12 Sep 30 Day Vegan Challenge – Week 1
If you read my last post – Preparing for the challenge (click here if you missed it), then you will know that I had fully prepared myself for the challenge by stocking my cupboards and fridge with everything I would need, as well as purchasing utensils and containers to see me through the challenge and beyond. All that was left to do was to begin!
To start off with, I decided to try and stick to my normal foods as much as possible but substitute non-vegan food, for vegan ones.
Common Food Swaps I made:
|Vegetarian Food||Vegan Food|
|Greek Yoghurt||Soya Yoghurt|
|Quorn Chicken||Beans, lentils and tofu|
|Whey Protein Isolate||Vegan Protein (Sun Warrior)|
This is what a typical day looked like for me:
- 50-60g oats
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 10-15g natural peanut butter
- 1 banana
- Handful of kale
- Handful of spinach
- 50g mixed frozen berries
- 1 tsp acai berry powder
- 1 cup cannellini beans
- 150g sweet potato
- 1 cup black beans
- Lots of green veg (around 150-200g)
- Splash of Chipotle sauce
Protein Yoghurt & Rice Cakes
- 150g Soya Yoghurt
- 15g Vegan protein
- 5 rice cakes
- 150g rice or quinoa
- 1 cup chickpeas
- Mixed veg
If I felt hungry in the evening then I would have a small snack.
I decided to make a couple of meals in bulk so that I could switch up what I was eating throughout the week. The two things I made were:
Raw Beet Slaw
I am planning on adding these recipes into a separate blog post as they were really delicious. With these I would alternate when I ate them. So somedays I would have them with a salad for dinner and then have them for lunch the next day. I just added my extra protein source such as chickpeas or black beans to them separately.
At the weekend my boyfriend and I headed out for the day and decided to go and grab some lunch (we had some vegan food for a picnic but it was raining so much we wanted to get indoors).
We decided to stop at a little cafe that sells lots of homemade, healthy salads, a bit like what I made in my meal prep above. I decided to order two salads that looked vegan – curried chickpeas with rice, and a butternut squash salad. I decided, like a good vegan, to double check that were okay for me to have and was surprised that the butternut squash salad had honey in! This meant that one was off the menu so had to go with a double helping of the curried chickpeas!
It was very tasty but it was a shame that this was the ONLY vegan option available out of all the delicious salads.
Overall summary of week 1
Overall I have found it very easy to transition from vegetarian to vegan. I have found the swaps easy and have felt full and satisfied after each meal (as much as usual). I have felt the same amount of energy and my workouts in the gym have been consistent! I need to keep remembering to soak my dried beans otherwise I will not have any to hand. I have learnt to always check the ingredients list as there can be lots of hidden things in foods we don’t expect!
Be sure to check my other posts if you missed them:
See you next week for another Vegan Challenge update