It’s quite the particular food habit. A regular craving. Crazy and complicated. But provides much of our needed vitamins and minerals for the day, especially calcium, as well as protein and iron. It’s comparatively low in sugar, low in fat, high in fiber, low in calories, and fairly cheap. Yet healthy as heck. And just as tasty. It’s filling and seems to keep me from craving sweets, satisfies that cookie monster. It’s my daily cereal concoction, prepared the same way (with few variations) since I went strictly vegan in May 2009. This is breakfast 99% of the time. Sure, a bowl of cereal for breakfast isn’t the stuff of fascinating (or even slightly interesting) reading. But I’ll do it anyways, for those few who might find it…err…whatever.
So here goes…the ingredients…
3/4 cup each of 3 varieties of whole-grain cereal (yes, it’s a BIG bowl…2+ cups or 3+ oz. …of cereal):
Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus Multibran Flakes (which is kept in the fridge because it contains flax)
Arrowhead Mills Organic Puffed Kamut Cereal
Kashi GoLean Crisp Cinnamon Crumble
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (kept frozen) or chia seeds for some omega 3 fat (unless you use flax milk…see below)
Mix it all up and marvel at your awesome skills. Then things get weirder…
The dark chocolaty “milk” concoction:
1 teaspoon instant coffee (decaf if you like, I don’t mind caffeine)
1 rounded tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon (or a bit more) blackstrap molasses (depending how sweet you want it)
Add a bit of Stevia if you want more sweetness.
Extra vitamins & minerals:
I put a bit of crushed vitamin pills in too, depending on need: vitamin B12 a couple times a week, a bit of zinc every other day or so, vitamin D3 (vegan from lichen) every other day or more often if I’m getting no sunshine. Most vegan “milks” already contain added B12, etc., so check labels and shake those containers well.
You next need to make a paste with the dry ingredients, the molasses and a bit of V-milk; make it smooth (plastic tumbler is preferred, metal spoon mixing on glass isn’t a good idea), then add the rest of the V-milk and mix well. Then pour onto your gigantic bowl of cereal, look askance at the big brown mess in there, then scarf it down, preferably with a big, shovel-like spoon. Yum! I can stay away from unhealthy pie, donuts, etc., all day after having this.
I always have 8 oz. of low-sodium vegetable juice with this breakfast, to keep the sugar level down and for the vitamin C that’s added, the vitamin A, etc., and just because I like it. And it’s only 50 calories.
This breakfast has a total of 500 calories yet gives me a great start for the day. Raw foodies would likely sneer disdainfully at the whole thing, as there’s almost nothing raw there; but I make up for it later on with lots of fruit including a smoothie, sometimes big green leafy salads for dinner, etc.
More boring details: I usually crave peanut butter, fruit and iced coffee (Stevia sweetened) soon after breakfast, so I have ’em…today’s fruit is tangerines. So that makes the whole deal “brunch” perhaps, and brings the total calories to 750…
While a typical breakfast alone of pancakes drenched in butter & syrup, eggs, bacon, and orange juice contains about 1200 calories, a whole lot more sugar, bad carbs, salt, and fat, and far less good nutrition. And always left me hungry even though I’d just pigged out, from what I remember. I believe that hunger was for something my body could actually thrive on.
[Yeah, I’m somewhat retired so have lots of spare time on my hands, but it’s nice.]
Any fond mention of bacon (etc.) will be furiously deleted and will result in an an evil curse cast upon you, so don’t even think about it!! Yes, I do like to pretend lots of people read my stuff and want to comment, but I’m a dreamer. Hah, reality sucks, so why not dream? Anyhow…
I hope readers will share some favorite vegan breakfasts in comments below, and maybe I’ll try those for a change. Or, anyone who tries this breakfast, let me know how you like it, even if you hate it and want to tell me off in mean, hurtful terms. Or as I picture you, just shake your head in bemusement, annoyance and/or boredom and move along to more meaningful things. It’s okay, as long as you’re still at least vegan-friendly 🙂