So I didn’t mention that on April 1st I adopted a plant based, whole foods diet. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives on Netflix and was hooked. I watched it a few years ago and was intrigued, but I couldn’t see myself giving up cheese. I heart cheese way too much to give it up.
Or so I thought. I made the decision on Saturday and started (with a little cheating) on Monday but went “all out” on April 1st. I will admit that my sister, bro-in-law and his aunt are all doing it too so I am not completely alone.
I did a few things that have helped me stay more focused. I downloaded vegan podcasts, followed vegan people on Instagram, meal plan and bought a monthly meal plan to Meal Mentor. Meal prepping/planning is the key, especially if you commute 2 hours each day to and from work. If I wake up late (which is actually happening less now that I have more energy) I do not want to make something before I go to work, I like to grab and go. I can eat breakfast at my desk and just stick the rest of my food in the fridge until lunch or snack time. If I don’t have something prepared I just go out to eat, which I can 100% make food choices that fit in the diet but they don’t always fit in the budget.
One of the times I went out was to Leibman’s. it is a local deli and fine foods/gifts store that I have loved for a while. They have the best dips and I always go there to pick something up when I go to a party. Now, I have to find another dip that works because I used to get caviar and cream cheese dip that everyone loved!
Anyway, the deli has 3 vegetarian options that can be made vegan/plant based by tweaking it. I made the sandwich at home have eaten it all week.
I used Dave’s Killer Bread, arugula, thinly sliced tomato, thinly sliced cucumber, walnuts (for crunch), avocado, onion sprouts and balsamic vinegar. SO GOOD!!! You can make this sandwich even if you aren’t plant based; I know I would have loved it if I wasn’t plant based.
(BTW, sorry, I took pictures with my phone as I was making the sandwich for work...hence the tupperware container)
Sunshine Crunch Sandwich
Add the arugula (I have fallen in love with a green)
Add the cucumber
Add the tomato
Add chopped walnuts
Add thinly sliced avocado
Add the sprouts.
Add the balsamic vinegar when you are ready to eat it. I like to cut mine into triangles.