Healthy, simple breakfast options.

one of the most challenging transitions of being vegan is when it comes to 'the most important meal of the day'. sure, you can eat bagels and vegan cream cheese, and sugar packed cereals with dairy free milk, but that's not healthy, and will definitely not keep you energized and vibrant!

going vegan doesn't mean that you're instantly healthy - you can eat all the processed foods you want that don't contain animal products, and still be vegan. i don't know about you, but i'm striving to be healthy, and pH balanced. by cutting out animal products, i am minimizing acidity, but typically anything packaged/processed is filled with sugar and chemicals which contribute to an acidic environment as well.

so really, we should be striving to eat clean, whole foods. but who has time to assemble an elaborate meal that covers all your basis? i try to keep things simple. i work 10 hour days and am on my feet all day without a lunch break. i eat in-between clients, which is not ideal. we should all be able to sit down, breathe, and chew our food properly, but our american eat-on-the-run lifestyle limits us from doing so. we just have to do what we can, as best as we can.

for me to stay full, satisfied and energized, i have discovered what few breakfasts work for me, and i'd like to share them with you.

i adopted breaky #1 option from alicia silverstone's book, the kind diet:

quick oatmeal: 1 cup rolled oats, 1 handful of chopped nuts of your choice, 1 handful of dried fruit of your choice (raisins, dried apricots, etc.) 1/3 chopped apple or pear, 1 spoonful of brown rice syrup, 3 shakes of cinnamon thrown together in a bowl. bring a kettle of water to a boil and pour it over the ingredients just enough to cover. place a plate over the bowl and let the water absorb. this should probably take 3-5 minutes. mix it all together and drizzle flax oil over it. YUM!

breaky #2 option:

smoothie: for days when it's warm out, throw any fruit or veg in a blender with some ice and a banana and dairy free milk of your choice. i typically will do one banana, berries, kale and maybe a scoop of almond butter or handful of nuts for some crunch. if you need to sweeten it, throw some chopped up dates in there. i will also throw a tablespoon of my vitamineral greens in there (def check out this product for a great all around supplement - more on that later) for added nutritional value.

breaky #3 option from the kind diet:

tofu scramble: the best way to throw a meal together any time of the day! saute 2 cups chopped veggies of any kind for about 5 minutes, then season with 1 tbs shoyu, 1 tsp ume vinegar and 1 tbs mirin (rice cooking wine). then crumble 1 package of extra firm, organic tofu over the veggies. heat through for another 2-3 min. sprinkle scallions and sunflower seeds over it, and eat! such a great protein packed way to start your day!

breaky #4 option, also from the kind diet:

mochi wraps. this may sound weird, but it's a totally savory treat that will give you strength and stamina. mochi is a steamed and pounded brown rice, which often comes in a packaged block - you can buy it in the refrigerated section at your health food store. heat 1 tbs sesame oil in a pan over med-low heat. place 3 squares of mochi in pan, and cover. heat for 4 min. and sprinkle 1 drop of shoyu per square, then flip. heat for another 4 min until they morph into funny shapes. take a sheet of nori paper and fold into quadrants and tear into squares. place 3 squares on plate, with mochi on each. then put 1 tbs of grated daikon atop each. pick up with your hands and eat, like little mini sliders...

final note on breaky - try to switch it up. don't eat the same thing for more than 2/3 times a week. your body needs different nutrients.

maybe on your lighter days, do the smoothie...and more intense days try tofu scramble. you'll start to know what your body needs as you ease into it. and don't forget to indulge on the weekends! find a fun vegan brunch spot or whip out your cook book to find comfort in pancakes, waffles, french toast, muffins, breakfast burritos, eggs name it, you can re-create it!!!

try this for fun! nobody would even know it's vegan...