Breakfast is seriously my fave meal of the day I love coffee and for me it’s the easiest meal to think of things to eat. Fruit, oatmeal, egg whites with veggies, smoothies, and raw juice are some that I always go back to. Recently on my 21 day Vegan venture I have had to make slight changes to what I normally eat to complete this goal I set for myself. As I have mentioned previously I have been a pescitarian for about 7ish months now so it wasn’t that hard of a transition to make even though I am obsessed with cheese!
For starters my coffee, the past couple of months I switched over to unsweetened vanilla almond milk because it has significantly fewer calories than even skim milk. The brand I prefer is Almond Breeze and it only has 30 calories per cup compared to about 90 calories in your typical fat-free milk. It may not seem like a lot but it adds up at the end of the day. I always put a sweetener in my coffee with dairy milk, soy, or almond, so I honestly couldn’t tell a difference in taste.
I would rather save these calories and have a piece of cheese later in the day where you can actually taste and enjoy the flavor. I have tried other brands of almond milk and for some reason don’t like them as much, the ingredients are similar but personally I will always buy the Almond Breeze. I also always use this when making any type of smoothie, this would be a great way to incorporate it and you literally can not taste it at all. It works great with fruit and also with protein powder one of my fave combos is chocolate protein powder a banana and a cup of almond milk its delish!
The next substitution I have made for over a year now is to a different type of sweetener other than sugar. I have read articles and books that compare the different types of artificial sweeteners and as far as I know there is really nothing positive linked to any of them and the ingredients can be linked to all types of health problems and even cancer. Personally I love Truvia, that’s what I use in my coffee and whenever I bake anything. It gives me enough sweetness but I don’t get that gross feeling after I normally do when I eat regular white sugar. I also buy the baking blend and individual packets which are great to throw in your bag and take with you on the go.
So a typical breakfast for me in the winter is oatmeal, I think it tastes amazing and the best part is you can make it taste however you want. You could add protein powder if you want more calories, frozen berries, cinnamon, vanilla extract, really the possibilities are endless.
My Fave Oatmeal
1/2 c dry Whole Oats (so much better than the instant)
1/2c Water (or a milk)
1tsp Hershey’s Baking Chocolate
1/2 Ripe Banana
Total Calories: 230 (could vary depending on your oatmeal brand and type of chocolate)
For me this keeps me more than full until lunch or my next snack and I have tons of energy! Combined with my two cups of coffee (about 20 calories for both) all for under 250 calories. If you are working or don’t have a lot of time for lunch you could increase your calories easily by adding more oatmeal, different fruit, or a whole banana. I like keeping my breakfast around 300 calories that way I have more flexibility during the rest of the day or if I know we will be eating out and personally I am always hungrier later in the day.
Pictured above is the baking bar of chocolate and has been a recent substitution for me because the normal chocolate chips I was previously using were made with buttermilk. I made the mistake of taking a bite of this chocolate and it was the most bitter thing on the planet! haha So please don’t make the same mistake its 100% cocoa and has no sweetener added! I shave as much as I want off and it melts perfectly into my oatmeal and when mixed with the Truvia it’s not bitter at all!