Great gluten-free break­fast op­tions

Central Otago Mirror - - CROMWELL BUSINESS HUB - Q: I’ve re­cently been di­ag­nosed with coeliac dis­ease and I am find­ing break­fast dif­fi­cult as all my usual op­tions are out now. What are some good gluten-free break­fast op­tions? – Kathy A:

Many peo­ple have grown up eat­ing ei­ther toast or ce­real for break­fast, both of which nor­mally con­tain gluten, so break­fast can of­ten be chal­leng­ing for them when gluten is elim­i­nated from their way of eat­ing. There are gluten-free breads and ce­re­als avail­able, but it’s im­por­tant to know that be­ing gluten-free doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily make them nu­tri­tious choices (al­though some of these will be).

What you choose to eat and drink at break­fast will ei­ther set you up for smooth sail­ing or cre­ate big chal­lenges when it comes to your en­ergy, mood and food choices later in the day.

Since you are al­ready mak­ing some changes to the way you eat, this presents a great op­por­tu­nity to en­sure your break­fasts are highly nour­ish­ing.

At this point I would like to en­cour­age you to chal­lenge the con­cept of what many con­sider to be a con­ven­tional break­fast. When you do this, it opens up many more ways in which you can nour­ish your­self each morn­ing.

So rather than choos­ing from a per­mit­ted list of ‘‘break­fast’’ foods or meals, you might like to try bas­ing your choice purely on what you feel would be nour­ish­ing for you in that mo­ment. If it’s not some­thing that you would typ­i­cally view as a break­fast food, it truly doesn’t mat­ter. Left over casse­role can be highly nour­ish­ing, for ex­am­ple.

But if you would pre­fer to stick to some more con­ven­tional op­tions, that’s per­fectly OK too. Here are some gluten-free break­fast sug­ges­tions:

❚ Poached eggs and greens with or with­out good qual­ity gluten-free toast.

❚ Omelette filled with veg­eta­bles and herbs.

❚ Avo­cado or nut but­ter on good qual­ity gluten-free toast.

❚ Quinoa, mil­let or rice por­ridge. ❚ Chia seed or buck­wheat pud­ding.

❚ Gluten-free muesli.

❚ Green smoothie.

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