What to eat on an elimination diet: breakfast and snacks
Good news: I finished Week 1 of the elimination diet! Has it been tough? Yes. Particularly when, as was the case earlier this evening, I sat and listened to well-known chef Mark McEwan speak about his new cookbook (and a recipe for lobster grilled cheese) with the knowledge that all I had waiting for dinner was a salad with beets. So it goes…
As promised, I’m going to talk about what I’ve been eating while in elimination mode and how I’ve been getting by without gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, refined sugar, and a few other random things (see the full list here).
I’m going to start with breakfast and snacks and do a post later this week with lunch and dinner. Here goes:
- I’ve been eating Bob’s Gluten-Free Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal almost every morning because it’s convenient. I’m not totally taken by the taste and Cream of Wheat-esque texture, but if you make a batch on the stove and reheat a bowl in the microwave each morning with some rice or almond milk, maple syrup and blueberries, it’s not a bad way to start the day. Another option is cooking a batch of quinoa (the one pictured is red quinoa…doesn’t look SUPER appetizing, but it’s worth a try!) and doing the same reheating-milk-fruit ritual in the morning.
- My cousin and his wife Mandi are also in the middle of an elimination diet that’s along the same lines as mine. They gave me a creative and tasty-sounding breakfast suggestion: baked sweet potato with almond butter. You can plan ahead and bake a batch of potatoes and then reheat them in the morning. I’m definitely trying it this week!
- Smoothies are another great protein-rich breakfast solution (they can, of course, also fit into the snack category). I’ve been making them with rice milk, frozen blueberries, a big scoop of rice protein powder, a splash of pomegranate juice and a drizzle of flaxseed oil.
- Excuse the blatant product shoutout, but elimination diet or not, I”m pretty obsessed with Riceworks crisps. The plain kind is my favourite — they’re salty, crunchy and satisfying alone or dipped in hummus or white bean dip (I love this recipe). Mandi also suggested Sticks & Twigs, a gluten-free pretzel snack that comes in a few different flavours.
- Another Mandi suggestion: a mix of unsalted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, etc. alongside some unsweetened applesauce mixed with ground flaxseed.
- One of the weird things I’ve been snacking on when I want something salty is a Strub’s baby dill pickle wrapped in a slice of organic turkey. The crunch is really satisfying!
- Fruit and raw vegetables are an obvious healthy snack suggestion. Hummus makes the vegetables better.
For more elimination diet meal inspiration, check out this site. It has a lot of great ideas, including these breakfast bean and rice bowls. And again, I’ll be back later this week with lunch and dinner suggestions!