5 Bread alternatives for Breakfast
By Muneerah Shiraz, Certified Nutritional Practitioner
Most families start the day with a breakfast that includes bread or some other flour dense alternatives like Muffins, Bagels, French toast, Pancakes etc.
When they start to go Gluten Free (GF), they run into a roadblock because not all Gluten Free products taste good, if you have ever ordered a GF pizza from your local takeout joint you know what I am talking about, because it pretty much tastes like Cardboard ☹, right?
Breakfast is not just an important meal of the day I find its also one that most people look forward to, especially after a long overnight fast. But GF breakfast does not have to taste like cardboard, so let us look at 5 Bread alternatives for Breakfast…
- Steel Cut Oatmeal- This is a great alternative to bread and very filling.
To make Oatmeal nutrient dense use Steel Cut Oats as they are minimally processed and have more fiber compared to instant Oats. Top it with your favorite toppings, e.g., hemp/chia/pumpkin seeds, berries, shredded coconut, dried apricots/raisins, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, you get the idea 😊
Sweet Potato Toast- Sweet Potatoes make for a great grain free option and are loaded with fiber. Here is how you make Sweet Potato Toast…
- Trim the pointy ends off the sweet potato then lay it on it side on a cutting board. Slice it lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices.
- Place the sweet potato slices into the toaster and toast twice or until golden brown. If you do not have a toaster, set your oven to broil and bake on a sheet for 3 to 6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
- Once the sweet potato has cooled slightly, add your favorite toppings just as you would on bread, and enjoy!
- GF Pancakes- Giving up gluten does not mean that you must give up your favorite foods, you can make GF pancakes with almond flour, coconut flour, oat flour, buckwheat flour etc.
- Chia Pudding- if you like the idea of having dessert for breakfast, Chia Pudding is a great option! Tiny Chia seeds are bursting with nutrition; high in beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and minerals such as calcium and magnesium you would benefit from having them feature in your weekly diet! Chia seeds need to soak in water for 2 hours or more.
If your mornings are busy simply soak them overnight in water, the next morning add milk and your preferred toppings, e.g., chopped fruit, seeds, nuts, protein powder, Greek yoghurt, maple syrup, etc.
- Egg White Wraps- My Weight loss clients love this one!
Simply make a thin egg white omelet with some salt and cheese (optional), remove from pan, fill it with your favorite toppings, wrap and go!
This also makes for a light and nutritious lunch when you add vegetables in it e.g., kale & mushrooms or cream cheese, peppers, cherry tomatoes and green onions.
If you miss bread, know that there are many GF breads on the market, browse your local grocery stores and bakeries and look for ones with the least preservatives or better still try making your own with the Breadables flour 😊