Paleo breakfasts

A lot of folks have been asking for breakfast ideas, especially without eggs. It’s a fact; paleo breakfasts can be a sticking point for a lot of people.

The Standard American Breakfast consists entirely of grains or relies heavily on them to bulk out the meal. Think pancakes, waffles, cereal, muffins, bagels, bread and lots of sugar… all of the stuff we are cutting out to improve our health and performance. Many people, especially those new to Paleo, may have a hard time thinking of breakfast as anything different

If you like eggs you’re in luck! There are virtually infinite ways to cook them and vegetables and meats you can add to eggs to create a new breakfast everyday. But, if you are not quite feeling the egg love and grains and cereals are out of the question, what are you going to eat?

The most important thing about breakfast is to get something nutritious in your stomach that will provide your body with the stuff it needs for muscle repair (and a ton of other important physiological processes that affect how you look, feel, and perform). Your first meal of the day should make you feel energized, not sluggish and tired, and it should hold you through to lunchtime.

Therefore, it’s less important that your first meal fits the traditional idea of breakfast… consider shifting your thoughts about what “breakfast” is. (Really)

Paleo breakfast ideaswith eggs

-Egg muffins (CFCDA cookbook has at least one recipe for these, switch up the meats, veggies and spices for infinite variations. Invest in silicone muffin liners if you make them often. Trust me on this one)

-Scrambled eggs with: bacon, ham, sausage, smoked salmon, chives, tomatoes, peppers, onions, smoked paprika, capers, artichokes, asparagus, spinach, caramelized onions, avocados, salsa, guacamole…

-Deviled eggs. Use paleo mayo. Serve with bacon. Yum. Or try guacamole deviled eggs (pg 17 of the CFCDA cookbook)

-Omelets. Fill with anything you’d put on eggs

-Fried eggs. Throw a couple of these babies on top of virtually any meaty dish and you have breakfast. Some of my favorites: overeasy eggs on Texas Chili, leftover Carnitas?with hot sauce and avocado, burger patties, hash, and lamb sausage. Also delicious on sauteed kale and spinach.

-Frittatas. Everyday Paleo has a couple good recipes, switch up the ingredients with what sounds good to you. Nom Nom Paleo is another great resource.

-Breakfast casserole, courtesy of Mark’s Daily Apple. I’ve made this a few times and it’s delicious.

-Scotch eggs. Heard these have been a home-run around the gym lately

 

Paleo breakfast ideassans ovum

-Chicken salad. Go wild?or more traditional

-Fish. Mild white fish or even a good smoked salmon may sit well for breakfast

-Sauteed greens with bacon and an optional egg. Fry up a good amount of bacon, wilt the greens (spinach, kale, chard, etc) in the fat, add back in diced bacon and eat.

-Apple with almond butter

-Handful of meat, handful of nuts, handful of berries (good if you have leftover meat and are in a hurry)

-Leftover steak with guacamole and diced or cherry tomatoes (or salsa)

-Breakfast hash. Use sweet potatoes.

-Leftover dinner or lunch. Eating paleo can be a shock to your wallet if you’re used to relying on processed junk… make your dollar stretch and use breakfast as a way to finish up leftovers

 

From the CFCDA cookbook:

-Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, pg 24 (also delicious is prosciutto and melon)

-No oat oatmeal or paleo cereal, pgs 188 and 189

-Breakfast sausage, pg 19

-Sick of eggs (aptly named), pg 192

-Sweet potato hashbrowns or homefries, pgs 192 and 193

 

 

 

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2 comments on “Paleo breakfasts

  • Wendy

    Thanks Dawna, for listening to us! This is great. I am putting it on my shopping list and menu list. Between this blog, our cookbook and our FB group, there is no reason for boring food and running out of ideas of what to eat.

  • Camille

    great post Dawna!! Good points. I HATED EGGS WHEN I STARTED PALEO! It was really hard for me to cut out my bagel and cream cheese (every day for four years in college). Now I love coming up with new ideas for breakfast. I usually stick to boring hard boiled eggs and sunny side up during the week, but on the weekends I go nuts! Nom Nom!

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