A diagnosis of celiac’s disease can be overwhelming for a household. Breakfast was one of the most challenging meals for us at first…so I put together a few ideas of meals that have worked well for us, simple and normal type foods.
1. Gluten free cereal, milk and fruit – we found Gluten Free Rice Krispies and Gluten Free Rice Chex in our grocery stores. All other cereal either contain wheat or they contain a derivative like barley MALT flavouring which is in everything like rice krispies, corn flakes, etc. Health food stores or Bulk Barn have more selection of cold gluten free cereals but they tend to be pricey.
2. Find some WHEAT FREE oats at a health food store or bulk store. The celiac association recommends no more than 1/2 – 3/4 cup of dried CLEAN oats per day. Commercial oats like Quakers are processed in the same facility as wheat so cross contamination is a big problem. Only buy oats that specify they are produced in a wheat free facility such as Only Oats. Try adding in other ingredients such as unsweetened coconut, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, raisin, walnuts and cinnamon!
3. Find some gluten free bread for toast. It will take some taste testing to find one that you think is palatable. My husband likes the Udi’s brand of cinnamon raisin GF bread. It’s been a big help in our transition. *NOTE you need to use a CLEAN toaster than hasn’t been contaminated with wheat based bread. Buy a new one, they are impossible to clean out completely and LABLE it if other people in your house are having wheat toast. You can also use a toaster bag such as “Toasta Bags” http://www.amazon.com/Toastabags-Reusable-Non-Stick-Sandwich-Grilling/dp/B001UHNMM0 which protect your bread from contaimination and it’s great for travelling.
4. Homemade hashbrowns – pre cook some potatoes, slice them or dice them and bake or fry them with some oil, salt and pepper. Serve with eggs, gluten free bacon, tomatoes and/or fruit!
5. Cottage cheese or yogurt and fruit with ground flaxseed sprinkled over top. You can also mix some clean oats into yogurt overnight with berries to make overnight oats.
6. Spread an apple, pear, or banana with peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter.
7. Smoothies – Try making your favourite smoothie for breakfast. Make them hearty by adding greek yogurt, milk, fruit, peanut butter, etc and whip up a nice breakfast! Amp up the nutrition by adding spinach, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, etc. There are so many recipes on the internet to inspire you.
8. Omlette with veggies, cheese and leftover potatoes with a glass of milk.