Six Healthy Plant-Based Lunches for Weight Loss

Andrea Breaux
3 min readAug 1, 2022

It was early Saturday morning; a light mist hovered over the water and pier, the perfect day for bicycling. The San Francisco Bay Ferry slowed its engine as it pulled into the Vallejo terminal. The Bumble Bee bicycle club members gathered at the exit ramp, eager to get off and start their first ride on the Napa Valley Vine Trail. Although only 18.5 miles of the trail are finished, it will be a 47-mile walking and biking system starting at the Vallejo Ferry and connecting all of Napa Valley to Calistoga.

Johnny and Natasha walked their tandem bike off first. The saddle bags were filled with the makings of a picnic lunch.

Annie leaned over and tapped one of the bags, “Knowing you two, there’s deliciousness in here. What did you bring?”

Natasha laughed, “You know my brother, Harold. He made one of his signature lunches with plenty to share. He’s been vegan for a long time and makes a 266 low-cal Veggie Wrap that is so creamy and crunchy. He adds guacamole and hummus for a rich and spicy flavor. The carrots, red bell peppers, and cucumber give it that satisfying crunch, and the spinach wrap, lettuce, and cabbage provide the fiber which makes you feel fuller longer.”

“I hope there’s one in there for me! I love Harold’s cooking,” said Annie.

“Are you saying you don’t want the Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Bowls we brought?” asked LJ. “I got up early this morning and made them so we would have a 430-calorie, fueling meal for the bike ride. I roasted the cauliflower in turmeric to benefit from its curcumin, which protects against inflammation. Not to mention, turmeric gives cauliflower a spicy kick.”

“Of course, I want the cauliflower bowl, sweetheart. I thought we were doing a potluck so everyone could enjoy all the dishes?”

“I thought so too,” said Kamala. “Hilliard made enough Vegan Cobb Salad for the entire club. We brought a dozen filled mason jars. All you do is shake it up to distribute the salad dressing at the bottom, open and enjoy. I love his salad because he includes tempeh bacon which gives the salad a savory and bold taste. It’s also added protein, the fuel we need for this ride, and only 423 calories.”

Andrea Breaux

Andrea started based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.