This is Rachel here. I have no doubt that you have been told by someone that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People have been telling me that since I was a little child. I remember a school flyer from when I took my high school SATs that proclaimed in massive lettering, “Make sure to eat a proper and healthy breakfast before testing!” I used to roll my eyes when people would tell me that. For the longest time, I would have rather slept in than wake up and make breakfast. However, as I’ve gotten older, I have increasingly realized the truth of that maxim. I now make it a priority to make breakfast every morning.
My goal in this post is to inspire you to eat breakfast regularly and to give you a few easy plant-based breakfast ideas to start off with. As I’ve written before, changing my eating habits to a plant-based diet has been the hardest part of this continuing journey. Working out is fine; I like that part. It’s the eating piece that has been the hardest. But it is truly the key to a plant-based health transformation. And breakfast is a super important part of that transformation. It sets the tone for the rest of the day and keeps you filled and nourished. I find when I start with a healthy breakfast I have more energy throughout the day.
Breakfast Protein Smoothie
For me, breakfast has always been a pretty simple meal. This smoothie took me less than 10 minutes to prepare. I blended all the ingredients except the blueberries and banana, which I put on top as you can see in the picture.
½ cup of old-fashioned oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seed
2 tbsp PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
Almond milk (to desired consistency)
Handful of blueberries
I know you might have really crazy mornings. You may think you don’t even have time to prepare a quick meal on your way out the door. But if you make eating breakfast a priority you’ll find that you do have time, even if it means prepping the ingredients the night before. Even on days when I’d forgotten to prep the night before, I just have a quick bowl of fruit.
One key to breakfast is to try new things, document what you eat, and listen to your body. On days when I will be weight lifting or when I have a tougher workout routine ahead of me, I eat a slightly bigger breakfast with more protein. On days when I have less intense workouts, I have a smoothie. And because I don’t work on the weekends, I have more time to make creative breakfasts then. I also try to mix in other things like avocado toast.
Green Protein Smoothie
This is another smoothie I really like. You can proportion these ingredients before blending according to your preference.
Green-colored plant-based protein
2 tbsp PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
The biggest thing breakfast does for me is boost my metabolism at the start of the day. I usually eat breakfast at 8 AM. Eating breakfast every day also gets my butt out of bed. By starting my day with breakfast, I have also found that I don’t want or need larger meals later in the day. This means smaller lunches and a ton of water throughout the day. It also helps me consume a lot of good healthy foods. I make a point to eat a fruit of some kind every breakfast.
I usually don’t make all my meals look super pretty. These are just for the pictures.
Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie
Mix all of these in a bowl: ½ cup old-fashioned oats, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 2 tbsp peanut butter, blueberries, blackberries.
For more awesome smoothie recipes, check out Julie Morris’s Superfood Smoothies.
If you don’t remember anything else, I want this to be your takeaway: breakfast is very important to fuel and nourish your body throughout the day. I hope this post also gave you some hints on what to eat. I am still trying to figure out what works best for my lifestyle, and I hope my perspective can help you discover what works best for you too.