When thinking about what to eat for breakfast vegetables may not be the first things that spring to mind. But eating more vegetables for breakfast can be a great idea.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables is often easier than growing other traditional breakfast foods. It is even easier if you have a vegetable cage or polytunnel. So eating more of your home-grown produce at breakfast time can be a great way to increase the amount of your diet that you produce yourself. It can help you boost resilience, reduce your reliance on damaging food systems and move closer to an ethical, zero-waste lifestyle.
Of course, growing your own is a great way to move towards a healthier way of life. And eating more vegetables for breakfast can be another great step in the right direction. Eat well at breakfast time and it will help you feel great all day long. But how can you eat more vegetables for breakfast? Here are a few suggestions:
Blend Vegetables Into Healthy Smoothies
One of the easiest ways to cram lots of vegetables into your breakfast routine is to add them, along with fruits, seeds and other healthy ingredients to a range of smoothies. Add greens along with more traditional fruits to add nutrition and depth of flavour to your breakfast drinks.
Make a Savoury Porridge
Porridge may be more familiar as a sweetened dish. But you could have a savoury porridge too. Porridge was traditionally served salted, and you can make a healthy breakfast alternative by adding a range of greens and other vegetables, eggs etc to your breakfast bowl.
Add Vegetables To Your Pancake Batter
Pancakes are another breakfast staple that can be served sweet or savoury. Add a handful of herbs and leafy green vegetables to a buckwheat pancake batter for a quick and relatively simple yet satisfying breakfast dish.
Use Vegetables in Savoury Muffins
You can also make savoury breakfast muffins to eat vegetables for breakfast. Carrots and beetroots are both common ingredients for muffins – but there are a wide range of other vegetables that you could also try.
Enjoy Mixed Vegetable Hash or Hash Browns
If you love a potato hash either alone or with eggs for breakfast, then you would also likely love a hash, or hash browns made with other root crops and other vegetables. This is a quick and easy way to cook up whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Serve Eggs on a Bed of Greens
If you have eggs for breakfast, think about opting for a low carb option and replacing your toast with a bed of fresh greens. Stir fried simply, plenty of green vegetables such as kale or chard make a great base for your breakfast eggs.
Make a Vegetable-Crammed Shakshuka topped With Eggs
If you like a spicy breakfast, you may be familiar with a tomato based shakshuka – a spicy mix of tomatoes and spices with eggs cracked on top. But you do not need to use tomatoes as the base, you can also make a green shakshuka with a range of vegetables. Even if you do use tomatoes, you could also add a range of fresh vegetables from your garden.
Make Veggie Sausages
Vegetables can also be blended with pulses, oats or other grains to make a range of different types of vegan sausages. By trying out a range of different vegetarian sausage recipes, and adding different herbs, spices and seasoning, you can create a huge range of healthier cooked breakfast options.
Use Broad Beans For Beans on Toast
Like beans on toast in the morning? Why not consider giving up your sugary bought beans and instead making a healthier beans on toast using broad beans from your garden?
Make a Veggie Spread for Your Breakfast Toast
If you like to have toast for breakfast, you can also consider blending vegetables with seasonings of your choice to make a healthy veggie spread. Again, there are a wide range of different vegetable spread recipes to choose from.
Enjoy a Morning Sweet Potato With Yoghurt, Honey & Nuts
For a breakfast that will keep you going and give you plenty of energy for the day ahead, cook a sweet potato. You can top it with yoghurt, honey and nuts or seeds for a delicious, filling and satisfying breakfast dish.
Have a Vegetarian Kedgeree
One other interesting and unusual option to consider is a twist on the traditional breakfast fish dish kedgeree. If you eat fish, consider adding plenty of vegetables alongside the oily fish. If not, consider a vegetarian or vegan kedgeree instead.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.