Need more fruits and veggies! They have lots of nutrients etc. that you need to keep you going strong.
You mention you don't like to cook... but stir fries are a good and simple way to start cooking and an excellent/yummy way to add veggies and proteins (various beans or fake meats) to your meals. And if your are really opposed to cooking, then maybe at least try throwing some spinach into your shakes - you don't really taste it. I buy Europe's Best spinach.. it has little individual size squares of frozen spinach so I nuke one or two of those for 10 secs and can then chop it up and throw it into stir fries or shakes.
A substitute for crackers and pb could be refried beans and salsa with tortilla chips. No cooking involved and salsa has some good veggies in it.
The number of protein shakes/bars you have in one day seems like too much to me.. I only have about one a week, but I'm definitely not into hard core building so not sure if that is normal for body builders. Just seems like too much process food imo. Perhaps there are other thoughts on that.
Thanks for the input.
Fruits will be easy for me. Oddly enough, I just don't like that many vegetables. Broccoli, carrots, peas, corn, and asparagus, are the only vegetables I like. I'll be sure to buy more of those, as well as more fruit varieties.
The more I think about it, the more I think I have to get over myself when it comes to cooking. Stir-frys are my favorite things in the world to eat. I'm going to focus on one recipe at a time, and I'll start with a delicious/healthy brown rice stir fry with broccoli and carrots and a general tso type sauce. I can tolerate red onions in a stir fry as well. I'll start with that, and if I enjoy it, I'll learn some more recipes. baby steps
Tortilla chips and salsa, hmm... The only question is whether I'll be able to avoid eating the entire bag in one sitting
Added to the grocery list for tomorrow nonetheless. Peanut butter crackers are gone.
When it comes to protein, I am completely confused. It's suggested I take anywhere from 1g/kg body weight (69g) to 3g/lbs body weight (like 450+). I'm sticking to what my brother has success with (also vegan, quite "gladiator-like" as he would like to say). 1-1.5g per pound body weight. The protein bar is more because I can't really eat at work, from 4PM to anywhere between 10PM-12AM. I bring a banana, protein bar, and meal replacement shake, every day I work. Since it's a highly active job, it's nice since I can have bite/drink whenever I have a second throughout the shift.
And yeah, the processed foods gotta go. Hopefully I'll start cooking stuff that actually tastes good and start replacing the frozen microwave meals with much healthier home-cooked meals.
Thanks so much for the help stcalico, I really appreciate it