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Gluten-Free Folks Eating Low-Carb / Low-Glycemic
23rd-Mar-2008 02:22 pm
So you don't eat gluten, you try to stay low carb, then what do you eat for breakfast? I don't know why I have such a hard time with the first meal of the day, but I have ever since going gluten free. For whatever bizarre reason, I always need some 'sweet' in my breakfast. I want something that is good for me and will last until lunch time, but something I won't instantly get bored with (or bother my stomach like my recent granola making has). I love waffles and pancakes and sugar filled cereal for breakfast, but I also know it isn't very good for me, nor does it last me any more than an hour or two.
What do you eat for breakfast?
23rd-Mar-2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
if you want something sweet, what about a sweet omelette filled with some ricotta and some blueberries, so it would be sort of like a crepe? i use stevia for sweetening and love it (but not everybody does -- and i only like the white, not the green).
23rd-Mar-2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
You can make a thin crepe with eggs. Then make a filling with egg, ricotta (or cottage cheese that's been put through the blender), and sweetener. Then bake it for 20 min at 350, and serve with a dollop of jam.
23rd-Mar-2008 07:07 pm (UTC) - now *I'M* getting hungry
Oh goodness that sounds good.

Do you think it'll hold together with just the yolk? I'm allergic to whites.
23rd-Mar-2008 07:30 pm (UTC) - Re: now *I'M* getting hungry
I can't see why not. Experiment, and let me know how it turns out. *grin*
23rd-Mar-2008 07:49 pm (UTC) - Re: now *I'M* getting hungry
you might need to add something like soaked ground flax to replace the bulk of the white -- yolks only make things tender. or instead of making an omelette (that needs to be turned) you could make them in little pyrex cups and bake them. that way if they are too soft and tender to turn they will still work.
23rd-Mar-2008 07:51 pm (UTC) - Re: now *I'M* getting hungry
Oh baked sounds good. Hmm... the possibilities are opening up to me :)
23rd-Mar-2008 08:24 pm (UTC) - Re: now *I'M* getting hungry
baked eggs are lovely and easy, and you can make so many variations of savory and sweet.
23rd-Mar-2008 06:56 pm (UTC) - My favourite breakfast
Bananas, frozen berries or peaches or what have you, some soy milk to make it drinkable. Fructose is a lot better carb than adding sugar or honey to something so I don't worry too much about the carb content at breakfast.
Tack on a soft boiled egg or some other kind of protein and you've got a decent breakfast. I am addicted to potatoes, so it's been hard not having hash browns or potatoes with my breakyfast.

I know this sounds weird, but sometimes I'll chop up a tin of Spam (this serves two people), saute chopped onions and garlic, toss the spam in the pan and brown it, then add chopped up olives and capers and toss it with a little tobasco.
23rd-Mar-2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
here are a few of my breakfast routines:

1/2 cup cottage cheese, celery (or carrots), with an almond meal muffin

2 scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa portioned into two corn tortillas (15g carb each)

2 eggs poached or microwaved in a ramikin (30 seconds at first, then 10 at a time until done or it will blow up) with cheese on 1 englis muffin for sandwhich (40g carb)

1/2 cup silken tofu, 1half banana and 1/4 cup frozen berries blended

Basically, you *have* to get some protein in there with your carbs, or you will get the sugar spike. Try a 50/50 ratio of carbs and protein at first, and then adjust the ratio as needed.

23rd-Mar-2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
i went thru someof my low carb files and found a couple recipes i collected in the 90s. i have not tried all of these, just the savory quiche (i'm the opposite of you and don't really like sweets for breakfast *g*)

cinnamon rolls

6 eggs, separated
1/2 tsp creamof tartar
4 tsp brown sugar twin
1 tsp cinnamon
7 tsps ricotta

beat egg whites and cream of tartar til stiff peaks form. in a second bowl, LIGHTLY beat (maybe 5 seconds!)egg yolks,
ricotta cheese, cinnamon, and sugar twin. fold yolk mixture into egg whites til mixed well - but don't break the egg whites down. Spoon into big piles on a parchment covered cookie sheet and bake at 300 for about 50-55 minutes. This recipe makes 8 large rolls.

crustless quiche

1/4 lb bacon fired crisp (or what ever you like!)
1/2 small onion
4 eggs
1/4 lb gruyere cheese, diced
1/4 lb swiss cheese, ditto
1 cup cream
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Cook bacon. Saute onion in bacon grease. Oil a glass pie dish. Spread bacon and onion on botton. Place cheese on top of bacon and onion. In a bowl, mix eggs, cream and spices. Pour over cheese. Bake 45 minutes - 1 hour at 350, or unitl quiche has risen and is slightly brown on top.

Cheese "Danish"

Mix some cottage cheese with sweetener. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the top and microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until hot. Tastes like a cheese danish. You could substitute ricotta cheese.

berry "quiche"

4 eggs
dash each of cream or sour cream, sweetener, cinnamon
1 cup berries (blueberries and strawberries are best.)

Beat all but berries together. Butter a dish and put berries in the bottom. Cover with egg mixture. Bake at 350 until set.
23rd-Mar-2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
This is not remotely similar to what you've been eating, but you asked so I'll answer :) My breakfasts are green smoothies. Water, half an avocado, and whatever greens I choose. You can sweeten it with lower-carb fruit or sweetener if you like.

This is a quick, easy meal for me and gets me a ton of greens. It does sound gross if you've never tried it, but I think it tastes great, even better when you add fruit.
23rd-Mar-2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Turkey ham & eggs with cheese. Hey, you didn't say anything about fat & cholesterol.

Smoothies (yogurt or coconut milk, protein powder, frozen fruit (mango, peaches, berries), a bit of vanilla).

I find fried turkey ham to be quite sweet. It satisfies my needs, anyhow. Our omelets this weekend had fried diced turkey ham, caramelized onions, and american cheese. Yes, I buy american "cheese" for omelets. Nothing satisifes my need for diner food quite like it.
23rd-Mar-2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
I make my own cereal. It's got puffed buckwheat, puffed rice, rice bran, LSA, shredded coconut, sultanas, chopped up dates, rolled oats (I'm not off gluten totally, mainly just wheat) and a little bit of cinnamon. And I have it with rice milk since I'm lactose intolerant. I find it keeps me going usually til lunch time and my dietician seems to think it's pretty good for me =D
24th-Mar-2008 12:14 am (UTC)
I do turkey sausage and eggs usually. If I'm feeling the need for a sweet I usually add a scoop of instant sugar-free cocoa to my coffee. Or use maple flavored sausage. hehe
Sometimes I do yogurt with smoothies, especially strawberries and peaches yum!
Stevia is also a good sweetener you may want to check into!
24th-Mar-2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I usually have some nonfat Greek yogurt, though I've recently discovered Skyr (similar, but from Iceland) and it's even better! I add a drizzle of honey or some fruit.
24th-Mar-2008 02:33 am (UTC)
I am more low-glycemic-index than low carb.

I eat one of the following for breakfast:

*Erewhon's Crisp Brown Rice (the unsweetened kind) with milk, coconut and sliced almonds in it

*Food for Life Brown Rice bread with peanut butter and 1/2 a banana on it

*Eggs scrambled with a variety of sauteed veggies and cheese

*Brown rice tortilla or bread with cheese

*Goat yogurt with a little agave nectar or occasionally splenda, and some fruit (sometimes toasted nuts, too)

*Scrambled eggs with a side of black beans that I heat up with salsa in them

*Bob's Red Mill GF oatmeal, cooked in the microwave, with some flaxseeds and/or nuts mixed in and with a piece of fruit
6th-Apr-2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I used to bake huge trays of brown rice with apples for a fantastic rice pudding breakfast!
YUM! :)
6th-Apr-2008 01:28 am (UTC) - Don't stop me now! ;)
I mix up my own gluten free muesli some days but most I give up on breakfast traditions completely and eat canned fish or hummus and rice cakes Thinking about it avocados are good too, you can make those sweet if you like. A nice cucumber and tomato and seed salad is good, with a bit of grated carrot and chopped prunes and maybe some chickpeas. Left over cold vegetable quinoa is also great with fish or dried fruit through it, cottage cheese would be good too I guess.
Right now I am addicted to raw spinach and an apple.

Rice cakes a little jam and some nuts and seeds would be a nice sweet balance for you to start the day with.
19th-Feb-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
A lot of times, I'll have a fruit-and-greens smoothie with some flax seed and sime protein: a big scoop of unsweetened unflavored whey powder or a good-sized dollop of greek yogurt or a chunk of tofu. Lecithin adds a creamy touch, when I remember. A dash of cinnamon or ginger, or chunk of fresh ginger, can be fun. A little juice or water to thin it out and I'm good to dash out the door.
Berries are great. Pear with lettuce and parsley and a little lime and fresh ginger and (protein) and a lot of cocoa powder is wonderful.
Chia seeds soaked in oj for a few minutes also work for me.
GF oats with chia seeds or flax seeds and some cinnamon, and maybe a little maple or agave syrup as a sweetener.
Greek yogurt with fresh fruit.
Oatmeal (or Bob's wonderful gf hot cereal) with fruit and nuts and yogurt, for real staying power.
Oat bran cereal flakes, if you can find them, are crunchy and have a great flavor. Van's frozen gf waffles - oops, you said no egg whites.
Rice cakes with ricotta spread (low-fat ricotta with a little jam or syrup or honey stirred in).
The Japanese do a slightly sweet egg thing, cooked in very thin sheets, that they use to roll stuff in. If you can make it work with just yolks ... lots of cross-cultural possibilities.
And if you can eat beans, there are some gf breads out there that are not tapioca-rice-sawdust hybrids.
19th-Feb-2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh! And remember, buckwheat is not wheat nor even a grain. And it makes great pancakes.
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