Whenever I tell people about the Paleo diet, one of the first questions I get is “What do you eat for breakfast?”. I don’t know about you but I wake up feeling rather ravenous and in need of something tasty. Here, I’ve documented seven days of Paleo friendly breakfasts that I regularly eat – from quick smoothies on the go to oven-baked eggs on the weekend.
Are you ready? Here we go:
Monday – Mushroom & red capsicum omelette with avocado coriander salad.
The secret to making a quick yet delicious breakfast in the morning is to prepare everything you need the night before. While cooking dinner, one of us will usually pre-chop onion, mushrooms, red capsicum and most of the salad stuff except for avocado, to keep it fresh. Then in the morning, all I have to do is heat a frying pan with some ghee or coconut oil and throw in onion, mushrooms, and capsicum to sauté on medium heat for a few minutes. In the meantime, I whisk the eggs (3 whole and 2-3 egg whites, plus some sea salt) and slice avocado for the salad. I then pour the whisked eggs in the frying pan and let the whole thing cook for 5 minutes, on medium heat, or until cooked almost all the way through. I then fold the omelette in half and slice in three parts. I dress the salad with lemon juice, sea salt and olive oil. All up it takes 15 minutes and you have a lovely breakfast on the table.
Tuesday – Sunny side up eggs with crispy bacon, sauerkraut and kale.
Again, prepare as much as you can the night before. In this case I pre-trimmed the bacon and washed and chopped the kale leaves. I fry bacon in some ghee or coconut oil until crispy, then do the eggs in the same frying pan and finish off with kale sautéed with some lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt. I eat sauerkraut drizzled with olive oil, it’s full of probiotics which are great for keeping your gut flora in tact.
Wednesday – Strawberry Margarita. Just kidding!
Wednesday – Strawberry Coconut Smoothie plus a little protein on the side such as some turkey slices, cooked chicken or salmon. Otherwise you can add some whey or egg white protein powder . We do eat a lot of eggs and it can get pretty boring. Plus, this is super quick to make!
Thursday – Egg omelette with gluten free chicken sausage, sauerkraut and cherries.
Make omelette as per Monday. Chicken sausage can be cooked the night before so you can quickly reheat it in the morning. Fresh cherries or berries are a great little addition.
Friday - Full fat Greek yogurt with cherries, banana, coconut flakes and toasted cashews or macadamia nuts.
I eat a little good kind of dairy so yogurt often makes an appearance on my breakfast menu. It’s another way to get a good dose of probiotics in your tummy. If you avoid dairy, use coconut cream or milk instead (refrigerate overnight so the cream separates from the water). Another good alternative is goat’s or sheep’s milk yogurt as it tends to cause less problems due to lower lactose levels. This meal consists of 4 tablespoons of unsweetened, full fat Greek yogurt, a handful of cherries with pips out, 1/2 sliced banana, 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes, 1 tablespoon of toasted cashews. Press cherries down with a knife, like crashing a garlic clove, and the pips will easily come out. You can toast and crash a container full of cashews on the weekend so they’re ready to be used whenever you need.
Saturday – Baked eggs with chorizo & mushrooms.
Weekends are all about home brewed coffee and lazy breakfasts. If we don’t go out to forage our morning meal, I often make baked eggs with different tomato bases. You can do a simple tomato, olive and basil base or fatten it up with chorizo, bacon, mushrooms and other goodies. You can try this Moroccan baked eggs tagine.
Sunday – A fry up of crispy bacon, garlic mushrooms and eggs.
Look at the colour of those yolks! That’s what you get with eggs from happy chooks. This one is pretty simple – bacon first, then mushrooms in some butter, garlic and lemon juice, followed by eggs. Keep your oven on to keep the bacon and mushrooms warm while finishing off the eggs.
If you’re sick of eggs by Sunday, why not try my cauliflower & broccoli fritters.
There you go, seven days worth of easy, delicious Paleo breakfasts. Yes, we eat a lot of eggs but there are many other options such as smoothies, mushrooms, vegetable fritters, smoked salmon with sweet potato rosti, coconut flour pancakes or fruit salads with coconut cream and nuts. Need more breakfast ideas? – check out recipes in my Breakfast section
To make sure you always have ingredients on hand, add these to your regular shopping list: free range eggs (of course), bacon, mushrooms, onion, red capsicum, avocado, kale, spinach, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini, sweet potato, sausages, smoked salmon, coconut flour, almond meal, coconut milk, coconut cream, yogurt, ricotta and haloumi cheeses if you allow dairy, nuts, fresh and frozen berries, fruit, fresh herbs, olive oil, macadamia oil, ghee, coconut oil, egg white or goat whey protein powder for quick protein based smoothies. You can also make or get sauerkraut, salsa, pesto, aioli, and so on.
What’s your typical Paleo breakfast? Do you make a special weekend breakfast in your house?
If you like this, check out my Eat Drink Paleo Cookbook for more delicious paleo recipes, introduction to paleo nutrition and philosophy and a handy inventory of foods to focus on and avoid. Available on my website and on Amazon.com.