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What I Ate In a Day #1 — The Transition Phase

When I wrote my Giving Up Meat and Dairy post, I asked if people would be interested if I started writing about food and what type of posts they'd like to read if so.

The answer to the first question was a definite yes and I got a fair few comments and tweets suggesting I do What I Ate in a Day posts. I probably would have written them anyway, because I love reading them and wanted to have a go myself, but it's nice to know that people are interested all the same!

This particular day was a weekday, so I was at work, and I'm calling it the transition phase because although giving up meat has been way easier than I thought it would be, giving up dairy hasn't been so straightforward. But I'm taking things one step at a time, and trying not to pressure myself.

Nakd Nibbles (Coconut)


Breakfast

Banana oat smoothie

My smoothie obsession began when I was struggling to function in the morning after starting my internship and needed something that was easy to take with me, in case I didn't have time to eat at home.

This particular smoothie is easy to make  you just blend frozen banana, yogurt, oats, and almond butter together, and then top it with whatever you fancy (I like blueberries). The frozen banana gives it an ice-cream-esque texture which feels really indulgent.

At the moment I'm using natural yogurt which isn't dairy free because the only alternatives I've found contain soya, which my skin hates. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

Soup ingredients

Mid-morning snack

Graze Zesty Lime & Red Pepper Salsa with Wholemeal Pitta Chips

By the time 11am rolls round I've already been awake for five and a half hours, so getting to lunchtime without having a snack is impossible (trust me, I've tried). I get my Graze boxes sent on Saturdays so that I have four snacks ready to go for the week ahead  four is normally enough because we go out to eat on Fridays and lunch tends to be a bit more filling  and I like not knowing what to expect each week.

The lime and red pepper salsa is a favourite of mine and you get just the right amount of pitta chips for dipping. Although I must confess, I do get paranoid that everyone in the office can hear me crunching away  does anyone else ever feel like this?

Lunch

Creamy green vegetable soup; rosemary focaccia bread roll from Pret

This soup contains peas, broccoli, courgettes and cannellini beans and I'll be posting the recipe once I've managed to take some decent photos of it! It's quickly becoming one of my staples because takes less than fifteen minutes to put together and makes a comforting cold-weather lunch.

I'm not sure there's much you can say about bread, except that it's delicious and perfect for dipping. (Plus I got mine on the house the other day, which was an unexpected but welcome surprise.)

Butternut squash and chickpea curry
No, I don't eat my dinner in bed! But the lighting in my kitchen is shit, to be frank, so I had to photograph the curry in my bedroom instead.

Afternoon snack

Nakd Coconut Bliss Fruit & Nut Nibbles

I don't know what I'd do without Nakd's snacks, I really don't! I like a lot of their range but the coconut nibbles are by far the tastiest, in my opinion, and you get just the right amount to perk you up when the afternoon slump inevitably hits. The ingredients are simple: dates, cashews, raisins, cocoa, and toasted coconut, plus a little rice flour and natural flavouring.

Dinner

Butternut squash and chickpea curry with wholegrain rice

A recipe I created myself which has fast become one of my new favourites. Roasted butternut squash, cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion and spinach, all cooked in a coconut milk and lime sauce (with a little bit of korma paste for extra flavour). Delicious and filling, it's a dish I love coming home to, or taking into work the next day for lunch.

What kind of thing do you eat on a weekday? And do you have any dairy-free yogurt suggestions? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at beth.toasty@gmail.com

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