3 Ideas for a Gluten-Free Breakfast

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It seems like breakfast time is always rushed. Either you’re preparing meals for your family; grabbing something before you go off to work; or staring into your fridge, wondering what you can eat today for the most important meal of the day—and for some reason, you never have good breakfast ideas! Now, picture doing all that if you’re on a gluten-free diet: this first task of the day can seem overwhelming! However, thankfully, we now have so many food options that there’s no reason to stare into space wondering what you should make for ourselves.

Need some brand-new breakfast ideas?

Here Are 3 Gluten-free Breakfast Ideas:

1. Vegetable omelet with rice:

Many people don’t pair these foods together, but you should. Most Americans don’t eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. For adults age 50 and up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend you get about two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables a day.

For example, at dinnertime, about half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. For a nutritious meal, instead of frying your egg in margarine, choose a heart-healthy olive oil; mix in brightly colored vegetables like peppers, onions, and mushrooms; and eat it with a side of brown rice filled with magnesium, selenium, calcium, and manganese.

2. Yogurt with berries and nuts:

Since gluten-free people cannot eat many grains, it’s important to make sure you’re still filling your diet with other healthy foods.

For a nice breakfast or a snack, try plain yogurt with berries (blueberries are an antioxidant) and nuts (walnuts and almonds can lower cholesterol).

3. Apple oatmeal crisp with a tall glass of calcium-enriched orange juice:

If you’re on a gluten-free diet and you want to eat oats, you need to be aware that, although they do not contain gluten, the packaged ones we buy today are often mixed with other, non-gluten-free ingredients.

So, make sure to choose a trusted brand of oats that has not been contaminated by any other ingredients. Once you’ve done that, use them in our famous apple-oatmeal crisp recipe.

What’s your favorite gluten-free breakfast idea?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nutrition for Everyone; Results and Recommendations,” http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/results/men.html?age=50&gender=male&activity=sed; June 28, 2012.