So you’ve just decided that you’ll give a vegan diet a try! The most common question asked by a newly fledged foodie is what can I have for breakfast? The oatmeal gets boring pretty fast if you make it every day. So what can be a great substitute for the traditional “eggs and bacon” breakfast? I’m not preaching to the choir here that the breakfast is supposed to be the most substantial meal of the day, but I do believe that it’s important to get some energy from food to kickstart your busy day.
So here are some delicious options that you might have been overlooking.
This is the best option if you don’t have much time in the mornings like me. I prepare my smoothies the night before so that in the morning you can take this cup of heaven and your morning coffee in the car and drink your breakfast on the way to work.
I want to share the recipe of this unjustly forgotten drink that I’ve made vegan.
VEGAN ORANGE JULIUS
For two smoothies you will need:
* 2 ripe bananas, frozen or fresh
* 1½ cups fresh squeezed orange juice (This is the juice from about 2-3 oranges, depending on their size.)
* ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
* 1 scoop of vanilla vegan protein. I usually use Natreve
Put all the ingredients in the blender, and blend them till the texture is very smooth. You can always sub almond milk for oat, cashew, soy milk.
Note that the vegan protein and bananas will add a lot of sweet flavor to your drink so there is no need for adding extra sugar.
Refreshing, easy, sweet, nutritious ❤️❤️❤️
2. AVOCADO TOAST
If you have some time in the mornings, my favorite of all times meal that can be my breakfast, lunch and dinner is the avocado toast.
Two ingredients will always remain the same - bread and avocado. The rest is up to your taste and imagination.
You can choose gluten free, multi grain, sourdough bread.... the most important thing is that the bread should be warm and crunchy.
While you are warming up your toast in the toaster or an oven, prepare the toppings. Peel the avocado, remove the seed. (I will make a separate tutorial on how choose, peel and make an avocado rose. Stay tuned).
When the bread is ready, spread avocado on top of it as if it’s a butter. Add your toppings.
My favorite combinations are:
1. Chopped tomatoes and radishes
2. Sautéed mushrooms with soy sauce and garlic
3. Lemon juice, paprika, pickled onions
Don’t forget to sprinkle your avocado toast with sesame seeds, hemp hearts and olive or sunflower oil.
I think if there was an award for the best breakfast, parfait would be the winner in the “best looking meal” category. The secret is to layer your ingredients right. The main ingredients for any vegan parfait would be granola, berries and fruit, vegan yogurt, honey (agave syrup).
This one is my favorite - the tropical parfait
For two parfaits you will need:
1. 2 cups of plain vegan yogurt
2. 3 kiwis 🥝
3. 2 large mangoes
4. 1 cup of granola
5. 2 tbl spoons of honey or agave syrup
Layer your parfait in this order
1. Layer of granola 2. Layer of plain yogurt
Note: if you want to add extra nutritional value to your meal, you can add a vegan protein to your plain yogurt. In this case, add two cups of yogurt and 2 scoops of the vegan protein to the blender and mix it till smooth. Also, add frozen bananas to the blend. It will make your yogurt thicker and it won’t leak to the lower layers.
3. Chop or slice kiwi and use it as the third layer
4. Layer of granola
5. Layer of plain yogurt mix
6. Chopped mangos. (Stay tuned for the new blog post about how to cut and chop mangos)
7. Top the parfait off with a tbl spoon of honey or agave syrup
4. AÇAI BOWL
This breakfast would definitely win an award in “the most exotic breakfast” category. I already posted a blog about the açaí bowls. Follow this link to learn everything you need to know about this wonderful berry.