Brit and Cass have been living a plant-based lifestyle for nine months and are currently becoming certified in plant-based nutrition.
Benefits of a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast used to be our least favorite meal of the day. Actually, most of the time we would skip it entirely. Not only did skipping breakfast leave us feeling famished, but we were starving our body of important energy and nutrients until it was lunchtime. Technically we are fasting when we sleep, so it is important to eat breakfast and get in as many vitamins and minerals from plant-based foods as possible.
The benefits of eating a plant-based breakfast are never-ending. Because you are choosing a breakfast made entirely from plants, you are not supplying your body with any unnecessary cholesterol or bad fats. Instead, you are satisfying your body with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are biologically active compounds found only in plants. This is very important. Phytochemicals are essential to the human body because they contain a vast amount of antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help limit the formation of free radicals within our bodies and help manage the damage free radicals cause to our cells.
We made our first smoothie bowls just this year, and let us tell you, they are amazing! They are a summer breakfast favorite, and even in the winter, they pack some serious vitamin C to keep your immune system in top-notch shape. The best thing about smoothie bowls is that they are extremely interchangeable. You can make them using whichever ingredients you wish and it will most likely come out amazing no matter what. As long as you have some frozen fruit, a few nuts, and maybe some fresh fruit to top it off, you are good to go.
Our typical smoothie bowl contains the following ingredients:
- frozen berries blended with some spinach (this is the base)
- fresh blueberries
- fresh strawberries
- all-natural peanut butter (ingredients should just say peanuts)
- coconut flakes
- cashews or almonds
- chocolate chips (we like Enjoy Life)
Sometimes if we are not in the mood for too much "smoothie" we will substitute the blended smoothie part with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and add in a little bit more granola to make a delicious fruity cereal.
It is so simple to make this breakfast and gives you a great refreshing start to your workday. This smoothie bowl will keep your cravings for "quick-fix" snacks at bay.
The future is about a plant-based diet.
— Jamie Oliver
Vegan Breakfast Potatoes
On those mornings where you have a little bit of extra time and you are just craving something savory, then breakfast potatoes are the way to go. This is our go-to Sunday morning breakfast. This meal also works out great if we are expecting company. Who doesn't love potatoes for breakfast?
I also want to let you know that although fresh potatoes will give you the best taste, those frozen packages of chopped potatoes at the grocery store work just as well! We usually use this method when we do not feel like chopping up a bunch of potatoes.
We use the following recipe when making our breakfast potatoes:
- Add some chopped up peppers and onions onto a skillet. We recommend water sauteing as to not add any unnecessary fats.
- Dice up a couple fresh potatoes and throw them onto the skillet. You can also dump your package of frozen potatoes right onto the skillet if that is what you are feeling like.
- Add some salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and parsley (maybe even a little turmeric for some anti-inflammatory benefits).
- We usually cook fresh potatoes in a skillet for around 35 minutes until they become soft. It usually takes about 15 minutes for frozen potatoes. It really all depends on how cooked you want your potatoes and how high of a temperature you are cooking them at.
Vegan Breakfast Toast
If you are one of those people who love to sleep in and do not set aside any time to make breakfast, then this breakfast idea is especially for you. This is one of the quickest and healthiest breakfast you can make on the go.
Breakfast toast comes in all different forms and flavors, that is why we love them so much! We use this process to develop the most amazing breakfast toast:
- Pick your bread. We recommend using Ezekial bread but other loaves of bread such as Dave's Killer Bread or homemade bread work just fine!
- Choose your "binder" (a.k.a. something that will help attach your toppings to your toast). Some common "binders" include guacamole, nut butter, hummus, apple butter, etc.
- Next, you want to layer on a fruit or a vegetable, such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, slices of tomatoes, avocado, etc.
- Lastly, you will want to add something that will top off the whole meal, such as some chocolate chips, herbs, or maybe some cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
The combinations for plant-based toast are endless. There is bound to be some sort of combination perfect for you and your busy mornings.
© 2018 Britney Bernard and Cassie Midura