SCD Winter Breakfasts

As many of you may know, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) was formulated to help heal the digestive system of those who suffer from inflammatory conditions such as colitis, coeliac disease and IBS. While it doesn't claim to cure the conditions, it can offer real symptom relief for those who follow it closely. The mainstay of the diet is avoidance of starchy foods; grains, potatoes, sugar and even milk sugars, as these can cause inflammation by remaining undigested in the gut.

A winter breakfast is generally a starchy affair for many - some hot buttered toast with scrambled egg, pancakes and bacon, or a steaming bowl of creamy oatmeal. Something to warm you through the morning and fill you up till lunch! But what do you eat if starch is off the menu?

Eggs are often the first thing to turn to - a plate of eggs scrambled in butter takes literally seconds to make - but day after day, they soon start to lose their shine! So I thought I'd list some of the hot breakfasts we turn to and hope that maybe you'll suggest a few of your own?

Pumpkin Pie Porridge - a hot porridge stand-in made with squash, apples and almonds, a little reminiscent of a pumpkin pie filling. You can also add some quinoa seeds when you make it (if you aren't following SCD), for a highly nutritious, oat free porridge. Make enough for a few days and just heat a portion through in the morning. Serve with yogurt and extra cinnamon.

Banana Omelette - Not the most beautiful dish I'll grant you - and not everyone likes the idea of a sweet omelette. Fin and I love a banana omelette and it takes moments!

Slice a banana into coins and fry it in a small teaspoon of butter on a fairly high heat until bits of the banana start to caramelise, scrape onto a plate. Make a standard two egg folded omelette and just before you fold it, spread the banana over half, top with a heaped dessertspoon of yogurt, sprinkle on a dessertspoon of ground almonds and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Fold and eat immediately!

Fluffy Eggs - a weekend breakfast from my childhood, updated for SCD.

Fresh homemade Chorizo Sausages - perfect with a poached egg and some garlic spiked tomatoes.

Pea Pikelets - an old standby in this house! Eat as a savoury breakfast with some ham or cheese or swap the peas for squash, apple or banana for a more pancake type experience and eat hot from the pan with a dollop of strained yogurt or some butter.

What do you eat on a cold winter's morning, Gluten free or SCD? - leave a suggestion in the comments, or a link to your own recipe.

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