Monday, 6 June 2016

HEALTHY VEGAN BREAKFAST: THREE WAYS

Hi loves! I don't know about you guys, but for me, my day always feels like it's off to a great start when I have a super yummy, healthy and filling breakfast! So today I thought I'd share three breakfast ideas that I personally love and have most days during the week! These are all 100% vegan, completely healthy and very satisfying. They're also very adaptable so you can switch them up to suit your own personal tastes.

Option One: Banana 'Nice Cream'
This is literally like having dessert for breakfast, but with zero guilt as it's completely healthy and nutritious! To make a basic nice-cream, all you need is frozen bananas, optional plant based milk (if you're not using milk, it's best to let the bananas thaw a little first, unless you have a super powerful blender!) and a blender or food processor. Then of course any other fruits and flavourings you wish to add.

 My first nice cream example is this seriously yummy blueberry nice cream! This consisted of two frozen bananas, a handful of frozen blueberries and around half a cup of almond milk. The amount of milk you need will depend on how powerful your blender is and how thick you want your nice cream to be - careful though as too much milk will turn it into a smoothie - though that's still yummy! I then topped this with frozen blueberries and raspberries, coconut flakes, milled linseeds and choc shot chocolate sauce. This is by the brand Sweet Freedom and is an all natural alternative to hot chocolate powders or sauces (not sponsored, just love the product! Though I'd have no issues being sponsored by them!!)

This one was two and a half frozen bananas with half a cup of almond milk and a big old squeeze of the sweet freedom choc shot again, I swear to you, this tastes exactly like chocolate ice cream and it kind of makes my life. I tend to save this one as a weekend 'treat' - even though it's completely healthy! I topped this with blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, pumpkin seeds, dates and goji berries. I love nice cream bowls as they're a fab way to pack in loads of nutrients with lots of different toppings, you could use any nuts, seeds or fruits you wanted! The toppings make this a seriously satisfying breakfast that will definitely get you through a long day at work or school!

Option 2: Overnight Oats
This is an amazing option for those with little time on their hands in the morning. As it's technically cold porridge, it is a bit of an acquired taste, but get the flavours right and this again, is like dessert for breakfast and I am all about that. To make this, I put rolled oats and frozen fruit into a bowl or jar and cover in almond milk, soy milk or oat milk. The oats will slightly take on the taste of whatever milk you use so I suggest you find one you really like! Oat milk is pretty neutral so that's a good idea to start with. Then you just pop a lid on (or a small plate over the bowl) and put it in the fridge overnight. If you want a sweeter taste, you can add a sweetener of your choice, to keep it healthy, I love to use date nectar, but you could try maple syrup, agave nectar etc.

 For this bowl, I soaked my oats with raspberries and blueberries as I always do, as for me, this is enough to sweeten the oats without any additional sweetener. I then topped with dates, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes. This is seriously filling and contains so much nutrition just in your first meal of the day! These will keep you full all the way up to lunch time and provide slow release energy, so they'd be perfect for those with exams at school, or a hard day at work ahead.

Keeping it slightly more simple, for this bowl of oats, I soaked them in the same way, but added a squirt of choc shot in the morning and mixed it in, turning the oats into chocolate oats - once again, a guilt free but seriously decadent start to the day!

Option 3: Smoothies
Groundbreaking, I know. However, I do have a couple of smoothie tips for those who struggle to actually eat a full breakfast in the morning. Sometimes, (very rarely for me, as breakfast is one of the loves of my life) we just don't feel like eating food in the morning. Maybe you're just not a 'breakfast person'. Smoothies are a great options for those who feel this way, as it's easy to pack it lots of nutrients without actually feeling like you're consuming a full meal in the small hours of the day! Try blending a handful of oats or seeds in with your morning smoothie for a more nutrient dense, satisfying start to the day.

This smoothie was made up of half a pineapple and a handful of frozen strawberries and a handful of frozen blueberries with around a cup of water and a tablespoon of hemp seeds. Top tip, I use a milling blade in my blender to first finely mill the seeds, then add the fruits and liquid to make the seeds virtually undetectable. If you fancy even more nutrition, you could add a handful of spinach or some other greens too, if you're quite new to smoothie breakfasts though, I'd easy yourself in easily with the greens as they can be quite overpowering if you get the balance off!

This smoothie was once again half a pineapple with one green apple and two kiwis. some oats and a cup of water. Again, milling the oats first definitely helps to keep the smoothie much more 'smooth'! This one would work well with spinach, as the fruits are all quite strong tastes, but again, go slow!
Other favourites of mine include banana, blueberry, oat and plant based milk smoothies and green apple, mango and raspberry smoothies, but definitely experiment with your favourite fruits! I love to buy fruit frozen where I can as it often works out cheaper and it makes the smoothie nice and cold, which I love.

So, that's it! My three favourite types of breakfasts, all pretty easy, all very healthy and nutritious and super satisfying. Hope you enjoyed!

What's your favourite thing to have for breakfast?

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