Monday 18 June 2018

Vegan What I Eat in a Day | Exam Season

I officially finished my A Levels on Thursday! *happy dances everywhere possible* During my actual exam period, I had a very specific structure (maybe even more so than with my average college day) and that helped me a lot with my focus and keep my cool. Food is something that helps keep my mind at balance and my mind more steady and it's something I love to do. I definitely want to start talking more about my love of food on my blog so keep your eyes peeled for some vegan goodness!

Lately, my go-to breakfast has been porridge. I haven't really been a fan of porridge but I tried it again a little bit before exams and now I'm obsessed (I do microwave it because I really can't be arsed to do it properly, but I should do now that I have more time). I add whatever fruit we have in the fridge (usually raspberries and strawberries because the time of year, especially as we have some growing in our garden) and some nuts (pistachios are my fave but any other are acceptable). I love the different flavours and it makes me feel really healthy until I drown it in maple syrup.

A lot of the time during college I would skip having a drink until later on in the day, which isn't great for my hydration. During exams, though, I made sure I had a cup of tea every day (using soya milk) and stayed hydrated throughout the day.  Staying hydrated is definitely something I'm trying to improve on.

I like bringing my own food out for lunch with me most of the time - whether it's leftovers or a meal that I've easily prepped the nice before. At the beginning of the week I made a batch of chilli and had that for lunches with come couscous. The recipe is really simple - warm some chopped tomatoes, add in garlic and onion and then add in the beans and other veggies. I basically shove in whatever veg that needs using up so my chillies will often change around.

I am one of those snacking people. I know it's not good for my wallet or my health (let's be honest here), but I just love eating. I am trying to stop eating for the sake of eating, because I will find myself reaching for anything just when I get bored and that's a habit I want to curb slightly, but during exam season all efforts on that front went out of the window. I don't know what it is about exams, but boy do they make me hungry. I stocked up with a pack of these graze flapjacks before my exams started. They're really yummy, have some nutritional value (anyone who is vegan/veggie will know all bout the constant questions regarding our protein intake), and despite the fact that they are individually wrapped in plastic, these were great for exams as I could put one in my bag and have it straight afterwards or as soon as I got home and kept me going a bit longer. I think I will try and make my own version of these so that I can remove the plastic waste and spend a bit less money.

These are quick and easy from Tesco. I had them in burger buns, some salad and ketchup. Job done.

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