July 24, 2020
Welcome to What I Eat in a Day, a blog series that showcases the daily lives and meals of Thrive Market members like you. Today we’re talking with Jenné Claiborne, a vegan chef, health coach, and creator of Sweet Potato Soul. Born and raised in Atlanta, Claiborne came into the world as a self-proclaimed “true food lover,” thanks in part to her grandmother. Fast-forward two decades and she still loves letting her imagination run wild in the kitchen—especially now with her 17-month-old daughter.
She’s sharing her go-to vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and how she uses her platform to evoke kindness and compassion.
I’m a vegan chef, cookbook author, and chef. I’m also a new mom to a 17-month-old little girl!
My daughter and I eat all of our meals together in the kitchen. Baby in her highchair, and me at the kitchen counter. I usually prepare her something simple and wholesome like sweet potato with rice, beans, and avocado, and I eat something a little more interesting. Sometimes she has a baby version of my meal, like tofu stir fry with rice or noodles.
It’s definitely easier to prepare meals that you and your baby can both eat. When I give her a baby version of my own meal, I make sure to mash it or mince it well (unless it’s something like pasta). I also don’t over-spice or salt my meals that she’ll be eating. I make the dish, set some aside for her, then spice the dish that my husband and I will eat.
I turn on music, and we dance a little before sitting down to eat. I try to stay off my phone, unless taking a photo or video of baby, and stay present with her. We chat and laugh the whole time we’re eating together.
I’ll usually have teff porridge with fresh fruit and an iced matcha latte. I have a video on my YouTube channel for how to make it!
One of my go-to Buddha bowls! This blog post has five delicious and easy recipes.
Typically fresh fruit.
Tempeh Tikka Masala using an Instant Pot—full of non-dairy yogurt, tempeh, roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and more.
I hardly ever eat dessert, or have sweet cravings, but when I do I like to eat something with chocolate like this Oatmilk Chocolate Tart or Chocolate Sweet Potato Muffins.
I drink lots of water all day, matcha latte, and occasionally a glass of wine after baby goes to bed.
She loves all fruit, and anything with avocado, beans, lentils, peas, and tofu. She also loves pasta and bread—I mostly give her legume pasta and Ezekiel bread, rather than wheat pasta and processed bread. But avocado on pretty much anything, and she’ll eat it. Sadly, she doesn’t love sweet potatoes as much as I do.
I just moved into a new apartment with a really large kitchen! It’s been so inspiring to create in this new, bright, and beautiful space.
I think kindness, compassion, and humility, make the world a better place for all living beings.
Taking care of myself and making sure that my family is healthy and grateful for what we have gives me energy to keep doing this work that I find so important. And I hope it inspires other people to do the same. When you let the weight of the world get you down, you stop trying to make the world a better place.
It’s important to me because I believe that health is our greatest wealth. We can enjoy life, help others, and be the best version of ourselves when we are healthy. It’s not just about physical health, but also mental health.
My biggest challenge is meal prep. Even though I create free meal prep guides for my audience, I do find it hard to make the time each week to make all of the meals. I’m constantly cooking and recipe testing for my blog, so it’s difficult to cook even more.
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