Healthy breakfast foods are a must when maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Here are 7 wonderful whole food and plant-based recipes to start your day off right!
Over the last couple of years I’ve started to take my health and eating habits more seriously. More often than not, I carefully choose the foods that I’m putting into my body. The best advice I’ve ever heard is that if a food has less than five ingredients in it, and you can pronounce them, the food should be fine! But, in a world built upon processed fast food and quick and easy frozen or boxed dinners, it’s easy to get lost and addicted to things we don’t need.
Growing up I was a fairly healthy eater and it wasn’t until I started cooking for myself in college (and quickly saw the results on the scale as my metabolism slowed down) that I began to look at the labels on the stuff I was eating. No matter the person, a healthy lifestyle balanced by food and exercise can’t be a bad thing.
I watched a documentary called Forks Over Knives last year that totally changed my approach to eating. I’m not an extremist, but found it to be a wonderful kick-starter for a healthier lifestyle. It’s based on the concept of not eating ANY processed foods, and focuses on a whole food and plant-based lifestyle (also eliminating animal products, so technically it’s a super healthy vegan approach to eating – but that’s not the point of this post).
Whole foods are defined as foods which are unprocessed and unrefined; in other words, foods that don’t have to go into a lab to be made. So the idea of a whole food and plant-based lifestyle is to eat food, and not man-made junk. My experience has been wonderful. I eat loads of fruits and veggies and whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, 100% whole wheat) and feel all the better for it. I thought I would share my experience so you can start your day off by giving your body what it needs: real food!
Take note: all the ingredients in these recipes are whole foods. So put down the Pop-Tarts and get a shopping list ready, you will want to try these healthy breakfast recipes and watch the difference in how you feel as the week goes on. I’ll list the recipes by days, but you can mix them up according to your week. Remember that everything can be altered with your favorite toppings and ingredients. Lastly, the more you fill your body with what it really needs, the less you will want all that other processed garbage. You’ll want to stick with clean eating once you experience how it makes you feel!
Monday - Sugar Free Oatmeal
I eat oatmeal a few times a week so, of course, I had to find an oatmeal recipe for you all. This is a great way to start your week. Oatmeal is a super filling healthy breakfast, as long as you stay away from unhealthy toppings. This recipe for Sugar-Free Oatmeal from My Plant-Based Family calls for rolled oats, Pure Via, apples, and raw pepitas, or pumpkin seeds.
The super cool thing about oatmeal is there are tons of different ways to flavor it. So, you can literally find the oatmeal that you love! Do you wanna know a secret? Dark chocolate and cacao nibs are actually good for you, so you can still get your chocolate fix!
Tuesday - Black Bean and Orange Breakfast Tacos
What could be better than tacos on Tuesday? Not much! These Black Bean and Orange Breakfast Tacos are filled with veggies, protein packed, and taste fresh from a hint of freshly squeezed orange juice. Breakfast tacos are the best, and these are pretty awesome. They don’t take long to make either, which is great for the person on the go! Plus, tacos are just great ideas for breakfast in general.
Wednesday - Banana Blueberry Bars
This recipe from Forks Over Knives is a great way to get the day going. These Banana Blueberry Bars are full of starch and will give you lasting energy to make it through the day. Also, this recipe makes a great snack; take them with you to work for an afternoon boost. Made with fresh blueberries, this breakfast food will feel more like a treat than anything! Pair it with your favorite yogurt for an even yummier dish – bonus points if you use a non-dairy yogurt with these healthy breakfast bars!
Thursday - Party Worthy Parfait
Here’s another great recipe from Holly at My Plant-Based Family. Parfaits are a great and easy idea for breakfast. This Vegan Yogurt Parfait is healthy enough for breakfast, but sweet and tasty so you can serve it for dessert, too!
This is probably one of my favorite recipes. I'm partial to soy-based yogurts, but sometimes they are hard to find. Almond and coconut are pretty common, but if you're having a hard time finding them, or you don’t quite want to make the switch to veganism, the next best thing is goat or sheep milk yogurt for an easy healthy breakfast!
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Friday - Potato Scramble
Via Straight Up Food
It’s Friday, the work week is nearly over, and now it’s time to treat yourself to a hearty, good breakfast. This Potato Scramble Plate is not only beautiful and colorful, but tastes fantastic as well. You can serve as is or in warm corn tortillas topped with a little avocado. Personally, I like the tortilla idea because it’s like I get even more tacos for breakfast! And, like I said, tacos make a good breakfast better!
Saturday - Sweet Potato Breakfast Taco
I know, I know, I already gave you a taco recipe, but I couldn’t resist including this one as well. You can never eat too many tacos, right? This recipe for Sweet Potato Breakfast Tacos is full of veggies and will leave you feeling full and satisfied until lunchtime rolls around. Plus, it’s another one of those quick and easy breakfast ideas, and it’s another taco recipe. I can’t help it!
Sunday - Perfect Plant-Based Pancakes
Pancakes are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast! This recipe for Plant-Based Pancakes is free of oil and dairy, and they’re fluffy and light to boot. These will be the perfect ending to your week of healthy delicious breakfast recipes!
By now, I hope you’re excited about trying some of these breakfast recipes (or all of them) during your week! If you’ve wanted to take your health into your own hands, food is a great place to start. A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so “they” say, why not make it packed full of wholesome foods that will kick start your energy levels and help you feel good about your choices?
What are some of your healthy breakfast go-to foods? I eat oatmeal multiple times a week! Share this with your health-nut buddies for inspiration! Thanks for being here, I’m glad you stopped by!
**Featured image via Miss Vegan Tips