Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vegan Meals for an Office Job


Having an office job often means that I'm having to bring everything I need to eat for the day, unless I want to venture out for lunch.  Often, though, I just want something quick so I can get back to drawing.  I thought I would highlight some of the easy things I have been eating lately.

SMOOTHIES



One of the best things I took away from the Arbonne detox was making smoothies at my desk.  I am still loving my nutribullet, which sits on my desk.  I pack up my smoothies in the morning, then blend whenever I get hungry.  I did get a little bored with them after a few months and started eating solid food for lunch, but for breakfast, I'm almost always reaching for a big smoothie.



CARROT CAKE SMOOTHIE

  • 2 carrots
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • ice and water to blend


BLUEBERRY NUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tbs almond or peanut butter
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • ice and water to blend



PEACHES AND CREAM DREAM

  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • ice and water to blend


SUMMER SWEET PINEAPPLE DREAM

  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein (optional)
  • ice and water to blend

The final smoothie is more of a lunch one.  For some reason, I love my dark, berry smoothies in the morning and my light, green smoothies for lunch.  I usually do one smoothie a day now, since I usually bring solid food for breakfast or lunch in place of one drink.


Tofu scramble and latkes make a great breakfast for the office, too.  We had this for dinner one night, then I took tupperware and boxed up the rest for work breakfasts.  It's full of protein and great carbs!



For lunches, when I'm not reaching for a green smoothie, I'm loving salads and leftovers.  This was the best of both worlds.  I took a few slabs of the BBQ tofu and put it over a romaine, radish and yellow bell pepper salad.  I let the BBQ sauce stand in as a salad dressing.





I have been loving these pre-made falafel balls from Veggie Patch.  They go great in a pita with some vegan cheese or on a salad.


There's also nothing wrong with a vegetable sandwich.  In this case, I took some zucchini slaw from our recent cookout and paired it with vegan cheese and spinach.  I love that the slaw soaks into the bread, too.



That slaw also works great crammed in a pita pocket with a few slabs of tofu.  



My last item to show you is a go-to snack if I get hungry and didn't bring enough food.  I think this tastes like a frostie!  It's just 2 scoops of Arbonne chocolate protein powder, a bunch of ice and almond milk.  So. delicious.

What are some of your favorite items to bring to work?  Do you plan out everything for the whole day, or do you have a lot of food at your desk at the ready?


On a completely different note, the world lost a mighty man yesterday.  Robin Williams really defined my early life, and his movies are some of my favorites of all time.  I know it's weird to be sad about the death of someone you didn't know, but he touched so many of us with his incredible talent.  Depression is a real and dangerous thing, and it has taken a lot of wonderful people from our world.  If you are struggling, please reach out for help.

I know I will be watching some great Robin Williams movies this weekend and laughing through the sadness.

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