When I was in high school/university my breakfast routine consisted of orange juice, a big honkin’ bowl of cereal (Fruit Loops anyone?), topped with a cup or two of dairy milk. The cereal was filled with sugar and I was hungry again by 9am. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. If you think about it, most people sleep for 7-8 hours per night. While you are sleeping you are not eating or drinking so when you wake up, your body needs fuel. Treat your body like a temple. Be kind and gentle to it and it will definitely return the favour!
Now, what does a gluten free vegan eat for breakfast you ask? TONS! I have put together a list of some of my favourite healthy breakfast options that you can prepare in advance or whip up in the morning. I also have some tips on what to grab in the morning if you are out and about.
Breakfast Options (Vegan and GF):
1) Power Smoothies
I love love love morning smoothies. Smoothies are so easy to throw together and I can drink them while I am getting ready. The great thing about smoothies is that you don’t have to follow a recipe. Add some ice, almond milk, banana … and the rest is up to you! Here are some of my favourite concoctions:
- Cherry Banana Smoothie – blend 4 ice cubes, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen cherries.
- Green Smoothie – blend 4 ice cubes, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 cup spinach, 1/2 cup kale, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder.
- Pina Colada Smoothie – blend 4 ice cubes, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup crushed pineapple.
- Choco Green Machine – 4 ice cubes, 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
Smoothies are also a great post-workout snack!
2) GF Oatmeal
Nothing is as good as a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a chilly morning. November crept up on us and I dread my alarm going off in the morning when I have to crawl out of bed and face the cold weather. Oatmeal helps though, trust me. If you have time the night before, make your own oatmeal. If time is limited, there are some great GF instant oatmeal on the market that do the trick (try Glutenfreeda Banana Maple…Mmmm). Mix in some nuts, berries, or dried fruit for a “breakfast parfait”. Here is my recipe for overnight oatmeal.
Morning Glory Oatmeal
- 1 cup almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk)
- 1/3 cup GF oats
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (add more/less as desired)
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir. Add any mix-ins you have handy, if desired, such as: walnuts, banana, berries, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc. The options are endless! Once mixed, add oatmeal to a container with a lid and place in fridge overnight. In the morning, heat the oatmeal in the microwave, over the stove, or cold if you reeeally want.
(Full blog post on Overnight Oatmeal to come…stay tuned for more recipes and pictures…)
3) Easy Fruit/Veggie Salad
Why isn’t eating veggies for breakfast popular? We never really hear of someone chowing down on a leafy green salad first thing in the morning or eating a broccoli salad after a morning run. Well, things are about to change. I challenge you to eat ONE serving of vegetables every morning this week. Mix some spinach in your smoothie, have a handful of carrots while you get ready. Here is my favourite breakfast salad, that has two servings of veggies!
Fresh Breakfast Salad
- 1 cup cubed watermelon chunks
- 1/2 of an avocado, diced
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup edamame
- 1/2 cup cucumber, diced.
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (if desired)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle with coconut oil, if desired. Eat and enjoy.
On the Go Breakfast Options
Fast food joints are not so kind to us gluten frees and vegans (not a huge deal since we shouldn’t be eating fast food to begin with). But I do know that sometimes there just isn’t time to make breakfast. Here are some tips to keep you in line, on the go:
- Keep fruit handy in your home for a grab and go breakfast. Apples and bananas are great for eating on the run.
- Larabars and Simple Bars are yummy granola bars that are vegan and gluten free. Stash one in your purse and in your desk for emergencies.
- Make trailmix on the weekend (raisins, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc) and divide it into small sandwich bags for a quick snack.
- Most coffee shops have a basket of fruit available for purchase. This is a great alternative to the 700calorie donut staring you down.
The best advice I can give you is to prepare your meals in advance. The best food you can fuel yourself with, is the food you prepare yourself. It’s always better to know exactly what ingredients are being used in your meals!