Normally when I tell people about my gluten-free, processed food free, vegan, very minimal soy diet, the first thing they ask is: WHAT DO YOU EAT? Aren’t you hungry?? Anybody who knows me usually laughs…because I eat a lot! I love food! Here’s a little sampling of what I eat in a day.
Breakfast number one:
Normally I start out my days with a huge green juice with cucumber, celery, lemon, and kale. If I had an early dinner I’ll make it a smoothie and throw in some fruit as well. Such a refreshing way to start the day!
Breakfast number two:
A delicious medley of coconut milk, soaked steel cut oats (certified gluten-free), soaked chia seeds topped with blueberries or some other sweetener such as stevia, a little coconut sugar, etc.
Snack (not pictured)
Baby carrots! I always keep some in the shared fridge at work.
OK, so this isn’t my greatest lunch ever because I was a weee on the lazy side today. Woops. I didn’t have time to make lunch, so I grabbed an avocado, some dulse flakes, and nutritional yeast and stuffed it in a bag on my way out of the house this morning. When it came time to lunch, I ordered a plain salad for delivery. I topped it off with the avocado and condiments and it was definitely not too bad!
Snack (not pictured)
About two handfuls of walnuts
Quinoa, mushroom, and kale sauteed with coconut oil and gluten-free tamari. By far one of my favorite recipes. It was sooooo good!
Chia seed mixed with blueberry puree and a few spoonfuls of Luna and Larry’s Dairy-Free Coconut flavored ice-cream. Delicious!!
Vegan, gluten-free, raw agave sweetened cupcakes from Babycakes
Last week was my birthday and I had an absolutely fabulous day! Living in New York is really a luxury because there’s a treat for everyone here. So as a gift to myself, I decided to explore a ton of amazing vegan and gluten-free places in the city. I don’t go out to vegetarian/gluten free places too often, mostly because they are pretty expensive and I tend to eat…a little bit too much . But, hey, it was my birthday! Here are some of the places I checked out.
Maimonides of Brooklyn (MOB), 525 Atlantic Ave.
This was definitely my favorite place. I had a birthday dinner here with some close friends (only two other vegetarians) and everyone loved it. Instead of greeting you with several helpings of starchy, gluten-filled bread, they provided kale chips. And even my carnivorous friends thought the kale chips were DELICIOUS. I had a quinoa salad with scallion, mint, and pumpkin seeds along with a gluten free flatbread (they call it the signature “MOB”). Yum yum yum….
The restaurant also had a really welcoming vibe. They have a DJ who places reggae-style music, high ceilings decorated with musical instruments and magazines that you can read if you want, and service that is warm and friendly. I definitely will be back!
Siggy’s Good Food, 76 Henry Street
I’ve been going to this place for awhile (it’s super close to where I go to school) and I always enjoy whatever I eat. I love that they have a full juice bar—I always get the “megagreens” with green leaves, cucumber, celery, and lemon. My friend Priya and I each had one of these during lunch. They also have some amazing gluten-free veggie burgers, quinoa cakes, and salads. And if you feel like treating yourself—which of course, I did —they have a full bakery with some gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan options.
V-Note, 1522 First Ave.
I ventured way out to the Upper East Side for this one, and it was worth it. I ate here with my family; they’re all meat-eaters, but even they were pleased. We started out with some organic wine. If I ever drink alcohol, I make sure that I am drinking wine because although it is high in sugar, it has a ton of antioxidants that help prevent heart disease. I had the barbeque tempeh with the organic avocado southwest salad. It was delicious!
Babycakes, 248 Broome Street
A birthday with no cake? NEVER! Babycakes came to the rescue with vegan, gluten-free, raw agave sweetened cupcakes. I don’t eat agave too often because it is made up of concentrated fructose, which coverts to fat if eaten in excess. If it’s a special occasion, however, an agave-sweetened cupcake is much better than a white-sugar cupcake, especially if the agave is raw and unrefined because less of it is needed to make it taste sweet. I had a red-velvet cupcake and it was creamy, sweet, and decadent. Felt like I was eating the real thing!
My brother (above) and I went out for drinks with friends after dinner at an awesome outdoor/arcade bar in Brooklyn called Cherry Tree. We stayed out till 3AM! Guess that’s what you can do with the abundant energy that delicious food gives you….
Overall, I had an amazing day. I may have splurged a little bit though, so it’s time to start cooking for myself for awhile. But don’t worry, that won’t stop me from posting in the “Eating Out” Series!