Who Loves Breakfast?

I found breakfast became my least and most challenging meal of the day when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. My favourite cereals were off the list (GF Rice Krispies tasted like cardboard) and I was not the biggest fan of things like eggs first thing in the morning (and who has time to make a full on breakfast?). As a nursing student I need fuel for the mornings as they are fast paced and busy with little time for a mid morning snack. So here are some of my favourite and super quick eats for the morning!

1. Smoothies

My recipe for a filling smoothy is flexible and easy: First start with 2 cups of greens (kale, swiss chard, spinach) Earthbound organic sells some lovely blends and are available at Calgary COOP locations (try the zen blend), then proceed with 3 cups of mixed fruits (blueberries, papaya, pineapple, mango, strawberries, raspberries, kiwis, peaches etc.) then to make it super rich i add an avocado (it is filled with healthy fats and compounds that are proven to keep you fuller longer), I add some goodies which is usually 1 tablespoon each of milled flaxseed, milled chia seed and bee pollen (Buzz, is a local one and can be found at the Calgary Farmers Market on Blackfoot Trail) top it off with water or juice whatever serves your purpose blend and enjoy!

2. Natures Path Qi’a Superfood

This is a organic, vegan and gluten free breakfast cereal which has hemp, chia and buckwheat with dried cranberries and almonds all you do is take 2 tablespoons of the mix and add 4-5 tablespoons of milk (I use almond because I think it tastes better when made with that) This can be found at most grocers (Superstore, Calgary COOP) however I found mine in a large bag for super cheap at Costco. It can be enjoyed warm or cold and is perfect for adding to a to go mug and taking it with you when your on the run.

3. Overnight Oats

This is something I have picked up from many of my friends and its perfect for busy mornings as you make them the night before and its easy! The recipe is as follows: 1/3 cup of pure gluten-free oats (coop and planet organic sells these as well as the calgary gluten free store, superstore and other grocers) 1/3 cup of walnuts or almonds or pecans, 1/3 cup of shredded coconut 1 banana, 1 tbs of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of flaxseed, place in a container and cover with milk or almond milk and shake until combined, leave in the fridge overnight in the morning pop it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Add brown sugar or agave nectar for added sweetness if desired.

4. Yogurt and Granola

I have a fantastically healthy granola recipe (find it under recipes in the breakfast section) when added to greek yogurt it makes for a super filling and easy breakfast. Add fresh fruit to this already delicious combo and get some added nutrition. Bananas, strawberries and raspberries make lovely additions.

5. Gluten Free Toaster Waffles

Okay so maybe this is not the most healthy option however some breakfast is better than no breakfast and I have found Natures Path gluten-free toaster waffles to be better than any gluten filled ego-waffle plus they are non-GMO, organic and all natural. They are delicious with maple syrup although I still prefer them with aunt jemima just as I did when I was little. Serve with a banana or fruit for extra bulk.

6. Spinach and mushroom scramble

Okay so should there be egg lovers and people with more time first thing in the morning this dish makes my cut as its full of flavour and free of gluten! Start with 2-3large eggs, add salt and pepper to taste and a healthy splash of hot sauce (I love sriracha for this), beat the eggs until smooth and add to a hot pan that has been greased (I use coconut oil but butter works fine as well) add 1 cup of spinach and 1/2 cup of mushrooms and stir into eggs until softened and the eggs are cooked.



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