I’m so excited for today’s post! Many of you have been asking me to put together some plant-based meal plans or menus – What does a full day of plant-based eating look like? How do I combine easy, healthy recipes into a full day of eating? It’s something I struggled with in the beginning too – and even now, on occasion – so I totally get it. With the summer season in mind, this 2-day meal plan below is filled with healthy, energizing, quick-to-prepare options. All of the recipes (except the avocado sauce and smoothies) can be made in advance and keep well in the fridge. Yes!
This post was also crafted for a selfish reason too; I tested cake and frosting all last week for the next cookbook. The end result turned out pretty mind-blowing, but to say I was looking for a bit of a “reset” is an understatement. I try my best to eat balanced, but that doesn’t always happen as a recipe tester. When the dessert chapter needs to be wrapped up, the dessert chapter needs to be wrapped up! So in an effort to bring back balanced meals, I came up with this easy, veggie-packed menu to get back on track. I think we can all relate to this desire now and then, especially after summer holidays and traveling. After just half a day, my energy levels returned and I had a kick to my step again! The power of plants. I hope you enjoy it too whether you follow it to a tee or just mix and match some recipes into your normal routine. If you are just making these for yourself, you’ll likely have leftovers that carry over into day 3…never a bad thing.
Note: All the recipes are linked in the chart below. From there, you can print the recipes if desired.
Oh She Glows 2-Day Summer Reset Button Meal Plan
Lemon water and/or White Tea (see tip)
Lemon water and/or White Tea
Chickpea Salad with
Endurance Crackers (or Mary’s Crackers)
Sliced apple with almond or sunflower seed butter
Basic Chia Seed Pudding with fresh berries
Basic Chia Seed Pudding with fresh berries
– Lately I start my morning with white tea and I drink it until about 2-3pm. I find it gives me really consistent energy throughout the day (without the crash that coffee often gives me, but feel free to drink what YOU prefer). If I’m on the ball I will also try to have some warm lemon water (squeeze half a lemon into a couple cups of warm water – sweeten to taste if desired) first thing in the morning or I simply add lemon slices into a 1-litre mason jar filled with water and sip on it throughout the day. Between outdoor summer workouts and breastfeeding, it’s a constant effort for me to stay hydrated.
– See here for a printable grocery list!
– All recipes can be made in advance except for the smoothies (I always prefer those fresh as the flavours start to change as they sit) and Avocado pasta sauce.
– Be sure to try out my Hidden Greens Chocolate Protein Smoothie – it’s a new recipe to the site and is bursting with nutrients! Not to mention…chocolate for breakfast. You can thank me later.
– Please keep in mind that this meal plan is not intended to be a one size fits all plan; tweak and personalize it as you see fit! I often have a mid-morning snack such as hummus and crackers to get me through to lunch.
– You can serve the 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta with whole-grain pasta or zucchini noodles. I use this spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. It’s a great summer option!
Well, this was a beast of a post to put together so if I’ve forgotten anything feel free to let me know. Do you like these kinds of posts? I’m open to your feedback as always.
Wishing you boundless energy this week and all summer long!
I love these sort of posts! Hell, I love your whole blog, but especially things like this post. It’s helpful, informative and makes eating well seem achievable :)
Thank you, that means a lot!
I just hit the refresh button by accident and when I did there was a new post! How exciting is that!
haha :) Thanks for your excitement!
And now that I read it, love this style post! Always interested in what a typical day of food looks like for others! Would love to see posts like this again in other seasons too! Although with the weather on the east coast this week, I could use a hardy fall/winter menu right about now.
Angela I totally agree this post is Soooooo Exciting. Especially since our garden is in full swing and there is not shortage of veggies here! Thank you for including a dessert as well! I always need a little something special at the end of my meal.
Hope you enjoy Tom :) ps – so jealous of your veggie garden! I used to have one in our previous house…miss it dearly!
Toms wife here. I’m so excited that he is excited about this new plant based meal plan. Dr. Says he has super high bad cholesterol! Very worried. He Needs To make changes. Our 5 year old is worried he is going to die. And he doesn’t even look overweight or unhealthy. That’s why you just have to eat healthy!
Thank you thank you! After struggling with food aversions all first trimester I’m finally not repulsed by vegetables and am eager to eat more than bread ;)
Lauren i completely sympathize! I just finished my 1st trimester and have hardly been able to eat any veggies. This post gives me hope and inspiration that my healthy taste buds will come back soon!
Hope the veggie aversions pass soon :) Mine were on and off throughout the pregnancy…mostly mushrooms. hah
Congrats on your pregnancies!
Hi Angela, that sounds like delicious and healthy 2 days.
I love these kinds of posts and your tips; please post more of them. :)
Healthy greetings from Germany.
Lynn from Heavenlynn Healthy
Thanks so much for this. All of the recipes look delicious. I’m in need of a reset as well and can’t wait to try that chickpea salad!!
These look SO good they don’t even look like detox meals! YUM!
Thanks – this looks great! my Mom is coming to visit this weekend and i’m definitely going to make all of these for us.
Love this post and am excited to try the smoothie as well!
OMG THAT CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE THOUGH~ looks so so yummy! I loved this post, as per usual! I was so excited to see it and the new recipes! On another note, I hope all is well with you and Eric (and Adriana of course haha!)
– Gaby :)
Love this post, Angela!
I have found that the avocado sauce DOES keep in the fridge–a least overnight! I made it for dinner last night and the leftovers are in my fridge right now. I think the lemon juice helps keep it fresh? At least that has been my experience! Love that recipe, and so many of your others! :)
That’s good to know! I always erred on the side of caution and used it right away (what a problem to have right?)
LOVE this post. And this meal plan seems doable and filling. Also: yes to dessert! Totally going to add this into rotation for next week. Thank you. :)
Angela, Thank you so much! I loved this post! I love all of your posts and recipes though! The meal plan was terrific! It’s so nice to see how to put it all together! Thank you for all of your hard work! I would love to see more meal plans! Please! I appreciate your expertise! The chocolate smoothie will be in the Vitamix for breakfast tomorrow! And your avocado pasta is delectably divine! All of your recipes are fantastic! Thank you so much! Kristen
Thanks for your enthusiasm. I’m so glad you’re enjoying everything.
Ugh love this meal plan.
I’m not vegan or even vegetarian, but lately I’ve been craving (and eating) sweets and junk food to the max, and this looks like just the thing to reset.
When I hit refresh, nothing happens. Any ideas on why I can’t see the chart?
Hmm I’m not sure – which web browser are you using? I’ll look into it!
Google Chrome. I’m hitting the refresh arrow and the same page reappears.
Many thanks, Angela! (Super exited re. making the gazpacho and reigniting my love for your endurance crackers, which I haven’t made in forever!)
I use Google Chrome too and it’s showing up for me. Strange! I really don’t know. Did you try another browser or device? You can try hitting control + F5.
I’m all set, Angela!
Sounds perfect for someone needing a little change in their diet! I love that it includes snacks! So many ‘diet plans’ you see out there are so restrictive!
I love this post!!! I’m a (control freak) meal planner, so I love love love new ideas for balancing the days. As a bonus, we also find that meal planning really helps keep our young kids motivated to try new foods all the time – they know what’s coming and they also love to help with the planning. Your reset button will kick off next week’s plan – thank you!
Thanks for such a great post Angela! I’m sure this took a ton of work! I have already sent this to one of my clients who was needing a reboot after vacation. I really appreciate it!
This is such a great post! Particularly excited to try the creamy avocado pasta!
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I definitely need a re-set and this is helpful, thank you!
Can’t wait to use this! So helpful :) and it all looks mouth watering!
This post is AMAZING! Love it, love it, love it!!
Love those posts! Even if I won’t follow them completely they are a good inspiration!
By the way I’m making lemon/ginger lemonade for the day: just squeeze out 1-2 lemons, add the lemons, the juice and some ginger in a bottle, add some boiling water and maybe some sweetener (I use a teaspoon honey), let it sit and fill it up to about 1-1.5 liters and keep it in the fridge. Very tasty and a good alternative if you cannot see normal water anymore ;)
Just got your cookbook and just found your blog and I am loving all of it! You’ve made cooking healthy easy for this single mama of three kids. I am so grateful!
Fantastic post and a great way to get the diet back to normal after a summer of splurging. Love this blog and your first cookbook– anxiously looking forward to the next one!
Angela, thank you very much for this. This is the first time I’ve commented which is a bit silly of me because I use your recipes from this site and your book daily. You have helped me so much and for that I am truly thankful.
Love this post!! One of my favorites to date. Its so easy to get in a rut with every day eating and so this post served for great inspiration. Already made 3 recipes of yours today! Would love more posts like this. Thanks :)
I LOVE this post! I just sat down to make a shopping list and menu, so this came at the perfect time. I’ve been in a rut with the things I’m eating lately…just eating the same things over and over and I know this will help shake it up. Thank you!!
Thank you a hundred times over! Your recipe book is a staple in my household! My husband aka food tester came home from work yesterday and said “I recommended oh she glows to someone at work.” He loves the recipes a fee make them 3-4 a week. Thanks for having food that even a cautious man can love!
Angela – I have been following you for YEARS and have loved everything about all of your posts and pre-ordered your cookbook as soon as was possible. This kind of a post, to help me get a restart on my vegan eating is perfect. FYI – I listen to the Rich Roll podcast all of the time and his latest podcast with NFL player David Carter you get an honorable mention as David’s go-to blogger. I believe he has your cookbook as well. :)
Thank you for everything you do for all of us struggling out here!
ahh that’s so cool! Thanks for letting me know. :) I appreciate your kind words too!
I love these kind of posts, since I always wonder what healthy vegan people eat in a day. And this is perfect timing because I’ve been wanting to ‘reset’ my diet, too. All the recipes look delicious, and I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for posting this!
p.s. Can’t wait for your next cookbook! :)
Thank you so much for this post – I certainly like it. I appreciate all the work that you put into this…I know it’s a lot!! Everything looks yummy and appetizing to everyone!
Thank you for this post! I’ve been wanting to explore more plant based eating, but with two little ones and a business to take care of, the food prep needed for all the veggies seems very intimidating (and time-consuming). I’m glad to find some of your easier, faster recipes available in one place. YAY! Then of course I found your quick and easy tab….
This looks like a do-able meal plan for me. I may just try it. Thanks for the printable list.
that chocolate shake was soooooo good! slurred it down really quick! also, I am in love with those glasses in that post— I have to ask where they are from??
I’m not sure there is a polite way of saying this….. But on day two if someone new to chia seeds had them in the overnight oats and smoothie (3TB) and then had the chia pudding for dessert, the after effects could be rather unpleasant. It’s just a lot of chia seeds for one day!
Thank you! This came just in time for me as I was thinking of what to cook for the next two days! I love that these are easy, fresh recipes that come with a shopping list- saved me so much time. Looking forward to the OSG 2 cook book :)
Thanks Angela! This post was perfect timing for me. In fact, I’d just made your Black Bean Quinoa Salad w/ cumin and lime about a week ago – so refreshing and I felt virtuous just eating it. I get that this is just a 2-day “reset” menu, but would love to see more meal plans/shopping lists for a week at some point in the future – though I know your hands are pretty full right now (:. I’m probably like many in that I find myself “winging it” more nights than I’d care to admit. I love the lunch ideas that you’ve done in the past, too.
Oh, you just blew my mind away! I don’t really know how you do that, but even though I’m eating plant-based and mostly vegan, and have been for quite a long time, and therefore dishes like these are very familiar (and I already know how much I love them!) but STILL I’m getting all excited and inspired!! I love all this stuff so much already I didn’t know it was possible for me to get anymore excited and enthusiastic but you did it (again)! Haha, it’s so funny (and wonderful) how you can get so inspired about something that’s been your lifestyle for a long time! You just do something magical — you’re amazing, Angela! Thank you so, so much for your posts and your blog, they bring me so much joy!! So I just had to tell you that!
Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy your excited about the post.
I wanted to let you know that you were mentioned on the RICH ROLL podcast by NFL player David Carter. David mentions OhSheGlows towards the end of the podcast as a great recipe resource for someone looking to start a plant-based diet. Congratulations on the success!
Hi! I really like this post. I always plan ahead, but lately it’s been hard for me because of some problems I have to deal with and then it is really awesome to have someone to do the thinking for you! I have been in to the smoothies lately. I have to admit that although I have akmost made every recipe from your book it wasn’t until last week that I made a green smoothie, your classic green monster. Now I’m starting to get addicted! Anyways, would surely like to see more of these kind of posts :)
LOVE this idea, thanks for the work on it! Great idea.
Perfect timing! I have been abusing my poor body with my food choices and have decided to do a reset and boom! here’s your post!!!! Thank you for putting the time into creating this post. I am excited to eat clean and healthy next week as I am having hernia surgery and will need to fill up on the good stuff so my body can heal properly. The quicker I heal I sooner I can get back to running :)
Thank you for this, Angela! I was vegan for years (and have celiac disease), then when I started my current job 3 years ago I slowly began eating dairy again (out of stress), which was a bit of a gateway drug to eating fish, poultry and lamb again, after eating no meat for 28 years (I became vegetarian at age 7 then vegan at age 11). Your recipes have helped me get back to who I truly am– a vegan. I begin yoga teacher training in September and want to be in the best health before I begin– your recipes and this two-day reboot are helping to make all the difference for me. Thank you for being so generous with sharing your recipes and your personal experiences!
I love your cookbook. I even take it when I travel. This post really inspires me — very helpful! Thanks!
I LOVE this type of post! Thank you and looking forward to more like this
Thank you for this. I so need to get back on track. I’ll have to switch up the quinoa dishes though. I am trying so ever diligently to like quinoa but it just doesn’t sit right with me. I think it’s a texture thing.
What are some of your other go to grains?
Have you tried buckwheat or hulled millet? Both gluten free and a little more chewy than quinoa.
When this landed in my email box this morning I thought I was going to see a price tag attached at the bottom – I think it’s very generous of you to provide this for free, with all those great recipes and tips. Thank you!
Angela~It’s posts like this that make us keep reading year after year. Thank you!! The best part of this plan is how all of the recipes are free and accessible for your fans. It is obvious that you care about the health of our society as a whole. Looking forward to the next cookbook!!!