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When I started my health journey, I realized that the equation is very simple, you are what you eat--so you'd better eat well.

After feeling sick for years, eating unhealthy food for so long and looking like someone sucked the life out of me, I have decided that it is time for a long term change in my lifestyle. I wanted the whole package--not only look good, healthy, and vibrant, but also feel amazing and spiritually connected. The first step I took towards living healthier was by eating more raw fruits and vegetables. I stopped eating meat, less animal products, and processed foods. For me, it was much easier to transition by eating one full raw meal a day so I picked breakfast time.

I wanted the whole package--not only look good, healthy, and vibrant, but also feel amazing and spiritually connected.

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. These are my 3 favorite healthy raw vegan breakfasts to get my day started for healthy hair, skin, and feeling better overall.

green smoothie

1. Green smoothie

Let’s admit it, most of us do not like greens and eat it rarely. For me the perfect solution for it is drinking a huge green refreshing smoothie first thing in the morning. This is my favorite recipe for green smoothie (it's sweet and tasty, don't worry).
  • 3 ripe bananas

  • 3 dates

  • 1 green apple

  • 1 kiwi

  • a handful of fresh spinach

  • 2 Kale leaves (optional)

  • 2 glasses of water

Blend the ingredients in the blender for at least 30 seconds, put it in the fridge, then drink chilled. According to Healthy Smoothie HQ, consuming leafy greens daily will improve your health because of their fiber, vitamins, and minerals content. They also are known to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Drinking greens boosts these effects even more, because you are also hydrating your body.

fruit salad

2. Fruit Salad

This is perfect solution for those who do not have a lot of time in the morning. You can either make a fruit salad with a lot of fruits or just two kinds of fruits. If you are really in a hurry you can simply grab some whole fruits, put it in a bag and go. It’s not enough to eat just 2 bananas or a hand full of grapes for breakfast because fruits contain fiber in it and digests quickly, says Mind Body Green--so you will feel hungry again after an hour or two. Try one of these healthy, quick fruit salad combos:

  • 1-2 bananas, 3 dates, 1 apple, 8 cherries, 1 orange

  • 1 quarter of a watermelon & half medium melon

  • 1 pineapple, 1 mango , 2 Kiwis

  • 6-10 bananas ("mono meal": contains only one kind of fruit)

The more fruit you will eat the better your digestion system will work--they help vitamins absorb in the body and also clean or "detox" your body from toxins.


3. Nicecream

The vegan version take on ice cream--no dairy, no sugar. It's perfect as a breakfast meal for people that have more time in the mornings. It’s one of my favorite raw vegan meals and is easy to make. All you need are:
  • 3 frozen bananas

  • 2 dates

  • 8 cashews

  • 5 pecans

  • 2 spoons of tahini

  • A few ice cubes

  • 1 glass of water

Blend all of the ingredients in the blender (one that can shred ice). Pour into a glass and drink.

To sum it up

When I started consuming more raw fruits and vegetables I had a few physical changes that I’ve noticed - my pimples on my forehead disappeared, my lips changed color from pale purple to pink red, my stomach looked less bloated and I had less hair loss. Eating live plant food will help your body feel and look more vibrant and alive. I am truly grateful for all the positive changes in my body and soul and I wish to share it with the world so more people will adopt this lifestyle.

Follow Ayana on Instagram- @Ayanule for more tips, and read my World Of Curls interview here.