Browse through some of the best vegan breakfast recipes!
While all of the vegan milk alternatives on super market shelves are great news for those looking to avoid dairy, a quick skim of the ingredient list will often reveal not so lovely additives like carrageenan, "natural flavors", salt, and added sugar. Plus, if you're using milk as a staple in your or your families diet the dollars can really add up! Solution? Make your own with soaked almonds, purified water, a blender, and a simple kitchen tool you'll be so thankful to own: a nut milk bag.
Try this recipe by Jessica Petrovic of Inner City Hippie! It's ideal for smoothies, cereals, chia puddings, and works great as a base for a variety of different flavored milks. Enjoy!
You don't necessarily need to go on a lengthy juice cleanse or strict eating regime to give your organs a little detox. Gentle cleansing can be done on a regular basis with recipes such as this one by Heather McClees of The Soulful Spoon. She utilizes some of nature's most potent and readily available cleansers such as cilantro, parsley, coconut oil and lemon to flush the system, hydrate the tissues, balance the pH, and combat candida with plenty of structured water, chlorophyll, fiber, and anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal compounds. Enjoy!
If ever there was a treat to say farewell to summer it is this one here by Lisa Viger of Raw on $10 a Day or Less. Banana Watermelon Ice Cream with chewy Watermelon Chips for a super fun variation of texture! This is a great treat for kids too - make a big batch the next time there are friends over to play!
Besides an explosion of colorful leaves, cooler days and darker nights, cute boots and sweaters coming out to play once more, and all things pumpkin, fall time is also about cozy mornings spent with a warm mug of tea (or cold-pressed coffee), and a (raw) pastry. This cinnamon roll recipe by Iselin Stoylen of Vegetarian Taste is really very easy to make and doesn't even require a dehydrator. They turn out gooey, cinnamon-ey and delicious and don't have a stitch of sugar or gluten in them. Enjoy!
Attention fruit bats: We have a smoothie recipe you are absolutely going to flip for! Presenting Stefania D'Alessandro of La Tortoise's Mango Peach Orange Smoothie complete with a spritz of lemon and lime, a pinch of mint and a hint of ginger. ENJOY and have a fruitful day!
Prepare yourself for autumn ahead with a boost to your immune system courtesy of this delicious and sunshiney smoothie by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen. What's not to love about citrusy fresh orange juice, creamy sweet bananas, enzyme and Vitamin C-rich pineapple and immune-boosting ginseng. Make this one a staple for the weeks to come and help stave off any change-of-the-season ickies.
While Fridays are about relaxing into the weekend and decompressing from a busy week, Mondays are all about healthy choices and fresh starts! If your Friday cocktail involved some sort of alcoholic substance, give your liver a little love today with this juicy raw version of a bloody mary by Emily Von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. Your body will thank you for the serious boost of hydration, vitamins, minerals, and lycopene! Enjoy!
If you feel yourself falling under the weather halt those ickies right in their tracks with this immune system boosting smoothie by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries. Medicinal ingredients like goji berries, turmeric, and ginger combine with fresh oranges, coconut water (or almond milk), a splash of coconut nectar (or maple syrup), and plenty of ice to create a cooling, soothing, perfectly sweet and antioxidant loaded super-smoothie!
Check out Emma's dissertation on each key ingredient:
Goji berries: Touted as a “superfood”. Gram for gram, goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots. Beta-carotene is important for healthy skin and eyes.
Turmeric: High in curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Ginger: Boosts immunity, eases digestion, improves circulation and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Oranges: Very high in vitamin C, vital for a healthy immune system.
If you love that thick, hearty, and filling feel of porridge in the morning this recipe by Lauren Glucina of Ascension Kitchen is a must-try! Chia seeds will naturally swell with water and become quite gelatinous once soaked, making them the perfect substitute for grains in porridge. They are also far superior nutritionally with plenty of calcium, antioxidants, gentle soluble fibers, complete protein profile and loads of brain-boosting and inflammation fighting omega 3 fatty acids. This is a true breakfast treat - sweet vanilla chia porridge with a layer of cherries, pistachios and cacao nibs at the bottom of the glass waiting to be devoured. Enjoy!
September is here and you know what that means....the end of watermelon season as we know it. Indulge fully in nature's most juicy and hydrating fruit with this refreshing Watermelon and Strawberry Smoothie by Charmaine San Pedro of Not Another Models Blog. She's even given us a green version for those of us addicted to chlorophyll. Enjoy these final days of summer to the max!
Once you start crafting your own superfood smoothies you may find yourself not wanting to consume anything else. They are just so delicious, however the main benefit is how amazing they make you feel. This tasty version by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home combines fresh coconut milk with banana, mango, and a handful of high-nutrient goodies such as maca, hemp seeds, camu camu and chia for a totally high vibe and power-packed smoothie treat that will stick with you for hours!
From the chef, Kerry Ogden:
"When I taught raw food at the Tree of Life, my mantra to students was 'It’s always edible.' That’s beauty of raw. It’s hard to ruin. This recipe is a classic example. Snack bars didn’t stick? No problem! Call it a crumble, whip up some chia cream and you’re set to mix and match a medley of meals.
Swirl a dollop of chia cream in your morning smoothie or eat it plain as pudding. Top the crumble on soaked raw oats or add more tahini and roll into calcium-rich, energy balls. Or, go all out, and make this delicious fresh fruit parfait. Pear is pictured, but many fruits will work wonderfully - think peaches, plums, and cherries."
If you've ever wondered what it was like to sip on pure nectar of the God's than this recipe by Ann Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan is it. Fresh cantaloupe melon blended with banana, a touch of lemon, raw cashews and creamy coconut butter. The result is ambrosia in your glass. Enjoy!
Once in a while a smoothie recipe comes along that will absolutely transport you into a completely different reality upon first sip. This one by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries is one of those recipes. Fresh pear combines with juicy medjool dates, creamy cashews, homemade almond milk, spicy ginger root, ice and chocolatey-rich cacao nibs to tie it all together with a crunch.
Here is a simple way to enjoy one of summer's greatest and most refreshing pleasures: fresh watermelon! The combination of naturally sweet melon with a touch of fresh lime juice and hint of Himalayan salt really brings an entirely new dimension of flavor to this seasonal treat.
And check out all of the fantastic benefits of watermelon (shared directly from Jeeva Lifestyle)
Aids Weight Loss
Excellent post-workout snack
Natural Stress Buster (high in Vit B6)
Great for Skin
Fights Fatigue and keeps your Metabolism in High Gear
Improves Insulin Sensitivity
Helps in Urine Infection
Helps clean and eliminate toxic waste from intestines
Good for cardiovascular health
Succulent mango and peach puree layered with lucuma enhanced crunchy sprouted buckwheaties and a dense and chocolatey raw cashew cacao mousse. The perfect sweet treat by Stefania D'Alessandro of La Tortoise packed with Vitamin C, flavonoids, and antioxidants. You could even serve it up for breakfast because, when you're eating raw, chocolate for breakfast is pretty standard. Enjoy!
Sometimes the simplest of ingredient combinations create the most delectable of taste experiences. Such is the case with these sweet, creamy cashew maple vanilla spread by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home. This is such a treat paired with apple slices or fresh fruit of all kinds. It also makes a great spread for sprouted toast, muffins, or even waffles. Enjoy!
Fresh coconut water combines with creamy avocado, antioxidant-packed dragon fruit (also known as pitaya), fresh apricot and banana, mineral-rich kale, a dash of hormone balancing maca powder, superfood toppings and a drizzling of Rawmio chocolate hazelnut spread to finish things off in high style. Another amazing love-infused superfood smoothie bowl creation by Ksenia Breakfast Criminals!
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This green smoothie by Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen is packed with all the good stuff: fresh fruit, leafy greens, coconut water, popped (or sprouted) quinoa, and even an added medicinal boost of fresh turmeric and ginger root. If you like smoothies with added crunchiness for a fun variation of texture, and like your green smoothies to be substantial enough to hold you over until lunch, you will love this nutrient-packed recipe. Enjoy!