When people find out I'm a vegan, I hear this often, "What's a typical vegan breakfast?"
Sometimes I feel taken aback at this question. Um, the same stuff as you?
The truth is that there is a wide variety of different foods that a vegan might eat for breakfast. It could cereal and milk, granted it would be almond milk or another nondairy milk, and the cereal wouldn't have any animal products in it. We also might be found to be eating fruit, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, tofu scramble, a green juice or green smoothie, and a ton of other items, depending on our commitment to eating healthy food and our taste buds.
We vegans really are pretty similar to non-vegans, aren't we?
There are two books that I highly recommend for any vegan breakfast aficionado... Vegan Brunch and Joy of Vegan Baking. If you ever worried that you'd never eat another omelet, you have to check out Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For--From Asparagus Omelets to Pumpkin Pancakes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. They even have vegan eggs benedict and other seemingly impossible vegan breakfast recipes, as well as the popular favorites of vegan waffles and vegan pancakes.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has several amazing vegan muffin recipes and great pastry-style recipes in The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets
When you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to get a healthy start to the day with breakfast. When you skip meals, you're much more likely to suffer from morning sickness and nausea, and you'll also feel your energy levels plummet quicker. It's best to eat smaller meals more often than sticking to three large meals a day.
Green smoothies have been popular for several years. They got a huge boost in popularity from Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet, who holds her new diet and green smoothies responsible for helping to cure the incurable cancer she was diagnosed with in 2003.
At first glance, they look somewhat unappealing. Most people would rather drink a much more common bright red or pink drink than a green drink. But, they are absolutely delicious; so don't be scared!
I've heard a lot of women say that they start developing aversion to food texture rather than actual flavor, so making a juice or smoothie is an excellent way to make sure you're eating those vegetables without having to worry about the texture.
Once you know the system for making smoothies, you can make anywhere from an entirely vegetable based drink to a drink that tastes as sweet as can be.
The Green in the Smoothie
The Sweet in the Smoothie
I would definitely recommend checking out a powerful blender like the Vitamix, which I prefer over regular juicers because it retains the entire fruit rather than leaving the pulp out of the drink.
1-2 watery vegetables like cucumber, celery, or squash
1 large bunch of greens
1/2 cup of liquid (water, juice, nondairy milk)
Blend fruits first, then add watery vegetables and then greens. You can add ice if you have a great mixer, or some water, juice, or nut milk to thin the smoothie.
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