Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snack Ideas: The Basics

So I know it can be daunting transitioning over to a whole different lifestyle. The thing is though, it may not be so different than you think. How many people already eat muesli, cereal or toast for breakfast? What about a salad sandwich at lunchtime or pasta for dinner? You can even grab popcorn at the cinemas and live cruelty free. These basic meal and snack ideas are here to give you inspiration, but also to show you that perhaps your lifestyle isn’t as different as you previously thought. Check out the lists below.

Breakfast

  • Cereal (eg. weetbix, corn flakes, Special K…etc) or museli/granola with soy/coconut yoghurt or soy/coconut/almond/rice/oat milk or fresh fruit
  • Toast with avocado/vegan butter/jam/vegemite…etc
  • Smoothies or Acai/smoothie bowls
  • Oatmeal
  • Chia pudding
  • Nice cream
  • Vegan pancakes
  • Scrambled tofu
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Fruit salad (jazz up with lime & mint)

 Lunch 

  • Salad sandwiches/wraps/bagels (eg. baby spinach, beetroot, hummus, tofu or a falafel)
  • Burritos (corn, tomato, lettuce, avocado, rice, lime, beans)
  • Nachos with guacamole, tomato, black beans, lemon/lime + optional vegan cheese
  • Veggie burgers
  • Sushi (vegetables and/or tofu) or bento boxes
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Wedges & guacamole
  • Pasta salads
  • Raw pasta made from zucchini & carrot with lentils & tomato
  • Real salad

Dinner 

  • Stir fry (lots of veggies, tofu, beans, lentils) with rice, quinoa, noodles, or pasta
  • Typical roast but with tofu instead of meat
  • Pasta: napolitana (with or without vegetables), avocado pasta http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/
  • Veggie soup with beans or lentil soup
  • Veggie pizza with vegan cheese
  • Jacket potatoes with avocado or salsa & beans
  • Thai green curry/coconut curry with chickpeas instead of chicken
  • Minestrone
  • Tacos
  • Tofu schnitzel
  • Vegan Shepherds pie with lentils

Snacks

         Healthy

  • Fruit (And not just apples & bananas, pack in that watermelon, passionfruit, berries, grapes…etc)
  • Carrot & Hummus (or crackers eg. Savoys, Vita-wheats, Water crackers)
  • (Vegan) Cheese & Crackers
  • Bliss balls (eg. made of dates, oats, nuts, cocoa powder)
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Nuts
  • Roasted chickpeas or broad beans
  • Muesli (why not?)
  • Nice cream
  • Smoothies/Juices
  • Popcorn
  • Seaweed snacks (eg. chilli seaweed)
  • Muesli bars 
  • Chia pudding
  • Hot cocoa with dates or rice malt syrup to sweeten
  • Apricots
  • Almonds

      Not-so-healthy

  • Plain or chocolate oreos
  • Dark chocolate (eg. Lindt, Coles or Whittakers)
  • Chocolate ripple biscuits
  • Arnotts raspberry shortcake biscuits
  • Doughnut time 
  • Bubble tea – just check in store (eg. I have green tea, ice blends…etc)
  • Hot & packet Chips
  • Pringles
  • BBQ Shapes
  • Sorbet
  • Fairy floss
  • Hoyts, Palace & Village cinema popcorn 
  • Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy range 
  • Sour patch kids & sour straps
  • Skittles
  • San Churro’s Salted Caramel & Honeycomb ice cream

So they’re just some basic food ideas, and many of them are interchangeable between meal times. For example, you should never stop yourself eating pasta for breakfast if that’s what your really want. I personally love breakfast pasta.

Also, don’t be scared into thinking you can’t eat your usual food. If you really want meat or fish, there is guaranteed to be a vegan substitute. If you’re not into mock products, you can always work on those gainz with beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.

Hope this helps,

Bonne appetite!

xx

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