HEALTHY EATING

Healthy, no wheat breakfast alternatives

Wheat like most things has its pro's and cons but the cons outweigh the pro's when it is consumed regularly.

In Summary

•Most families have it in them that breakfast is practically bread, scones, mandazi or pancakes basically everything wheat related.

•Even when they switch from this to cereals they opt for products like weetabix or chocolate weetos which are still wheat products.

A healthy, vegetarian friendly breakfast cereal bowl
A healthy, vegetarian friendly breakfast cereal bowl
Image: HANNIE PETRA

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it fuels one with the energy to go about their day.

However, most families have it in them that breakfast is practically bread, scones, mandazi or pancakes basically everything wheat related.

Even when they switch from this to cereals they opt for products like weetabix or chocolate weetos which are basically still wheat products.

Wheat like most things has its pro's and cons but the cons outweigh the pro's when it is consumed regularly.

Wheat products are associated with weight gain and an increased risk in chronic constipation.

The following are affordable, easy to prepare no wheat alternatives for your breakfast options.

Boiled eggs with fried beef sausages and lyonnaise potatoes.
Boiled eggs with fried beef sausages and lyonnaise potatoes.
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Boiled eggs are an excellent source of lean protein and are rich in B vitamins, zinc, calcium and other antioxidants like choline.

They'll also fill you up without packing in too many calories, which is really helpful if you want to lose weight. Sprinkle black pepper on them for added flavour.

They are also not time consuming at all.

Accompany your eggs with lyonnaise potatoes which are full of flavour, easy to prepare and not only a good source of energy but also fibre and potassium, and sausages as well, because they taste great.

Bacon, sausages, chicken wing, baked beans, greens and a fried egg.
Bacon, sausages, chicken wing, baked beans, greens and a fried egg.
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If you have time then why not go all out and make your breakfast a luxury.

This meal is perfect for people who are observing the keto diet.

You can have bacon, sausages, chicken wings, beans and a side of leafy green vegetables (preferably steamed) for your breakfast.

The meal is not only rich in body building components but it is also rich in iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Assorted fruits served with hot chia seeds water.
Assorted fruits served with hot chia seeds water.
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Breakfast doesn't have to be cooked meals only.

The key point is to break the overnight fast and get energy to run your day to day activities before your next meal.

Fruits are not only healthy and rich in vitamins but also contain detoxification properties, boost metabolism and the immune system.

If you're watching your weight the fibre in the fruits, due to its slow digestion will make you feel full for long, and help prevent you from binge on other foodstuffs.

So you can mix your favourites and have a fruit salad for breakfast.

Chia seeds may be small, but they’re incredibly rich in nutrients and versatile. The antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds are known to promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar management.

You can add them to your smoothies or a cup of warm water to go with your fruits in the morning.

Assorted salad plate with boiled potatoes with skin
Assorted salad plate with boiled potatoes with skin
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Last on my list is a healthy salad filled plate.

This is vegetarian and vegan friendly (depending on the dressing you use)

Vegetables are known to be good sources of fibre, they also help improve muscle performance and protect your heart.

The beauty of salads is you choose what you want to go into them and you can add strips of meat if you're not vegetarian.

You can prepare your salad overnight and let it sit in the fridge then enjoy it for breakfast in the morning.

Hope these help you out next time you're choosing a breakfast option for you or your family.

Better yet, you can come up with a food timetable and choose what goes into each day.