Further UPDATE: We tried "gluten free" Cheerios and they are the FIRST product labeled GF that we've ever had a problem with. Both myself and my 3 year old son reacted badly digestively to having had them- and he only had ONE bite. I tried them 3 separate times, desperately wanting it to be a coincidence. Nope. After reading on the box and website that Cheerios didn't actually keep the oats separate from wheat, but rather attempted to "clean" the wheat out afterward, I cannot recommend GF Cheerios to anyone truly gluten/wheat sensitive or allergic or with Celiac's disease.If you do try them, do so in moderation and if they work for you- great!- I just wanted to send out a cautionary note from our experience.
For a while, I was off of gluten, dairy, egg, and oats. Breakfast consisted of: GF cereal or leftovers from lunch/supper the day before. Because my stomach doesn't always want lunch/supper food for breakfast, and my budget doesn't allow me to purchase expensive varieties of GF cereal, I got creative. Well, it seems like common sense now, but at the time it was SO amazing. Just ask anyone who has ever eaten the same food prepared the same way for 5+ days in a how much they appreciate a change of taste/texture!
My base cereals:
GF rice crispies
(*our ALDI offers their own brand of GF rice/corn squares!!)
chocolate chip & roasted, salted almonds (pictured above)
banana slices (with optional frozen berries or chocolate chips)
frozen or fresh berries (strawberries or berry blend)
little bit of GF granola (just to give it those awesome "clusters" of extra crunch)
raisins and/or peanuts
craisins (dried cranberries) (with optional banana slices)
sprinkle of cinnamon, or cardamom
dash of vanilla
diced fresh pear with cinnamon (pictured to the right above)
Again, this isn't rocket science, but when you're brain is exhausted and you just want something different without a lot of fuss, open up your cupboards and see what you already have that you can eat (so important to emphasize the CAN rather than the CANNOT, especially if you're new to restricted/special diets) and find new ways to combine them, then you're onto something!