Many people who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) breakfast are often curious about what I eat for breakfast. If you are considering switching to a whole foods plant-based diet, breakfast is one of the easiest meals to start with when switching over. Whether it’s cereal or pancakes or other baked goods, there are plenty of delicious options from which you can choose. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Cold cereal with a plant-based milk. This one may seem obvious, but switching cow’s milk for non-dairy milk is a pretty simple swap! For my family, we use unsweetened original almond milk, oat milk, and if we are looking for something a little creamier– an almond milk/coconut milk mixture. Homemade granola is also super EASY to make and can be tweaked for seasonal flavors. Right now, we are enjoying gingerbread granola!
- Steel-cut oatmeal with frozen fruit. This breakfast is in the whole family’s regular rotation. I make a large batch of steel-cut oats in the Instant Pot (slow cooker). Using the Instant Pot is much easier and prevents the oats from getting dried out. I put the container in the refrigerator and then each family member can add their preferred frozen fruit (my favorite is the mixed berry antioxidant blend), a little maple syrup, and a sprinkle of nuts for a filling breakfast!
- Pancakes. Our current favorite plant-based pancakes are Banana-Oat with Chocolate Chips and Cranberry Orange pancakes. Instead of eggs, you can use ground flax seed and warm water and both of the previous recipes do not require any butter or oil!
- Smoothies. Smoothies are such a great option for busy weekday mornings, and I will often make a batch for the whole family. We start with a frozen fruit blend (usually an anti-oxidant berry blend), unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed, 1-2 bananas, and a handful of kale (optional but great for sneaking in some veggies and the kids won’t taste it!).
- Bread/toast with Nut Butter. If I don’t have anything made ahead, and I’m in a rush, I will toast some sprouted wheat bread and top it with almond butter and sliced banana or a handful of berries.