With breakfast almost synonymous to bacon and eggs, it can be difficult to come up with ideas for the most important meal of the day that is completely vegan-friendly.
Fortunately, with some creativity, you can actually whip up some delicious and nutritious breakfast combos that will suit your lifestyle. Going vegan recently gained popularity for a number of good reasons. For instance, an article by BBC Future highlighted that people who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and hemorrhagic stroke. Here are some breakfast ideas that can surely start your day the healthy way. And here’s a bonus recipe for an amazing vegan bagel sandwich recipe!
Fruit Smoothie and Vegan Waffles
Aside from being naturally sweet, most fruits are low in fat, sodium and calories, and rich in essential nutrients such as potassium, dietary fibre, vitamin C and folic acid. All these make fruit smoothies the perfect morning drink for vegans. To make this drink, just mix two to three fruits and dairy-free milk in a blender. Vegan in the Freezer‘s recipe for fruit smoothies noted that the best fruit combinations are mango and banana, mango and peach, raspberries and cherries, and oranges and sweet ruby grapefruit. To make breakfast more filling, you can pair fruit smoothies with light and fluffy vegan waffles. Pretty Bee’s waffle recipe suggests substituting the egg with a generous amount of baking powder and lemon juice. Then, you can proceed with your very own waffle recipe.
Coffee and Avocado Toast
There’s nothing like starting your day with a fresh cup of coffee to stay energized and motivated. Pretty Me’s review of Lean ‘N Green Coffee recommends going for a cup of coffee that is also packed with Green Tea, which is full of antioxidants, as well as Psyllium Fiber Husk, helping to prevent constipation. To pair perfectly with this hot drink, try out Gathering Dreams’ vegan avocado toast recipe that’s made of ripe avocados, chickpeas and sundried tomatoes. Start by making a paste from six finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil. In a pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil, add chickpeas and stir. Sprinkle smoked paprika and a pinch of salt to taste, and add the sundried tomato paste. On a piece of toasted bread, spread smashed avocadoes, sprinkle lime juice and a pinch of salt and pepper, and then add the chickpeas salad.
Creamy Hot Chocolate and Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Nothing beats rich and creamy hot chocolate in making mornings extra happy. The Spruce’s review of L.A. Burdick Drinking Chocolate recommends trying hot chocolate made from cacao beans sourced from various countries such as Bolivia, Madagascar and Valenzuela to find the right kind that suits your palette the most. To make your morning even more special, pair your hot chocolate with peanut butter banana slow cooker oatmeal that you can prepare the night before. To do this, Smile and Sandwich’s slow cooker oatmeal recipe recommend mixing two very ripe mashed bananas, one cup of steel-cut oats, three cups of unsweetened almond milk, one-fourth cup of peanut butter, one teaspoon of cinnamon and one teaspoon of vanilla in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for six to eight hours. Transfer to a bowl, then top it with a spoonful of peanut butter and a few slices of bananas.
Despite the numerous benefits of living a vegan lifestyle, many shy away from it because of how difficult finding it is to find delicious vegan-friendly meal ideas. Luckily with the right guide, vegans wouldn’t have to skip breakfast and try out mouth-watering, filling and hearty breakfast ideas that are free of any animal-derived ingredients. Aside from eating nutritious meals regularly, you can also take omega 3 and vitamin B12 supplements, which are highlighted in our previous article ‘The Best Health Supplements for Vegetarians and Vegans’, to be helpful in making sure that you get the daily recommended intake.