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Monday, November 30, 2015

7 Sugar-free Breakfast Ideas: One for each day of the week!

Sugar is all over the average American's breakfast menu! Donuts! Chocolate Croissants! Scones! Pancakes with maple syrup! French toast! Sweetened yogurt! And MOST CERTAINLY in breakfast cereals! Sugar can be found in not just the assumed culprits of: Cocoa-puffs, Lucky Charms, Reese's Puffs, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and various other obviously sugary cereals... but also in Frosted Flakes, Kashi's GOLEAN Crunch, Cracklin Oat Bran, and other sneaky sugar-filled "healthy sounding" breakfast cereals!

But, worry not! I have a list of easy and quick low-sugar breakfasts for you to try!
  1. Literally the easiest sugar-free breakfast you can have is Grape Nuts. They do not contain any added sugar and can be eaten with dairy or dairy free milk. I, personally, grew up having heated up Grape Nuts, which I find delicious. When they are heated up, their rough texture becomes much more soft and easy to manage. Also, if you want some added flavor, chop up half a fruit to add to your bowl!
  2. Eggs, over easy, with greens. I often steam broccoli, snow peas, or kale. I usually add a small dab of butter or olive oil and salt the greens though so that they have more flavor. This makes for a quick and very hearty way to start your day.
  3. Fruit, coconut milk and chia pudding (no-sugar added, just a bit of vanilla extract), and a cup of tea with almond milk. This breakfast is also quick, and though it does involve some fructose, it is a reasonable amount and still has the benefit of fiber.
  4. Potato and leek country fries with an egg, toast, and fruit. (Beware though, that most store bought bread does contain added sugar and though it will need some advance preparation, homemade bread can be made without sugar and I assure you it will be well worth the work!)
  5. Eggs and Soldiers! This is a classic British breakfast that you rarely find in America. It is delicious and is traditionally a soft boiled egg in an egg cup, cut open, so that you can stick small strips of buttered toast in the soft egg yoke. To make it an even more sugar-free recipe, try Jamie Oliver's Eggs and Asparagus Soldiers
  6. Pesto scramble! I make homemade vegan pesto from this recipe so there is no dairy in the pesto. I mix it in with two eggs and a teaspoon of water. It makes for amazingly fluffy green scrambled eggs! Quick, easy, and flavorful!
  7. Savory pumpkin oatmeal! Yum! This is my favorite autumn/winter breakfast! Make half a single serving of plain oatmeal and cook it until it is halfway done. Then add in the same amount of pumpkin puree (unsweetened) to double the batch. Mix the combination together and finish cooking for the remaining time. Savory pumpkin oatmeal tastes great with a small drizzle of olive oil or some butter. I add salt and pepper, but you might find that weird! It is definitely a matter of taste!
Now, go forth and begin your Dessert-less (-ish) December! You've got this! 

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