Looking to eat a more plant-based diet? Start with breakfast! I asked my dietitian colleagues for their favorite plant-based breakfast ideas that make nutritious plant foods the star of the dish. Scroll on for mostly vegan recipes and some vegetarian recipes. You’ll also find some sweet and savory breakfast ideas that everyone will love.
Why Plant-Based Breakfasts are Awesome
No matter what your eating habits or preferred dietary style is, you could probably benefit from more plant foods in your diet. Many are packed with powerful phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. As an added plus, these foods can also be earth-friendly and affordable.
What are examples of plant foods?
- Plant oils
- Soy products (tofu, edamame, tempeh, and other meat alternatives)
- Non-dairy alternatives (plant-based milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- Grains (oats, rice, quinoa)
- Pulses (beans, chickpeas, lentils)
Eating a plant-based breakfast helps you start the day off right. You’ll front-load your day with nutritious foods and feel like a million bucks! (Without having to spend a million bucks…)
What does ‘plant-based’ mean?
If you’re wondering what plant-based means, you’re not alone. The term plant-based is often used interchangeably with vegan, but that’s not entirely accurate.
Plant-based is an umbrella term to describe foods or dishes that are based on or centered around plants. This can include both vegan and vegetarian foods.
In this post, I’ve divided recipes up into 100% plant-based/vegan options and a separate section for vegetarian options.
Vegan Breakfast Ideas
These recipes are all plants, baby. Scroll on for sweet and savory vegan breakfast ideas, plus smoothies, too!
PS: You don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy these recipes either. Good food is just…good food!
Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas
These recipes are still heavy on the plants, but contain some ingredients our vegan friends should be aware of.
Most of these recipes can be made vegan with small modifications:
- Egg >>> JUST egg
- Honey >>> maple syrup
- Milk >>> plant milk
- Yogurt >>> non-dairy yogurt
- Cheese >>> vegan cheese
- Butter >>> vegan butter
Keep in mind there are multiple types of vegetarian diets (pescatarian, lacto-ovo vegetarian, etc.) but the one thing they all have in common is that they are meatless.
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