Living in a motor home makes it difficult to eat a whole food plant based diet – NOT! Not at all! Today I am showing you a little bit of what I eat in a day as a vegan living in camper van.
The “what I eat in a day” posts are actually still among the most-read on my blog and this is why I thought I better make a van life version as well. My last one was about what I eat as a breastfeeding vegan and I went very much into detail with the nutrients etc. in that one – because that is what many mother’s are most concerned of. However, today’s post’s focus is less on nutrients but rather on eating healthy and plant based with NO EFFORT. I don’t want to spend my travels standing in the kitchen and cooking – I want to take full advantage of every day here during this van life adventure; so my food is easy, made in no time, with few ingredients; and yet it is delicious and healthy!
Everything I cook comes without any processed foods, it’s organic, and clean – and vegan of course! We do not eat refined sugars and hardly ever white flour.
At the end of the post, I also want to share which natural supplements I ALWAYS take, no matter if living in a van or in house 😀
Now, first things first: breakfast!
We have oatmeal for breakfast every single day. We tried muesli for a while because we thought it would cost us less gas and therefore be cheaper in the end, but the price of muesli is actually so much higher (in France) compared to plain oats that we went back to oatmeal. Also, we love having something warm in the morning.
We combine our oats with hemp- and/or linseeds and cook the oatmeal with water. When it’s done we add raisins, banana, a little bit of cold soy milk, maple syrup, and I love to add some spices (vanilla, cardamom, flowers …) as well.
It takes no time to prepare in the morning and the whole family eats it.
We cook three times a day. Again, you may argue that this is a lot of gas we use but again I argue that eating bread (or other cold foods – especially when you want whole grain bread and healthy spreads) is actually more expensive. So we go for easy cooked dishes both for lunch and for dinner. Above are a few of the things I made for lunch in the past days:
Rice with a blend of carrots and corn in soy sauce (this was a blend-together-the-leftovers dish).
Pasta with olive oil, salt, and dried herbs, fresh tomatoes, and lettuce on the side.
Pasta with homemade pesto (made of basil, different seeds and kernels, nutrional yeast, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt).
Yes, we do have an afternoon snack every day. I always have my matcha latte and we sometimes have some dates, cookies, bread, or raw bars with it. Sometimes it’s also apples or pears.
Those afternoon snacks actually became an important routine for us here in our motor home: it gives structure to the kids – and to us – to come together at around 9 am or 10 am in the morning for breakfast, around 1 pm for lunch, around 4 pm for our afternoon snack and around 6 pm or 7 pm for dinner. Even when we are driving many kilometers, we take breaks for those meals. It allows us all to calm down, reset, and recharge.
Back home we never really had an afternoon snack ritual, but here on the road we truly love it!
As for lunch, we usually have cooked dinner. And again: I make the easiest dishes! No time, no effort, and just very few ingredients. I always choose ingredients depending on where we are, what season it is, and where I get to do my groceries. Here in France you can find organic supermarkts – but only in the bigger cities. As we only eat organic food, we sometimes have to choose from the organic section at Aldi, Lidl, or Carrefour: and there the choice is very limited. This is why we have zuccini veeery often 😀
From top to down here are a few easy and fast dinner ideas:
Rice with chinese cabbage in soy sauce and raisins.
Pasta with leek and zuccini in tomatoe paste.
Quinoa with leek and zuccini in a creamy sauve (made with cashew cream).
Pan fried sweet potatoe, zucchini, and broad beans .
We often try to cook a lot of e.g. potaoes to have some leftovers for the next day. However, we never manage to keep any leftovers, because for some reason we always eat it all 😀
Finally, I want to say a few words about the supplements that I take – no matter if living the van life or not.
As I am breastfeeding my five months old baby, I pay special attention to a few nutrients: that’s basically DHA and EPA fatty acids, calcium, and of course vitamin b12.
Chlorella is a must for me each and every day since a few years already: it is my multivitamin and it cleanses me on an everyday basis. Especially during breastfeeding time, I am careful about taking it every day, to make sure not too many toxins are given to my baby through the breast milk: chlorella is washing out the toxins before they can reach the milk.
I take DHA and EPA fatty acids since my frist pregnancy, when I first read about these fatty acids for the brain development of a child. You can find DHA and EPA in lin seeds as well, however, it has not been proven yet, if every human being is able to transform the inactive form found in lin seeds into the active form. This is why I wanted to be on the save side. I use algae oil from TESTA since five years now – and love it! By the way, you can get 10% at TESTA with the code ConsciousLife10
The calcium that I take is 100% natural: it’s basically a powdered algae and I add it to my oatmeal in the morning. I get it from Pure Raw and again – I take this since five years and am very happy with it.
And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed my What-I-Eat-In-A-Day as a vegan vanlifer post!
Are you living the van life as well? What are your must-eats? I would love to know!
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