Monday, February 06, 2012

Simplify Life with Migraines & Chronic Illness: Breakfast


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We all know how important it is to eat breakfast, but it's hard enough to get everything going in the morning when you don't have to wonder if you'll be able to get out of bed. It's all about planning ahead and making it easy, while still making healthy choices. If you have food-related migraine triggers, remember to adjust recipes accordingly.

Crustless Mini Quiches

There are a few different recipes floating around the Web for these easy little egg quiches that skip the unnecessary carbs and calories of a crust. They're easy to make easy and freeze extremely well. Feel free to use the main recipe and add what you like and skip what you don't. These are just examples.

Egg & Spinach Quiche Cups

Crustless Mini Quiches


Breakfast Cookies, Muffins & Bars

These are nice for days when you don't even feel well enough to use the microwave. You can be ready to eat immediately and still have something pretty good for you, especially when paired with a banana and some yogurt.

Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Muffins

Ellie Krieger's Breakfast Cookies

Healthified Oatmeal Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Monkey Bars

Banana Cranberry Oat Bars

Carrot Ginger Muffins

Healthified Blueberry Orange Muffins



Fresh Takes on Oatmeal

Some really creative food bloggers have shared recipes for awesome twists on traditional (sometimes boring) oatmeal. Here are some examples:

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Chocolatey Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Gingerbread Oatmeal

Crisp Apple Pie Oatmeal (in photo)

Salted Caramel Cocoa Oatmeal Bowl


Other options to keep on hand

Anything can be breakfast. It doesn't have to be bacon and eggs. These are good foods to have on hand as healthy options for breakfast or a meal or snack any time of day.

  • string cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • low fat cottage cheese
  • frozen berries
  • fresh fruit
  • whole grain, fiber rich cereal
  • whole grain tortillas
  • canned fruit (in it's own juice)
  • peanut butter
  • egg substitute
  • lean ham or turkey
  • whole grain english muffins
  • multigrain frozen waffles
  • nuts


What ideas can you share of healthy, fast, easy breakfasts that you rely on as a person with a chronic condition to cope with?



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