Below are some of my favorite things to fix up for breakfast, things that are quick and easy to prepare.  I hope you will be able to find some new favorites for yourself in this list.  Please take note that where I list oatmeal or granola, I’m referring to gluten-free oatmeal and gluten-free granola. Also, once I discovered I had a problem with copper toxicity, I realized some of these breakfast options needed to be modified to provide more of a balance between copper and zinc. Keep this balance in mind when implementing some of these breakfast ideas. Many of these are highly copper-dominant.

  • Sliced banana with peanut, nut, or seed butter: This one is my absolute favorite and is one of the simplest. I never get tired of it. I usually have it once a week, and I rotate the various peanut, nut, and seed butters I have on hand. I use cashew butter, peanut butter, sunflower butter, almond butter, Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, and Peanut Butter & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter. Just slice a banana over a bowl of your peanut, nut, or seed butter of choice. Stir them together or just spoon a slice of banana and some of the peanut/nut/seed butter to eat.

  • Sliced mango with cottage cheese: I love cottage cheese and can eat it plain. I eat a cup of it in a bowl and have the sliced mango on the side. Of course, slicing it up and mixing it in with the cottage cheese would work just as well.

  • Gluten-free bagel with avocado or guacamole: Bagels are pretty high in calories, and guacamole or avocado makes a healthier, lower-calorie alternative to cream cheese if you don’t go overboard. However, I love cream cheese on a bagel too!

  • Mango “halves” with cream cheese spread on top: This is where you can be more liberal with the cream cheese since mangoes aren’t as high in calories as bagels. I slice a mango down either side of the middle to create two “hemispheres”. I then spread cream cheese on the flat side of each hemisphere. Any extra mango can just be eaten on the side.

  • Cold cereal with nuts/seeds and dried fruit added: I love cold cereal, but it doesn’t fill me up at all and can cause a blood sugar spike and crash. Instead of just eating the cereal with milk, I just pour a smaller amount of cereal and add nuts/seeds and dry fruit. I normally just buy plain gluten-free cereals because many of the healthier gluten-free cereals have flaxseed added. This allows me to add whatever extras I want.

  • Oatmeal with nuts/seeds, cinnamon sugar, and/or dried fruit added: This one works really well to take to work because we have a water tank that serves out both cold and hot water. I put the oatmeal and the nuts/seeds, cinnamon sugar, and/or dried fruit into a container to pack in my lunchbox. All I have to do when I get to work is add the desired amount of hot water, wait a few minutes, stir, and eat.

  • Smoothie with banana, frozen berries, yogurt, and peanut/nut/seed butter: I came up with this idea when I had some failed yogurt attempts that came out more like milk. Putting it with the other ingredients into a blender to make smoothies was a great way to use it up. I now just use a 6-oz cup of regular plain yogurt, which makes a thicker drink. I also added some chia seeds at one point just to make it a little different.

  • Gluten-free waffles with peanut/nut/seed butter, fruit, and maple syrup: The peanut/nut/seed butters are healthier and more filling than regular butter, and maple syrup is healthier than the more processed pancake syrup. Just make sure you don’t use too much because a ¼-cup serving contains 200 calories. Pour carefully!

  • Fruit such as pear, apple, banana, etc. with a couple of sausage patties: A good mix of fiber and protein as well as sweet and savory!

  • Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Muffins: I make these ahead of time as muffins and freeze individual servings to pull out as needed when I’m in a real hurry. Since I’m not dairy free, I use regular morsels and milk in these.

  • Sliced cucumber with hummus: Cucumber and hummus pair really well. I like Sabra, Tribe, and Pita Pal brands of hummus.

  • Plain yogurt with dried or canned fruit, nuts or granola: I usually take this to work. I just put the toppings in a container and put the yogurt container in my lunchbox. At work, I pour the yogurt on top of everything else and stir it all together.

  • Fruit Salad:  Put sliced banana, cut apple, and a box of raisins into a bowl.  Stir in the desired amount of mayonnaise.  Dig in!

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