Posted on May 09, 2018 by Josh Puttock

Want to try being a veggie/vegan? If so, why not try these vegetable and fruit-based meals for a day?

Breakfast

Let’s just be honest, it’s annoying when we hear ‘You have to eat breakfast, it’s the most important meal of the day!’ every second from our die-hard fitness friends. But let’s just face it, they’re right. Breakfast isn’t for everyone though, and the last thing you want to be doing with a 7am start is hanging around the kitchen, eyes barely open, trying to whip up a morning meal.

But it doesn’t have to be time consuming, it doesn’t have to be an all-inclusive buffet breakfast. Remember that you can make it super easy and quick. To make your veggie breakfast, let’s go with a smoothie. It’s filled with some of your five a day and tastes great.

Ingredients:

  • Spinach/Kale
  • Banana (or a fruit of your choice e.g. blueberries)
  • 1 x tbsp. Greek Yogurt
  • 2 x tbsp. Oats
  • Almond/Cashew Milk

Method:

Blend until smooth, then drink! Also, it’s easy to take on the go with you if in a hurry (as long as it has a lid). To save yourself time in the morning, you could pop the spinach or kale, oats and your chosen milk in the smoothie jug and place it in the fridge the night before. That way half the work is already done for you!

Lunch

A good way to make sure you are not missing lunch is by meal prepping. Prepping a vegetable only-based meal will be super speedy. So, let’s go with a stir-fry. Let’s make it a bean stir-fry too, so we are not missing out on any protein.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil (tablespoon).
  • Stir-fry mix (From most food stores).
  • Veg (Any added veg that the mix may be missing).
  • Nuts (Cashews, Almonds or Pistachios give it a nice flavour).
  • Sauce (Most food stores will have this by the stir-fry packs).
  • Tinned beans (Mixed bean in food stores).

Method:

Pop all the ingredients in a stir-fly pan and let it cook. This will not take longer than 15 mins. Making this the night before might put your mind at ease, knowing you are fully prepared for the following day and knowing there’s no need to rush out on your lunch break to grab yet another superstore ready-made sandwich that lacks flavour and doesn’t fill you up. The size of the stir-fry packet and everything else added will give you enough prepared food to have for lunch for two days, and maybe even for dinner.

Dinner

Late in from work, and really can’t be bothered to cook? Want something quick and easy? This might literally be the easiest meal I’ve ever made, and it’s really filling too. Baked sweet potato with lentils, just like the well-known baked potato with beans.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Lentils (1 cup dried green, brown, or French lentils)

Method (long):

You can either bake the potato in the oven for 25/30min, while you go and have a relaxing bath (might need longer or shorter, depending on the size of the potato). Simmer lentils (uncovered) in a small saucepan for 20/30mins, add water when needed. You’ll find they are cooked as soon as they are tender and no longer crunchy.

Method (short):

Pop the sweet potato in the microwave for 7 mins (might need longer or shorter, depending on the size of the potato).  You can use tinned lentils, which can be heated up in a saucepan for 5 mins. Once the potato and lentils are ready, cut the potato down the middle and add butter if needed. Put the lentils in the potato – you can also add cheese on top.

Desert

You can’t go wrong with a Greek Yogurt fruit bowl.

Ingredients:

  • 4 x tbsp. Greek Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Dried Apricots
  • 2 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Method:

Put the Greek yogurt into a bowl, wash and add all your fruit. Break the cookies into little bits and drizzle a light bit of honey over the top of the fruit bowl, then enjoy! It’s also nice for breakfast with oats added, rather than a chocolate chip cookie.

By Reanne Harris, Gym & Spa Operative