What I Eat In A Day 2017 – Healthy Gluten Free & Vegan Recipes

The 1st of January always means a lot of things: back to work/school, healthy diets, new exercise regimes… and my first gluten free What I Eat In A Day of 2017!

I have a permanent resolution to keep a positive attitude to food and to never overly restrict or ban ‘unhealthy’ food, but there’s certainly no harm in trying to better yourself as a new year rolls around. With so many of the cliche ‘new year, new you’ expectations, I’ve tried to create healthy recipes that won’t leave you crying while munching on a sprig of raw broccoli.

I’ve decided to make my first gluten free What I Eat In A Day of 2017  100% vegan too. I’m always up for a challenge and cooking without animal-based products was really fun and fulfilling too. My IBS stomach isn’t particularly best friends with most vegetables so part of my new year’s resolution is to try and slowly slowly sneak in a few here and there to see if reintroducing certain things helps.

But whatever your reasons or motivations, I’d highly recommend trying my new vegan/plant-based recipes (even if you’re normally a meat eater) just to see what all the fuss is about. A truly great vegan dish always has a little added sparkle to make up for the lack of meat and these gluten free and vegan recipes are no different – you’d be surprised how little your supermarket bill will total to as well!

I really hope you enjoy watching my vegan and gluten free What I Eat In A Day and that you find a few recipes that’ll see you through the whole ‘new year, new you’ thing. Then we can all go back to eating junk food again in peace! You can watch the video above or by clicking here. Here’s all the recipes featured in the video – they’re super simple, quick, only need one saucepan and they’re all 100% gluten free and vegan too.

Gluten Free and Vegan Banana Porridge

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My gluten free & vegan banana porridge is the closest thing you’ll get to a rich and creamy dessert whilst still being super healthy and nutritious. Like I said, being ‘healthy’ for me isn’t necessarily about restricting to the least calories or the lowest fat… more about being the most nourishing for body and mind. This porridge will get you started for the day in all the right ways!

Gluten Free & Vegan Banana Porridge
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Ingredients
  1. * 50g gluten free oats
  2. * 125ml water
  3. * 125ml unsweetened almond milk
  4. * 1 medium banana (half to stir in & half for topping)
  5. * 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. * 1 tbsp nut butter (whichever you prefer.. almond butter for me!)
  7. * fresh fruit for toppings (as well as banana I went for raspberries)
Instructions
  1. 1) Pour your gluten free oats into a small saucepan alongside your water and almond milk.
  2. 2) Heat on the stove on a low/medium heat, the oats will absorb the liquids gradually.
  3. 3) Chop up half a banana and add that to the saucepan whilst it is still cooking, this will make it lovely and creamy as it breaks down.
  4. 4) Add a tsp of cinnamon for extra flavour (this is optional of course!)
  5. 5) Once your porridge is thick and creamy pour it in to a bowl to serve.
  6. 6) At this stage I like to add a dash of cold almond milk just to cool it a little... then I can eat it straight away!!
  7. 7) Spoon on your nut butter and swirl it around.
  8. 8) Add any additional toppings, for me this was banana and raspberries... but it's up to you!
  9. 9) You're ready to eat, so relax and enjoy!
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Gluten Free and Vegan Sweet Potato, Avocado & Quinoa Salad

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This salad may look a bit fancy, but it’s just as easy to bung in a lunchbox as it is displayed in my video! I always find quinoa to be great energy food that keeps me happy for hours and my gluten free What I Eat In A Day wouldn’t be the same without it. It’s got insane flavour and again, it’ll just make you feel good and it’s super simple and quick to make.

Gluten Free & Vegan Sweet Potato, Avocado & Quinoa Salad
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Ingredients
  1. * 70g quinoa (it's a good idea to rinse quinoa before cooking I find)
  2. * 200ml water
  3. * tsp paprika
  4. * sprinkling of cayenne pepper
  5. * salad leaves (in this I used beetroot salad)
  6. * sweet potato chunks, cooked. (I already had some left over from last nights dinner, if you haven't chop your sweet potato into cubes and cook in the oven on 200c for around 25-30 minutes, let cool)
  7. * half an avocado
  8. * handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  9. * dash of lime
Instructions
  1. 1) Place your quinoa & water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for around 15 minutes, or until the quinoa has puffed up a little and has a fluffier texture.
  2. 2) Add a little paprika & cayenne pepper just before your remove your quinoa from the heat, stir it in well for a delicious additional flavour.
  3. 3) Once your quinoa is cooked, leave to cool completely.
  4. 4) Plate up your salad by placing your salad leave around the edges of your bowl and then add your cooled quinoa to the centre.
  5. 5) Add your cooked cubes of sweet potato to the quinoa.
  6. 6) Sprinkle on some of your freshly chopped coriander.
  7. 7) Place your sliced avocado right in the centre of your salad.
  8. 8) Squeeze over a little lime & season as you wish!
  9. 9) All done, enjoy!
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Gluten Free and Vegan Vegetarian Pho

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This is one of mine and Mark’s favourites all year round, but I’ve adapted it to be vegan and I really enjoyed the challenge of doing so without compromising on its awesomeness. When you’re after a warming, yet lovely and light dinner, I couldn’t recommend our vegan and gluten free Pho more. Obviously, it’s low FODMAP too for those with IBS and has no onion or garlic – just the green parts of spring onions 🙂

Gluten Free & Vegan Vegetarian Pho
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Ingredients
  1. * 300ml vegetable stock (ensure it is gluten free)
  2. * handful of mushrooms, chopped
  3. * gluten free ribbon rice noodles
  4. * beansprouts
  5. * handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  6. * half a red chilli
  7. * spring onions, finely chopped (just the green tops, you could use chives instead as well)
Instructions
  1. 1) Place your vegetable stock in a saucepan and heat gently on the stove.
  2. 2) Add your chopped mushrooms & allow them to soften a little.
  3. 3) Add your gluten free ribbon rice noodles and beansprouts and allow to briefly cook a little more.
  4. 4) Remove from the heat and pour into your serving bowl.
  5. 5) Add to top of your noodles any additional flavours that you like whilst your noodles are still steaming - for me that was fresh coriander, red chilli and a few pieces of green spring onion.
  6. 6) Perfect on a chilly evening, enjoy!
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Well that concludes my first vegan & gluten free What I Eat In A Day of 2017! I really hope you found something you enjoyed and wish you the best of luck in a healthier and happier year. I hope you’ll all join me too in eating more nourishing and nutritious food as opposed to a diet of low calorie and empty diet foods! Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel if you don’t want to miss future gluten free What I Eat In A Day videos!

What’s your foodie new year’s resolution? What’s your philosophy when it comes to being more healthy? Please leave me a comment below or get in touch with me on Facebook and Twitter. I love to hear all your plans and ideas and you guys always inspire me to create and try new things.

Thanks for reading,
Becky
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What I Eat in a Day – Gluten Free, Dairy Free Healthy Recipes

What I Eat In A Day Time! My Favourite type of post! So here’s what I’ve eaten today. Welcome to the weekend, everything is gluten free, healthy, simple, delicious & there are plenty of vegan choices too!

It feels like I haven’t done one of these posts in ages, yet every single day I ask myself the question ‘What should I eat today?’ … thus every day is a What I Eat In A Day right?! 

Today definitely felt like the sort of day to make an April Edition of What I Eat In A Day. I mean, it’s the weekend for goodness sake; who doesn’t love the weekend?! At the weekend it’s nice to change it up a bit from some of the super quick, fairly standard meals I have in the week. At the weekend I want to be eating delicious food that makes me feel good, but is also simple to make… the weekend is for having fun & getting out and about; I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen!

Breakfast – a grain free granola bowl!

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Weekend breakfasts are always a bit more chilled and relaxed than weekdays. Today I decided for my breakfast to make a ‘smoothie bowl’ … I think that’s what some folk would call it anyway! Basically, it’s a mix of a few things (one being my homemade grain free granola!) all mixed up in a bowl! It’s gluten free, it’s dairy free, it’s vegan, it’s grain free, it’s natural & delicious.

So, for starters I pour in some of my homemade grain free granola. Now, I’ve always loved granola, but, granola generally does not love me. Whether its a gluten free granola or not, I find that the oats in most granola just do not agree with me. I love oats, but oats don’t love me. Additionally, I think the reason granola is so god damn moorish, is because so many of the supermarket ones are filled up to the high heavens with unnecessary, excessive sugar. So, I got my kitchen apron on & have created my own homemade granola, that is both grain free & lower in sugar that most of those I see in the supermarkets. All the tasty nuts you get in granola mean that you don’t really need huge amounts of extra sugar in it PLUS the stuff you put with your granola will most likely contain extra natural fruit sugars anyway! My grain free granola recipe is destined for another blog post, so watch this space.

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Anyway, after my granola has been placed at the bottom of the bowl, it’s time for a layer of dairy free yoghurt. I tend to go for a coconut yoghurt. In most cases I use Coyo or Coconut Collaborative (depending on where I go shopping), but of course you can use whatever yoghurt you like. On top of my yoghurt I then place some fruit. I never have too much, as I try to restrict how much fructose (due to IBS) I have in my diet, which even means fruit is restricted! For me, raspberries and blueberries are perfect here, they are relatively low in sugar, & so long as they are in season… they taste divine!

I then add either some almond or coconut flakes. Whatever I have in the house. Coconut flakes, are somewhat harder to get hold of where I am from, but I prefer them! To finish my tasty breakfast bowl, I add a very small sprinkling of my goji berry & seed mix. These taste great & also, I’m not going to lie, make my breakfast look rather inviting! Although, I could also say that it looks the opposite of inviting, as… I actually think it looks too attractive to eat! Though, my weekends always start fairly late, so by the time my breakfast is ready to eat, however attractive it looks, I am ravenous!

Lunch – avocado on  gluten free toast!

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I am a bread lover. I think ever since I stopped eating gluten many years ago & I also went through that silly ‘healthy stage’ a few years back where bread was bad & salad was good, I’ve just become incredibly partial to a sarnie. It’s been tough of course, because gluten free bread is not usually the best type of bread. But, I have found a few easily available gluten free loaves that have meant chomping down some bread every lunchtime is both possible & delicious. I am particularly fond of the Schär gluten free seeded loaf & the Bergen sunflower & chia seed gluten free loaf – both I would say have very similar qualities to non gluten free bread.

Today I thought, instead of having a sandwich, I’d have some toast. But not just your standard toast with butter & jam. For me the ultimate topping for toast is some battered up, smashed avocado! We love our avocado in this household, my guacamole is always a hit with tacos and fajitas. But for this smashed avocado I just mash & season a ripe avocado (not too smooth as I like lots of texture to it) and spread it across a couple of slices of gluten free toast.

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To keep this a strictly vegan & veggie day you could quite easily skip the immediate next step, but I love to add a little bit of roasted chicken to make it a more well rounded lunch. I often have some left over cooked chicken we roast to eat cold, and this is the perfect meal to add it to. Next up I add some chopped up cherry tomatoes and a little cress. It looks great on a plate & tastes even better. If friends pop round for lunch this is often something I rustle up for them, it’s so simple, healthy & delicious.

Pit Stop – harris + hoole – vegan hot chocolate time!

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As I mentioned earlier, we keep ourselves quite busy at the weekends. Since we have bought our new house, we have a garden to look after & decorating inside too! I love doing this & could probably keep going for hours and hours without realising the time. However, we have a lovely coffee shop just down the road from us called Harris + Hoole. It’s the perfect place to have a little pitstop after some hard work in the garden or a little shopping trip in town.

I mentioned harris + hoole in my March favourites post recently & in a previous blog post from a year or so ago… but I must just mention it again. It really is a lovely cafe which serves up the perfect vegan hot chocolate with soy milk. I can’t recommend harris + hoole enough & I also can’t recommend enough just getting out for a drink at a cafe. Sometimes it’s just the nicest thing to relax, out & about surrounded by people. People watching, chatting, getting some work done using the free wifi & of course, having a tasty hot (or cold!) beverage. Basically, I couldn’t miss this little pit stop trip out of my what i eat in a day post!

Dinner – gluten free vegan satay noodles!

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I love asian flavours & satay dishes are some of my favourites. I make my own satay sauce from scratch using just 4 ingredients; I can never buy satay sauces from shops as they so often have some sort of onion, garlic or non gf soy sauce in them. I just add my ingredients for the satay sauce to a saucepan to reduce it down & whilst I’m doing that I fry up everything else in some peanut or garlic infused oil. Firstly frying off the veg, then adding the fresh flat rice noodles (Tesco do my favourite fresh ones) & some beansprouts. The satay sauce is just added to the wok, mixed in & dinner is ready. I always add my crushed peanuts, extra chilli & lime for an extra kick.

It really is one of my favourite dishes & I’ve cooked it quite a few times for others. You can add chicken or king prawns if you wish, but it works perfectly as a vegetarian dish I think. I end up having a few portions whenever I cook this, so make sure you cook up plenty! There’s nothing better than a nutritious, gluten free, vegan bowl of satay noodles, & it has definitely made a great end to my, what I eat in a day post I think!

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So…

That was what today’s What I Eat in a Day! I love sharing my weekend days with you through my meals! I’m definitely going to share a couple of the recipes from this day on the blog soon – I’d love if you would give them a try, as they are really tasty! 

I’d also love to know what would be in you What I Eat in a Day if you made a post on it! Be nice to know what you have for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Do you cook mainly from scratch? Do you cook gluten free for the whole family? Do you often cook purely vegetarian or vegan? What are your ultimate dishes? Let me know by leaving a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Thanks for reading & watching my what i eat in a day!

Becky xxx

What I Eat In A Day! (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Refined Sugar Free)

What Do YOU Eat In A Day? I’d imagine you can’t answer this as every day is different. Here’s a sneak peak into a random January day for me, sharing What I Eat In A Day! Oh & it’s all gluten free, dairy free & refined sugar free too!

So when it comes to what I eat each day whilst living on a gluten free, dairy free and for the most part a very low sugar diet, you might expect that I am somewhat restricted… you’d be wrong. In fact in the past 6 years of eating gluten free I have actually discovered a whole host of different foods and meals to enjoy – some that I may never have tried had I always been able to eat gluten!

Being a complete nosey parker, I absolutely love watching What I Eat In A Day videos. I find them really interesting & often they provide me with plenty of inspiration too. So, I thought it might be a nice idea to share with you on a fairly regular basis what I eat in a day! Of course every single day of my life varies so this is just a very random day, but across 2016 I will be sharing more days with you.

Breakfast

So for breakfast there is never one set thing I have, I like to mix it up (quite literally). At the moment I am very into my smoothies and have been creating some of my own, as well as using recipes from my cookbook collection. I used to think that essentially having just a ‘drink’ for breakfast wouldn’t be filling enough and would leave me unsatisfied… how wrong I was. By putting the right foods into your blender (NutriBullet for me!), you really can make something that’s exciting, delicious and filling.

My breakfast smoothie on this particular day was Chocolate & Banana. Not a flavour combo that in the past I would think of to be all that healthy, but it really can be. I simply just blended together Cacao Powder, Banana, Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Cinnamon, Chia Seeds and some Ice – you must try it! Filled with lots of great food types to start your day right as well as being gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free & vegan. What’s your favourite breakfast smoothie?!

Lunch

At lunch time this time of year I often like to have something hot. I am not a fan of having a big hot lunch, like a full meal; I find it sends me to sleep in the afternoon! However, soup is the perfect balance. Soup is warming, yet not massively filling. Making your own soup is really easy too. It allows for you to have whatever flavours you wish & ensures your soup is gluten free, dairy free, vegan & full of absolutely no added sugars or nasties.

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On this particular day I decided to make a Carrot & Coriander Soup. I often make this flavour as it’s a soup made of 4 ingredients, all of which I always have in the cupboard. It’s simple and quick to make from scratch & you can make a big batch all at once and freeze some if you want to have an even quicker lunch another day. I think it makes for a great meal to not only take to work, but, if you had somebody unexpectedly coming round at lunchtime, I don’t think anyone could resist a steaming bowl of fresh soup.

For me, I love to have some gluten free bread with my soup too. I know everyone is different, but personally, soup without bread is a crime. Bread makes soup better and soup certainly makes gluten free bread better. It really soaks up the soup & makes it nice and moist! It’s the perfect lunch in the winter months for me!

Dinner

Dinner is such a madly varied meal for me. We have so many different dishes we make, we’ve had to write them all down to remember them! One of my absolute favourites though is homemade sushi! We’ve visited many sushi restaurants over the years, but a year or so ago we decided it might be nice to try to make our own… we’ve never looked back! Not only does it taste amazing, it’s loads of fun too!

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You can put whatever you like in sushi to ensure it is gluten free, dairy free & even vegan if you wish… veggie sushi is really delicious too. For us on this particular day we decided to make a mix of California Rolls and Maki. So we made ones where the seaweed is on the outside, and then essentially inside out sushi rolls too. We filled them with Salmon, Prawn & Avocado. They taste so fresh and when making your own, you can always squeeze a little bit more filling in than usual! For me, homemade sushi is a really balanced meal filled with a little bit of everything. It’s ace!

I’ve recently put up a recipe guide to making your own Gluten Free Sushi, if you want to check it out, click here.

So…

That’s what I eat in a day… but what do you eat?! I would love if we could all share some our meals so we can make everyone’s What I Eat In A Day more delicious and varied, whilst still with the possibility of being gluten free & dairy free! Feel free to leave your favourite meals in the comments below, or on Facebook/Twitter.

Thanks for watching & reading,

Becky xxx