Originally written March 2016
Now that I am on a doctor prescribed diet of:
- no grains
- no sugar
- no dairy
the most common question people ask is, “What do you eat?” My most common response is meat and vegetables. But really, I’m eating a lot of different things. Some are good, some are bad, some are great, and some make me want to eat the things that cause me pain and just be damned.
I thought I would add 4 blog posts over the next couple of weeks – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks. Today I will focus on breakfast.
If I have links to recipes available, I will share them.
Breakfast has often been a struggle for me. I’m not typically hungry first thing in the morning. And on weekdays, I set my alarm to have just enough time to get dressed and head out the door. I prefer sleep.
Before I had to modify my diet, I often ate cereal. Cinnamon Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cinnamon Life are my favorites. Ha! See the theme there? Apparently I love cinnamon. Most likely because with cinnamon often comes sugar.
The other go-to was frozen breakfast items from Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, or Bob Evans. I could throw them in my bag, head out the door and microwave them when I got hungry later. They were the epitome of convenience.
None of the above items even come close to fitting into my prescribed diet.
The first few weeks I settled for a rotation of eggs with whatever vegetables were chopped and ready for use and a protein shake with almond butter, almond milk, and half a banana. Then I started to get bored. So I turned to the ultimate website to find almost anything in the world…Pinterest. I searched for Whole 30, because that is the closest diet to what I am following. Whole 30 does not allow added sugar but still allows some sugary fruits. If a recipe had a fruit I couldn’t eat, I just didn’t add it when cooking.
Here are some of my favorite breakfasts:
Blueberry Tortillas – this one sounds weird. Eggs, tamari, cinnamon, and blueberries.
I know, I know. How can those ingredients go together to make something not only edible, but delicious? I have no idea. But they do. In fact, this is so good, that even when I can start eating more “typical” food, this recipe will stay in my repertoire.
Kale and Sweet Potato Hash – 5 breakfast recipes – scroll down – it is the 3rd recipe listed. I love this one. Cook the sweet potatoes ahead of time and then it only takes a few minutes to warm up. I could eat sweet potatoes everyday. Make sure the eggs are nice and runny too. The combination of the salty yolk and sweet potato is incredible.
Coconut Flour Pancakes – If you read this one, you will think I am crazy because it doesn’t follow my diet plan. I modify ingredients to make it fit and it still tastes delicious. I use almond milk or coconut milk in place of the cow’s milk and I just omit the sugar. I don’t use maple syrup or butter either. I just eat them plain. I promise. When you are missing food like this and haven’t eaten anything close in a long time, this will satisfy your cravings. Don’t expect it to taste exactly like the pancakes you are used to. It will have a little more grainy texture. There is a restaurant near my house that sometimes makes “grits waffles” or “grits pancakes.” That is what these taste like.
Here are some recipes that are okay. They aren’t great, but they do their job of filling me up and starting my day.
Omelets – I use any vegetable under the sun. On Sundays I usually prepare the majority of my food for the week. Odds are I am not going to use all of the vegetables. This week I have extra cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, green onions, butternut squash, and romaine. I simply heat evoo, warm up the veggies, then add the whipped eggs. Instant vegetable omelet.
Chia Pudding – This link will take you to 36 different recipes. Here’s the thing. I like chia pudding better the thicker it is. Sometimes it doesn’t thicken as much as I hoped. Sometimes it is way too runny for me. Other times it is perfect. You’re probably thinking why don’t I just keep the chia to almond milk ratio the same? Well, because I try to follow the recipes. If someone created it and loved it, I assume that I will too. Plus, chia isn’t as low-cal as I originally envisioned. It’s healthy and good for you, but 60 calories a tablespoon. So chia pudding is a hit or miss thing for me.
Protein Shakes – I typically make mine using vanilla or chocolate protein powder. I add 8 oz. of almond or coconut milk, 1 tablespoon or almond butter, and 1/2 of a frozen banana. Sometimes I change the fruit to frozen strawberries or cherries and sometimes I don’t add the almond butter. It just depends on my mood. They usually taste good, I just prefer to eat my food and not drink it.
The following recipes sounded good, but really weren’t. I was looking for something I could make ahead of time and grab-and-go for work.
Chicken, Kale, Egg Bake – I can’t find the exact recipe I used. There are a few out there, so maybe if I would have used a different recipe I would have fared better. But, for mine I browned ground chicken, threw it in an 8 x 10 pan, and covered it with eggs and kale. That’s it. That’s probably why it tasted so bland. I ate it, but I wasn’t happy.
Guacamole Frittata – I wanted this to taste good. It sounds amazing. It just didn’t come out as I had hoped. Again, it was kind of bland. The problem with eating without any grains, dairy, or sugar is that you have to add more flavor than is typical with herbs, spices, etc. This one just didn’t cut it.
That’s it for now. I have 5 more weeks to go before I meet with the dietitian again and potentially get to add more food back into my diet. If I find another amazing recipe, I will definitely edit this post. If you’re eating like I am, please share any recipes that you have found and loved.