We’ve all heard many times over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. One of the best ways to make sure you’re eating a healthy breakfast is to opt for a plant-based breakfast. When you begin your day with a healthy whole-food, plant-based (WFPB) meal it provides much-needed energy and, according to Rush University Medical Center, helps jumpstart your metabolism and aids in burning more calories throughout your day. These meals can help reduce your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol as well as generally improve your quality of life.
Don’t worry about being overwhelmed as you try to adapt to eating more plant-based meals —breakfast is a great way to begin transitioning to a more plant-based diet. Here are 10 WFPB breakfast recipes that provide you with a deliciously healthy breakfast to start your day energized.
10 Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Off Right
1. Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes
Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? No worries! You don’t have to completely cut sweetness out of your diet for a WFPB lifestyle. These chocolate chip coconut pancakes are gluten-free and plant-based with ingredients like flaxseed, buckwheat flour, and oats.
2. Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Is it hard to find the time to make breakfast in the morning? You can get a healthy headstart by making these carrot cake overnight oats the night before. Overnight oats offer a versatile and deliciously healthy breakfast that’s also convenient because you can throw the ingredients together the night before and, violá, breakfast is ready to grab n’ go in the morning.
3. Breakfast Skillets
Many breakfast skillets include ingredients such as sausage and bacon. However, you can easily make vegan-friendly breakfast skillets with the right ingredients. All you need is some peppers, onions, potatoes, mushrooms, and seasoning. You also have the option of adding vegan sausage, vegan cheese, and vegan egg substitutes.
4. Nut Butter Toast
A quick and easy breakfast idea is to make nut butter toast using almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter. Nut butter toast only takes a few minutes to make and offers you a healthy, protein-filled start to the day. If you want to step things up, try making your own nut butter!
5. Acai Bowls
Acai bowls are a super popular breakfast choice that you can easily make at home. They’re similar to smoothies and offer plenty of nutrients. Top your acai bowl with plenty of tasty, healthy plant-based choices such as granola, fruit, coconut, or almond butter.
6. WFPB Breakfast Tacos
Who doesn’t like tacos? Yes, even for breakfast. You can change things up a bit by trying these awesome WFPB breakfast tacos. WFPB Tacos are a savory option — get adventurous and try them huevos rancheros style! Eggs are allowed in a plant-based breakfast but you can also opt for a vegan substitute if you prefer.
7. Sunbutter Oatmeal Cups
Another quick and easy grab-n-go option is making sunbutter oatmeal cups ahead of time! It takes only 35 minutes to prepare and cook these sunbutter oatmeal cups and they’re a perfect choice if you need something that you can take with you on the way to school or work.
8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakes
Shakes and smoothies are classic choices when it comes to early morning foods. Since you can make this chocolate peanut butter shake dairy-free, it offers an especially healthy and protein-filled jumpstart to your morning and, as a bonus, qualifies as vegan-friendly!
9. Breakfast Bars
Breakfast bars are popular but store-bought breakfast bars are often filled with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients because they are processed. You can make your own breakfast bars with nutritious and tasty ingredients such as pumpkin seeds and oatmeal for a delicious, easy breakfast.
10. Whole Wheat Berry Bars
For a fruity kick at the start of your day, try preparing these whole wheat berry muffins. They only take about an hour to make and are easy to enjoy on the go. Plus, since they are made with whole wheat flour instead of white flour, they’re healthier than your average muffin.
In conclusion, plant-based meals go a long way in helping you adapt to a healthier diet and lifestyle. With the 10 recipes covered here, you have all you need to make sure the most vital meal of the day is healthy, nutritious, and, most importantly, satisfying and delicious as well.
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