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March 21, 2016 / Amy Height

Build the Best Vegan Breakfast: Recipe Ideas

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Like any breakfast, a plant-based one should be balanced, easy and delicious. Plus, since many ingredients don’t require cooking, vegan breakfast recipe ideas will - more often than not - take less time than omnivorous ones.

A nourishing breakfast is key for mental performance, mood stability and metabolism throughout the day. Let your body know there is ample fuel to be had by pumping it full of useable nutrients and macronutrients first thing.

The biggest thing to remember? Added sugar in breakfast cereals and pastries will wreak havoc on your energy. Instead, opt for unrefined sugar from fruit and brightly colored veggies to power up your day.

Here are a few vegan breakfast recipe ideas to get you started:

Don’t underestimate the power of whole grains
Whole, unrefined grains provide lasting satiety and can stimulate digestion thanks to their high fiber content. Oats, farro, quinoa, millet and buckwheat are all hearty options: top with maple syrup, a dollop of nut butter, berries and a splash of your favorite non-dairy milk for a delicious start to the day.

Even better, make it overnight
Save time in the morning by putting together breakfast the night before. One option: Combine one part oats with one part non-dairy milk in a sealed container. Leave in the fridge overnight and top with your favorite nut butter, fruit or seeds before you dash out the door.

Go macrobiotic
Why wait all day to have that gorgeous macrobiotic bowl you dream about at work? Starting your day with “dinner foods” provides your system with clean fuel, fiber and protein. Macrobiotics emphasizes a balance of grains and veggies while limiting animal products to allow the body to take in all it needs without an overload of toxins. Less elimination of toxins means more energy! To make breakfast prep extra simple, throw together last night’s leftovers in a bowl. Combine one serving of a whole grain, like millet, brown rice or quinoa; a handful of cooked high-fiber veggies like broccoli, carrots or sweet potato; add 2 cups of cooked leafy greens, say, collards, kale or chard; then top it off with some avocado and a dash of sesame seeds.

Scramble, egg-free
Instead of scrambled eggs, cook together onion, garlic, peppers and a handful of greens with a cup of crumbled tofu. It takes just a few minutes to get to the perfect omelet-y consistency. If you’re dying for the yellow of yolk, add a pinch of turmeric.

Blend it
There's no easier way to make sure you're getting everything you need in your first meal of the day than by blending it. Use a non-dairy base like coconut milk, almond milk or rice milk along with some fruit -- like banana or frozen berries -- and a scattering of healthy fats and proteins (almond butter, peanut butter, avocado), superfoods (hemp seeds, chia) and a handful of green veggies (kale or spinach) to round out your balanced and delicious sippable breakfast. Experiment with flavor combinations to find your favorite.

See more vegan breakfast recipe ideas with our FREE 4-day quickstart meal plan!

Amy Height
Holistic Nutritionist @ From the Ground Up Wellness

Amy Height is the founder of From the Ground Up Wellness, a holistic nutrition practice where she specializes in plant-based nutrition and helping her clients combat food addiction. She completed her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she received her certification in the Health Coach Training Program. She is a triathlete and CrossFitter with a passion for all things outdoors. By night, Amy stage manages Broadway musicals and she frequently travels North America seeking out the best vegan restaurants and the best run courses. Follow her on Instagram or check out her blog for recipe and wellness ideas.

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