They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I personally find that a good PCOS breakfast sets me up for a good day. Before my diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, my standard breakfast was oats, muesli or some other cereal. The problem was that I was always starving 2 hours later. Since going gluten and dairy free, my breakfasts have changed drastically and the best thing about them is that they see me through to lunch. So, I’m going to give you some breakfast ideas for your PCOS diet. But before I do, let’s look at the problem with some standard breakfasts.
The Problem with Cereals and Some Porridges
Okay, so apart from the gluten and dairy that is inherent in most cereals, they also tend to have a high glycemic load and are very carb heavy.
So, what is the alternative? Here are some ideas:
Eggs are highly nutritious and are a good source of protein as they have all of the essential amino acids. They are also low GI and are considered to have “high biological value” (1)
There are so many ways you could have your eggs in the morning: scrambled, pached, fired, in an omelette or frittata or hard boiled. If you’re in a rush and you want to bump up the nutrient content by adding some veggies, here is a great recipe idea:
For a more relaxed weekend breakfast, try this delicious one pan breakfast:
Smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast and are an easy way to get loads of nutrients. The only thing with smoothies is that they can have a very high glycemic load and can cause your blood sugars to rise quickly. So, to combat that quick spike in sugars, make sure that you balance the carbs with some almond butter, an egg or even an avocado (you hardly notice the taste but it does make your smoothie so much creamier!)
Here are some smoothie suggestions:
Granolas and Porridges
Last but not least, we need some “cereals” and porridges”. My mom used to call me the Corn Flakes kid when I was growing up as cereal always used to be my comfort food. So, is a porridge and cereal for when you need a bit of warmth and comfort.
This granola may take a little longer to prepare but it will last for up to a week so is a great breakfast on the run or something quick and easy to take to the office if you need to.
So, there are some breakfast ideas that are PCOS friendly and will stand you in good stead for your busy day. If you need some more ideas on other recipes, I have well over a hundred recipes that I use for the weekly meal plans so there’s loads more where these came from!
What is your favourite PCOS friendly breakfast? I’d love to hear from you!