Eating raw comes with a host of benefits to take advantage of. Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of fiber, which helps regulate digestion and minimize bloating. A diet full of whole, raw plant foods also helps to decrease the chance of getting heart disease and diabetes. Raw fruits and vegetables offer up plenty of energy for your body to use throughout the day too.
It’s easy to get sucked into all the gourmet meal options and in-depth recipe ideas that are promoted by raw food “gurus.” But the truth is that starting the day off with a healthy raw vegan breakfast doesn’t have to be time consuming or tough. The easiest way to enjoy a fresh meal in the morning is to simply dig into your favorite ripe fruit!
However, fresh ripe fruit might be sweet and juicy, but it does not typically a comforting meal. On the mornings when you want something filling and comforting yet quick and easy, consider trying your hand at one or more of these excellent raw breakfast options:
Truffles make for one decadent morning meal – they’re filling, comforting, tasty, and when made with whole raw foods, they are really good for you too. You need a base for your truffles to start with. Some fun ideas include:
- Dried Mulberries
- Dried Figs
Then you need some seasonings to make the truffles taste exactly as you’d like them. Consider mint, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla bean, or fresh berries. Try your hand at cinnamon toast truffles, strawberry crème coconut truffles, or raspberry banana peanut truffles.
You don’t have to succumb to the sugar-laden boxed cereals in your grocery store in order to enjoy a bowl of crunchy cereal. There are a variety of ways to make your own raw cereal at home to fill up for the day and to keep the kid inside of you happy. Simply fill your bowl up with:
- Sliced Bananas, Walnuts, and Raisins
- Dried Mulberries, Fresh Strawberry Chunks, and Cacao Nibs
- Rolled Oats, Date Pieces, and Pumpkin Seeds
Add your favorite vegan milk concoction to the bowl and you’ve got yourself a satisfying cereal breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunch time.
Smoothies are fun to make, and it’s easy to create a new flavor profile every single day if you want to. All you need is a base to make things creamy (like bananas or avocados) and your favorite fruits, veggies, and seasonings to go with it. Start by placing bananas, coconut meat, jackfruit, or avocados in your blender and then add some:
- Vanilla Extract
You’ll find that it takes just a handful of ingredients to make your smoothie come to life and tickle your taste buds. And instead of adding water to smooth things out, up the nutrition factor by including coconut water or fresh fruit juice instead.
If you have a dehydrator, you can plan ahead and make yourself some fresh fruit leather to enjoy in the morning. It’s easy to eat and transport, making for a delicious on-the-go meal on those days when you are running behind. Make things super simple by blending up your favorite ripe fruit and then spreading it onto your teflex sheets to dry into “leather.” If you have a little more time and motivation on your hands, try creating one of these flavor profiles:
- Coconut and Strawberry (blend coconut meat and fresh berries)
- Peanut Butter and Banana (blend raw Spanish peanuts and bananas)
- Cinnamon Caramel (blend cinnamon, dates, and a banana)
The options really are limited to your own flavor and texture preferences. Just about any fruit you can think of will dry up in the dehydrator to make delicious fruit leather!
Who doesn’t have time to throw a bunch of fried fruit, nuts, and seeds into a container for breakfast? Aside from sticking with fresh fruit, this is probably the easiest way to pack your morning meal with protein, energy, and comfort.
It’s really just a matter of choosing your favorite foods – think walnuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, goji berries, coconut flakes, and dates – and mixing them all together to create a party in your mouth. For a sweet and savory option, add a little salt to the mix. For a super sweet option, introduce a bit of coconut sugar or stevia.
No, you won’t go hungry with the help of these delicious, filling, and comforting raw food options to help you start your day.
Lead Image Source: Quinoa Date Nut Truffles