Gluten Free Breakfast

Breakfast is an odd meal isn’t it?  We’ve heard over and over again that it’s the most important meal of the day (and it is) yet so many of us skip it, or do it dismal justice by stuffing a cup of coffee and some bread-like material into our mouths as we run out the door; or even worse, grabbing it in the car on the way to work.

Now that you’re removing gluten from your diet and looking for gluten free breakfast ideas, maybe it’s time to give breakfast a re-think.

Have you ever wondered why we have special “breakfast food” when the rest of the day we just eat food?  Did you know that breakfast cereal has only been around since the 1950’s?  Before that we ate food for breakfast.

Gluten Free Cereal

There is an increasing variety of gluten free breakfast cereal on the market, but my best advice would be to avoid these.  Cold cereals of any sort are highly processed by extreme heat and pressure.  This changes the molecular structure of the grain and turns it toxic.  The only cereal that is safe and healthy is cereal that you cook yourself.  If you tolerate oats well then certified gluten free oatmeal is a good choice.  There are several articles on the web  about sprouting and cooking other grains.  I’ve not tried this but by all means check it out.  Many people, especially those with compromised digestive systems have difficulty with grains, even the gluten free ones.  Sprouted and fermented grains are much easier to digest and I’ve even seen some material to suggest that celiacs can even tolerate sprouted or fermented wheat.  I’m not quite ready to go there myself ;)

Protein is King

The most important part of a gluten free breakfast for kids and adults alike is to get protein in the morning.  With breakfast, we truly are breaking the fast from a full night of no food.  We need to replenish our bodies with food that sets us up for the day, stays with us and gives us energy.  Think back to how people used to eat before we had breakfast food.  Breakfast on the farm for example was bacon and eggs or cooked grains like oatmeal porridge;  “Sticks to your ribs” as my grandmother used to say.

Fried egg with tomato and basil

Gluten-free whole grain toast with smoked trout

Even Things Out

Have you noticed that breakfast is the smallest meal of the day and dinner, which we eat in the evening when we’re almost finished our day and don’t need much more energy, is the largest?  In many countries, dinner is much lighter, and the other meals are larger.  We might do well to take a page from this.  Consume more of your daily calories earlier in the day and lighten up on dinner.

It’s a Busy, Busy Life

It’s great to talk about good wholesome food for our gluten free breakfast, but then there is reality.  Mornings are hectic.  Getting out the door for work, getting the kids off to school, it’s not the 1920’s anymore.  We just can’t cook bacon and eggs every day.  Fair enough.  Here are a few gluten free breakfast ideas to round out your gluten free meal plan.

Sliced fruit with yogurt, sliced almonds and sweetened with a drizzle of maple syrup

  • Keep a few boiled eggs in the fridge.  Grab and go with your coffee and a slice of gluten free toast. in the morning.

  • Egg salad on a wrap:  Use any of our gluten free wraps.  Flax is particularly nutritious with protein and lots of omega 3.  Make it up with your lunch the night before for a grab and go breakfast.

  • Peanut butter on gluten free whole grain toast

  • Fruit and yogurt topped with nuts and a little honey or maple syrup.

  • Left overs on a wrap, or just reheated and sit down to eat.  Why not turkey or roast beef for breakfast?

  • A nice high protein sandwich or wrap just like you would have for lunch

  • Smoked salmon or trout with a slice of gluten free toast

  • Peanut or almond butter with sliced banana on gf toast or a wrap

  • Freeze gluten free pancakes on the weekend then pop them in the toaster during the week

  • Leftover gluten free pizza  - it will transport you back to your university days.

  • Poached eggs and lentils: this is a great high protein breakfast and one of my favourites.  More of a week end thing if you’re starting from scratch though as it does take some time.  It’s the perfect solution to the question “how do I soak up that yummy runny egg yolk if I don’t have bread with my breakfast?”  Make extra and you can have leftovers during the week.

Frittata

GF toast with banana

Egg salad, avacado and salsa on a wrap

Get up 10 minutes earlier

I know it seems obvious and it can be the hardest thing when bed feels so warm in the morning, but seriously, an egg takes precisely 3 minutes to cook.  You can throw a slice of gluten free bread in the toaster and fry yourself an egg in 5 min; or instead of the toast, heat up some leftover beans or lentils from the weekend.  A great high protein gluten free breakfast that will stay with you for the day, in very little more time than it takes to pour a bowl of toxic cold cereal and milk.

Naturally Gluten-Free Strategy Tip:

If you really want to make it quick and easy, make a little indentation in your beans, lentils or toast, crack an egg on top, prick the yolk with a fork and give it a minute to a minute and a half in the microwave.

So let's get cracking and start the day with a great

Naturally Gluten-Free

breakfast.

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