Tired of Eggs (or Allergic?): 3 Eggless, Gluten-Free Breakfast Options!

3 eggless breakfastsOn June 5th, my life and love of eggs for breakfast forever changed.

Being the curious health experimenter/learner that I am, I decided to take an allergy sensitivity test “just for the heck of it.”

In case you’re curious, an “allergy sensitivity” is a reaction from a delayed immune response (vs. a quick response from a ‘true allergy’), that can manifest in fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and other symptoms that are hard to specifically pinpoint to certain foods.

Now, I am *perhaps* regretting this decision, because just 1.5 weeks ago, I received my results:

  • VERY sensitive to ALL chicken and duck eggs and yolks.
  • Very sensitive to ALL dairy.
  • Sensitive to almonds and cranberries.

{Yeah, I know your mouth is dropping, too.}

I’ve had some awareness about my issues with dairy throughout life… but ALL eggs, and even almonds!?

My face went from shock, to doubt and disbelief, to anger, to sadness, to WhattheheckamIsupposedtoeatforbreakfast!!?

And I’m still grieving the news, especially because during the past 2 years, I’ve eaten eggs 99.5% of the time for breakfast.

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And for the other .5%, I end up eating eggs for lunch or a snack during the day.

Remarkable, isn’t it? It’s not like my love for eggs has been that obvious in my writing or anything…

For the Love of Eggs (And Your Brain & Body!)

The Perfect Boiled Egg

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While this news may be one of those “ignorance is bliss” cases, I am undeniably grateful that I figured out some of these problem foods to avoid in my everyday diet.

The goal is optimum wellbeing, right? If cutting these foods out (*tear*) means I have a clearer brain, better skin, and I’m healthier, I’m game.

So.

Whether you, too, are sensitive or allergic to eggs – OR – you just want to find a healthy alternative to eating eggs every day, here are 3 delicious and eggless alternatives to start your day with a bang!

3 Eggless Breakfast Alternatives 

1) Breakfast Meat + Greens

A. Choose a clean meat – without hormones, antibiotics, nitrates or additives – and preferably organic.

My FAVORITES are apple and cinnamon pork sausages (something like this)chicken sausage (like this, and, of course, BACON.

Speaking of, did you see my new favorite sign for my kitchen that I posted on Facebook!?

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Out with eggs, in with BACON!

B. Pick a green (My faves right now are kale, kohlrabi, or asparagus with leeks!!), and sauté in 1 – 2 tablespoons of lard, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, or butter. Add a dash of sea salt. Delish!!

You’ll feel full of sustained energy from the protein and healthy fats, along with a healthy dose of calcium, antioxidants, and fiber from the greens!

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Breakfast meat & greens!

2) Steel Cut Oats Delight

Unlike old-fashioned oats, quick oats, or instant oats, which are steamed or partially cooked and rolled, steel cut oats are produced by running the grain through steel blades that thinly slice them.

As one of the least processed, whole foods versions of oats, these bad boys are tied to decreasing heart disease risk, improving blood pressure, and improving cholesterol. Yes, please.

Kyle and I like Bob’s Red Mill brand.

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How to make them?

  • Soak them overnight in coconut milk (or almond milk, prior to my test results) with 2:1 ratio of liquid to oats (a.k.a. 1 c of steel cut oats in 2 c of coconut milk).
  • In the morning, cook on low-medium heat for 10 – 20 minutes (depending on how creamy you like them).
  • Add fruit (we love berries!).
  • Optional: Add a scoop of organic peanut butter or almond butter
  • Optional: Add a dash of vanilla and cinnamon if you like… tastes like pie!
  • Serve or take it to-go in a mason jar!

Note: If you aren’t able to soak them overnight, no biggie. Just add the appropriate 2:1 ratio of liquid to oats in a pan, and cook as described above!

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I like my oats with a scoop of peanut butter for added creaminess (and a side of kale!)

3) Super Quick Smoothie

Another great way to include a huge dose of quick, energy-boosting antioxidants is by making a smoothie!!

Here are two of my favorite recipes that I recently posted on Facebook!

Strawberry Coconut Cream Smoothie
– 1/2 c coconut milk (+ extra water if needed)
– 2 tbsp chia seeds (helps to thicken)
– 1 tbsp flaxseed
– 1/2 c strawberries
– 1/2 tbsp coconut oil 
– 3 ice cubes
– Dash of vanilla

The chia seeds and flaxseed are both excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids (think brain fats and anti-inflammatory), as well as fiber and protein.

The coconut oil and coconut milk are also super satiating fats great for long-lasting satiety and high energy (medium-chain triglyceride fats go right to the liver for immediate use!).

Plus, it’s low in sugar/carbs, so you’ll stay happy and full for a long time. :)

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Beet and Avocado Smoothie
– 1/2 c coconut milk
– 1 small beet
– 1/2 avocado
– Dash of organic vanilla
– 3 ice cubes
– 1 scoop protein powder like this

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For more eggless (AND egg-based breakfast) ideas, check out 10 more ideas here!

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Your turn! I’m dying to hear what other eggless (and whole foods!) breakfast alternatives you love!?

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18 responses on “Tired of Eggs (or Allergic?): 3 Eggless, Gluten-Free Breakfast Options!

  1. Hi Julia

    I’d be interested in knowing what symptoms (if any) you’ve had to eggs and dairy consumption.

    Dan

  2. Try eating only egg yolks. I react to egg whites but i’m fine with the yolk. From what i understand its the egg white that most people are allergic to. I eat a lot of egg yolks pretty much every day.

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Jeff! The test confirmed both egg whites and yolks from chickens and ducks are highly sensitive for me… otherwise, I’d be all over it!

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  4. Well i’m sure are your gut heals (which i see is your next post). You’ll be able to re introduce egg yolks.

  5. yes, I am in a turmoil too. Just found out I am highly sensitive to eggs, gluten, and my favorite salmon. Breakfast on the weekends consists of cheese omlets…. ARGGGGHHH…
    during the week I usually have my green smoothies. I also have to be careful with sugar intake – this is becoming sooooo much fun.

    • I totally can relate. UGH. I’ve toyed back and forth with adding back eggs in my diet and cutting them out, and so far, there’s definitely a correlation with better digestion without eggs. And so it goes with creative breakfast ideas… love green smoothies! I’m a huge fan of sausage and sautéed veggies in the morning (pork sausage with kale or zucchini hash), or even protein powdered pancakes (smash a banana with nut butter and a scoop of clean protein powder). We can do it!! :)

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  7. 42 and suddenly sensitive to eggs.. Unbelievable. Like you I ate them all day (breakfast, hard boiled, in salads). My symptoms come on about 20-30 minutes after eating and include severe burning and cramping in my stomach. I end up in the fetal position in bed for about an hour.. Some of my breakfast options now are smoothies, toast with almond butter, honey, & cinnamon, or toast with mashed avocado, sliced tomato, sprinkled with flax seeds, and drizzled with olive oil and garlic salt. I’ll be doing your meat and greens asap.. Thanks for the ideas!

    • :( I can totally relate. It sounds like you’ve found a better breakfast, though! I’m onto eating leftovers from the previous day’s dinner these days..

  8. What test did you take to determine your allergies? I really NEED to go on an elimination diet, but find that it is just too hard and unrealistic to cut out all possible offenders (eggs, gluten, nuts, chocolate, FODMAPS…) all at once :(. Throughout my many attempts to eliminate certain foods, I have always felt deprived and inadvertently binge.

    I already know I can’t handle any dairy, but I can’t figure out what is causing my leaky gut, joint paint, and chronic fatigue. I’ve read that ALCAT has mixed reviews.

    Thanks!!

    • Hi! It was a test through Genova Diagnostics: http://www.gdx.net/product/igg-food-antibodies-food-intolerance-test-blood. Unfortunately, these tests aren’t overly reliable. The elimination diet is truly the best protocol, and I KNOW it’s so difficult to eliminate at once! BUT, if you do it, remind yourself it’s only for a short period of time, and then you can reintroduce foods and note reactions. Check out the autoimmune paleo protocol for satiating recipes and to help you stay on track. :)

  9. Hi Julia,

    Thanks for this post; The first I encountered after learning I too am intolerant to eggs. I had given up gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. etc. but still had symptoms. I finally had the test and now It seems I must forgo my beloved eggs. I feel your pain! My favorite alternative is probably beans. All kinds, prepared numerous ways. A bowl of hot, spicy beans in the morning can be as comforting as the steel cut oats. I also like sweet potatoes with greens for breakfast. I tried your smoothie this morning with blueberries instead is strawberries and added a tbs of raw cacao. Delish! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much for the tips!! I am a HUGE fan of sweet potatoes as well, though beans aren’t exactly my friend. I do love hummus occasionally, though. Thank you for your kind words and suggestions! :)

  10. Im also very allergic to eggs. I found that out right before christmas. I also found out a year later that I’m allergic to Chicken and turkey! I found that out right before thanksgiving. I hate when my sisters eat pancakes and waffles in the morning what I can’t. One good thing is my mom found a thing called egg replacer. With it she can make all sorts of things like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and all sorts of other things.

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