They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I do tend to agree…although the time I actually sit down to eat it can vary hugely! This month, I’d like to share with you a little insight into what eating gluten free breakfast means for me, along with a few tips that you may not have thought of before…
Gluten free breakfast tips
Breakfast really holds no limitations for me, from a tasty ‘Full English’ that can double up as a satisfying brunch (best enjoyed with lots of cups of tea!) to a quick bowl of cereal or some toast with a bit of butter or jam. I will even confess to my obscure delight of tuna mayonnaise* with thinly sliced tomato on buttered toast… Yummy!
I always try to make time to sit down and enjoy my breakfast first thing, but when I’m off out and about very early morning and I’ve not had a chance to eat, I tend to pack myself up a bit of gluten free bread with cheese or peanut butter on it – just to be sure that I will have something enjoy in case there’s nothing else available! If I’m being super organised, I’ll do this the night before.
When going to stay at friends, I always pack a Juvela Fresh White Loaf or a couple of Gluten Free Rolls as my base, allowing me then to enjoy anything from a full cooked breakfast, or a quick bacon or sausage* sarnie – because why miss out on the good stuff?!
Be careful about gluten contamination
I speak to lots of people on the Juvela Customer Service line who ask if it is important when coeliac to have things like separate toasters, butter pots and use clean spoons to take jams from jars. Well, I’m afraid it definitely is important, but once you get into the routine it will become second nature. The basic rule for a coeliac to maintain a gluten free diet is to eliminate it completely, so going to all the trouble of having your own gluten free bread for example and then popping it in a toaster that has toasted ordinary bread may contaminate it, and will undo all the good effort you are putting in.
Just on a personal note – we don’t currently have a toaster at home, so I simply ensure I use fresh kitchen foil on the grill pan when it’s time to toast my bread. If you don’t have the space for two toasters, this might be a good option for you!
TIP: Label your butter/spread to make breakfast a little easier and encourage the rest of the family to use only clean spoons for condiments, and to only scoop once!
Winter is coming…
As winter is getting a little bit closer, don’t forget about Gluten Free Oats as a breakfast option. In my opinion, you can’t get a better start to a cold, rainy day than a with steaming bowl of porridge! Don’t forget that not all coeliacs find gluten free oats suitable – so just to be on the safe side, if you haven’t already introduced gluten free oats to your diet, have a natter with your dietitian and get them to confirm they are happy for you to add them into your diet.
Adding dried fruit and nuts* to oats along with a drizzle of honey is a great way to get a bit of variety, and a good alternative to simply sprinkling with sugar. I must admit though, I’m a big fan of plain old porridge on its own!
TIP: Always ensure the pack says gluten free oats as well as ‘pure’, because ‘100% pure oats’ does not necessarily mean gluten free.
Hope you have enjoyed the blog this month, please feel free to suggest things you may like me to blog about by commenting below.
Happy, healthy eating!