My First 10 Days of Veganuary

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First things first… how flawless did Snap Chat’s New Year’s filter make your skin look?

I hope your new year is off to a mighty fine start. I was straight into essay writing when I got home from London after a wild party (where I pulled a muscle from dancing too hard, oops), but I can put my feet up for now until I go on placement next week.

Any who, I only decided to do Veganuary (and Dry January) when I woke up (after heaps of prosecco) on New Year’s day! 

However, it’s not a huge deal because I don’t have too much animal products in my diet anymore and I only drink if I go out-out really. So since I didn’t have any dates in the diary that were associated with alcohol, it wasn’t a big deal. Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to do the two and see how I got on since I knew I would feel pretty epic at the end of the month.

Now, I know being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you are ‘healthy’, as you can still have a diet full of processed junk food (believe it or not). Therefore, I have maintained my Hopkins Healthy Home principles and focused on eating whole nourishing plant foods as much as possible, which includes starting every morning with a hot water and lemon, then a glowing green smoothie.

Here is a rundown of what I have eaten the last 10 days (if you are at all interested, that is?)…

Sunday 1st Jan

  • Tortilla chips that were left in the kitchen after NYE party
  • Ramen noodles with mushroom broth and tofu from a casual restaurant inside Wholefoods (Heavenly shop BTW)
  • Deliciously Ella’s raisin and hazelnut energy ball and a Livia’s Kitchen Millionaire Shortbread on the train home from London
  • Home from London and we made veggie bean burgers with sweet potato fries and maple roasted Brussel sprouts 

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Monday 2nd Jan

  • Glowing green smoothie 
  • Matcha latte with almond milk 
  • Hummus, cucumber, tomato and rocket in a bun
  • Thai red curry coconut noodles
  • Turmeric tea with almond milk

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Tuesday 3rd Jan

  • Glowing green smoothie 
  • Matcha latte with almond milk 
  • Left over Thai red curry… and some other left overs from the Friday before which was a quinoa and veg mix with nutritional yeast from when I made stuffed peppers 
  • Livia’s Kitchen millionaire shortbread
  • Lentil and veg cottage pie, with steamed kalettes

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*Make your own Millionaire Shortbread here

Wednesday 4th Jan

  • Glowing green smoothie
  • Matcha latte with almond milk 
  • Left over lentil and veg cottage pie with steamed kalettes
  • Two homemade cashew and hemp energy balls 
  • Chickpea ‘meatballs’ with buckwheat pasta and a tomato and basil sauce
  • Turmeric latte with hemp milk

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Thursday 5th Jan 

  • Glowing green smoothie
  • Quinoa and kidney bean vegetable stew, with two chickpea ‘meatballs’
  • Two homemade cashew and hemp energy ball
  • Avocado and tomato balsamic salad 
  • Went babysitting and forgot my dinner, so I made some brown rice then sauteed it in coconut oil with some veggies, coriander and chilli powder

Friday 6th Jan 

  • Glowing green smoothie
  • Quinoa and kidney bean vegetable stew with chickpea ‘meatballs’
  • Two homemade cashew and hemp energy balls
  • Spicy Mexican hemp and cacao hot chocolate 
  • Homemade veggie spelt pizza with vegan cheese 

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Saturday 7th Jan 

  • Glowing green smoothie
  • Slice of pizza
  • One homemade cashew and hemp energy ball
  • Sea salt crisps
  • Bruschetta
  • Mushroom and pea risotto with vegan parmesan 
  • Spicy Mexican hemp and cacao hot chocolate 

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Sunday 8th Jan

  • Glowing green smoothie
  • Quinoa buddha bowl with vegan parmesan 
  • One homemade cashew and hemp energy ball
  • Chickpea and potato red Thai curry

Monday 9th Jan

  • Beetroot smoothie, as I ran out of ingredients for a green one 🙂 
  • Avocado and tomato salad 
  • Butternut squash and beetroot puff pastry with kaletts and asparagus 

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Tuesday 10th Jan

  • Glowing Green Smoothie 
  • Hemp and Banana Smoothie 
  • Rice noodles cooked in sesame seed oil with cabbage, carrot and peas 
  • Homemade popcorn and an energy ball for the cinema 
  • Two pieces of Max’s dark chocolate 😉 

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When running out of steam whilst essay writing Matcha tea kept me going, as oppose to coffee. And when I wanted something sweet, a nice hot chocolate was the perfect thing to blend up as it took no time at all.

All in all some good food, lots of yoga, feeling very positive and fresh.

If you are doing Veganuary or would like to make some healthy meals, why not try my delicious Vegan Chilli, Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl or Spinach Pesto. I also have heaps of sweet treats on here too, so feel free to have a browse.

Much L O V E, Nicky xx

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