Get your morning culinary inspiration with these 7 tasty easy vegan and gluten free breakfast ideas...
When it comes to breakfast, I cannot resist it. Those who say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, must definitely be Pitta predominant dosh individuals because we love it, need it and plan it from the night before… (slight exaggeration but Pitta predominant people wake up and need their breakfast due to their strong agni). Breakfast is an important meal because it gets us ready for the day and gives us the fuel and energy. Ayurveda’s take on breakfast is the same with all meals - eat only when you are hungry and you have digested the food you have eaten before. If you have quite a slow digestion, Kapha like or sporadic like Vata, always have a glass of warm water with lemon or lime or warm water with fresh ginger when you wake up. This will kickstart your agni (digestive fire).
If you are looking for some vegan and gluten-free breakfast inspiration, here are 7 delicious ideas to consider:
Buckwheat oats with superfoods and fresh fruit
Buckwheat oats are super nutritious and filling. They are easy to digest as they contain lots of fibre and protein, providing energy and strength for the day. It is an excellent choice for Kapha predominant dosh individuals as buckwheat is heating so it will give warmth to the agni and it can also absorb some of the excess water. If your agni is balanced and strong, this colourful bowl is suitable for any dosha, in moderate take. For Vata or Pitta dosh if out of balance, I would suggest quinoa instead with some ghee and the fruits.
Gluten-free toast with Tahini, dried blueberries and chia seeds
A traditional, quick and substantial breakfast favourite for many, toast with nut butter! Tahini is quite a heavy nut butter, so try not to spread it too thickly, otherwise it may make you feel sluggish and heavy. Serve with dried unsweetened blueberries (or fresh if you have them) and sprinkle some chia seeds.
Super-fuel smoothie bowl
Smoothies are a great choice for Vata and Kapha predominant people as they are easier to digest. One Ayurvedic tip is to try and avoid using ice, in anything in general. Ice basically puts out the agni so it can negatively affect the digestive process. This smoothie bowl has Ashwaghanda in it, which is a very popular widely used Ayurvedic spice known for its many benefits. Ashwanghanda is said to help with anxiety and stress, provide strength in the body and sharpen the memory/boost brain power. It is not advised to have too much of it daily. Get the full ingredients list here.
Gluten-Free Tofu and salad tortillas
These tofu and salad tortillas are a delicious breakfast, lunch or brunch meal. Tofu provides a great source of protein, fibre and iron. All you need additionally is fresh tomato and some green salad (although can choose any types of vegetables you enjoy). Dice them, place them in a bowl, with some olive oil and mix together. For the tortilla wraps, place them in an oven train with a small amount of olive oil and let them lightly toast for about 5 minutes/until slightly golden. Take them out and fill them with the mixture of the salad and tofu. There are quite a few gluten-free tortilla varieties available, so find the one most accessible for you.
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