this post was inspired by Meighan, who was wondering today what the heck to eat for breakfast
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What are the first things that come to mind when you hear “breakfast”? If it is cereal, pancakes, or waffles, you are not alone. This is how we grew up and this is what we know for breakfast. We’re always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (those who IF – intermittent fasting – may have a different viewpoint), but if we are learning about Paleo/Primal/Zone, how are we supposed to implement these ideas into our breakfast? We’re told we can’t eat grains or sugar, so what are we supposed to do with that pancake mix, boxes of cereal, and frozen waffles?
throw them out.
Unless it is a closed box that you can give away to a soup kitchen, throw it out. Don’t say “we’ll keep this until we finish it” because you’re going to just keep feeding that craving for sugar and grains. Just throw it out. You’ll forget about it in no time. If you’re looking to lean out (lose fat) you especially need to get sugars and grains out of your sight.
So now you’re saying “I have nothing to eat for breakfast!” An important step is to flip the idea of breakfast upside down. Have you ever thought about having lunch or dinner for breakfast? In other words, what’s stopping you from having a salad, or lox, or a nice steak for breakfast? Take that chili and have a bowl for breakfast. Who cares?! It will take some getting used to, but you’re going to be much better off having a protein/fat/carbohydrate in paleo/primal/zone form than the traditional breakfast that might fill you up at first, but have your stomach growling for more by 10am. Below are links to great sites for breakfast ideas and tips, and at the end, 2 favorite recipes.
Not from pastured chickens or omega-3 enriched, but we use enough eggs in recipes and meals to warrant 90 eggs from Costco!
Eggs – scrambled, over easy/hard, deviled, omelet, frittata, hard/soft boiled, quiche…eggs are your best friend when it comes to breakfast. Rich in protein and fat, eggs will get you through the day. Still worried about the egg myths of fat and cholesterol? This study shows that people who ate eggs vs. bagel for breakfast lost 16% bodyfat!
Meat – get that steak from last night and have steak and eggs. Or just steak. yum. Bacon, Ham, pork, chicken, turkey, sausauge, lox/salmon….it’s all good!
Smoothie – this one is tricky. On one hand it’s super convenient and tasty, on the other hand it’s an easy way to gain weight from the facts that most smoothies are made with fruit (and fructose in fruit causes fat storage) and as liquid, will be absorbed quicker into your system. If you’re going to make one, make sure it has plenty of protein powder and stick with berries instead of fruit like bananas.
Salad – whether it’s fruit salad or a regular one, throwing together a salad is pretty easy and tasty. Get out that arugula and spinach and throw a cut up boiled egg and some bacon bits on top.
Substitutes – Many of us just can’t get completely away from the shape/form/look of breakfast, so what can we do to substitute relatively good stuff for terrible stuff? Coconut flour is an awesome substitute for regular flour (not a 1:1 ratio, so look up specific recipes) and almond flour or almond meal is a great substitute for flour or bread. For instance, instead of breaded chicken, I’ll grind up some almonds and roll the chicken in egg and then the almond meal to make fake breaded chicken. At the bottom is a recipe for Coconut Pancakes, from our very own Coach Evan!
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, OR DINNER? WHO CARES?!
If you think about it, there are a ton of combinations you can make just with eggs and meat. In case you’re out of breakfast ideas though, here are some links to recipes and pictures:
COACH EVAN’S COCONUT PANCAKE RECIPE
Coconut pancake with blueberries and 86% chocolate…thanks Evan!
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch nutmeg
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey (or agave – you can also cut this amount in half)
1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat) (Tai Kitchen is the best – Oh yea, shake the shit out of the can b4 you open it)
1/4 cup of dried unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix these ingredients and let them sit for five minutes. Oil or grease up your pan (preferably with coconut oil!) and heat over medium heat. Pour about a 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, allowing each side to brown before flipping it. We like to put blueberries in after we pour, then high percentage chocolate (80-90%) chips on top once they are done. (so they get nice and melty). For syrup, we use agave nectar.
Egg muffins with sausage, peppers, and onions.
Ingredients: (original recipe makes 6, but listed below is for a full 12 muffins)
1/2-1 cup cooked meat, cut or crumbled into small pieces. (bacon, sausage, ham, etc)
1/2 cup diced vegetables (peppers, onions, etc)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can grease muffin tin but I HIGHLY recommend using cupcake liners…this will cut down on cleaning dramatically and it’s easy to peel off once you eat them).In a bowl, beat the eggs. Add meat, vegetables, salt, ground pepper, and any other ingredients and stir to combine. Spoon into liners, about 1/8″ away from the top. (They will rise during baking, but once you take them out, they will shrink back down to the liner size)
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted into the center of an muffin/omelet comes out almost clean. The omelets will continue to cook for a minute or two after removed from the oven. Remove the omelets from the muffin cups and serve, or cool completely and store for another day. (original recipe said 18-20 but I found this wasn’t enough time, probably because I doubled the recipe) As someone who is up at 5:30am, these are great to pack in foil, keep in the fridge and take one or two to work to heat up.
TRY AND TELL ME YOU’RE NOT HUNGRY RIGHT NOW
Coconut pancake with chocolate chips and walnuts, bacon, over easy eggs
Do you have any ideas for breakfast? Post to comments!