Breakfast has always been a difficult one for me. I tend to get into a routine and find it very difficult to have anything different. I spent the first 12 years of my life eating cereals – that went out of the window when I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. Since then it’s been a varying array of fry ups, eggs on toast or gluten free porridge, alongside an assortment of disappointing breakfast cereals which were no way near as fun as shredded wheat (oh, how I miss them…..)
When I decided I needed to really sort out my eating to burn some fat, breakfast was the highest hurdle for me to overcome. I was so used to my routine of eggs on toast, but PT Steve suggested I try and cut the high-sugar gluten free bread. At first I sulked and protested, but now I’ve found a whole new assortment of healthy gluten free breakfasts to enjoy. So, without further ado, here’s my top five….
1. Turkey and eggs
As simple as the name suggests, I simply replaced the high-carb, high-sugar bread with turkey – pure and delicious protein. Get hold of some turkey breast steaks, sprinkle with salt (try pink Himalayan salt – it’s better for you and a little goes a long way) and black pepper, then grill until cooked through. While you’re grilling the turkey, lightly poach some eggs. For me, they’re perfect when they are runny. Serve with the turkey steak and let the yolks ooze all over the meat – delicious and so filling. A high protein start to the day that will keep you full for ages.
2. Raspberry and yoghurt mess
If you’ve got a real sweet tooth and need something sugary in the morning, berries are the perfect option. They contain a lot of fibre and antioxidants and are a low glycemic fruit (so PT Steve tells me) so are much better for you than any other kind of fruit. Try dolloping some full fat (none of this half fat, processed crap) Greek yoghurt into a bowl, top with fresh raspberries and add a sprinkling of flaxseed, which will give you a boost of omega 3s. It’s healthy all round, a lighter option, and perfect when the sun is shining.
3. Eggs and avocado
Eggs and avocado is possibly THE best combination ever. I first discovered this when I was in Uganda and haven’t looked back since – although avocados aren’t a patch on the ones out there. This is quite high fat meal, but it’s packed full of good fats and avocados are just so good for you – especially for your skin! I used half an avocado which I cut into chunks, and served with warm, runny boiled eggs. I also added some alfalfa shoots to mine – they’re my new favourite thing and they added a great crunch. A super healthy breakfast – a veggie option for those who don’t fancy the turkey variety above!
4. Perk!er porridge
I love Perk!er porridge – everything from it’s colourful packaging to its yummy flavours scream fun. And fun is exactly what you need first thing in the morning! My favourites are the apple and cinnamon, which is warm and hearty on a winter’s day (and great with a naughty sprinkling of brown sugar) or the berry version. These also come in THE cutest ever on-the-go pots, so if you’re not a ‘first thing in the morning’ person, you can take one to work and make one once you’re stomach is feeling food.
I don’t often eat porridge, but the oats are a low GI source of slow release energy and they’re great when I’m in a hurry and can’t be bothered to make any food. I also sometimes enjoy them after a workout – I can eat porridge in the morning or evening, I’m not fussy!
5. Banana Pancakes
“Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now.”
Thank you Jack Johnson for your infinite words of wisdom. But down to business – and these are BIG business if you want a yummy, scrummy healthy breakfast. They are so simply – mix one mashed banana, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 2 eggs. Fry in coconut oil. Et voila - AMAZING pancakes. Quick, easy and healthy. And delicious with almond butter – enjoy
What about you?
What are your go-to gluten free breakfast staples? I’d love to hear how you’ve found eating breakfast on a gluten free diet – comment below with your suggestions so I can test them out myself!