By Yonni Wattenmaker
Though Intermittent Fasting is something many of us have been doing these days, we still need something to break that fast. To break that fast, or start the day earlier with breakfast itself, here are some nutritious and delicious vegan options:
Un-Smoothe Smoothie or Cereal-less Cereal? No matter what you call it, it works. Grab your favorite cereal bowl. Add a half cup pineapple and a 1/4 to a 1/2 cup each of blueberries and raspberries. Having said that, this is yours to create so if you prefer melon or blackberries or strawberries, mix them in!
Add 1/8 of a cup of dried coconut pieces (I like Bare brand) and about the same (or a touch more) of their dried apple pieces. Toss in a small handful of favorite raw, unsalted nuts. I like almonds, but walnuts would be great and have wonderful nutritional value. Drizzle some non-dairy milk over the top (I chose oat milk) and voila! You have a healthy, sweet, high-fiber, vitamin-rich, super tasty meal (and a pretty one at that!)
Craving something hot? Peel and dice a granny smith apple and place it in a pot to boil with ¾ cup of water. After 6 minutes, add ¼ c golden raisins and cook another 6. Add another ¼ c of water and your favorite instant cereal. You can use instant oats or what I used, a quinoa, flax and oat blend. It makes it a bit more interesting and adds texture to the final dish. Once the cereal is well combined with the fruit, add a generous pinch each of kosher salt and cinnamon and 1tbsp maple syrup. Mix well, remove from heat and enjoy once the oats or hot cereal mix is fully cooked.
Coffee junkie? Turn your fix into a smoothie. Two meals, one big cup.
In a high-speed blender or nutri-bullet add: ½ c. cold brew or just cold, day old coffee, 1 small peeled, sliced, frozen banana, 1½ tsp cacao powder, 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1-2 pitted dates, depending how sweet you want it to be. Once well combined, add your favorite non-dairy milk or creamer, depending on how thick, mild or sweet you want it to be. I like Califia Farms almond creamer when I want something more filling, but you can also use coconut, hemp or oat milk to finish it off.