by Zara Mohammed, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 20th July, 2018
As the well-known saying goes - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - And this is no different for vegans or raw vegan foodies than it is for anyone else.
If you are eating a fully or partially Raw Vegan Diet, and especially if you are new to your diet, breakfast is the perfect opportunity to fuel your body with all of the nutrients and energy it needs to help you function at your most optimal level throughout the morning, and stop you from having moments of weakness and reaching for something convenient that might fall outside of your healthy diet and what you want to achieve for your body and mind.
Here are some easy, energy boosting breakfast smoothie recipes for raw vegan foodies that will give you something exciting to wake up to.
The true breakfast smoothie is essentially a breakfast drink that combines all of your favourite healthy raw vegan ingredients, and is easy and convenient to consume either at home or on the way to work, because you can drink it straight out of your drinking bottle through a straw.
Being able to drink it easily through a straw means you can have your breakfast on the go if you have a busy morning, but it also means that your smoothie has to be of the right consistency and blended well so that your straw doesn't get blocked!
Here is a great base smoothie recipe guide to help you concoct your own awesome breakfast smoothies for on the go morning nourishment and enjoyment.
I love these because you can add all sorts of yummy extras, and eating breakfast with a spoon from a bowl always feels like a more satisfying breakfast experience to me.
Your smoothie base can be quite simple for the breakfast smoothie bowl, and slightly thicker than a smoothie that you would drink through a straw if you prefer. I tend to chop up my chosen fruits instead of blending them into the smoothie. Apple provides a satisfying crunch, and I like to chew on dates and raisins. Nuts and seeds can be sprinkled on as toppings too.
The best thing about preparing a smoothie bowl is making it look all colourful and pretty, and then taking a photo of it to post on your Instagram feed, before getting messy - nomnomnom!
For a get up and go breakfast that fills you up and really hits the spot, this smoothie/porridge hybrid is fun to make and fun to eat. Prepare it the night before and put it in the fridge, and by the morning you'll have a frosty cool, gooey chewy, refreshing breakfast that you can even take with you and eat at the office if you're running late for work.
It's best to prepare this breakfast in a glass jar with a lid so that you can shake it vigorously to mix everything together, and then eat it directly from the jar.
It's super easy to prepare:
1. The first layer in your jar is one cup of raw oats
2. The second layer is a generous dollop of your favourite yoghurt
3. The third layer is your fruit, chopped up into small chunks
4. The fourth layer is your toppings
5. The final layer is your choice of nut milk, or good old plain water. Fill it to the top, leaving enough room to shake it all up.
Raw vegan smoothie breakfasts are just the best. It's the perfect opportunity to start your day with some creativity, and fill up on a breakfast that is packed with goodness yet tastes like dessert. You can stick to your favourite combinations or have a different breakfast every single day of the week. Do a bit of online research and come up with the best combos for filling you up until lunch, giving you energy to fuel your morning workout, help boost your immune system, or keep your skin clear... so many possibilities.