Last year was rough, I think we can all agree on that. Although there is still a degree of uncertainty that lies ahead in 2022, we can make a conscious effort to think positively. We can focus on abundance. An abundance of kindness, love, and of course, good health. Speaking of the latter, plant-based eating is all about abundance. When we choose a plant-based lifestyle, we are making a choice to improve the state of our planet, to support animal welfare and of course give our bodies what they need to thrive. Despite what you may think, plant-based eating is so much more about including a variety of flavorful and nutritious food than it is about depriving yourself.
Those choices start with the very first meal of the day. Breakfast! This week I am rounding up 5 Healthy Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas that will make you feel good and keep you going strong so you can tackle whatever the day (or the new year), may bring.
This breakfast is a great way to use up any leftover rice. It's as simple as making cereal. All you have to do is warm up the rice and pour over your favorite plant-based milk. Add in some fruit, nuts, and sprinkle on your favorite sweetener. I love just a touch of brown sugar or date syrup.
If you love fluffy pancakes (who doesn't), but are looking for a healthier version made with plant-based milk and whole grain flour, then this is the recipe for you. Lemon poppyseed flavor tastes fantastic in muffins and other baked goods, so I thought it would be a great combo for this pancake recipe. These pancakes are great for cozy winter weekend breakfasts or freeze leftovers for a quick and healthy breakfast during the week.
One of my favorite ways to get the day started on a cold winter morning is to make this delicious Vegan Blueberry Date Oatmeal. It has everything from fiber to antioxidants to healthy fats which all help to support the immune system and keep the GI tract running smoothly. The addition of peanut or almond butter helps keep hunger at bay all the way until lunch time.
This recipe uses a mix of whole wheat and oat flours for a light and fluffy batter that is just as nutritious as it is tasty. It is a waffle recipe that you can feel good about since it's slightly lower in sugar and salt than many store bought waffle mixes. The batter is made with plant-based oat milk which gives the waffles a rich nutty flavor. Add toppings such as fruit, yogurt or nuts for an added nutrient boost in the morning. Make batches of them and freeze them. All you have to do is pop them in the toaster oven and you'll have them ready for an easy weekday breakfast.
No fresh fruit? No worries. You can use frozen berries for this recipe. This is particularly helpful in winter when berries aren't at their freshest. Assemble these jars at night and you have a healthy breakfast waiting for you in the morning. The addition of coconut milk and coconut yogurt give these oats a tasty tropical flare.
Let me know in the comments if you make or enjoy any of these scrumptious recipes! I always love to hear from my readers. And don't forget to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram to be featured in my stories! Let's get this year off to a fun and healthy start!