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6 Healthy Plant-Based Breakfast Ideas

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A good breakfast means a good start to the day! Dietitian Brittyn Howard gives us some delicious plant-based breakfast tips and tricks to get us started right.
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1. Smoothie

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast smoothie

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Smoothies are a quick and easy way to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. You can get as much as half of your full day of fiber in just one 12 oz smoothie. If you feel you don’t have time in the mornings to throw together a smoothie, you can put all of your ingredients in a mason jar, freeze it overnight and in the morning just throw in a blender with plant-based milk! You can even pour it perfectly back into the chilled mason jar you froze it in for a quick smoothie on the run. Try this tasty berry pomegranate smoothie for a boost in fiber, antioxidants and omega-3s!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate
  • 1 Tbsp. chia
  • 1/2-3/4 cup almond milk
LightWorkers plant-based breakfast frozen berries

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Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar overnight and let chill in freezer.
  2. In the morning, pour out jar into blender and add 1/2-3/4 cup almond milk for desired consistency.
  3. Pour back into chilled mason jar and enjoy!

2. Plant-based yogurt + fresh fruit

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast granola, yogurt and bananas

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Plant-based yogurts are a great way to get some extra protein without the unhealthy fats and cholesterol. Plant-based options are made from soy, coconut, almond, cashew and many other types of nuts. Grab a cup out of the fridge and top with frozen or fresh fruit and be on your way out the door!

Ingredients

  • Plant-based yogurt (soy, coconut, almond, etc)
  • 1/2 cup frozen/fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
LightWorkers plant-based breakfast granola, yogurt and bananas

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Directions

  1. Grab yogurt out of the refrigerator.
  2. Pour out yogurt into bowl or keep in cup.
  3. Top with fresh or frozen berries, sliced banana and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Enjoy!

3. Granola with plant-based milk or yogurt

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast bowl

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Granola is a great way to get whole grains, nuts and dried fruit all in one. It is quick and easy to toss into a bowl or to-go cup when you’re running late in the mornings. You can also opt to use a plant-based yogurt instead of milk to be extra filling.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup homemade or store bought granola
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit

Directions

  1. Put granola into bowl or to-go cup.
  2. Pour plant-based milk or yogurt over the top.
  3. Top with sliced bananas and dried fruit.
  4. Enjoy!

4. Avocado toast

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast avocado toast

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Avocado toast is a filling and delicious way to eat toast. Plus when topped with chia seeds it gives a huge serving of your healthy fats for the day—including omega-3s!

Whole grain toast

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces whole-grain bread
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Himalayan sea salt + pepper to taste
LightWorkers plant-based breakfast avocado toast with chia seeds

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Directions

  1. Toast bread until golden brown.
  2. Mash 1/4 avocado on each piece of bread.
  3. Top with 1/2 Tbsp. chia seeds each.
  4. Add lemon juice and salt/pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

5. Overnight oats

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast overnight oats

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Overnight oats are easy for the person who has no time in the mornings but still wants to have a highly nutritious and filling meal. They take about 5-10 minutes at night to prepare, but in the morning are ready to go!

Ingredients

  • 1 organic banana
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter (or any nut butter)
  • Fresh or frozen fruit of your choice

Directions

  1. In a blender, blend banana, two dates (pit removed!), almond milk and cinnamon until completely mixed.
  2. Pour into mason jar and mix in oats.
  3. Leave covered overnight and when you wake in the morning… voila! Amazing overnight oats!
  4. Top with fresh or frozen fruit of your choice, drizzle with your choice of nut butter or sprinkle with coconut shreds.
  5. Enjoy!

6. Chia pudding

LightWorkers plant-based breakfast chia seed pudding

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Chia pudding is a great way to get all of your omega-3s in one quick breakfast. It’s easy to flavor by adding maple syrup or agave (or honey if not vegan) or add mashed berries or bananas to the coconut milk. Much like the overnight oats, they take 5 – 10 minutes of prep time at night and are completely ready to go in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
  • Frozen, fresh or dried fruit
  • Nut/seeds of choice (cashews, sunflower seeds, etc.)

Directions

  1. Mix chia, coconut milk and sweetener in a mason jar and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Remove from fridge and stir gelled chia. Add coconut milk to thin.
  3. Top with frozen, fresh or dried fruit and nuts/seeds of choice.
  4. Enjoy!