Ready to try something different for breakfast, lunch and afternoon pick-me-ups? Some of our favorite recipes and snacks are made with plant-based ingredients, including vegetables, beans, peas, lentils and nuts.
It’s never been easier to incorporate these wholesome foods into your diet. From easy-to-make chia seed pudding, to antioxidant-rich matcha lattes, to falafel wraps and veggie snacks, the palate-pleasing possibilities are endless.
Here are some of our favorite recipes for energizing foods and drinks, plus unique ingredients that deliver nutrition and delicious flavor in every bite.
Smart Ways to Start the Day
It’s true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It can also be the most satisfying. The key is to whip up something that’s rich in protein and good fats to keep you feeling full. Chia and flax seeds from our Bulk Department are tasty, nutritious and easy to incorporate into make-ahead breakfasts.
Chia seeds are edible seeds dating back to ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures. They’re an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber and invigorating carbohydrates. Try sprinkling them over cereal or yogurt. When chia seeds are mixed with liquid, they develop a jelly-like texture that makes them the perfect base for jam or pudding.
Flax seeds have a subtle nutty flavor and are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. Grind them and add to smoothies or sprinkle over your cereal oatmeal or fruit for a healthy boost.
Breakfast On-the-Go >
No time for a sit-down breakfast? These make-ahead recipes are easy and delicious—plus, they’re filled with nourishing ingredients that sustain you throughout the day. Overnight Chia Seed Pudding is incredibly easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grab it and go. Our protein balls and granola are equally delectable.
Good Morning Matcha
Matcha is a traditional Japanese green tea powder made by stone-milling green tea into a fine powder. While traditional green tea uses leaves that are steeped and then discarded, matcha lets you absorb the benefits of the entire leaf. Matcha is usually prepared by whisking the vibrant green powder in a bowl with hot water and a bamboo whisk until the mixture becomes frothy. It’s also delicious in baked goods and beverages. Thanks to an abundance of antioxidants, matcha is believed to provide sustained, yet calm energy. Try alternating this tasty matcha latte with your morning coffee—you may never look back!
Experiencing an afternoon lull? Think outside the coffee cup and gain some momentum with good-for-you snacks and clean energy drinks.
Made from creative ingredients like lentils, tofu, sticky rice and beets (to name a few), these snackable crisps and restorative sips are some of our favorite ways to power through the day.
It’s time to rethink your beans! Nutrient-rich fava beans are filling and delicious as a crispy, crunchy anytime snack. Try all-natural World Peas Fava Crisps, available in bold, irresistible flavors like Santa Barbara Ranch, Texas Barbecue and Brighton Vinegar & Sea Salt. For another satisfying, bean-based snack, grab a bag of Calbee Harvest Snaps. These crispy snaps come in delightful varieties like Black Bean Mango Lime Chile and Lentil Tomato Basil. Each crisp is perfectly crunchy, deliciously seasoned and undeniably good.
Enjoy all the satisfaction of a regular potato chip with 30% less fat. Dang Sticky Rice Chips start as organic Thai sticky rice soaked in watermelon juice and crisped to perfection. Each bite gives you the satisfaction of crispy, bottom-of-the-pan sticky rice, with no cooking or scraping required. We also offer TERRA Plantain Chips, made from a simple blend of plantains, coconut oil and salt and perfect for entertaining—or keeping on hand when you crave a unique crunch. And, if you’re a fan of beets, you can’t beat crispy Rhythm Beet Chips, packed with nitrates, potassium, fiber and delicious beet flavor.
Wrap it Up
For a filling lunch on-the-go, try a new Falafel Wrap from our deli. We’ve wrapped crunchy-on-the-outside, smooth-on-the-inside chickpea falafel in a spinach tortilla with fresh tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, hummus and tzatziki (the latter is made with dairy, but you can ask for a tzatziki-free wrap), creating a savory combination that’s rich in protein, fiber and flavor.
Complete your lunch with any of our plant-based chips, crisps, freshly-chopped vegetables or pita.
Craving even more Mediterranean goodness? Add our new Mediterranean Dip to the mix! Spicy Feta Spread, creamy Tzatziki and Skhug—a flavorful Middle Eastern hot sauce—create the perfect three-tiered balance of flavors. You can find this delicious dip in our deli.
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy an afternoon energy boost—besides a triple shot of espresso. If you’re craving a caffeine kick you can feel good about, try these uniquely beneficial tea-based beverages. Guayusa, yerba mate and matcha tea make enticing, energizing pick-me-ups.
1MATI Healthy Energy
MATI is mindfully made from a blend of fruit juice and craft-brewed “guayusa” (pronounced gwahy-yoo-suh), an Amazonian leaf nicknamed “The Night Watchman” for its sustainable energy benefits. These drinks are packed with vitamins, antioxidants and healthy energy and come in refreshing flavors like Peach Mango, Passion Fruit and Blueberry Pomegranate.
This metabolism-boosting energy drink is full of good-for-you ingredients, including green tea, guarana—caffeine-rich seeds from a South American tree—ginger, calcium, vitamin C and B vitamins. Each refreshing, sparkling beverage is made with no artificial preservatives or flavors, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup and very little sodium.
Yerba mate is prized for having “the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate.” Guayaki Yerba Mate Drinks deliver nutrition and energy in every sip. Derived from the naturally-caffeinated leaves of the South American holly tree, mate contains 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants and natural stimulants.