Breakfast rut. Gluten-free start to the day.

the new juicer in action
It's no secret that breakfast is one of the most gluten-laden meals of most people's day. Cereal, toast, a bagel or muffin on the run.  A healthy, fast, gluten-free breakfast requires some planning if you want to have more than a banana.

There are plenty of gluten free cereals on the market these days. Most are just as chock full of sugar as the "regular" cereals  - and sometimes even more. While I've got an insanely sweet tooth - I'd rather not start my day with what equates to cookies floating in milk. Thanks to the growing gluten-free market we can also find a growing selection off waffles, bagels, muffins, cinnamon buns... you name it. The challenge is finding a HEALTHY choice.

I hate to admit that I've been on a bit of a bread binge of late. That huge shipment of free Udi's products certainly didn't help! I told myself that if you slathered gf toast or bagels in almond butter it was moderately healthy. I know I can do better.

hot rice cereal with raisins, walnuts and cinnamon

When I'm taking better care of myself, my winter breakfast has been Bob's Red Mill hot rice cereal. I also have a very simple cold or warm cereal in the form of plain buckwheat, millet or quinoa with soy or rice milk, sprinkled with raisins, walnuts and garam masala. This is very healthy, easy, and great use for leftover grains. It's delicious, and higher in protein than rice - but like anything, after a while I need a change.

Buckwheat with organic raisins, walnuts, garam masals and rice milk
Bill likes fruit and yogurt. I'm more of a veggie person than a fruit person. Truth be told, I like my sweet in the form of chocolate. Fruit and yogurt work for me when it's too hot to think of stirring hot rice cereal - or cooking up grains for future breakfasts. It's also a good option for road trips or when staying away from home.

chickpea flour muffins are high in protein and fibre

Once in awhile I'll bake some super healthy gf muffins made with chickpea flour, eggs, bananas, walnuts and lots of spices. These are handy for breakfast on the run - or to take with you when staying away from home. I like to keep a decent stash in the freezer. Keeping them healthier vs sweet means I won't be inclined to snack on them when I'm craving cookies.

When I'm trying to curb the toast habit, those are my typical "go to" breakfast items. Thanks to my friend Pina - I'm finally giving juice a try. Spinach, strawberries, fennel and pumpkin seeds would not normally add up to breakfast in my mind - but WOW! My first attempt with the Nutribullet was a winner. This is not an endorsement for the tool - in fact I had to go out to buy it twice, because the motor went up in smoke on the first one I bought. Number two seems to be a better piece of equipment.

Here's to day one!
I like the idea of having a carb-free breakfast - and incorporating protein in the form of nuts and seeds. Like anyone starting out on a new diet regime - time will tell, but this week I'm pretty pumped about what I'm hoping will be a breakfast makeover. 

I've never eaten this much fruit before - bananas, nectarines, berries, greens and seeds all blend together really well - no need for milk ingredients or milk substitutes, so perfect for people who are lactose intolerant too. Admittedly, pretty hard core healthy - and not for everybody.

If you'd like to read more about my super-easy muffin recipes see link HERE and HERE. I've posted about my quinoa breakfast HERE - and buckwheat HERE

I figure if you start the day healthy, you'll feel better about having fries for lunch :)

1 comment:

  1. I tend to munch low carb, no fruit muesli bars for breakfast when I'm in a hurry. Your suggestions sound lovely!