I wonder, why do we seem “ok” with having breakfast for dinner, but not dinner for breakfast? We have no problem having eggs or even pancakes at night, but when it comes to having leftover dinner at breakfast, most people would balk at the idea.
Perhaps it’s from years of being told from animated cartoon characters that cereal is a part of a “complete” breakfast. However, with more and more people choosing to eat less grain, the rise of Prop 37 and the most recent Cheerios GMO campaign on Facebook, people are starting to realize that a healthy breakfast may be more than milk and Captain Crunch. (Although, I must say, Captain Crunch was one of my fave cereals growing up, followed by Cocoa Puffs and Count Dracula).
One of the most common mistakes I see clients make at breakfast is either not eating any at all, or not getting enough protein. It’s easy to grab a bagel with cream cheese and eat it on T, however, this sort of breakfast will leave you less satisfied and hungrier later.
For a quality meal first thing in the morning, here are 4 quick gluten free breakfast ideas for ya’ grumbling tummy:
1. Good ol’ eggs with fresh fruit
2. Power Quinoa
3. Smoked salmon with cucumber and tomato
4. Berry Protein shake
When making a “complete” breakfast, you want to make sure you have a protein, a fat and a carb source for each. Balancing out your macronutrients this way helps keep your blood sugar levels in check and reduces your stress hormones which helps you stay fuller for longer.
Clients typically notice that they eat less throughout the day when they plan a breakfast with protein included.
Some great protein (and fat) sources for your breakfasts could be:
- Eggs (fried in coconut oil or hard-boiled)
- Greek yogurt
- Organic bacon
- Bone broth
- Left-over protein from dinner
- Gelatin powder for your shakes
- Smoked salmon
Great carb sources for breakfast could include:
- Fresh fruit like pineapple or cantaloupe
- Baked apples
- Pears sauteed in coconut oil
- Fresh pulp-free OJ
- Sweet potatoes
Basically, you can combine any of the items in the first list with the items in the second list and you’d have yourself a quick, healthy breakfast.
If you liked these recipes, you can find 60+ more in the Lean Body Cookbook. These are a collection of gluten-free recipes I’ve put together over the years and which we use in our online Lean Body Challenge, so be sure to check it out below!