My day on a plate: Vivienne Awosoga

Actor Vivienne Awosoga, 24, shares her day on a plate.

Vivienne Awosoga.

8.15am I’m a fan of brekkie on the bus to save time, so I whip up a banana smoothie with frozen raspberries, almond milk, honey and protein powder to have on the go.

1pm Last night’s vegetarian stir-fry reheated; it always tastes better than the night before. Sautéd carrots, green beans, red capsicum, teriyaki and sesame tofu with ginger rice. Plus a long black coffee.

5.45pm After rehearsal, I have a KitKat on the train.

7.30pm At my boyfriend’s house, I am lucky enough to be cooked for: home-made spinach and ricotta quiche with a tomato, avocado and lettuce salad.

8.45pm Lemon and ginger tea with manuka honey to soothe the throat.

Dr Joanna McMillan says …

Top marks for … A vegie-rich vegetarian day! That might sound odd, but many vegetarians still don’t eat enough vegies. By getting them into two meals, you likely meet your five-serves-a-day requirement. A smoothie is great for brekkie on the run.

If you keep eating like this you’ll … Fall short on fibre, required for good gut health. Vegies and the fruit provide some, but this day lacked any wholegrains, legumes, whole nuts or seeds.

Why don’t you try … Skipping the processed protein powder, and instead adding cashews, rolled oats and natural yoghurt to your smoothie. Choose brown or black rice with your stir-fry. Snack on a handful of nuts, seeds and a small amount of dark chocolate rather than the KitKat.

Vivienne Awosoga plays Hero in Bell Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It will be staged at the Arts Centre Melbourne from July 17 to 27, the Canberra Theatre Centre from October 11 to 19, and the Sydney Opera House from October 22 to November 24.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale July 7.

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