I'm often asked what I eat. So lately I've been taking photos of my breakfasts, lunches and dinners to give a peek into what this vegan eats. We'll start with breakfast. Like you, I usually eat the same three or four things.
1. Green (or Carrot) Juice
I've talked about how lucky I am to have a husband who likes to juice. Truth be told, I wouldn't do it without him. It's a lot of work--washing the veggies, making the juice, and cleaning up. But if I didn't have Brad, I would definitely go to a juice bar. Luckily, I don't have to do that. I usually start my day with a little green juice, even if I'm eating a heartier breakfast later. If you haven't seen the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead yet, check it out on Netflix this weekend. It'll inspire you to add green juices to your diet. Go to the website Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for excellent juicing recipes. Green juice is an acquired taste (it might taste like drinking cut grass to you in the beginning) but once you find a recipe you like, like adding extra apples in the beginning for sweetness, your body will start to crave it. (Here's a post about an earlier 3 day juice cleanse we did.) We use a Breville juicer.
I love my Magic Bullet. I use it almost daily. My smoothie consists of unsweetened almond milk, frozen bananas, blueberries, strawberries and mango, along with Vega One (All-in-one Nutritional Pea Protein Powder) in Berry flavor, ground flax seeds (I buy them whole in bulk and ground them myself in the Magic Bullet) and lately I've been adding frozen acai, which I'll talk more about in a second. I add a tablespoon of raw cacao, the chocolatey superfood, to Brad's smoothies. Personally, I don't like to mix berries and chocolate, but he loves it. (Buy the Vega One here on Amazon. Buy the Magic Bullet here on Amazon.)
3. Acai Bowl
On to Acai (ah-sigh-EE), the superfood. When my girlfriends and I went to Laguna Beach in April, I google-mapped juice places and found Nektar Juice Bar. I was then there every day. I loved it so much I wanted to give up my career and open a Nektar franchise near my house. But I didn't. And I won't. *Sigh.* You can only be so lucky if there's a Nektar near you. They're only in certain parts of the country. I got green juices there and I got acai bowls there. One of my girlfriends Sue enjoyed her bowl so much that she started making her own. She inspired me to do the same, and now I eat them at least three times a week. Like juicing and smoothies, they're time consuming, but I'm learning that anything good for you takes time.
I found that you have to play with the thickness and frozenness of what you add in terms of bananas or other fruits to find the right consistency. You want it just a bit more liquified than say frozen yogurt (yuck, bad example) consistency. I use Sambazon found in the frozen section of grocery stores.
My bowls are too big for the Magic Bullet, so I have to use my Ninja. Any blender will do. I add one packet of unsweetened Acai Berry, about 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen strawberries, blueberries, and mango. I then top it off with granola, coconut flakes, and more fruit. It's so addicting!
4. Avocado Toast
Why I waited to post this number 4, I don't know. Because it's my number 1. I pretty much live on avocado toast because it's so yummy! Avocado is a great butter replacement, but it's not that flavorful, so I sprinkle sea salt and red pepper flakes for a kick. The heartier and grainier the bread, the better. I pair it with Lightlife Smart Meatless "Bacon" strips that I put in the toaster oven. Along with some freshly squeezed orange juice from our tree, it becomes an easy, fast, healthy and delicious meal.
5. Scrambled Tofu (Sunday)
Two years ago I posted the recipe I use for scrambled tofu. It comes from Post Punk Kitchen. (Here's the previous blog post.) I still make this almost every Sunday. I usually add asparagus, mushrooms and spinach with a side of fresh avocado. There are so many great vegan sausage patties now on the market, this particular brand in the photo is Lightlife Gimme Lean.
What are your vegan breakfast staples? I'd love to hear! In the meantime, I'll keep taking some photos of lunch and dinner and share those soon.
Happy Healthy Breakfast!