Every roommate I've ever had can tell you I'm a breakfast junkie. I used to eat cereal for any meal of the day, often twice a day because it was just so delicious and easy! Then I found out my LIFE was literally ruining my life.
After learning I’d have to break up with gluten for good, I mourned the loss of my mom’s homemade pancakes. I’ve worked in coffee shops for years, and I was saddened by my new resentment of every pastry case I walked past. But most of all, I was anxious about having to critically consider which foods to put in my body instead of just snacking on Pop Tarts all day.
So, I rallied my gluten free resources and made a shopping list of staple breakfast items. The following products are things just plain make me happy!
- Bob's Redmill GF Oats
Fact: Most oatmeal is coated in wheat flour to prevent clumping when cooked, so I gave away all the Quaker Oats sitting in my cupboard and restocked with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats.
Oatmeal is a great food staple because it can help reduce blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and your risk for type 2 diabetes. However, the soluble fiber responsible for these benefits, Beta-Glucan, does not do much in the way easing celiac symptoms.
- Bob's Redmill GF Corn Grits / Polenta
I keep this stocked for the days when I don’t feel like eating oatmeal. It’s great with just a bit of brown sugar and milk. You can add butter if you feel like indulging, or if you’re trying to add weight back on (weight loss is actually a very common symptom of undiagnosed celiac disease.)
When I was in college I’d buy Malt-O-Meal and Quick Grits for practically $0. It can be frustrating to now spend $7.40 on a food staple that used to be so cheap, but I rest easy knowing it’s safe for me and free of additives. It also has a much more interesting texture than my old hot cereals because it’s far less processed!
- Chex Gluten Free Rice Cereal
Yes, it is celiac safe! Just be sure you purchase the rice or corn variety and not the multi-wheat. My current favorite is HoneyNut, a great replacement to my old go-to breakfast pal, Honey Nut Cheerios.
- Siggi's Icelandic Yogurt
I cannot say enough good things about this product! Siggi’s describes the origin
of icelandic yogurt, or skyr, on their site. If you’re not lactose intolerant then you simply must try this product. I ate Nancy’s
yogurt for years, but it was hard to eat enough of the sour stuff to get a good dose of protein and probiotic. I always felt like I was forcing myself to eat healthy when I bought Nancy’s and I’d try to cover up the taste with granola and fruit. Skyr contains 2-3 times more protein than regular yogurt and the flavors are stunning! My favorites are “Pomegranate & Passion Fruit” and “Acai & Mixed Berry.” I can eat less of it because it’s essentially a condensed yogurt, and I know I’m still getting all of the probiotics my tummy needs. I buy this product at my local Whole Foods.
- Fresh Squeezed Juice!
I still hate figuring out what to eat, and I hope to buy a juicer soon so that I can simply drink my fruit and vegetables! In the meantime, I’ve been buying fresh squeezed OJ from my local coffee shop. The Vitamin C in oranges helps the body absorb iron, which then helps heal anemia (a common symptom of celiac disease). If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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