Becoming vegan and committing to eating healthier to support your growing strength and fitness can both be tricky changes. When combined, perhaps even more so.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as the old wives’ tale goes.
But is it really?
However, these are all observational studies, meaning no causality should be assumed.
The correlation might just as well turn out to be that people who plan better make healthier meals (obesity prevention) and are more likely to eat breakfast. We just don’t know for sure.
Interestingly it seems like the explanation of the lower BMI might lay with increased activity in the breakfast eaters3.
With all those potential benefits listed above, combined with my love of eating food, of course I’m a firm breakfast eater myself.
But what to put on the plate exactly?
Food is so much more than nutrition: comfort, tradition, mating, status, etc, etc. But let’s put culture aside for a while and look at how to use food to power ourselves.
I will outline how I divide my calories over those groups in a later article (sign up to not miss it!) but for now we’ll keep it simple.
The most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies for vegans are in iron, calcium, vitamin D and B12. So those are the ones I try to make a little extra effort to get.
The rest are considered depending on what meal it is. After training I want more carbs and in the morning I prefer to eat a little extra fat to keep me full longer.
Keep that in mind for the following recipes.
Without further ado, here are my two favorite, healthy breakfasts for vegan athletes!
This porridge is my go-to meal if I train in the morning, before having breakfast.
- 100 g Oats (steel-cut for more fiber)
- 30 g Peanut butter
- 1 tbsp Coconut flakes
- 3 dl / 10 oz Oat milk (*fortified oat milk helps with [B12 supplementation](/vegan-b12)*)
- Measure the oats in a glass and then pour them in a pot. Pour double that amount of water in the pot and then start heating it.
- Stir frequently.
- When it looks like porridge, after just a few minutes, it's done. :)
- Pour in the peanut butter and coconut flakes and then mix it all together.
- Fill bowl with the oat milk and get to work!
- 30 g Protein powder
- 1 Banana
- 2 dl / 7 oz Oat milk
- 80 g Spinach
- 80 g Kale
- 1 dl / 3 oz Blueberries (frozen)
- ½ Avocado
- Rinse the spinach and kale.
- Put all ingredients in a mixer and run it until everything is evenly mixed.
- Characterization of Childhood Obesity and Behavioral Factors.↩
- Skipping breakfast, sedentarism and overweight in children.↩
- The effect of breakfast on appetite regulation, energy balance and exercise performance.↩
- Breakfast Intake and Composition Is Associated with Superior Academic Achievement in Elementary Schoolchildren.↩
- Regular breakfast consumption associated with high intelligence quotient: Myth or Reality?↩