People start and maintain a gluten-free diet for many reasons. Most often, they follow a gluten-free lifestyle due to a gluten allergy or sensitivity.
But regardless of the reason, it can be tricky to know which foods or recipes contain gluten. In this blog post, we’re demystifying the gluten-free diet AND sharing a few breakfast recipes for you to try and truly start your day off on the right foot!
What is a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet is recommended for people with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. A gluten-free diet can be helpful for some people who have irritable bowel syndrome, type 1 diabetes, and HIV-associated enteropathy.
It’s important to remember there's little evidence that a gluten-free diet offers health benefits to anyone who doesn’t have the health conditions listed above. However, a gluten-free diet can still be a healthy lifestyle depending on which gluten-free foods you select, how often you eat them and whether your other food choices are healthy.
The best gluten-free food choices include foods that are naturally gluten-free, like lean meats, low-fat dairy, vegetables, fruit, whole gluten-free grains and healthy fats.
Don’t replace gluten-containing foods with more red meat, full-fat dairy, starchy vegetables, sweets and fats! This can lead to a higher intake of cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium and unwanted calories.
13 breakfast ideas that will make you fall in love with a gluten-free diet
Here’s the great thing about these gluten free breakfast ideas: they’re delicious and filling no matter if you’re on a gluten-free diet or not!
When looking for gluten free breakfast recipes, a tip is to keep them naturally gluten free. Sometimes processed gluten free products, like flour blends, have additives, chemicals, and preservatives. Instead, opt for nutrient dense whole foods, like almond flour and oats.
And if all of this is feeling a little complicated, don’t worry! Proper Good has got you covered with our pre-selected 6 pack of gluten-free breakfast oatmeals linked here.
What’s better than a fluffy pancake for breakfast? One that’s gluten-free of course! These gluten free pancakes feature blueberries, which are high in antioxidants, contain prebiotics, and can lower blood pressure. A great little fruit to include in your gluten-free goodies!
Serve pancakes with maple syrup, yogurt, or fresh fruit to put on the finishing touch!
Gluten-free rolled oats star in this delicious waffle recipe. Oats are naturally gluten-free and filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Several tasty ingredients make up this waffle recipe, like vanilla extract, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
If you love your waffles with a little more spice to them, dial up the serving of cinnamon to 1.5 teaspoons!
Ready in just 15 minutes, this egg cup recipe is perfect for mornings where you and your kiddos are running out the door! They’re low carb and keto friendly … and filled with delicious eggs, cheese, bacon, and jalapenos to boot! Just a little jalapeno goes a long way, and this flavorful pepper provides a spicy kick.
Using just 3 simple ingredients, this egg roll recipe can be made in a jiffy–and who says egg rolls can’t be for breakfast? Find gluten-free egg roll wrappers in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, and couple it with reduced fat cheddar cheese and ham. Voila! A unique breakfast item you can make to shake things up.
Avocado is having a moment, and with good reason! They’re a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, plus magnesium and potassium. Many people love eggs on top of their avocado toast, but if you’re looking to shake things up, sour cream is another option! It adds tanginess to the smooth avocado for a bold flavor.
If you’re looking to make this meal all-around gluten-free, a few of our favorite brands of gluten-free bread are:
You can even try your hand at making your own gluten-free bread, too!
These yummy muffins are 100% whole wheat, low fat, and naturally sweetened … not to mention moist and rich! There’s just something special about breakfast that feels like dessert, and these muffins fit the bill. The author provides a gluten-free option, as well as other healthy swaps, like for vegans.
While many popular donut shops offer gluten free options, sometimes these fall flat and leave you craving something that feels homemade. When you make donuts at home, you can rest assured no gluten is sneaking in! These cinnamon sugar donuts are a decadent treat to serve up in the morning. If you’re looking for a side dish or topper, we’d suggest baked cinnamon apples!
The great thing about crepes is that they can be made sweet or savory! So you can fill or top them with whatever ingredients you’re in the mood for at the moment with little to no planning. Super simple ingredients, many of which are likely in your pantry, make up this recipe. For a wholesome sweet filling, try strawberries with whipped cream. And for savory, give scrambled eggs and pesto a go!
If you’re strapped for time or simply don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen, ready made oatmeal is worth trying! At Proper Good, our al dente style oatmeal is naturally gluten free and oh-so-good. This caramel and pecan flavor is accompanied by decadent dates, too! So you’ll enjoy a lovely mix of sweet and salty/savory.
The good news is that gluten-free tortillas can easily be found in most grocery stores, which takes the guesswork out for you! Pico de gallo is quick to whip together, and these fresh herbs and veggies perfectly complement a tortilla for gluten-free breakfast! Toss in eggs for a build-it-yourself type of breakfast burrito.
Shakshuka is eggs baked in tomato sauce, and it can be made on the stovetop, oven, or even over an open campfire! This Middle Eastern dish consists of garlic, onion, and tomato vegetables, plus fragrant spices like cumin, paprika, and coriander. Your kitchen will smell amazing! Shakshuka pairs well with gluten-free buttered toast, or even a flaky gluten-free croissant if you’re feeling adventurous.
Struggling to get your little ones to eat breakfast in the morning? Give these blueberry and coconut overnight oats a try! Kiddos love stirring in the ready made topping packet and watching the oatmeal turn blue … a fun surprise! This oatmeal is not only naturally gluten-free, it’s also plant-based and dairy-free as well! So if you’re accommodating multiple dietary allergies or needs, this oatmeal has got you covered for breakfast time. ;)
Great gluten-free pizza recipes are hard to come by, and this one is a little out of the box for days when you’re craving something a liiiitle more substantial than just cheese. This gluten-free flourless pizza features a crispy thin crust, almost like a flatbread! Plus, an assortment of delectable ingredients, like ricotta cheese, bacon, brown sugar, onions, pears, and thyme.
A tasty combo of ingredients! We’d suggest pulling out this recipe for hosting friends or family … they won’t believe it doesn’t have gluten and will be so impressed with the creative toppings.
Gluten-free breakfast ideas … made easy! While taking on a gluten-free diet might seem like you’re giving up your favorite breakfast items, that’s simply not the case. We hope this blog post has given you a simple guide for incorporating new and exciting gluten-free breakfast options into your routine!
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