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Day 5: 22 Days of Vegan Meals

Day 5Welcome to Day 5 of the 22 Days Challenge!

If you are new to the Challenge, be sure to read up on everything we’re doing. Every day, we’ll be sharing a meal plan along with recipes so it will be easy for you to challenge yourself to a plant-based lifestyle for 22 Days. You can also follow #22DaysVegan on Instagram to see what we and others are preparing every day. Snap a photo of your favorite vegan meal, tag it #22DaysVegan and you could win 1 of 3 delicious prizes. We’ll announce winners on December 26.

Day 5: 22 Days of Vegan Meals

Meal plan and recipes by Gena Hamshaw, certified clinical nutritionist and author of Choosing Raw

Breakfast

smoothieSmoothie with 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 serving chocolate 22Days Nutrition protein, 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds, and 1 cup leafy greens of choice

Lunch

Leftover white bean and summer vegetable pasta or a large green salad with half a cup of beans or lentils, two tablespoons sliced almonds, vegetables of your choosing, and turmeric tahini dressing

Afternoon snack

Apple with 2 tablespoons almond butter

Dinner

Butternut squash curry served over 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, steamed vegetables as desired

Dessert

Dark chocolate Raw, Vegan Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies (makes about 8 large cookies; recipe can be easily doubled ) Ingredients: 1 cup almond meal (you can use store bought, like the Bob’s Red Mill brand, or you can grind almonds finely in a food processor) 1/3 cup oat flour (I ground raw oat groats in my coffee grinder, but you can use store bought, too) 3 tbsp raw cacao powder 12 large, pitted medjool dates 1/3 cup dried cherries 1/4 cup chopped raw dark chocolate, or vegan dark chocolate chips Method: 1. In a food processor, process almond meal, oat flour, and cacao to combine. 2. Add dates, and process until the mixture is thick and sticks together easily when you clasp a little in your hand (look for similar texture to when you make homemade raw energy balls or Larabars). If the mixture is too dry, add an extra date, a drizzle of agave, or a tablespoon of almond butter! 3. Add cherries and chocolate. Pulse to break down the cherries and chocolate into small pieces and mix them evenly throughout. 4. Place "dough" onto a sheet of saran wrap that has been laid onto a flat surface. Cover with another saran sheet, and use a rolling pin to flatten the mixture to just over 1/4 inch thick. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight. 5. Cut dough into desired shapes with a cookie cutter, and enjoy!