- Getting enough B12 from your diet can be tricky, especially if you're a vegan or vegetarian.
- That's why we recommend looking for this essential nutrient in your multivitamin—but to get a head start, consider trying this vegan-friendly breakfast recipe.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of vitamin B12—as a contributor to normal cell division, this nutrient is kind of a big deal. But if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’re probably well aware of the struggle to get enough B12 from your diet. It’s found mostly in meat, eggs, and dairy products, so it can be pretty tough for those of us with limited diets to get our fill. (And B12 shortfalls aren’t fun.)
With all this in mind, from our POV, supplementing with B12 is a very good idea—and that’s why we include it in our multivitamins. That said, we still believe in a food-first approach to nutrition, even if a quality multivitamin can help fill the gaps. So we tapped our friend Blaine Arin Tacker, an integrative chef who specializes in luscious vegan recipes, to craft a B12-centric breakfast recipe to help us all hit the ground running, vegan or not.
The B12 secret to these savory breakfast oats is the addition of nutritional yeast, a vegan-friendly umami seasoning known for its nutty-cheesy flavor. (Just make sure you look for a variety that’s fortified with B12—it’ll say so on the label.) And if you’re not vegan, adding a poached egg can provide an extra B12 boost.
“On those mornings when I’m craving a super-sustaining and decidedly un-sweet breakfast to power me through my day, this savory version of oats hits that spot. It boasts all the comforting feels of the usual oatmeal we already know and love.”
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