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Some Of My Favorite Morning Foods

Hey, all! Being a vegetarian, pescetarian, or vegan doesn’t have to be boring or “gross”. In fact, I’ve always loved vegetarian recipes (and often preferred them!). So, I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite tasty breakfast recipes with you. Hope you enjoy!

Vegan: Raw, Sugar-Free Chia & Berry Jam

I never anticipated that making jam would be 1) so easy and 2) so delicious without sugar! With this recipe, you don’t have to worry about digging your spoon into your jam jar a few extra times *wink*! This is a great morning toast idea with peanut butter or almond butter.

All you need:

  • 2 cups of your favorite frozen berries (yes, they must be frozen)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-5 tablespoon(s) of orange juice, or other pure fruit juice

Method:

  1. Defrost your berries in the microwave – it took my berries about 4 minutes on the special defrost setting. Make sure you mix them every minute, so they defrost evenly.
  2. Mash the berries with your spoon or fork to release all the water/juice (this will be needed for the chia seeds to plump up).
  3. Add the chia seeds and mix together thoroughly. Then add 1 tablespoon of juice and mix again.
  4. Cover and let stand at room temp for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Hint: If you notice the chia seeds aren’t becoming plump in 30 minutes, add 2 more tablespoons of juice. Repeat the process until you see the seeds getting plump. The chia seed absorbs quite a bit of liquid, so don’t worry about going overboard with juice.

Vegan: Iced Chai Latte

A spicy and smooth chai latte tastes even better with almond milk in place of dairy milk. Plus, having it iced is very refreshing! A great pick-me-up for the morning.

All you need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp + a pinch more loose leaf black tea (I use Ceylon tea)
  • Coconut sugar, agave syrup, or another sweetener of choice (to taste)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other dairy-free milk of choice (more to taste)
  • Chai spice blend: 1/2 Tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp cardamom pods, 1/4 Tsp ginger powder, 1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • Cup of ice cubes

Method:

  1. Bring water to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-high and add tea and spices.
  2. Reduce heat to low and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Add almond milk and coconut sugar to taste.
  4. Let the tea steep for another minute or two. Taste the tea to make sure the balance of flavors is how you like it. Adjust milk and sweetener ratio if needed.
  5. Pour the tea over half a cup of ice through a fine mesh strainer.

*Also tastes delicious if served hot!*

*Can substitute 3 tea bags of black tea if you don’t have loose leaf*

Breakfast Yogurt Parfait:

Mornings can be a little dull. I’ve had mornings where I looked in the fridge and saw nothing I wanted – everything was good, but I felt uninspired. If you ever have one of those mornings, make yourself this parfait. It will surely lift your spirits with crunchy granola, tangy yogurt, and bright cheerful fruit. Plus it just looks so pretty!

All you need:

  • Granola of choice (I used homemade)
  • Slices of banana
  • Diced strawberries
  • Pinch of almond slivers
  • Plain Greek yogurt (full fat)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pinch of pumpkin seeds

Method:

I like to do this very informally: several dollops of yogurt, then granola, then coconut, then fruit. Repeat until the parfait cup is full. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds over top. Voila!

Vegan: Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds make a really tasty and nutritious pudding. If you’ve never had chia seeds before, the texture of them is a bit like tapioca beads. I like this pudding because it’s not only good for you, but it tastes really delicious paired with fruits!

All you need:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1-3 tablespoons of coconut sugar (to taste)
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Stir together the almond milk, vanilla, chia seeds, and coconut sugar together in a large bowl.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes, then stir the mixture around.
  3. Cover and chill in the fridge overnight. Give it a quick stir before going to bed to prevent clumping.
  4. Stir well before serving. Add whatever toppings you like.
  5. Leftovers can be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Morning Delight Toast:

All you need:

  • 2 half-inch slices of bread (I like to use French bread)
  • 1 avocado (cut into slices)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of Edam cheese
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Small bunch of arugula leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar

Method:

  1. Cook your eggs sunny side up, but make sure to leave the yolk runny.  Season the eggs with salt & pepper to taste.
  2. While eggs cook, lightly toast your sliced bread.
  3. Once the eggs and bread are ready, prepare the sandwich. Put some arugula leaves on each piece of toast, sprinkle very lightly with balsamic vinegar. Put a slice of cheese on top of the arugula. Top the cheese with avocado and egg.
  4. Plate and enjoy!

Not Your Grandma’s Oatmeal:

I know, we’ve all had to eat oatmeal as kids because it’s good and filling. I don’t think I am alone on this, but I don’t remember it being very good when I was a child. Fortunately, my adult taste buds have helped me come up with a healthy, nutritious, and surprisingly yummy oatmeal recipe. Psst…it has chocolate in it!

All you need:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 banana, diced
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1.5 Tsp honey
  • 2 pieces of dark chocolate

Method:

  1. Bring almond milk and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the oats and cinnamon. *Make sure you watch your pot and stir often, otherwise the milk can boil over!*
  2. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in flax seed and vanilla extract. Cook for 30 more seconds. Add more milk if you like your oatmeal thinner, or cook for another couple minutes if you like it to be thicker.
  4. Remove from heat and top with a drizzle of honey, banana pieces, and your two pieces of dark chocolate. *If you put the chocolate on the hot oats, it begins to melt and you can stir it in. So delicious!*

So, there we are! Those are my some of my go-to recipes for breakfast! I believe that a good start to every morning begins the moment you sit down to eat. Mornings are prime time to fill your body with tasty, nourishing food that gives you energy. Seize your mornings!

Sincerely,

Lana

 

 

 

 

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