Life is busy—we get it!
How often do we skip breakfast because there is just not enough time? (We’re absolutely guilty of it, too). Maybe a lack of time is not the only culprit here, but also a lack of breakfast ideas, which causes us to just give up and skip it all together. Breakfast is important, though, and we would hate to see you skip it unnecessarily.
Ordinarily, we’d simply suggest just coming to us for breaky, but if you can’t make it or we’re closed, here are five ideas:
Coffee, as good as it is, may not be the wisest way to substitute your most important meal of the day—especially if you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle to reap the benefits of a healthy digestive tract. If you’re in a hurry, preparing an overnight chia pudding is a great way to ensure a healthy breakfast is waiting for you in the morning.
And friends—don’t be afraid to customize it! Add some spices, a little maple syrup, seasonal fruit...a small sprinkle of chocolate chips, even! Go crazy, guys. Live on the edge.
(We like to put some espresso in our chia pudding, for that small pick-me-up pre-morning coffee).
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but most brands on the market have been cross-contaminated during the harvesting process, which renders them no longer safe for those avoiding gluten. Take care to buy certified gluten-free oats—if you’re unsure, just take a peek at the label.
Gluten-free will always be noted.
Gluten-free oats should be considered a household staple, as oats are great in baking and make for a delicious and hearty breakfast, served cold or warm.
(Small tip: give them a blitz in your food processor to make oat flour—it works really well in pancake recipes!)
Or, better yet, visit us for our house-made granola!
We use certified gluten-free oats, a little cocoa powder, maple syrup, toasty seeds and a pinch of flakey sea salt. Try it with a little steamed milk for a cozy twist, topped with fresh baked seasonal fruit.
What more do you need to start your day off proper?
There are endless ideas of what to stuff inside a delicious and soft Mexican tortilla shell, and almost nothing beats the comfort of a breakfast burrito. Unfortunately, flour tortillas are not gluten-free—but don’t fret! There are a myriad of wraps on the market that are certified gluten-free; they can usually be found in the grocer’s freezer section OR check the fresh section as well. Larger grocers are starting to stock the fresh goods, like La Tortilla Factory’s Ivory Teff wraps. The other alternative: check for traditional corn tortillas if you aren’t sensitive to corn products. Many are gluten-free and delicious when grilled.
Not into it? Skip the wrap all together!
Instead, try making an omelet or frittata, which is basically what’s on the inside of a breakfast burrito. Use spinach, cheese, eggs, and avocado. Add a little hot sauce! Simple, and so good.
Vegan? Grill up some tofu, or mash and pan fry chickpeas with some fresh herbs. Sprinkle some nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavour.
Follow your cravings, friends. Follow. Your. Cravings.
A fruit parfait is quick, healthy, refreshing and so good. They’re also gluten-free when topped with gluten-free granola! (Ahem. Like our homemade, small-batch granola). Kids love these dessert-looking parfaits, and they make a great afternoon snack, too.
Simply toss a mixture of chopped fruit and berries gently in a bowl. Into each parfait, layer 1/4 cup of fruit mixture, 1/4 cup yogurt (make it dairy-free if you’re vegan—there are some stellar almond and coconut-based vegan yogurts on the market now), 1/4 cup fruit mixture, 1/4 cup yogurt, then garnish with more fruit and gluten-free granola. If you want to get fancy, garnish with fresh mint!
Dig deep, friends.
Our fifth and final idea for a gluten-free breakfast is a smoothie bowl. Super simple. Make a super thick smoothie, pour it into a bowl, and top with yummy things like hemp hearts, chia seeds, dried fruit, nuts, whatevs.
OR…visit our neighbours, Habit Project! They offer delicious smoothie bowls made with their amazing nut mylks and granola from—you guessed it—The Polly Fox!
There you have it! Lots of great ideas for a gluten-free breakfast that will give you energy and inspire you to eat before 11am. The Polly Fox Bakery offers some amazing gluten-free breakfast items, too. Treat yourself to a cinnamon bun or a cute little mini scone, paired with a coffee this weekend.
Fulfilling that morning mega appetite? Try a waffle sandwich!
Visit our website to see our complete menu of breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch options. Sweet or savoury, there's something you'll love—we promise.
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