After having some stomach problems last year, I decided to take grains out of my diet. My body felt great without it, and my stomach problems went away.
A couple months ago, I had a bowl of oatmeal. “One bowl won’t hurt.” And it didn’t. One bowl turned into brown-rice pancakes, oats thrown in my PBC bars, and sides of rice and quinoa. Then the stomach problems started coming back last week. It’s time to go off grains again.
It’s not really a drag giving up grains. I love eating grain-free food. I’m excited to try new recipes again like my coconut flour Fudgy Brownies and these Paleo Breakfast Burritos. They have great flavor, and I never really enjoyed the floppy, flavorless white flour tortillas any way.
This Breakfast Burrito is fit for a day of hard work! Full of protein and antioxidants from the veggies. Dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, nut-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.
- Sliced Ham (choose a ham that is large enough to fold and medium-thickness so that it doesn't break when wrapped. You may need more than one slice)
- 2 eggs (or egg whites)
- 1/4 cup chopped veggies (spinach, black olives, bell pepper, tomato, etc)
- Optional: Salsa, Guacamole, Cilantro
- Saute the veggies in a small bit of oil over medium high heat.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and poor over the veggie mix.
- Using a spatula, scramble the mix until cooked through. Take the eggs out of the pan.
- Roll the ham around the eggs and place back onto the skillet. Grill for a few seconds each side until the ham is slightly brown.
- Serve with salsa, guacamole, and a sprig of fresh cilantro on top.
- Eggs: Great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. They are great for your eyes because of the carotenoid content. Also great for your nervous and cardiovascular system because of the choline content. Contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol, and it is one of the only foods with naturally-occurring vitamin D.
- Tomato: Best known for its high lycopene content. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may reduce incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Tomatoes are especially high in vitamin C and A as well.
- Ham: Preferably bought organically, ham is a good source of protein, iron, and B12. It is low in calories and is a lean meat.
Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:
What are your thoughts on grain-free and paleo diets?
I could never go completely paleo, because then I would have to give up legumes as well. Which takes away my beloved peanut butter! I also think that if I have the occasional bowl of oats or pancakes made with a gluten-free flour, it won’t hurt me too much.