I was once a big pusher of breakfast, but have evolved into more of an ‘eat when you’re hungry’ kinda gal. Kids usually wake up hungry though, so when processed grains and sugars went off our breakfast table we had to get creative, and quick!
I often hear moms complain that there are so few breakfast options that don’t contain grains. When riding the processed cereal train, yes it’s hard to see. No judgment from me, I used to ride that same train. When health issues motivated us to go grain-free, we learned, we had to learn. Don’t buy into the myth that there are no options, there are lots and lots of options.
As delicious as eggs and bacon are, you actually can get bored with them. Plus, you really don’t want to eat the same food over and over again. That practice can lead to food sensitivities and then you’ll have to take that offending food out of the rotation for a while as well. Rotate and don’t eat the same thing for 3 or 4 days.
Here are some great breakfast options to consider.
- Smoothies, smoothie bowls, and protein shakes are easy favorites.
- Scrambled eggs with leftover Brussels sprouts are delicious. Really.
- My kids love sweet potato or banana pancakes with homemade low sugar syrup. There are lots of good grain-free pancake recipes out there. Birch Benders makes a great packaged option. Just add water.
- Another of our favorites is poached eggs on a sweet potato latke and spring mix topped with pesto. I usually save this one for weekends because it’s a bit of work, but so worth it. We have it for dinner sometimes too.
- Or an egg sandwich (using egg as the bread) stuffed with bacon and avocado, also labor-intensive but delicious.
- Egg cups cooked in a muffin tin filled with ham, sausage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or whatever you like.
- Breakfast Strata with gluten-free or keto bread, again filled with whatever you like.
- Frittatas can be made on the weekend and heated up for a quick weekday breakfast. This one is broccoli, feta, and spinach.
- Avocado toast on gluten-free or keto bread. One of these is topped with a fried egg and the other with pulled pork. You could top with greens, fermented onions, and feta or goat cheese. The possibilities are endless.
And here are some quick and easy ideas ;
- Apples with seed or nut butter.
- Grain-free granola with coconut or nut milk and some fresh fruit is a great cereal replacement.
- Meat and cheese roll-ups.
- Fermented veggies and nitrate/nitrite-free sausage.
- Jerky or sausage stick dipped in seed or nut butter. Don’t knock it until you try it!
- Chia seed pudding with nut butter.
- Pre-made homemade protein bars.
- How about this one minute breakfast with yogurt, grain-free granola, bee pollen, and fresh fruit? So yummy!
Challenge yourself to prepare breakfasts with no grains and only natural sugars for a week. One week. It’s easier than you think. Search the internet for Paleo, keto, or grain-free recipes. You’ll be amazed at the options that you can find. What about looking outside the normal breakfast foods? Who says you can’t have some meatballs for breakfast? You can. It’s a mindset shift.
Incorporating protein and healthy fats into your breakfast will start your day with steady energy instead of the sugar crash you get with a high carb breakfast. You and your kids will feel great and will feel full for hours.