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What I Eat In A Day: Vegan Vlogger Kristen Leo

By Chere Di Boscio

I find it pretty funny that vegan vlogger supreme Kristen Leo used to be an Emirates flight attendant. I can just picture her sweetly asking passengers: ‘chicken or beef?’ and trying to not gag whilst serving the reheated dead flesh 10,000 feet in the sky.

Because, you know, she’s all about the vegan life. From her dedication to wearing (mostly vintage) cruelty free fashion to her totally plant based diet, this is one Greek goddess who makes some seriously conscious choices in her everyday activities, and it serves her well – she’s stunning, slim, healthy, and has a head of hair that many would choke a cow for, as her tens of thousands of dedicated followers and subscribers will attest to.

So, we thought it would be a good idea to ask her a few questions to discover just what it is she eats to get that healthy glow and those flowing locks.

What do you eat in a typical day?

Breakfast is a 2 banana smoothie with a spoon of spirulina, some rice milk and some other seasonal fruit. Later, I drink aย vegan chai latte. For a snack, I’ll have a few rice cakes with olive pate and vegan cheese and some raw nuts. Lunch is usually something like a vegan curry and steamed veggies, then dinner isย usually a bowl of steamed veggies, or a bowl of cornflakes. Or both! Heh he.

Favourite comfort food?

Chocolate mug cake! SO good and so easy to make.

Thoughts on carbs?

Carbs are bae.

Do you count calories?

Only when I first went vegan. It was hard to break that habit since I was doing it for years, but now I just eat intuitively and don’t stress about it.

What made you go vegan?

I was plant based for a couple of months because I was trying it as a weight loss diet, but after watching a few documentaries like Earthlings and online speeches like “101 reasons to go vegan” and Gary Yourofsky‘s “Best speech ever” I felt very connected with the philosophy and logic behind veganism and realized it wasn’t only a dietary choice but also a compassionate lifestyle. I aligned with it.

Favourite food?

Ah! There’s so much food! How can someone choose just one? I keep thinking figs; they were my favourite even before going vegan, so I’ll stick to that.

What do you cook best?

Popcorn! I’m a terrible cook but I make the best popcorn, no burns, all kernels pop and so good!The secret is dropping only three kernels in the pot with the olive oil first. Once they all pop, remove the pot from the stove, wait 30 seconds, then add all the kernels and place back on the stove. Try it!

Favourite foods discovered when travelling?

Thai green curry! It’s so good! That’s all I wanted to eat on my last week in Thailand.

Dream dinner?

Depends on the day. Today I would love a big Buddah bowl with some tempeh and lots of veggies and a potato curry; maybe some seitan and tofu as well? As many of the expensive soy meats as possible.

Death row meal?

Two buckets full of sweet ripe figs!

Seven Kristen-Friendly Recipes to Try

1. 7 Quick & Easy Banana Smoothies

The same old smoothie gets boring every morning, so be like Kristen and mix it up with these seven variations.

Get all 7 recipes here.

2. Chocolate Mug Cake

ONE minute is all you need to create this vegan deliciousness. Hard to believe, but true!

Get the recipe here.

3. Chickpea Vegan Curry

There are loads of ways to make this, really. I mean, curry is all about the sauce, right? Mix in the veggies you love.

Get the recipe here.

4. Cheesy Vegan Popcorn

Follow Kristen’s advice, above, to get the popcorn ready, then top it off with this yummy stuff.

Get the recipe here.

5. Thai Tempeh Buddha Bowl

The perfect way to squeeze in your vegan protein for the day. Again, add in whatever veggies are on hand.

Get the recipe here.

6. Thai Green Curry

How good does this look?! Take a taste of Thailand home with this delicious recipe.

Get the recipe here.

7. Vegan Dark Chocolate & Fig Ice Cream

Kristen says she loves plain old figs, but this ice cream may become her new ‘death row dish’!

Get the recipe here.

Follow Kristen on Instagram here, or YouTube here.



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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Aj Berning
    Jul 10, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    I love your youtube channel. You are so inspirational, beautiful, and funny. If I knew where you were I’d ask you to marry me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Chere
      Jul 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Her BF may not be too happy about that, AJ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    Celina Tromp
    Jul 11, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I love her YouTube channel. She provides a lot of good info to people thinking about going vegan. Definitely gonna try out some of these recipes xx

    • Reply
      Chere
      Jul 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

      She’s the BEST, we agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

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