It seems like the typical American breakfast is the most carb-o-riffic meal of the day. Ask someone to start listing breakfast foods, and most (if not all) the things they list will have gluten. Muffins, pancakes, waffles, Egg McMuffins, breakfast cereal, oatmeal… the list can be daunting.
Eggs, Chex cereal and more great gluten-free ideas for breakfast
Side note: oats themselves do not contain gluten. However, because of the way oats are grown and processed, all oatmeal is assumed to be heavily cross-contaminated with wheat gluten unless the package specifically states otherwise.
When dealing with a gluten-free diet, it's always best to focus on the positive. Look at all the things you CAN eat for breakfast!
If you are in a hurry, a handful of raw unsalted almonds makes a great little portable breakfast. Tuck them into a small Ziplock bag and you're ready to go. No crumbs, no sticky messes. Almonds are high in minerals including magnesium (an element that most of us don't get enough of), high in protein, and high in the good kind of fat.
Almonds are also surprisingly high in calories, which means it won't take very many of them to fill you up. It's five calories per almond, which means a big handful will be around 200 calories - a good target for breakfast.
Another quick breakfast for eating at your desk or in the car is apple slices with peanut butter. Most peanut butter brands should be gluten-free: Skippy, Jif, and Smucker's Natural peanut butters are all confirmed gluten-free. Apples are great for you nutritionally, and peanut butter gives it that extra bit of deliciousness, plus the protein that can help fill you up and fuel your day.
Eggs are a breakfast standard, and if you have a few minutes, they are easy to cook and quick to eat. Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years, but it's undeserved: eggs are high in good omega 3 fatty acids, and they do not have an effect on your cholesterol levels.
You can make an omelet or frittata with leftover bits and bobs from the fridge, or just fry up a quick pair of eggs while you get ready. Personally when I have the time, I love to have poached eggs over either sautéed greens or homemade home fries.
Desperate for a cereal fix? Choose Chex! Most Chex cereals are gluten-free, including Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Honey Nut Chex, Cinnamon Chex, and Chocolate Chex. (Better still, buy a box of each and mix them all together. That was my favorite cereal when I was a kid!)