Do you know what’s great? Simplicity.
You know what’s not so great? Traveling.
Don’t misunderstand me, once you’ve settled in at your destination, all of the stress you experience at the airport and such is well worth it. But from the moment your alarm clock goes off the morning of your flight to the moment you set foot in your hotel room or AirBnB or whatever, you question why you put yourself through the stress of traveling at least once.
You open the door to your glamorous room, you jump on the bed and sigh the most liberating sigh of relief -you’ve made it. The excitement begins to kick in again, and you’re well on your way to a trip of awesomeness. Except one last little thing crosses your mind -where the hell are you going to eat vegan food during your trip?
Surely there are some people that can afford to splurge for breakfast lunch and dinner everyday, but I’m not one of those people. I’m also vegan, and usually the all included breakfast bar doesn’t cater to me. I can’t tell you how many times my only option was sugary cereal…without milk.
That is exactly why I’m here to share some simple, cheap, and easy vegan breakfast ideas with you so you too can enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your hotel room stress free! No kitchen required.
Here’s a list of staple breakfast items to purchase at your destination. Remember, you don’t need all of these things, and how much you buy is completely dependent on the duration of your stay. So take some time to decide which recipes you would like to make, and what works best for you. Maybe you only want to make breakfast once or twice during your stay. If this is the case, obviously don’t buy everything on this list. If you buy all of these things, you will be able to make each recipe listed below:
– One container of berries (strawberries, blueberries or raspberries)
– One small loaf of multigrain or whole wheat bread OR rice cakes
– One small jar of peanut butter or almond butter
– A small container of instant oats
– One small bunch of bananas
– Chia Seeds
– One or two avocados
– Small container of cherry tomatoes (optional for toast)
– Small container of dairy free milk
– Small container of vegan yogurt
– Small whole wheat wraps
Remember, these recipes are super simple, and only require a few ingredients. They are designed for people who don’t necessarily have a full kitchen available to them, and lack kitchen tools and a pantry full of spices. If you find that you have a full kitchen, and wish to jazz things up a bit, please feel free to do so.
#1: Avocado Toast:
Chances are you didn’t bring any seasonings on vacation with you. No worries! You can always snag some salt and pepper packets from the concierge, or that horrible breakfast bar downstairs. If those options aren’t available to you, buy some salt and pepper, at most it will cost you $3, and then you can bring it home with you. You can choose to either do this with rice cakes or bread. Try to buy the smallest loaf of bread possible, and only buy 1 or 2 avocados at a time. Mash half of an avocado, and spread it on one slice of bread. If you wish to add a little extra flavor, add some cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and boom -instant energy to start your day!
#2: Banana Cream Overnight Oats
Didn’t bring your cute little overnight oats Mason jar you love so much on vaca? No worries, use one of the glasses, plastic cups and or mugs provided to you by the hotel or AirBnB. These things are always available to you, but if for some reason you can’t get a hold of a cup, buy a small packet of solo cups at a nearby dollar store. For this recipe you’ll need 1 cup of overnight oats, 1 cup of almond milk, and one ripe banana. (You can jazz this up by adding a little cinnamon, or agave) Mix everything together in a small container and store in the fridge overnight. Top with some fresh banana or berries. Super cheap, super easy, super delicious.
#3: Vegan yogurt:
Chances are the supermarket near you will have a dairy free yogurt option. In most European countries the dairy free yogurt brand is called Alpro. Add some fresh berries, and granola if you choose, and you’re good to go. Sometimes I even add a scoop of overnight oats for a little extra flavor.
#4: Banana Roll ups:
Spread nut butter on one side of a small whole wheat wrap and place a banana on one end of the wrap. Roll the wrap up and cut the roll-up into small circles creating shapes that mimic sushi. You could also always enjoy it as a wrap as well. If you leave it as a wrap try experimenting with berries as well.
#5: PB and J Rice cakes:
This is so simple and delicious, and also makes the perfect snack! If you chose to buy bread instead of rice cakes, you can make this recipe using bread. Create an open faced PB and J minus the unhealthy, sugar filled jelly. Instead, top the rice cake or toast with fresh sliced banana or berries for sweetness.
#6: Tropical Oats with Chia:
*For this recipe you will need to buy either pineapple or mango.*
Combine 1 cup instant oats, 1 ripe banana, 2 Tbsp chia seeds and 1 and 1/4 cup dairy free milk. Top with fresh mango or pineapple.
#7: Overnight Chia Pudding:
This ones my favorite! Combine 2 cups non dairy milk with 1/2 cup chia seeds, and allow mixture to chill for 6-8 hours. Chia pudding will form. Top with fresh fruit, and some nut butter. If you choose to jazz this recipe up, you can always add some vanilla or cocoa powder.