Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. When you think of morning foods, what probably comes to mind is visions of ripe berries, smoothies, waffles, and juices galore.
While all of us understand the importance of getting an ample dose of vegetables in our diet, it can be hard to do this in your very first meal. It’s entirely possible to enrich your breakfasts with veggies while maintaining satisfaction, but sometimes you may need a little help. With this in mind, here are some delicious and healthy suggestions from our Food Monster App which can help start your day off right!
One tactic for getting more veggies into your breakfast is to combine your vegetables with sweet fruit flavors. An easy way to do this is by incorporating veggies into smoothies or bowls where their flavor and texture is imperceptible. For example, try a Peanut Butter, Banana and Cauliflower Smoothie which is enhanced by the addition of this cruciferous veggie.
A vegan omelet is a perfect vessel to pack in the veggies. You can experiment with adding in whatever ingredients you like to see which tastes best to you. Try out this Chickpea Flour Omelet With Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mushroom, and Spinach Filling recipe as a classic starting point. Or, get creative with your base with this Hash Brown Omelet which can be topped with avocado or tahini. Another non-traditional base is this White Bean and Oat Omelet With Creamy Mushroom Filling, which is certainly worth trying.
For those who like a hearty start to your day, breakfast burritos are perfect for satisfying hunger while housing plenty of veggies. These can also be tailored exactly to your liking. Start off with this Mushroom and Avocado Breakfast Burrito which is packed with plant protein. These Sweet Potato and Tofu Scramble Mega Breakfast Burritos also include some soothing turmeric to keep you feeling your best.
Crepes aren’t just vehicles for sweetness– you can dress them up with your veggies of choice for the perfect morning meal. These Lacinato Kale and Pumpkin Crepes are great for a healthy weekend brunch or just to treat yourself any day. For even more creativity, make some Mexican-Inspired Buckwheat Crêpes to enjoy cauliflower and corn in a whole new way.
Since oatmeal is more of a neutral-flavored base, why not try dressing it with veggies? Step outside your comfort zone and experiment with adding ingredients such as sweet potato, greens, carrots, or anything else appealing. A great way to get started is with these Savory Mushroom Oats recipe which will get you hooked. If you want even more flavor, try out a Masala Oatmeal which is full healing spices plus a comforting texture.
With sweet potato as the base of a dish, it hovers at a midpoint between sweet and savory. This is perfect because you can use your imagination to decide which direction to take it. Make yourself these Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Boats to satisfy all your complex flavor cravings.
These are ideal for those days that you’re running out the door but need quick sustenance. Instead of adding fruits and sweeteners to your baked goods, swap in some suitable veggies. For example, a classic way to do this is with these Flourless and Sugar-Free Carrot Cake Muffins. Another quintessential veggie-filled breakfast option is some Paleo Zucchini Bread— this one is free of added sugar but full of nutrients.
Tacos for breakfast aren’t as niche as they may sound. You can throw these together quickly with whatever vegetables you’ve got on hand, even on a busy day. Try this Tofu Scramble and Pulled Portobello Breakfast Tacos recipe if you want to dip your toe in this idea. Moving on to some more experimental flavors, make these Black Bean and Orange Breakfast Tacos which will get your taste buds going in the morning.
Avocado toast is a common breakfast favorite. However, don’t just slather some avocado on your bread and stop there. Toast is the perfect baseline to top with plenty of other veggies. Consider adding sauteed spinach, peas, arugula, squash, or beans for extra nutrients and protein. For added flavor and interest, this Serrano Pepper Avocado Toast will wake you up with a kick of spicy heat. Or, for a nutritious dose of sea vegetables, make this Nori and Scallion Avocado Toast which is anything but basic.
Hopefully, you’ve gained some new ideas on how to integrate more veggies into your first meal of the day. All in all, this is a great reminder that there are no rules about breakfast foods, and you should experiment all you want with vegetables and savory flavors. Not only does this open up a whole new realm of recipes, but it also supplies you with plenty of prized nutrients.
For even more guidance, check out Veggies at Breakfast: How to Do It Deliciously and Simply which offers extra inspiration on how to master this challenge. Or, head over to the Food Monster App, which you can find on both Android and iPhone, as well as Instagram and Facebook! It features over 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, with new delicious suggestions every day.
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