‘What do I eat for breakfast?’ I get this question quite often.
The cry sometimes becomes even more plaintive, ‘What do I eat for breakfast if I/my spouse/children don’t like/can’t eat eggs?’ and I remember my early days when I would sit at the table, head in my hands, staring at the wood grain (the only kind of grain in our house, :-)) waiting for breakfast inspiration. But inspiration rarely hits us at such an early hour…
Don’t worry, be patient
If you are new to this paleo thing, my recommendation is don’t worry about eating a paleo breakfast at first. Going paleo cold-turkey can be hard on the brain – re-engineering three meals a day in one fell swoop is challenging and eventually those poor old synapses and neurotransmitters may blow up and collapse. Instead, prioritize eating paleo at dinner, then lunch. You may find breakfast sorts itself out on its own.
Breakfast for starters
My second piece of advice is usually to reassess what you’re willing to consider breakfast foods. In the beginning, we have all these preconceived ideas about what we should be eating for breakfast. We eliminate those because they’re usually white carbs and definitely not paleo and we’re left with…? A big hole with the exception of eggs. Oh, and bacon. And even bacon gets a bit old when that’s all you have for breakfast day after day.
Veggies for brekkie
But as you gradually experiment with paleo for a bit over dinner and lunch, those preconceived ideas start to melt away. Your mind starts opening to new possibilities, your taste buds change, your cravings disappear.
Suddenly, the idea of vegetables for breakfast doesn’t seem so gross, or you find your food is so delicious you eat the same thing day after day, or maybe you skip breakfast altogether and fast. Like I said, it might sort itself out.
But for those for whom it doesn’t, or you have egg restrictions, or you just want more variety, I thought I offer up some ideas to get you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in no time. A few of these contain eggs as an ingredient but none of them are primarily eggs.
1. Leftovers. After a while on paleo, this becomes quite normal with, I personally find, the exception of fish.
2. Soup. Also perfectly normal and often very soothing. Add an avocado if you are having chicken soup.
3. Big ass salad. This makes a great alternative to typical breakfasts and can be a paleo lifesaver if you’re having breakfast or brunch in a restaurant.
4. Raw fresh fruit. With cheese, if you’re primal, nuts if you’re paleo.
5. Banana and Cream ‘Oatmeal‘.
6. Primal Breakfast Casserole (eggs.)
7. Smoothies. Kefir, coconut milk or water for the base, fruit for flavor, maybe greek yogurt, raw eggs or protein powder for more substance.
8. Meat and veggies. Bacon, sausage, steak and sautéed cabbage and onions.
9. Coconut porridge.
10. BLT paleo-style. Wrap bacon, tomato, avocado and any other veggie or meat you like in a lettuce leaf.
11. Green smoothies. If you’re not so great at getting your greens in, one of these will set you up for the day.
12. Apple and celery with pecan or almond butter.
13. Coconut pancakes (eggs) or banana almond butter pancakes (egg) with berries.
14. Jerky with avocado.
15. Avocado mashed up with salt and pepper with bacon covered in hot sauce. (Franks and Tropical Pepper Co. XXXXtra Hot Habanero Pepper Sauce look the best.)
16. Smoked salmon (watch for sugar,) or sardines with spinach and onions. Chicken breast and just plain fresh cooked salmon also work well with this combo.
17. Strawberries and whipped (by your own hand!) cream if you’re primal.
18. Mixed nuts, berries, coconut shreds. Add a banana and almond milk to make ‘cereal.’
19. Egg-free, grain free, pumpkin zucchini muffins. (I made these at the weekend and they were pretty good!)
20. Paleo ‘cereal.’Unsweetened applesauce, a dash of coconut milk, almond butter warmed and mixed up together with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.
What do you have for breakfast? Tell us in the comments!
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