Cereals, pastries, pancakes, yogurts and jams…particularly in the UK and US are seen as ‘normal’ breakfast foods – but are these really the best way to start the day? Many breakfast foods have large amounts of sugar added to them, often without the consumer even being aware of it. With the obesity crisis being a huge burden on healthcare services, more and more conversations are ongoing regarding sugar and its impact on human health.
But you don’t have to wait for regulations to reduce your own sugar intake – you can make changes in your own life right away (it’s your life after all!)! There are so many alternative, savoury breakfast options out there that are easy to make, delicious to eat and completely free from added sugar. Having vegetables for breakfast can be such a great way to get a bunch of nutrients into your body first thing. Want some ideas to guarantee a fab start to your day? Then read on for 3 Low-Sugar, Savoury Vegan Breakfasts You’ll Love!
1. Homemade Baked Beans
Baked beans from a can are a British classic and I doubt that will ever change. They are not, however, very healthy as they contain quite a lot of sugar (9.8g in half a can). Part of the appeal of baked beans is that they are quick to cook but this can still be the case when making your vegan breakfasts with beans. Beans are a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans, and contain high amounts of potassium and magnesium. I recommend eating these tomato-beans on toast with a bunch of toppings: avocado, jalapeños, wok-fried mushrooms, leafy greens…Honestly, the options are endless!
2. Savoury Porridge
Oats are a well-known vegan breakfast way to start the day, being high in many nutrients and a great source of fibre and carbohydrates. Sweet porridges are very popular for this reason, particularly in the colder months – but porridge doesn’t have to be sweet! You may be sceptical of salty porridge, but I assure you there are some fantastic recipes for savoury oatmeal out there (with more than just salt to flavour them). Adding an array of different veggies can make your simple bowl of oats even more beneficial for your health.
3. Tofu Scramble
Tofu is a staple for many vegans and vegetarians. It is made from soybeans, is high in protein and is a rich source of iron and calcium too. By itself, tofu can taste quite plain but it absorbs flavour ‘chameleon-style’ like a sponge, so when cooked with lots of spices and sauces becomes utterly delicious. Tofu scramble makes among the most versatile vegan breakfasts and can be eaten by itself, on toast, as part of a low-oil big stir-fry, or can even be used as a sandwich filler! However you eat it, this is a great way to kickstart your day.