Wondering what do vegans eat for breakfast? Surprisingly, many delicious things. There is no shortage of tasty combinations that tick all the vegan boxes.
Of course, our favourite vegan breakfast involves delicious vegan cereals with a splash of fortified non-dairy milk. But if you’re a fan of mixing things up and looking for an alternative, we put together a list with some of the most delightful components to a vegan breakfast that won’t make you miss your pre-vegan days.
What do vegans eat for breakfast?
Here are a few vegan-friendly breakfast ideas to try.
Go as simple as you want or as fancy as you wish with your choice of bread products. A simple loaf of bread gives you a key ingredient for a delicious avocado toast, or a savoury vegan cream cheese alternative. But don’t forget the bakery is also full of enticing baguettes, pittas, bagels and rolls. Add a bit of jam or peanut butter and fresh fruits if you prefer a dash of sweet for your first meal of the day (or if you’re out of your favourite vegan cereals). However, make sure to read the label and look out for non-vegan ingredients, as some could sneak into your favourite bread products. These include milk, eggs, honey, whey or milk proteins such as casein.
When it comes to milk, vegans are spoilt for choice, even more so than non-vegans, who usually reach for the trusted cow’s milk for their morning cereals. Vegans, on the other hand, could choose a different type of milk for each day of the week if they wanted to. There is almond milk for fans of nutty flavours, oat milk for oat afficionados and soy milk for anyone who prefers a thinner alternative. And the list goes on: rice milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or macadamia milk are just a few of the many ways vegan cereals can be enjoyed. Don’t forget that calcium-fortified versions are available, so choose these milk alternatives where possible.
If you think vegans are bound to miss the full English breakfast with its bacon, fried eggs and sausage temptations, thanks to vegan-friendly meat alternatives, they can enjoy a delicious vegan fry-up that will make even meat eaters jealous. Vegan sausages and vegan bacon alternatives give anyone on a plant-based diet the option to enjoy this traditional breakfast, in a distinctive vegan twist.
Is your go-to breakfast a bowl of breakfast cereals with milk, topped with delicious fruits, nuts and a dash of cinnamon sprinkled on top? That’s breakfast bliss to us too! Luckily, vegans can enjoy all that just by simply choosing vegan cereals and non-dairy milk for their breakfast. Check out our list of tasty cereal toppings ideas, including plenty of enticing choices for vegans as well.
What cereals are vegan?
If you already have vegan cereals on your shopping list, the good news is that there are many vegan-friendly alternatives for this breakfast all-time favourite., Here is a list of Nestlé cereals that are certified vegan!
- Coco Shreddies
- Frosted Shreddies
- Original Shreddies
- Shredded Wheat Original
- Shredded Wheat Bitesize
- Shredded Wheat Red Berries & Vanilla
- Nestlé GoFree Rice Pops
- Nestlé GoFree Corn Flakes
You’ll be happy to know we’ve made it easy for you to choose vegan cereals, even when you don’t have this list at hand. Just look for the Vegan Society logo on our cereal packs, which means the Vegan Society has certified our products as vegan, and choose your favourite flavours.
Don’t forget to stock up on non-dairy milk as well. And if you’re stuck on what to choose, we’ve got you covered. Find out more with our plant-based drinks article and get inspired, next.
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For the last 15 years we’ve been working to reduce the sodium (which is the major component of salt) in our breakfast cereals across the world, because we want to keep on making them more nutritious. Achieving consistency on all products, in all countries, takes time - so some may have more sodium than others. Our aim is for all our cereals – globally – to have the same reduced levels of sodium, with a target of less than 135mg per serving in all our children’s products.
As well as being a healthy choice for people who want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diet, or have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, Gluten Free Corn Flakes are fortified with B-vitamins, folic acid and iron
Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.
It’s too early to say. The science in this area is still emerging. There is evidence that low GI foods take longer to digest and help you feel satisfied for longer, but none that you’ll eat fewer calories at the next meal.
Because it’s industry practice to label seasonal oils (oils that aren’t consistently available across the year). In Europe it’s now mandatory to detail the types of vegetable oils used in a food product. So it’s no longer permitted to use the term “vegetable oil” on a label.