First Watch is an American restaurant chain based in Florida with more than 200 spots located across 26 states. They open from 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM to serve breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
While you can’t call First Watch a vegan restaurant (far from it), it’s not like you can’t scrape up something to eat. If you’re open to communication, you can find something interesting.
Besides, here’s what First Watch has on their FAQ page:
Question: “Do you offer any vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options?”
Answer: “We sure do – here’s the skinny! For our friends with dietary restrictions, our “Healthier Side” menu features a variety of delicious options, including egg white omelets, our AM Superfoods Bowl, and our signature Avocado Toast. Check out any of our menu items on our website to view all ingredients in each dish or all in one place here.”
In this short blog post, we’re going to cover some available vegan options and non-vegan options that you can easily convert into vegan.
11 Vegan Options at First Watch
1- A.M Superfoods Bowl
According to First Watch’s website, the A.M Superfoods Bowl is a coconut milk chia seed pudding with fresh bananas, berries, blackberry preserves, and housemade granola.
This bowl is also served with a whole grain artisan toast topped with almond butter and Maldon sea salt.
2- Steel-Cut Oatmeal
This is basically oatmeal topped with berries, freshly sliced banana, and pecans. However, it’s also served with low-fat milk, brown sugar, and a freshly-baked muffin on the side.
Make sure that the oatmeal is not cooked using milk. In a lot of cases, they use water, and then you can add the milk later. Additionally, see if you can switch the low-fat milk with a vegetable-based beverage. Make sure you avoid the muffin as well.
3- Sunrise Granola Bowl
The Sunrise Granola Bowl is Non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit, nuts, and homemade granola. Naturally, due to the Greek yogurt, this bowl isn’t vegan, but you can ask them to remove the yogurt, and perhaps swap it with some vegetable milk.
I know that they create the A.M Superfoods Bowl with coconut milk, so theoretically, they should be able to provide you with some.
4- Avocado Chop Salad
This salad is originally called Chicken Avocado Chop Salad. However, you can easily ask for the chicken and feta cheese to be removed and you got yourself a vegan-friendly salad.
Remove those two and you’re left with chopped romaine lettuce and arugula, corn, black beans, avocado, tortilla strips, ciabatta toast, and tomatoes topped with citrus chipotle dressing.
5- Superfood Kale Salad
Also an original non-vegan recipe, the Superfood Kale Salad typically contains chicken and parmesan cheese. By removing those two ingredients, you’re still left with a rich salad.
It contains ingredients such as maple roasted carrots, kale, mixed greens, slivered almonds, and dried cranberries topped with a refreshing maple-lemon vinaigrette.
6- Avocado Toast
The Avocado Toast is basically a whole-grain toast topped with smashed avocados, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, and Maldon sea salt.
It’s typically served with two basted eggs but you’ll have to avoid them.
7- Market Vegetable Soup (Can Add Crackers)
First Watch sells the Market Vegetable Soup, which is essentially a combination of carrots, celery, and zucchini. You can also add crackers to the soup, which are vegan-friendly.
According to First Watch, the soup something doesn’t have any non-vegan ingredients, but I would first verify if they’re REALLY using a vegetable broth.
8- Lemon Dressed Greens
Lemon Dressed Greens is a side salad with lemon vinaigrette so it should be vegan. First Watch’s website suggests that it’s vegan since it doesn’t have any animal-based allergens.
9- First Watch Potatoes
Another good side you can order it perhaps eat with an avocado toast or superfood kale salad (converted vegan) is potatoes. If you’re just eating salad it’s likely that you’ll feel hungry, so adding a side of potatoes can prevent that.
10- Fresh Fruit
First Watch can also provide you with a side of fresh fruit. I’d recommend you go for fresh fruit when you have to replace a side that isn’t vegan. For instance, the avocado toast comes with a side of eggs but you can swap it with fresh fruit. You get the gist! 🙂
If you’re into drinks that aren’t sodas, feel free to try these all-natural drinks:
- Morning Meditation Fresh Juice (Contains: Orange, Lemon, Turmeric, Ginger, Agave Nectar and Beet)
- Kale Tonic Fresh Juice (Contains: Kale, Fuji Apple, Cucumber and Lemon)
If you’d rather have simpler drinks, then you can also find more common options such as:
- Coca-Cola Soft Drinks
- Herbal Teas
- Fresh-Brewed Ice Tea
- Orange Juice
- Iced Coffee
- Sparkling Water
- and Apple Juice
Drinks are the type of options that vegans don’t have to worry about, ever.
What About These Options…
There are certain options that might confuse you because they may seem vegan in the first instance, but they’re not. From what I’ve seen, First Watch has a couple of options that seem vegan but they are either cooked with or contain animal ingredients:
- French Toast: Unfortunately, It’s sliced bread soaked in eggs and typically milk, then pan-fried.
- Floridian French Toast: Again, the french toast isn’t vegan because it’s soaked in eggs and milk.
- Veggie Burger: Some sources refer to this option as being vegan, but unfortunately it contains ingredients such as butter and dijonnaise. In addition, it also comes with brioche buns which are generally made with eggs, milk and butter.
First Watch is not the most vegan-friendly daytime cafe, but it still has some options. You don’t have to settle for a bland salad, you can actually enjoy some good food if you take the time to analyze the different options and communicate with the workers.
Two Recommendations For Vegans
Allow me to make two quick recommendations that have helped me in my vegan journey by ensuring I’m always healthy and deficiency-free.
- The first recommendation is my favorite vegan multivitamin supplement. It was created with vegans in mind. It contains vitamins B12, D, and Omega 3. In other words, it contains nutrients that vegans are generally low in.
- The second recommendation is this amazing vegan starter kit that is actually a bundle with 9 e-books that will help you lead a healthy, vegan lifestyle without running into any dietary deficiencies. It has great advice, and it includes print-outs and checklists that will make the theory easy to implement. This is something I’ve included in my recommended products page as well.