My biggest meal struggle as a celiac is breakfast.
Fast, convenient, and filling breakfast.
Before I was diagnosed as a celiac, I was always running out the door with some toast, a waffle, an English muffin, or a bagel in my hand. It was the easiest thing to take with me on my way out the door. Those item’s we’re convenient but not really the healthiest option. Once diagnosed, my world was flipped upside down. What could I eat when it felt like I couldn’t eat anything? If you’re gluten free, I know you feel me on that last sentence!
The diagnosis of Celiac and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), has changed me more than I could have ever imagined. These days I fill my body with more nourishing meals than before my diet was limited. It didn’t happen at first, but these diagnoses ended up being a HUGE blessing in disguise! I started out buying everything in a box labeled GLUTEN FREE, only to realize those products were empty calories loaded with processed ingredients. I slowly learned that there are incredibly delicious foods out there that are naturally gluten free.
What is naturally gluten free?
For example, let’s talk about dessert for a second. My old favorite was fresh gooey peanut butter cookies! I’ve tried every GF peanut butter cookie I could find and I won’t hesitate to tell you that they were all pretty underwhelming. To be honest, most gluten free cookies you’ll find in the store won’t knock your socks off. Let me tell you about my new favorite… Macaroons! OMG if you haven’t eaten these delicate treats, GO NOW! They are the most beautiful little treat with an abundance of flavor options. I like to keep it simple and stick to Vanilla, but my husband has fallen head over heels for the Earl Grey flavor. The very best part about macaroons? They are naturally gluten free! They are made with almond flour, and almond flour only! I’ve found that foods that are naturally gluten free end up being the tastiest!
Okay, okay, back on track. . BREAKFAST!
So what do you do when you don’t have time to cook up some eggs every morning? Heck, to be honest with you, sometimes it’s hard for me to find time to through ingredients into a blender to make a smoothie in the morning. Now, I’m not saying you should stay away from all gluten free bread. I’m no expert, and they can’t all be that bad for you. However, there is a healthy alternative to quickly get in some morning carbs and a dose of super foods and fruits. This is where Overnight Oats come into your life!
What are overnight oats?
I big hearty jar of rolled oats and your favorite super foods! Rolled oats are incredibly filling. That is my favorite part about this breakfast option. I can eat it around 8 am and it will keep me going well past noon!
The recipe is simple:
- Mason Jars
- ½ C milk
- ½ C rolled oats (these are GF)
- 1.5 TSP chia seeds
- 1.5 TSP flax seeds
- 1/4 C GF granola or more if you prefer
- your choice of fruit & nuts
- Additional almond milk on top to your liking
- Put the lid on the jar, give it a good shake and toss it in the fridge until morning. To streamline things, have all of the fruit rinsed, nuts chopped and ready to go before bed.
- When you arise for your new day open the jars, add additional granola, fruit, nuts, a little honey and more milk if you prefer. DO NOT shake the jar until you’re ready to enjoy. This will help prevent the new granola from getting soggy.
- TIP: If you want to give it some extra protein, add a half scoop of your favorite protein mix and additional milk and shake up really well.
And there you have it! The easiest and most satisfying breakfast you’ll ever eat on a gluten free diet. Enjoy!
Do you have any favorite gluten-free recipes?