I don't know about you, but it takes me at least an hour to wake up in the morning. This means breakfast needs to be something I can do while essentially brain-dead. In case you're like me, here are some easy FODMAP friendly breakfast ideas.
Breakfast 1: Bacon and Eggs
This quick and easy breakfast is ready in under 10 minutes and is packed with protein and delicious goodness.
Feel free to be creative with your eggs. Some standard options include: fried, scrambled, sunny-side up, or over easy. You can also hard boil them the night before for a stress-free egg that travels.
Remember, if you're in the elimination phase products like milk or cream should be lactose-free.
This FODMAP friendly breakfast is full of delicious protein and fats, but you'll still need some carbs (and fiber) in there. I usually follow-up my bacon and eggs with a medium-sized banana, or a safe portion of blueberries, strawberries, or grapes.
Breakfast 2: Gluten-Free Cereal and Fruit
Now that gluten-free products are more mainstream, FODMAP friendly cereals and other boxed items are much easier to find.
While a product being gluten-free doesn't automatically make it low FODMAP, it does help narrow down the search for safe products. To find low FODMAP cereals in your area, check online to see what gluten-free cereals your local grocery store has handy. Then check each brand for any added high FODMAP ingredients.
Top off your cereal with some lactose-free milk and fresh fruit. Make sure you check the recommended portion size in your Monash app. Remember, Monash recommends picking one type of fruit per sitting (3 hours). Fruits, in particular, can quickly push you over your FODMAP threshold, so no mixing and matching, I'm afraid.
Breakfast 3: Peanut Butter and Jam Toast
I like PB&J toast as a FODMAP friendly breakfast on the go. Just spread on your peanut butter and jam, then put the slices together for a toasty little sandwich. Don't forget to wrap the bottom in a paper towel to catch any drips.
Be selective when choosing your gluten-free bread, as many gluten-free products contain sneaky FODMAPs like chicory root/inulin, apple, pear, or pineapple juice, as well as other high FODMAP ingredients.
My favourite low FODMAP bread is a long-rise sourdough. Even though this bread is made from wheat, it's still low FODMAP. This is because the fructans in the wheat are broken down by bacteria during the fermentation process. A proper long-rise sourdough takes 24-48 hours to rise. Always check the ingredients for yeast. If it's listed as an ingredient, the baker cheated and not enough fructans were broken down.
No PB&J is complete without peanut butter and jam. Peanut butter is safest when it is 100% peanuts, so look for a pure peanut butter. Monash recommends limiting your serving size to two tbsp per sitting. Servings of three tbsp or more are high in fructans and galactooligosaccharides, so don't go crazy.
As for jam, the only flavour currently recommended in the Monash app is strawberry. Monash recommends using 2 tbsp of jam as well. Remember to check for other high FODMAP ingredients before you eat it.
Breakfast 4: Dressed-Up Oatmeal
Sometimes breakfast just needs to be filling. My answer to this is always oatmeal. According to Monash, FODMAPers should tolerate 1/4 cup of dry oats. Here are some ideas to dress it up depending on your mood:
- Fresh berries for a fresh crunch
- Brown sugar for a sweet pop
- Maple syrup for a little Canadian pizzaz
If you're overpowered by the sheer density of oatmeal like I am, you can add a little lactose-free milk to lighten it up. I find adding some extra liquid helps it settle in my tummy. Give it a try, and let me know if it helps you in the comments below.