Just about everyone is ready to kick this new year off eating well, right? Yeah, I thought I did too until I started making my kid pancakes with Canadian maple syrup yesterday morning. It was all over after that. One lick on my finger led to three pancakes down. They were so good though!
Breakfast is actually the hardest time of the day for me to eat well. I’m tired and confused. I also never know what to eat in the morning, especially since I want to cut out the carbs and sugar. I feel like every breakfast is filled with sugar. Cereal, oatmeal packets, French toast, and yes, those darn pancakes. Sure, I can make an egg omelet, but I’ve been eating eggs for weeks straight and need a break!
I started to research some healthy, easy to whip together, non-wheat, non-egg, non-carb breakfast ideas. Yes, I know that’s asking for a lot but it’s a new year and anything is possible? Here’s what I found and plan to make as soon as I can get my hands on the ingredients:
Grain Free Granola
Who knew there was such a thing as grain-free granola but I’m ready for it. I love a good can’t believe it’s not a grain product in the morning! Here is a great recipe that is taken from the site, Holistically Engineered:
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp golden flax meal
- ½ cup + 2 Tbsp finely shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 Tbsp + ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup hot water
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
- Sweetener to taste (I use Swerve or use honey for Paleo)
I also found these grain-free granola products on Amazon if you don’t have the energy or time to make them on your own. That’s probably what I’ll get! With some added yogurt and berries, you’re in business.
Wheat-Free English Muffins, Cheese and Bacon
My mother-in-law is on the verge of diabetes and has eliminated most the sugar from her diet. She’s also super skinny and I hate her for it. Her nutritionist recommended this one brand of wheat-free bread called, Food for Life. It’s gluten-free, made with brown rice, has a good amount of fiber and is actually pretty tasty compared to other gluten-free brands. Add some cheese, turkey bacon or some yogurt butter to your muffin for a satisfying low carb morning meal.
I love making pancakes for my little boy, but as I mentioned, it’s too hard not to eat them too. I would love to find a way to enjoy pancakes in the morning with my family and not feel guilty after. Or I can just eat them and not feel guilty, but that’s another post. I came across this recipe for pancake batter from the site nourishing days that uses coconut flour and it’s genius:
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup milk (raw cow’s or coconut both work)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon honey or a pinch of stevia
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- coconut oil or butter for frying
Chilled Salmon, Cucumber, Olives & Dill
I love to buy a little extra salmon for dinner, and then have leftovers in the morning. When my eyes can’t really open from exhaustion, I just grab it out of the fridge and add in some cucumbers, olives, and sprinkled dill. You might even add some tomatoes too, with olive oil and vinegar. It’s a pretty satisfying morning meal, along with my hot coffee. Of course, smoked salmon is another treat too but can be more pricey.
Avocado Brown Rice Toast
Spread some avocado onto a brown rice cracker, and add some salt, pepper —and olives if you’re me. I sometimes worry about eating avocados because they have so many calories and are super fatty —but I have to remind myself that it’s the good kind of fat. Eating a half an avocado every day won’t kill your diet and is actually good for your health. Women need about six servings of fat a day, which is the amount of one whole avocado. Experts agree that if you’re trying to lose weight, stick to half of the fruit a day. I know that’s hard since avocados are the best thing ever! Avocado toast is, I’m sure you know, all the rage and there are a million variations out there. So get creative with this one! (Think tuna and capers maybe?)
So there you go! Those are your non-wheat, non-egg breakfast ideas to get you started in the new year. Today, I felt weak and ate my son’s leftover toast and jam. But tomorrow, I’m going to wake up to a whole new kinda morning. I’ll just have to keep my toddler’s food far away from sight, or I’ll have my husband get involved and make his breakfast . Yes, the latter option, please! Wish me luck!