A brief word on breakfast
Friends have asked me what I eat for breakfast if I don’t eat cereal, toast, muffins, pancakes or…you get the gist. Truth be told, smoothies are my favorite breakfast and actually have been for a long while – before I ever started eating grain free. So, what’s in my smoothie? Typically a combo of several of the following:
- milk (either cow’s – which I’m trying to eliminate, almond, or coconut)
- coconut water
- frozen strawberries
- frozen pineapple (just a few chunks – too many and the smoothie gets too grainy and bitter)
- banana (ALWAYS banana – in my opinion it’s the one ingredient that eliminates the need for added sugar)
- raspberries – fresh or frozen
- greek or regular plain-flavored yogurt
- a splash of orange juice
- chia or flax seeds
- kale or spinach (only occasionally at this point, since my blender doesn’t completely puree the bits – the fruit really does mask the flavor for the most part)
- peaches or whatever other fruit happens to be in season
- a drizzle of honey if you prefer a sweeter taste
- yogurt with fruit or preserves and seeds/nuts
- eggs – boiled, fried, scrambled, poached (I have a microwave poacher that we adore), omelets!!!
- meat – bacon (I bake mine in the oven – SUPER easy), sausage, ham, buy on sale!
- fruit and cheese (go all French-like on your breakfast, why not??)
- apples and peanut butter (I still eat peanuts at this point – use almond or other butter if you don’t)
- hash browns (I openly admit I get the frozen patties, they’re cheap, easy peasy in the toaster oven, and the kids love ’em – I have other hash brown prep ideas I’ll be sharing in a future post)
Being a major noob in the grain-free kitchen, I haven’t experimented much yet with alternative flours, so here’s a great list of more complex grain-free breakfast recipes on The Home Life and Me blog.
In the end I’m all about simple. The kids usually grab cereal or sometimes even potato chips (shhh). I’m usually up late working, and my stomach is a bit skitchy in the morning, so when I get up I want to cram some quick ‘n easy energy into my body. More often than not that means a smoothie, but I am looking forward to trying out some different recipes especially with the holidays coming.
A friend just loaned me the GAPS cookbook Internal Bliss, so I will be sharing the results of some of those dishes in the coming weeks.
Share your favorite grain-free breakfast with me in the comments!