WIAW: Then & Now

Before I start, let me just say a big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post! You all had such insightful advice and I really appreciated each and every comment.

Now onto the best party of the week…WIAW! I’ve seen a theme going around lately about then & now type WIAW posts. Mine’s a little different–I’ll be focusing on what I ate when I first started this blog in 2011, and what I’m eating now. It’s crazy how much my eating style has changed in just two years!

Breakfast

Then

Yogi blueberry granola crisps over Greek yogurt, half a homemade blueberry waffle, veggie breakfast sausage.

Yogi blueberry granola crisps over Greek yogurt, half a homemade blueberry waffle, veggie breakfast sausage.

Basically, some variation on whole grain carbs+processed protein. For some reason, I ate a Morningstar spicy veggie pattie or veggie sausage pretty much every day with breakfast for a year. It was a decent source of protein, but I shudder at the mile-long ingredient list now.

Now

Tiramisu chia pudding.

Tiramisu chia protein pudding.

I don’t have a chia pudding every day, but they’re one of my favorite breakfasts now. I focus a lot more on healthy fats (nut butters, raw bars, coconut cream) and cleaner carbs and proteins. Some other favorites are protein frosting-topped homemade buckwheat waffles, almond flour pancakes and protein microwave muffins.

Lunch

Then

Spinach salad with frozen mango and Gardein chick'n nuggets.

Spinach salad with frozen mango and Gardein chick’n nuggets.

I still did salads for lunch (not as often as I do now) but they were a lot more plain and usually protein-ed up with Gardein products. I think their products are good for newbie vegans and vegetarians or when you want some vegan junk food, but I prefer whole foods sources of protein now like beans, edamame and tempeh.

Now

Spinach salad with nooch dressing and sprouted pumpkin seeds.

Spinach salad with nooch dressing and sprouted pumpkin seeds.

I love salads with homemade dressings, seeds/nuts, dry roasted edamame, dried fruit, olives, leftover brown rice sushi…basically, anything goes! I also pretty much always have a side of fresh fruit…and sometimes maybe a square of dark chocolate.

Snack

Then

Golden corn Vitatop, Crystal Light pink lemonade.

Golden corn Vitatop with almond butter, Crystal Light pink lemonade.

Sensing a theme here? I was definitely eating a lot of ‘healthy’ (aka low fat, lower calorie) processed foods. I used to LOVE Vitatops, especially the corn ones, but I haven’t had one in over a year. And I don’t miss all the preservatives and weird ingredients at all.

Now

A typical snackplate.

A typical snackplate.

My snacks are often a snack plate-style assortment of protein (peanut flour paste or dry roasted edamame), fats (nuts, seeds, guacamole) and produce (dried fruit, kale chips, carrots). Oh, and chocolate is necessary!

Dinner

Then

OMG fish on a plant-based blog?! Mahi mahi topped with homemade strawberry salsa, watermelon gazpacho.

OMG fish on a plant-based blog?! Mahi mahi topped with homemade strawberry salsa, watermelon gazpacho.

Most of my meals were vegetarian back in 2011, but I did enjoy the occasional fish or seafood dinner. I think if I ever decide to eat meat again, I’ll only eat fish/seafood because it’s really healthy and it was the one meat I actually enjoyed.

Now

Whole Foods salad bar leftovers.

Whole Foods salad bar leftovers.

I don’t eat Whole Foods salad bar every night (I wish!) but I definitely eat completely plant-based and get in plenty of veggies and different sources of protein. I like to mix things up though: breakfast-for-dinner, eggplant muffulettas on coconut flour bread, homemade veggie burgers (or Sunshine burgers), nooch-y nachos…the list goes on!

Dessert

Then

Raw brownie with coffee froyo and raspberries.

Raw brownie with coffee froyo and raspberries.

Actually, this still looks pretty good! I haven’t had a raw brownie in way too long…Anyways, I loved Stonyfield froyos (especially the coffee flavor), cereal and Whole Foods brand Oreos as desserts–not horrible, but way too sugary for me now!

Now

Raw vegan chocolate ganache.

Raw vegan chocolate ganache.

Still loving the raw desserts, but now they’re more often store-bought (that needs to change though–too bad my tiny food processor sucks!). I generally eat protein microwave muffins or banana softserve most nights, but sometimes have no-sugar-added coconut milk ice cream or raw desserts or Larabars.

How have your meals changed in the past 2 years? Were you ever obsessed with a food/brand that you can’t stand now?

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14 thoughts on “WIAW: Then & Now

  1. I think there is place for “processed” health foods as well as whole foods in someones diet…especially if it’s food you like! I don’t think people should totally cut out foods just because they aren’t the ‘best’….a lot of the foods I like (like crackers, cereals, and breads) have multiple ingredients…but I enjoy eating them and wouldn’t ever totally cut them out! Kind of like the fish thing you mentioned above! It’s great for you and you enjoyed it so why stop eating it, ya know?! I LOVE seafood! Definitely a staple in my life! I would just hate to think that I wasn’t able to eat some of the things I like just because they might be slightly less ‘clean’ than other foods. Sometimes ya need the real thing instead of a ‘clean’ imitation of it! 🙂

    • That makes sense! I definitely don’t avoid all processed products, I just try to stick with ones with ingredients that I know are ok but there’s definitely something to be said for eating things we enjoy sometimes, whether or not they’re considered ‘clean’.

  2. Your eats look great, girl! Especially that chia pudding…yum!!!

    I do agree with Kaila though. I think that eating processed health foods (as well as processed foods in general) is okay in moderation. I’m not saying that they should make up the entirety or even majority of your diet, but I think that if you genuinely enjoy those foods, it’s definitely okay to eat them once in awhile. I used to shun away all foods with long or “sketchy” ingredient lists, but in the past year, I’ve been working on becoming a bit more lenient and flexible with my diet. I’m starting to realize that it’s okay to not eat 100% clean all of the time. I’m defintiely still working on this, but it feels really freeing to know that my food choices don’t have to be “perfect” all of the time!

    • I think this is something I should work on. I’ve definitely been shying away from some former staples because of their sketchy ingredients, but I think that reincorporating some of them would make me way less stressed about food choices!

  3. P says:

    Loving the whole foods salad bar leftovers! I really need to try a WF salad ASAP :P!
    My eating has changed in that I don’t mind fat in my food (PB and not-always-fat-free greek yogurt are my go-to!) and I try to eat foods that won’t cause a sugar crash. A lot of the low calorie/fat-free foods I used to eat to “tide me over” were full of sugar/preservatives (as you already know) and often left me more hungry than I usually was. I still do enjoy foods like VitaTops and Skinny Cow Cups, but in moderation (mostly due to the $$ :P)!

    • I did the same, I now love nut butters and other foods with fats, and avoiding the sugar-y fake low calorie foods I used to love. I think it’s definitely a positive change, especially if you’ve noticed that you’re more satisfied with real foods now!

  4. I actually eat pretty much the same now as I did two years ago, except maybe a lot more veggies. Ingredients lists are scary.

  5. I always think it’s interested to see how people’s diets change over time. Mine has definitely evolved a TON over the past year and I’m really happy with where I’ve ended up.
    I can understand what you mean about the processed foods and whatnot but I do think they’re okay in moderation. A year ago I refused to touch anything that was processed, had a lot of sodium, had a long ingredients list, etc. Nowadays, I don’t like to label anything as “off-limits” or “bad”…I just eat what I’m craving. Some days it’s all fruits and veggies and some days I just want to microwave a veggie burger and eat chips- that’s okay!
    Your raw desserts look always look so yummy! I rarely make my own but I love to splurge on WF’s versions from time to time. (:

    • I agree that processed things definitely have a place in everyone’s life–I know I’ve been too obsessed with clean eating lately and I think things like PB Puffins and coconut milk ice creams, that I used to love, are things I want to add back in because they’re still healthy and enjoyable to me, even if they’re a bit more processed!

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