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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Sugar-free Breakfasts

This is a continuation of my "sugar-free" series.

A typical breakfast before my sugar detox was cereal and milk. I like Total, Raisin Bran, Cornflakes... those kind of flaky cereals. I never did eat colored cereal or coated flakes. You'd think it would be easy to find flakes without sugar. As far as I know every boxed cereal has sugar in it except something like puffed millet. I tried it...barf...

If anyone knows of a boxed flaky cereal without sugar please let me know.

I was never much of an oatmeal eater. I am aware that oatmeal improves cholesterol and counsel my patients with cholesterol problems to eat oatmeal. This is my recipe for oatmeal

2 1/2 cup milk, soy, or rice (I prefer original rice dream.)
1 cup oats
1/4 cup of agave nectar

Apples and cinnamon, or banana and walnuts to taste, A few whole flax seeds can be tossed on top.

I bring it to a boil, turn it down and simmer a few minutes. I get my oat groats from a friend who grinds them at her house, but you can get this at a grocery store.

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Oatmeal also makes great granola. This has become my "cold cereal."I have made granola to suit my needs with honey, maple, agave. Its usually not sweet enough for anyone else. So, I haven't found a recipe I am willing to share. I tend to find recipes on-line and make appropriate substitutes.

Eggs are a great breakfast option.

Shakes/smoothies also work. I like rice milk or apple juice as a base and use a combination of fruit: strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pineapple, etc... honey or agave can sweeten it.

Buckwheat pancakes sweetened with honey and topped with maple syrup, or fruit. This adds another delicious grain to the diet and is easy to prepare. 2/3 cup buckwheat, 2 tsp honey, 2 tsp oil, 1 egg, 3/4 cup. My kids actually like this!

Not all soy or rice milk is sugar-free. I had to read labels and learn which ones are.
I would love suggestions if anyone has some. Next time I write about my detox I'll write how I manage lunch and dinner.

4 comments:

pearly1979 said...
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catalina said...

Ooh thanks! There's another idea for a book ... Sugar Free Meals! :D I've been dying to try Agave Nectar :D

BeyondYourPeripheralVision said...

If you can find sugar-free yogurt that is not sweetened with artificial sweeteners- I highly recommend trying some Birchermuesli for breakfast!

Birchermuesli was invented by a Swiss doctor around the turn of the century. My Swiss husband, who is a phenomenal cook, used to make it for me all the time when I was pregnant. You can probably find some recipes on the Internet. I don't know his exact recipe, but I found a similar one in a Swiss cookbook. Here it is:

4-6 TBS oats
16 oz plain yogurt
2 ripe bananas (mashed w/ fork)
3-4 grated apples
1 lb fresh fruit (berries, oranges, pineapple, peaches or kiwi)
Juice of 2 lemons
Sliced almonds (as many or as little as you please- just eyeball it)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and sweeten to taste w/ honey or agave nectar. If it's too dry, add cream, milk or orange juice. Enjoy!

My husband usually makes a big batch of it for me with strawberries and omits the bananas because I don't like them. You can also try walnuts instead of the almonds.

P.S. I went totally sugar-free for a year when I was 14. My father took me to a nutritionist because I was having dizzy spells. Turns out I was sensitive to a lot of foods. At the beginning of my detox, I was sugar, fructose, dairy, corn and wheat-free. I'm sure there were other forbidden foods, but I can't remember. I just remember eating chicken and brown rice for the first few weeks. Boring... Never felt better, though!

Permission to Mother said...

Thanks! I've been wondering what to do with plain yogurt (I have found organic sugar free plain yogurt.) and more use of oats. I like your combination of fruits. I will let you know. I'm sure I'll like it. Nothing not to like.

I eliminated some more things at the start of this, but re-introduced them back already. There are a few things I don't miss that I am sensitive to like MSG and I am not planning on eating it anytime soon.

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