My Favourite Vegan Breakfasts- healthy, quick & easy

Have you recently become vegan and struggle to find new breakfast ideas? Look no further!

1. Oatmeal

I know, I know- what a typical suggestion. But oatmeal has to take first place for healthy, quick, easy vegan breakfasts- just replace dairy milk with a non-dairy alternative, or cook with water. Top with goji berries/fresh fruit/agave/maple syrup + PB… Add “superfoods” like flaxseeds/maca/hemp hears… Or try “boatmeal” (baked oatmeal)- check out Chocolate Covered Katie’s ideas here.

2. Chia Seed pudding/breakfast bowl

At its simplest- combine 1 mashed banana with 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and 1/2 a cup of almond milk. Leave in the fridge overnight and it’ll be ready in the morning for a quick breakfast on the go! Check out OhSheGlows for the full recipe. Chia seeds are suuuuper good for you- packed with fibre, omega 3s and protein, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron and Zinc.

3. Pancakes.
Yes, you can have pancakes and still (in my opinion) count it as a healthy breakfast. Check out these spelt pancakes , put a sliced banana or some berries on top and you’ve got yourself a clean, filling breakfast!

4. Breakfast cookies.
If you’ve got extra time and you enjoy baking, why not make yourself some breakfast cookies to grab if you’re in a rush in the morning, or even as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. Basically an time of day is a good time for cookies. Don’t you think? 😉 Try these cookies from Minimalist Baker or these apple cinnamon breakfast cookies from The Healthy Chef.

5. Green smoothie.
Possibly one of the quickest and healthiest options: my basic combination would be 1-2 frozen bananas, 2 handfuls of greens (spinach), 1-2 cups of water and flax/maca/chia seeds. Add whatever other ingredients you have around, but I find the simple is best- try not to add a whole bunch of stuff that doesn’t go together because you might end up with a sludgy mess that you’d rather chuck in the sink than drink! Check these links for more tips on green smoothies:

http://secure.youngandraw.com/30daychallenge/
http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/03/salute-to-green-smoothies.html
http://greenmonstermovement.com/

Top tips

* keep it simple and be prepared: if you don’t have time in the morning to create something magical for breakfast, don’t worry. Prepare something the night before so you’re ready the next day. Know your schedule and don’t stress yourself out trying to push more work into it than it needs!

* try to drink plenty of water in the morning- it’ll make you feel better. You’ve gone for the entire night without drinking, so get a head start on keeping hydrated for the day!

* if you’re new to veganism, remember that substitutions for your usual breakfast are probably quite easy. Use agave instead of honey, almond/coconut/etc milk instead of dairy milk, soy yoghurt instead of normal yoghurt, etc!

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