Welcome back to our vegan weight loss journey inspired by Krocks in the Kitchen. Today we are sharing with you what we ate in a day. We also show you the vegan transition foods that we bought to get us through these first few weeks of giving up meat and transitioning to a vegan diet.
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Weight Loss Update
So far we’ve lost a combined total of 5 pounds! I lost two pounds this week while Ricky lost three pounds.
As you will read below, we weren’t perfect but still managed to lose weight. We exercised only one day out of the whole week, getting about 11,000 steps in, each.
Vegan Transition Foods
As beginner vegans, transitioning to a vegan diet for weight loss has been a bit challenging. Needless to say we’ve been missing the meat.
Last week we decided to go out for a nice dinner at one of our go-to restaurants in Miami: La Carreta. Before we arrived at the restaurant we discussed what we were both going to order and how we were going to stay vegan during our outing. Our plan was to get white rice, black beans, fried plantains, and a salad.
When it came time to order the food, Ricky wasn’t as strong as he wished he would have been and ended up ordering roast pork along with a side of rice, beans, and tostones (fried, green plantains).
I was a bit stronger, ordering a bean stew and toast but forgoing the salad. I also ordered a coke which I don’t usually do. I was a bad girl too. 🙁
Because of this experience we decided we needed some vegan transition foods to get us through the first few weeks of switching to a plant-based diet.
Off to the store I went and purchased an exaggeration of vegan mock meats and processed foods. Below is a list of the foods I bought and included links where I could.
Our Favorite Vegan Transition Foods
- Beyond Burgers
- Beyond Sausage, Original
- Beyond Sausage, Hot Italian
- Beyond Beef
- Pure Farmland Meatballs
- Pure Farmland Breakfast Patties
- Boca Original Chik’n Vegan Patties
- Daiya Dairy Free Cheese Slices
- Violife Cream Cheese Original Vegan
What We Ate in a Day
We wouldn’t say that this is a perfect representation of what we’ve been eating to lose weight. However, this is a good example of the meals we enjoy.
On this day, we woke up late and weren’t too hungry so we just had some espresso with soy milk.
Our favorite breakfast lately has been oatmeal served like a cold cereal. We like to add frozen wild blueberries, walnuts, flax seeds, and dried fruit. it’s very filling and keeps us going until lunch.
Lunch was really easy to make! We had some original beyond sausages, with some Barilla protein pasta, and a salad.
I already had the pasta made so all I had to do was heat up the beyond sausages and the pasta and then quickly cut up some salad ingredients.
The salad was composed of green leaf lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and mini cucumbers with Follow Your Heart vegan ranch dressing. If you aren’t following a whole foods plant-based diet, we recommend this dressing. It’s delicious!
We aren’t huge snackers, but when we do have a snack, it’s often fruit. Today we had mango since it’s in season right now.
Mango is my favorite fruit and one of my all-time favorite foods. Here in Florida, you can get really delicious mangoes. I haven’t been lucky enough to find some home-grown Florida mangoes this year. There is nothing better than a mango from someone’s house that has ripened on the tree. The ones you get at the store do not compare.
I’ve been testing out a new tofu recipe that is seasoned with Cuban flavors and contains no oil. So, it made sense to have some of this tofu for dinner. I will be sharing this dish in an upcoming video.
Along with the tofu, we had some black beans and rice. Ricky’s mom was kind enough to cook us her delicious recipe of black beans which I have up on the blog if you’d like to check it out.
For me, it’s not dinner unless you have some veggies on your plate. I paired the tofu, black beans, and rice with steamed broccoli, tomatoes, and mini cucumbers.
For dessert we each had a couple of vegan, dark chocolate squares.
Thanks for Watching!
We hope you enjoyed this What I Eat in a Day video and blog. We certainly had a lot of fun making it.
Do you have some tips for transitioning to a vegan diet? What are your favorite vegan transition foods? Let us know in the comments below.