So as promised, here are some pictures of what I ate during day 2 of my veggie experiment. I wasn't as good at sticking to the plan on Day 2 as on Day 1. My afternoon snack was an iced chai nonfat latte from Starbucks. They do have soymilk but charge a LOT extra for it, to the point where I suspect that it covers a lot more than any difference in milk price, so I skipped it. And I have to my drink was amazing: cool and very satiating in a way that nothing else has been the last two days. I also went off-plan a little at dinner too (see below).
Breakfast (7 am)
Breakfast was a packet of maple and brown sugar oatmeal from Oat Revolution made with plain almond milk and topped with half of a chopped banana, a handful of blueberries, and cinnamon. Served with a cup of black French roast from Trader Joe's. The almond milk gives the oatmeal a nice thick texture, but also kind of a funny aftertaste, like artificial sweetener almost.
Lunch was a whole wheat tortilla with teriyaki baked tofu, lettuce, carrot, onion, and a tablespoon of sweet chili sauce. I sautéed the tofu in a little olive oil. I wasn't very hungry, so I only ate half.
Dinner (6:30 pm):
Dinner was another recipe out of Vegan on the Cheap. This is the Summer Garden Soup. There was quite a bit of chopping at the beginning, but it was still a very easy soup to make and healthy: lots of veggies and the white beans I bought at Trader Joe's. I added some Parmesan and a few garlic cheese croutons on top. Obviously that's not vegan, but in my mind, adding a few calories (about 40) to make eating all those veggies and beans more appetizing was a fantastic trade-off, vegan or not.
Right now, I'm craving comforting food like crazy and am starting to feel like maybe this isn't for me, especially with my dairy "cheats" today. But I committed to doing it for a week, so I'm going to keep going and try to keep an open mind.
Now I'm on to Day Three, so stay tuned!