I’m NOT a morning person and have never pretended to be one. I don’t like anyone to talk to me until I’ve had a cup of coffee (or two or three). As a matter of fact, I haven’t always eaten breakfast either, but learned that’s what kick starts your metabolism in the morning. I need all the help I can get controlling my weight.
Breakfast has now become one of my favorite meals. It has a lot of good qualities. Top of the list for me is the fact I don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking it, and there’s not a big mess in the kitchen to clean up like after dinners. I guess metabolism should really be first, but what the heck – I get tired of being in the kitchen!
There are all kinds of foods you can eat for breakfast too, without having to worry for one second whether it’s gluten free or not.
• Homemade muesli cereal made with dried or fresh fruits and nuts
• Cottage cheese with fruit
• Hard-boiled eggs and ham slice or deviled eggs
• Nonfat yogurt
• Gluten free coffee cake (my kids love this one of course)
• Omelet with mushrooms
• Fruit salad
• Grits (the South has a good thing going)
Actually, there are all kinds of things I eat for breakfast now that don’t require a lot of preparation. On weekends I may make something more complicated like gluten free pancakes or waffles, or a breakfast casserole of one kind or another, but I’d rather go out for breakfast after church on Sunday.
You can make a lot of breakfast foods ahead of time if you’re always in a rush like me. I mix my own muesli or granola mix and store it in an air tight container. I may make a big batch of pancakes on the weekend and then freeze them for the week. I will make a big fresh fruit salad that will last several days.
There are two important points I want to make about breakfast. First, always eat breakfast. This meal is important for setting the metabolic rate for the day which means it’s important for weight control. Second, don’t let yourself get bored eating the same thing every morning. When I get bored, I start skipping.
If you have children, gluten intolerant or not, it’s really important they eat a healthy breakfast. Children who eat breakfast every day do better in school.
I’m not a morning person, but I’ve learned to enjoy my gluten free breakfasts. It makes me feel good to know that my family and I have all had a healthy kickstart to the morning.