We are always being told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; and that includes gluten free breakfasts. So what will you be eating this summer?
GF Pantry’s breakfast foods section has plenty of food to offer, but there are also plenty of things in your local shops that might help get you through the day. Nutritionists recommend lots of healthy protein and fibre for breakfast. Parents often recommend anything that the kids will actually eat, in order for them to have something in their stomachs. And then what about exciting treat breakfasts for birthdays or Christmas? Well here’s a list of healthy things, quick fixes for the morning and just “a little bit special” things. It should easily keep you going through summer with over thirty options listed.
- Plain yogurt sprinkled with seeds and nuts. For variety and great health benefits, try different combinations of hemp seeds, chia seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
- Fresh fruit salad. Simply dice and throw any summer fruits into a bowl. Try mango, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and pineapple, then enhance with a sprinkle of any of the power seeds and nuts listed above. Delish!
- Acai bowls with dried raspberries or a mixtures of healthy garnishes. (See recipe below)
- Green Smoothies: Enjoy blended fruit and green vegetables. Add kale and celery for the healthiest green smoothies.
- Rice cakes with nut butter, seasoned avocado or salsa and cheese.
- Tomatoes and feta on gluten free multigrain sourdough
- Eggs: boiled, scrambled or poached with perhaps grilled cherry tomatoes or baby spinach on the side.
- Hummus with a toasted gluten free wrap chopped into dipping sized pieces.
- Protein shakes.
Quick school morning breakfasts
- Cereals. Often when children are first diagnosed they don’t like gluten free cereals. Sometimes it takes time for taste buds to get used to new tastes and textures. If your child doesn’t like something at first, wait 6 months and try again. They may just like it the second time.
- Breakfast biscuits with hot chocolate to dunk them in.
- Snack pack peaches or other fruits, sprinkled with gluten free muesli.
- Fruit smoothies with banana, strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, and milk.
- Baked beans on toast.
- Zucchini slice or mini quiches made in bulk and eaten hot or cold.
- Homemade muesli bars
- Apple and cinnamon muffins; made in advance and left in the freezer until required.
- Banana bread made in advance and left in the freezer until required.
- Egg pies made in a pie maker – simple place spinach, bacon, cheese or ham in a pie maker and crack an egg on top before cooking.
- Quesadillas with sliced meat or cheese or tomatoes? Just make up the night before and pop in the sandwich press in the morning.
- Gluten free sourdough toast with a little Aussiemite.
- Microwaved cored apple with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Gluten free crumpets with honey or jam.
- Left overs! Whatever you still have from the night before.
- Cocoa puffs.
- Pancakes with chocolate spread and strawberries
- Corn fritters with lashings of bacon and sour cream, sprinkled with seeds of choice.
- Gluten Free waffles with fruit, nuts, maple syrup, icecream and fairy floss. (See recipe below or grab a ready mix.)
- Blueberry or choc chip pancakes with maple syrup, strawberries and cream.
- Hash browns with mini sausages and eggs.
- French toast with strawberries.
Now that should be plenty of ideas. Try a few or try a lot, then tune back in for more suggestions when the weather gets cooler and our winter breakfast blog will feature body warming breakfast ideas. Enjoy summer and enjoy your breakfasts!
Summer Recipes to try.
My favourite Acai Bowl
2 tsp acai powder
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries and strawberries
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp hemp seeds for a protein boost
Garnishes of choice
Place the acai powder, banana, berries, hemp seeds, and milk in a blender.
Blend until fully mixed, thick and smooth.
Pop it in a bowl and garnish with your choice of healthy toppings.
Try fresh sliced banana, berries, gluten free muesli, chia seeds, chopped nuts, shredded coconut or the Summer Hill sprinkles for extra prettiness.
Home Made Gluten Free Waffles
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
Whisk the buttermilk, butter, eggs, and vanilla together.
Fold the buttermilk mix into the flour mix, until there is just a few lumps left.
Pour a cup at a time into a preheated waffle maker, and cook for around 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve warm with maple syrup, fruit and icecream or prepare for the freezer.
To freeze, first cool the waffles completely on a wire rack. Place in a single layer on a tray in the freezer until hard. Once frozen, they no longer need to be in a single layer and can be stacked in a container in the freezer. Pull out when required and serve toasted.