Food on Friday: Breakfast and a Snack…

gluten-free-breakfastBreakfast. We’re breakfast girls in my house. We wake up hungry and we are not afraid to eat heartily to start our day. But what do we eat if we are wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free?

Our breakfasts usually happen in two parts. We start with a green juice followed by an un-porridge porridge. Though we used to be completely Paleo, we have started to have quinoa, amaranth or rice at breakfast 4-5 days a week.


I made this Lemon – Coconut Brown Rice porridge this week. It was wonderful!

Yields: 2 servings
Preparation time: About 10 minutes
Cooking time: About 20-30 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • flaked raw almonds
  • pomegranate seeds or blueberries
  • coconut oil
  • lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
  • desiccated coconut
  1. Rinse the rice under cool water. Add to pot & cover with boiling water from the kettle.
  2. Leave the pot uncovered simmer on the lowest setting for 15-20 mins. Once the water starts to absorb, add the coconut milk and cinnamon and continue to cook.
  3. Once most of the liquid is absorbed, cover the pot and turn off the heat. Let the rice sit for 5 minutes more before dishing out.
  4. Sprinkle with berries, almonds, lemon zest and dried coconut. Top with 1 tsp coconut oil. (this will melt into the rice). Add more coconut milk as desired.
  5. I like a lot of cinnamon and usually sprinkle more on top. Mmmm…


Once breakfast is out of the way, I will say that we’re all about the snacks.

Here’s one I made today. And bonus…Phoebe (obviously) loved it too….


My Green Banana Ginger Avocado Smoothie

1 large (or 2 small) frozen bananas

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 handful raw almonds (soaked if possible)
1/4 avocado
small piece of ginger (Note: since I was making for my daughter, I used less. When I make for me, I use more)
1 dash tumeric
2 dashes cinnamon
water – start with 1 cup and add more to reach desired consistency
Super food Additons:
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp macca
1/2 tsp chlorella and spirulina greens powder
Toss the chia seeds & almonds in the blender with the water so they can start to soften. Add everything else to  the blender. Blend until smooth. (A note on sweetness: The banana, bee pollen and macca all help to sweeten this smoothie. If you need more sweetness, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of raw honey or real maple syrup…or a drop or two of liquid stevia.)
As you can see, this was well received as a snack! I like to use this as an after dinner treat for me or even for a quick meal when I’m too rushed to cook for myself.
I’d love to hear what you think. Happy eating!