Plant Based Diet Breakfast Ideas
There is an old saying that suggests we eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper. What I take away from this saying is that, just like Mom used to say… Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Our bodies need protein for sustainable energy, building muscles, etc. to get us through our busy day. Healthy carbohydrates help us with quicker energy. And health fats help may improve blood cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, and benefit insulin levels and blood sugar. Omega-3 fats are particularly beneficial for your brain and mood. Building a plant based breakfast that includes all of these is easy!
Let’s start our day with chia seeds! These nutrient dense super seeds pack a powerful punch. Aztec & Mayan warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance. In fact, chia means “strength” in Maya. And, although we’re not fighting the same battles as the Aztecs, we still need strength and endurance to meet our goals. But chia seeds also promote healthy skin, reduce signs of aging, and support healthy heart muscle and digestion. You can count on chia seeds for fiber, protein, an array of health fats, and trace minerals!
Using chia seeds in your diet is easier than some other seeds. Unlike flax seeds, you don’t need to grind chia seeds to access their nutrition. Soaking them in an approximate 1:10 ratio (that’s about one and half tablespoons of chia seeds in one cup of water, soaked for 30 minutes up to two hours) will help them be easier to digest and also aid your body in absorbing all the nutrition these seeds provide! But, you can also sprinkle them on your oatmeal or in your regular smoothie and know that you’re adding nutritional benefit to your meal or snack.
One of the easiest ways to enjoy chia seeds is to make a “pudding” with them. A basic recipe calls for half cup of chia seeds, stirred into two cups of almond milk with 2 tablespoons agave nectar and a pinch of salt. Then, you can add vanilla extract and spices for additional flavor. Store covered in your refrigerator at least two hours or over night. Stir before serving, and top with fresh fruit and toasted almonds if you’d like. Don’t let the sweet flavor and wonderful texture fool you… This is a nutritious breakfast!
For breakfast on the go, you could try a peach-spinach chia smoothie! Try one and a half cups frozen peaches, one cup apple juice, half a cup water, two tablespoons chia seeds, and one and a half cups baby spinach leaves in your blender. Puree until smooth (about a minute) and serve immediately. Delicious, and full of health! Cleanse Purify is dedicated to helping you lead a healthy life! Contact us for your free Plant Based Meal Recipe Guide.
In future blogs we’ll look at:
- Eating a plant-based diet
- Plant Based Diet – Meal ideas
- Plant based diet – Fiber
Be sure to come back soon, learn and share.
Never miss a blog posting. Sign up for our Newsletter.