I am always looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into my day. Breakfast is often overlooked for eating vegetables. A little later in this post, I'll share 20 of the best plant based breakfast recipes. But first, why should veggies be eaten for breakfast?
Starting the day with a vegetable based meal gives your body much need nutrients after going without food for at least 6 hours or more. Eating vegetables is even better if you have gone longer without food, say 12 to 18 hours, because you are practicing intermittent fasting. Vegetables provide fiber, won't spike blood sugar, are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that keep the body healthy.
Caffeinated drinks and carbohydrates full of gluten, sugar and processed ingredients, shocks the body into an inflammatory state. Especially in the morning. The body immediately has to work hard to start processing ingredients that have no nutritional value. The result is a sugar-high and then a quick crash several hours later.
Plus, eating this way is unhealthy and can lead to illness and disease. Many scientists now believe that added sugar is a main culprit in the obesity epidemic, but normal-weight people can suffer the same health problems associated with too much sugar.
A 15-year study found that eating high amounts of added sugar doubles the risk of heart disease, even for people who aren’t overweight. Added sugar has also been implicated in an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke and even Alzheimer’s disease. (Source: NY Times)
Eating foods high in sugar and without nutritional value, means the body has to spend a lot of energy breaking down the ingredients without any reward. Digestion is hard work! Unfortunately, there isn't vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or fiber in sugar laden foods to reward the body for its hard work. Eating this way consistently results in the body becoming tired. It can no longer fight for our health and illness and disease sets in.
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👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
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Learning to eat breakfast differently is one way to reduce and even eliminate symptoms. If you are like most people, breakfast has to be fast and easy. No one has a lot of time in the morning to be cooking an elaborate meal. To make a healthy breakfast, some planning and meal prep is needed.
I know you are probably rolling your eyes when you think about meal prep. The weekends are for relaxing and having fun. Changing your mindset about how eating healthy breakfasts will improve your health and make you feel better, is the first step to committing to a new routine. If you enter into a new routine with a negative attitude, you will not be successful.
Easing into a new routine is the best way to make it last. Don't try to change how you eat breakfast for the entire week. Instead, commit to one day a week to eat breakfast differently. Once that becomes easy and you aren't thinking about it anymore, then add a second day.
Continue working on the new habit until it simply becomes how you eat breakfast. Working on a new routine can be hard, life gets in the way. The important part is to take slow steps and not change everything you are doing all at once.
If you wind up missing a day, don't get frustrated. No one can be 100% all of the time. Just get back to the new routine as soon as you can. It takes 21 days to create a new habit, good or bad!
Below are breakfast recipes that are not oatmeal and smoothies. While oatmeal and smoothies are great for breakfast, I like to have different options to try for breakfast. Variety keeps me motivated to eat more vegetables and to stick to a healthy routine.
PANCAKES: Who knew you could make pancakes with vegetables? I never even thought about that until I saw the below recipes on Pinterest. I like the idea because pancakes are portable, can be eaten cold or warmed up. Some of the recipes are so hearty, I may actually try a few for dinner. After all, breakfast for dinner is always a great idea.
EGG SUBSTITUTES: There are a few recipes I found that can be made without eggs. Chickpea flour seems to be the main ingredient that can be a substitute for an egg. The recipes are very creative, look really appealing and taste really good!
VEGETABLE BREAKFAST IDEAS: This section is a compilation of all the other vegan vegetable breakfast ideas I found. The loaded sweet potato is a great idea. I like eating sweet potatoes for breakfast and adding a variety of toppings to make it into a fun breakfast.
MUFFINS: Muffins are a great option for breakfast. One symptom to pay close attention to is bloating and gas. If you make one of these muffins and have bloating or gas anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours later, you may have a gluten intolerance.
Unfortunately, about 40% of people who test for gluten sensitivity have negative results. It is a really hard issue to diagnose. The best way is to cut gluten out of your routine for 30 days. See how you feel. If the bloating and gas reduce or even go away, gluten was the culprit.
Using a gluten free flour replacement will work in any baked recipe. There are so many great 1 to 1 replacements to buy that you won't even notice the difference. In some cases, you may really like the gluten free flour better!
I hope you learned how to make vegetable breakfasts that will support a healthy body. Vegetables contain so many great vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial fiber that eating at least 7 to 12 servings a day will help reduce and eliminate some symptoms.
Eating more vegetables for breakfast is just one way to help your body get and stay healthy. I've written a lot of articles about healthy living and how to eat more vegetables. Here are a couple to check out. Simply click on the title of the post to be brought to it.
Do you think you will try any of the recipes I shared? Let me know in the comments below.