31 Mar Why you should eat Gluten Free Breakfast & 6 great suggestions
Did you know there are believed to be over 200 medical conditions that gluten can either cause, contribute to, or make worse?
That is quite a statement and whether you think you have a problem with gluten or not, I wholeheartedly believe we could all benefit hugely from eating a lot less of it.
In brief, gluten is like glue to our digestive system and is found in so many of our foods, not just the ones we would expect like bread, pasta and cake, how about stock cubes, crisps, chips, sausages, the list is endless. And whilst you may not be gluten intolerant, eating too much can lead to a very sluggish digestive system resulting in gas, constipation and all number of undesirable side affects. Long term it is known to cause inflammation throughout the whole body, which can create a myriad of nasty diseases and disorders in later life.
If you think about it, a typical day starts with cereal or toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and pasta or pies for dinner with cakes and biscuits in between. When you look at the big picture like this you’ll see that your digestive system has a lot to contend with, just as it’s working its way through one consignment, another meal is eaten that adds to the workload.
Personally I find breakfast the hardest to do ‘gluten free,’ it’s just so easy to grab a slice of toast or a bowl of cereal, so here are my 6 favourite gluten and dairy free breakfasts to get your day off to a great, healthy start without overloading your delicate digestive system before it’s even had a chance to wake up.
This is perfect if you have a few minutes the night before but are rushed in the morning, it is totally flexible so just add in what you have to hand. See recipe
This is not a pancake in the true sense as it is just one beaten egg and one mashed banana mixed together and fried, it is probably more like an omelette but whatever you want to call it, it is absolutely delicious. See recipe
This is quicker than you think and is a lovely wholesome breakfast to get your day off to a cracking start. Pop it in the oven when you’re getting dressed. See recipe
This is a beautiful crunchy breakfast granola that can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container, it is perfect served with some fresh fruit. It has a slightly sweet but also savoury flavour, which is absolutely gorgeous. See recipe
This bread is about the best home made gluten free bread I have come across, it is very easy to make and always comes out beautifully. It will last a few days or can be sliced and frozen until needed. Spread with a layer of nut butter and a sliced banana or a dairy free spread and a sprinkling of cinnamon. See recipe
Eggs are a great start to any day and with the added ingredients in these Mexican Scrambled Eggs you will really give your digestive system a kick-start. It is so quick and easy to make and will definitely keep you going until lunchtime, serve on a slice of the gluten free bread or eat on their own. See recipe
Check out my other breakfast recipes for further inspiration.
Make sure you wash your hands well though after chopping chilli, Don’t do what I did and put your contact lenses in with chilli on my fingers…. Ouch!
*Oats contain a different type of gluten that most people are less sensitive to, if you are concerned, pick up some Gluten Free Oats instead.