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Last Updated on March 13, 2020

The Best Refreshing Morning Routine: Have a Vegan Breakfast

The Best Refreshing Morning Routine: Have a Vegan Breakfast

We’ve all heard how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for your day ahead, and is a great opportunity to put yourself in a good mood! Unfortunately, things can get a little tricky if you’re vegan or just want to cut out meat products from your diet. To make it easier we’ve prepared 30+ vegan breakfasts divided into 3 sections:

  • Delicious Vegan Breakfast Recipes
  • Quick-to-prepare Vegan Breakfast Ideas
  • High Protein Vegan Breakfast Ideas (Egg-less, of course!)

Enjoy!

Delicious Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Your morning meal should make you happy, and there is no reason why it can’t be vegan AND delicious.

Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

    This is proof that pancakes can be good for you: this recipe has no eggs, no milk, no sugar, and even no gluten! Recipe here.

    Best Ever Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

      This muffin is a spicy treat that is delicious on its own, no butter required. Don’t forget to top it with nuts! Recipe here.

      Veggie-loaded Breakfast Casserole

        This hearty casserole has plenty of vegetables to start your day right. You can also swap out any ingredient for your favorites to mix things up. Recipe here.

        Southwest Tofu Scramble

          A simple tofu recipe with bright flavors to wake you up. Serve with a side of potatoes or toast and you have a balanced vegan breakfast! Recipe here.

          Greek Chickpeas on Toast

            The classic beans on toast with a Mediterranean twist. Recipe here.

            Vegan Detox Green Monster Smoothie

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              This neon green smoothie is the perfect to-go vegan breakfast for mornings you just don’t want to cook. Recipe here.

              Healthy German Chocolate Cake Oatmeal

                This oatmeal is just an excuse to have cake for breakfast. And it’s still vegan, of course. Recipe here.

                Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats

                  Another reason why oats don’t have to be boring. Use ripe bananas to make it a sweet treat without feeling guilty. Recipe here.

                  Mango, Coconut, and Chia Pudding Parfait

                    A creamy alternative to oats if you prefer your breakfast spoonable. Recipe here.

                    Vegan Caramel Banana Cream Parfait

                      This looks like dessert and tastes like dessert. Yes, it’s how good vegan breakfast can be! Recipe here.

                      Quick-to-prepare Vegan Breakfast Ideas

                      Just because you’re in a hurry (and vegan) doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast—and you shouldn’t, because you have so many quick and easy options:

                      Vegan French Toast

                        This French Toast recipe uses almond milk and nutritional yeast for the batter. Ready in 15 minutes, recipe here.

                        Gluten Free Vegan Banana Pancakes

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                          This pancake recipe has essentially no fat and is sweetened with ripe banana and coconut sugar. Ready in 20 minutes, recipe here.

                          Vegan Gluten Free Oatmeal Waffles

                            This has to be the most exciting way to eat oatmeal for breakfast. Learn the recipe and you can top with any fruit you fancy. Ready in 30 minutes, recipe here.

                            Strawberry Infused Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

                              A twist on the regular bowl of porridge. Fruity, creamy, and vegan. Ready in 5 minutes (an extra 20 minutes if you don’t already have cooked quinoa), recipe here.

                              The “Zen” Quinoa Bowl

                                Once you’ve learned to cook quinoa, why not make it into a savory vegan breakfast bowl? Feel free to customize with your favorite vegetables, but avocado is not optional. Ready in 15 minutes, recipe here.

                                Seedy Hummus Toast

                                  A lighter alternative to the regular peanut butter on toast. Ready in 8 minutes, recipe here.

                                  Avocado Toast

                                    Just a quick reminder that avocado toast is vegan (it really is the perfect food). Ready in 5 minutes, recipe here.

                                    Easy Apple Chickpea Hash

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                                      This hash will keep you satisfied until lunchtime. Ready in 20 minutes, recipe here.

                                      Amazing Healthy Vegan Breakfast Burritos

                                        This breakfast burrito has tofu in place of the usual sausage, but is flavorful and satisfying all the same. Ready in 15 minutes, recipe here.

                                        Vegan BLT Sandwich with Eggplant Bacon

                                          This sandwich is proof that the BLT is not only for carnivores! (You can swap store-bought vegan bacon for the eggplant bacon.) Ready in 10 minutes, recipe here.

                                          High Protein Vegan Breakfast Ideas (Egg-less, of course!)

                                          When we talk about high protein breakfast we think of eggs. Think again. Or look at the following high-protein vegan recipes without eggs, because we’ve done the thinking for you!

                                          Raw Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

                                            If you haven’t heard of buckwheat groats, you should try this. It requires no cooking, and is a nice start to a warm morning. Recipe here.

                                            5-Minute Oatmeal Power Bowl

                                              An oatmeal with all the fixings, this one gets its protein from a variety of nuts and seeds. Go crazy on the toppings. Recipe here.

                                              Creamy Vegan Bircher Muesli

                                                This is oatmeal’s cool, fancy, Swiss cousin, Müesli. Top it with the nut milk of your choice and serve cold. Recipe here.

                                                Walnut-Cranberry-Ginger Power Bars

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                                                  This recipe is perfect for on-the-go breakfast. Oat bran and walnuts in these bars make them a nice protein-rich vegan breakfast. Recipe here.

                                                  Crunchy Raw Vegan Protein Balls

                                                    Another no-cook on-the-go option. Packed full of seeds and nut butter, you won’t just want them for breakfast! Recipe here.

                                                    AB&J Smoothie

                                                      Almond butter gives this fruity smoothie a creamy texture. Recipe here.

                                                      Chocolate Orange Chia Pudding

                                                        This chia pudding is so chocolatey that you won’t believe it’s vegan. Recipe here.

                                                        Vegan Cinnamon Crumble Coffee Cake Muffins

                                                          One more dessert vegan breakfast recipe! This has no eggs, but uses pumpkin puree to make up for the chewy texture. Recipe here.

                                                          Simple Tofu Quiche

                                                            This eggless quiche uses extra-firm tofu as the protein and has a hash brown for crust. You won’t even miss the egg! Recipe here.

                                                            Hash Browns

                                                              Hash browns are an all-time breakfast classic. Here’s how to make the best ones, every time.

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                                                              Last Updated on November 9, 2020

                                                              10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                              10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                              Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                                              Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                                              Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                                              If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                                              Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                                              1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                                              Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                                              Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                                              Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                                              2. No Motivation

                                                              Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                                              This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                                              If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                                              3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                                              Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                                              A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                                              A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                                              The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                                              4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                                              One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                                              We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                                              Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                                              You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                                              5. Upward Comparisons

                                                              Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                                              The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                                              These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                                              Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                                              6. No Alternative

                                                              This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                                              Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                                              Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                                              Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                                              7. Stress

                                                              As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                                              When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                                              We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                                              If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                                              8. Sense of Failure

                                                              People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                                              Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                                              Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                                              If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                                              9. The Need to Be All-New

                                                              People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                                              These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                                              10. Force of Habit

                                                              Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                                              Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                                              These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                                              There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                                              [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                                              [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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