and steamed sweet potatoes, yams or squash
– Soup (hot or raw – depending on season)

OR

Hot dish such as:
Vegetable Chickpea Curry and brown rice
Steamed yam, spicy black bean sauce and kale salad
Vegetable/bean stew
Dinner bowl – quinoa with steamed veggies, tofu, sprouts and spicy peanut sauce
Lentil loaf, gravy, mashed potatoes and 2-3 vegetables
Buckwheat pasta with tomato/vegetable sauce and tempeh

OR

Raw main dish such as:
Collard wraps
Dehydrated corn tortillas with avocado, tomato, sprouted lentil (or cooked black bean) filling
Raw pasta with pesto and salad
Raw pizza

Desserts/Snacks/Treats

– Fresh fruit
– Fruit “ice cream” – frozen fruit through Green Star juicer or in blender (with a little non-dairy milk) with nuts and berries on top
– Chia pudding with fruit
– Stuffed date or other raw dried fruit/nut-based treat
– Dark chocolate treats (homemade)
– Popcorn with herbs and nutritional yeast

Beverages

– Water
– Herbal tea
– Soda water with a splash of lime, lemon, orange, and/or grapefruit juice

Posted on by Mary Clifton, MD

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