5 Healthy/Vegan-Friendly Meals For Breakfast
Starting your morning with a healthy vegan breakfast is an excellent way to start your busy day. By eliminating dairy and animal-based products, vegan diets help you lose weight safely and effectively. Although many dieters may miss the traditional milk and cereal breakfast, you can substitute cow’s milk with almond or soy milk to enjoy your favorite granola or whole-grain cereal. In the last decade, several chefs and home cooks have created vegan alternatives to their favorite breakfast meals. The following sections describe five vegan breakfast items that are nutritious and delicious.
Smoothies have become a go-to breakfast for busy workers who have little time to prepare food in the morning. When you’re running late, you can whip up a smoothie in the blender and drink it on your way to work. Although standard recipes use yogurt, you can use coconut yogurt for a tasty vegan alternative. There are plenty of vegan smoothie recipes available online, but most standard recipes can also be modified with vegan ingredients. For instance, a recipe that uses honey can be changed to cane sugar, and recipes with bee pollen can be substituted with ginseng powder.
Many vegan diners miss the pancakes they enjoyed before adopting the diet. Eggs and cream were difficult to substitute until dairy substitutes and specialty vegan products become more available. Currently, there are thousands of vegan recipes that use soy or almond milk and various egg substitutes to create fluffy vegan pancakes. Some of the egg substitutes include ground flaxseed, ground tofu, mashed bananas, and applesauce. Although the substitutions create a different flavor profile, you can simulate the texture of traditional pancakes by following a few clever techniques. First, beat the batter vigorously with a fork until bubbles appear in the liquid. Next, heat the pan slowly before adding the batter. Heat for five minutes and keep the heat on low during cooking to avoid burning the edges of the pancakes.
Until recently, the idea of a vegan omelet seemed impossible or highly improbable. However, the creative vegan minds in the culinary world came up with an egg substitute that works well in omelets and frittatas. Silken tofu is brimming with protein and easy to process into an egg-like mixture. Along with cornstarch, hummus, and your favorite veggie toppings, you can fix a delicious vegan omelet that tastes and looks like an egg-based omelet. As a garnish or topping, you can use sun-dried tomato pesto, red pepper hummus, or pico de gallo. If you’re making vegan omelets for a large group, you can keep the omelets between layers of foil in a 200° F oven until you’re ready to serve them.
Granola is a well-loved breakfast treat that you can serve with soy or almond milk for the perfect vegan breakfast. If you miss eating granola with Greek yogurt, you can use coconut yogurt instead. For a healthy addition, try adding blueberries, banana slices, chia seeds, or flax seeds. Several companies produce granola for supermarkets, but the best granola recipes are homemade. Although some commercial granola products are gluten-free, oats are often processed with other materials containing gluten. If you have celiac and want to make vegan granola, be sure to purchase gluten-free oats.
The classic oatmeal breakfast is vegan friendly as long as you cook the oats in water rather than milk or cream. Almond or soy milk can be substituted, but water cooks the oats faster and won’t affect the flavor. Oatmeal is a quick breakfast that contains protein, carbs, healthy fat, potassium, and iron. You can boost the flavor of oatmeal by adding chopped fruit, toasted almonds, dark chocolate pieces, or chia seeds.
Although it seems like a struggle to create a vegan breakfast that simulated your favorite meals in the past, today’s vegan recipes are delicious and comparable to traditional breakfast staples.
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