Being from the South, I have always loved grits for breakfast. I used eat the very unhealthy version by slathering them with butter. But, I have found a much heart-healthier way to enjoy them these days, since changing over to a whole food plant-based (WFPB) lifestyle.
Grits and toast is one of the best easy vegan breakfast recipes!
Now days, I like to add nutritional yeast, sea salt, and dry ground steak seasoning to flavor my grits. The nutritional yeast gives them a hint of cheesy flavor. Sometimes we even add my Creamy Vegan ‘Cheese’ Sauce.
These are not ‘quick cooking’ grits, and only take about 2-3 minutes in the microwave to fully cook. Of course, they can also be made on the stove top.
Served with a little fruit and toast, you’ve got a deliciously healthy breakfast!
UPDATE: Someone on Reddit recently said they like their grits with beans, so I gave it a try. They are awesome and keep you full for hours. Who would’ve thought?!
Nutrition basics of grits
Corn has long been a staple in the American diet. In fact, Purdue University reports that it was cultivated more than 5,000 years ago.
Corn grits, made by grinding whole-grain corn or hulled corn grains into a coarse powder, help to boost your grain intake, and each half-cup serving contributes 1 ounce of grains toward your daily recommended intake of 6 ounces for women and 7 for men, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Cooked grits offer health benefits because they provide essential vitamins and minerals, and pairing them with healthy toppings makes for a nutrient-packed meal.
Each half-cup serving of corn grits cooked in water contains 156 calories and provides 8 percent of the calories you need daily, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Most of its calories — 83 percent — come from its carbohydrate content. Most of the carbs in grits provide energy, including fuel for your brain, while the 1.7 grams of dietary fiber it offers helps to lower your cholesterol and protect you from cardiovascular disease.
Corn grits provide a small amount of protein, at 3 grams per serving, and contain less than a gram of fat.—LiveStrong
You might consider adding a little Smoked Tempeh Bacon for an even heartier meal to start the day!
When our daughter makes it home for a visit, we busy ourselves in the kitchen making all of her favorite vegan meals, and tempeh bacon is always on the list for breakfast.