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When one decides to remove gluten from our diet, finding foods that do not contain gluten can be a challenge. Five years ago those who were gluten free (either mandatory or by choice) had a much bigger challenge because not many companies had jumped on the gluten free bandwagon yet. Fast forward several years later and now the majority of grocery stores (whether large chains or small shops) carry a good amount of GF items.
Breakfast and lunch are probably the most challenging for me because I am one who loves to eat a cold bowl of cereal or granola every morning and a whole grain sandwich for lunch. When you are gluten free, wheat is out of the question as well as other grains such as wheat, barley, couscous, pasta (unless its made out of corn or rice), etc. Therefore most granola, granola bars, cereals, and oatmeal products are NOT gluten free. This is when you have to start reading labels. There are many gluten free products out there it just takes a little bit of research.
By the way you guys, being gluten free does not mean I cannot have carbs (a lot of you thought that). Gluten free products contains carbs as well (I think they actually have a tiny bit more). I could never stop eating carbs....I love rice and pasta way too much.
One of my favorite places to shop for groceries other than Trader Joes is Winco Foods. My favorite section is their bulk food section because you get to fill bags up with as much or as little food you want. I was bummed that my favorite bulk granola was full of gluten but then I saw that they had a gluten free one! Gluten free products are a tad bit more expensive (no fair) but I really love granola and didn`t mind paying the extra money.
I love eating my granola with 1/2 cup of fat free milk or almond milk and topping it with sliced strawberries. This is a perfect breakfast meal for the warmer days because the milk and strawberries are very refreshing. This breakfast meal actually keeps me full for quite a while.
If any of you live a gluten free lifestyle I would very appreciate it if you could share some breakfast ideas with me ( I am a newbie).
Yesterday was my first attempt at making gluten free pizza so I will be posting that soon.
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?