What Should I Have for Breakfast?

What’s for breakfast?

This is one of the questions most frequently asked by newbie and advanced plant-based dieters.

And while at first glance, it might feel like there are few choices for a plant-based breakfast, you will soon discover that a plant-based breakfast can be varied, quick to prepare and incredibly delicious.Peanut butter on toast isolated on white

Here are 8 of our favorite ideas to power up your breakfast table starting today:

  1. Bread and spread. This is probably the easiest and most familiar place to start. Choose a whole grain (sprouted) bread or tortillas and spread them with hummus, baba ganoush, avocado (guacamole!), nut butters and fruit spreads like this Slow Cooker Apple Date Butter.
  2. Cereals and nut milk. For a filling breakfast that changes with the seasons, choose a high protein/high fiber cereal such as Uncle Sam’s or Ezekiel brands and add oats, nuts and whatever fruits you have on hand. Rip Esselstyn’s popular Rip’s Big Bowl breakfast combines all of the above.
  3. Raw fruits and vegetables. Blend kale and other greens with fruits for a raw morning smoothie or just mix them together in a fruit and/or veggie salad.Obstkorb / fruits in a basket
  4. Porridges. Dishes like oatmeal and Muesli are packed with protein. Top your porridge up with nuts and fresh fruits—or even veggies! Check out these three sumptuous porridge recipes or these wholesome oat snackles.
  5. Potatoes! Potatoes! Potatoes! Potato hash has everything. Starch, protein and tons of vitamins and minerals. This recipe for Potato Kale Hash will keep you going all day. (Sneak peak: keep a look out for a delicious paprika roasted potato recipe in an upcoming blog post!)
  6. Quinoa Bowls. While quinoa might not strike you as a breakfast food at first, it’s filling, packed with protein and goes great with fruits and nut milks. Try this Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast and you’ll never look at quinoa the same way again!
  7. muffinTofu. It’s so versatile you can make nearly any kind of breakfast out of it. This Tofu Scramble is a great base to start with (but remember to omit the oil!). Just add spinach, tomatoes or any other veggie for a quick one-skillet breakfast. Omelettes are a little trickier, but these Tofu Omelette recipes (again, omit oil!) are an easy way to get started, as you can make the batter ahead of time and store in the fridge.
  8. Pancakes, Muffins and Breads. Just because you switched to a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to give up breakfast goodies like stacks of pancakes and yummy muffins. And you can bake your own whole grain breads to go with spreads and any of the other dishes above!

As you can see, breakfast as a plant-based eater just made eating in the morning much more fun.

And by the way, don’t try to rush into all these options in one fell swoop. Instead, you are probably going to want to make a gradual transition to eating things like veggies and salads for breakfast. One great tip is to start with breakfast food choices that are easy to make and more familiar like toast, cereal or fruit. You then slowly start to branch out and experiment with different breakfast choices.
By this time next year, you may even be eating beans, veggies and salads for breakfast every single day!

What to eat for breakfast is one of the topics featured at our upcoming Virtual Event. At the event, you will hear from some of the world’s most renowned Chefs and RDNs as they share their sage advice and exclusive, super-delicious recipes.

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Update (10/16/2015): We thank everyone for attending the Spring 2015 Nurture Your Health Forum and look forward to our next one in Spring 2016. Be sure to click here and sign up to receive alerts for our next Nurture Your Health Forum.