I’ve talked before about how the balance between being a food blogger and maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. While I try to focus this blog on mostly healthy recipes, I’ve also made my fair share of ice cream this summer. I also find it challenging to stick to a proper breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule when I work from home. Sometimes I’ll be so busy during lunch time that I don’t take a break, then end up eating a series of snacks all afternoon.
In all honesty, I have room for improvement in my diet, and am always open to new ways to eat right without resorting to a juice cleanse or something like that. While I enjoyed a Vegan Before 6 lifestyle for several months, I didn’t stick to it. In the end (like I suspected would happen), I missed yogurt too much. I decided to adapt it into a “Meatless Before 6” lifestyle (with special exceptions on some days), and have had MUCH greater success with that.
My meatless breakfasts and lunches are mostly smoothies and salads. I’m always looking for a way to give my salads a boost of protein. I’ll usually just add black beans or chickpeas, but lately I’ve been shaking up my routine with MorningStar Farms veggie burgers. Instead of enjoying them on a bun (although they’re good that way, too), I simply warm them up, cut them into wedges, and use them in place of beans in my lunch salads. Here, I’ve used a Mediterranean Chickpea Burger to add a shot of protein and flavor to a Greek salad. I serve it with something I like to call “Double Greek” dressing – just a quick combo of Greek yogurt and good bottled Greek dressing. See, I can live without meat, but I knew I couldn’t live without yogurt.
I’ve also been making Southwestern-style salads using Spicy Black Bean Burgers, and buffalo cobb salads using Buffalo Chik Patties. MorningStar Farms has definitely made it easy for me to stick to this meatless-most-of-the-day lifestyle. With 30+ products and 600+ recipes on their website, I can always come up with a new way to keep my lunch interesting. And a tasty and filling lunch is the best insurance against snacking all afternoon. I’m looking forward to trying the Roasted Garlic & Quinoa Burger (probably in another salad) and the Original Veggie Sausage, which I could throw into a quick omelet.
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