When I started on the Paleo diet, I often struggled for breakfast ideas to add variety to my morning meal. When the traditional breakfasts of packaged cereal or toast and jam are not an option just what do you eat? Starting the day right with a quick and easy, but healthy breakfast can be a challenge for many Paleo followers.
Like all Paleo meals, breakfast should contain protein, vegetables and some healthy fat. This combination will give you the best start to the day and keep you feeling satisfied for longer.
Here’s some delicious ideas for Paleo breakfasts.
Often referred to as nature’s vitamin pill, eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Eggs are packed with 11 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re also a perfect source of protein. Eggs are an important natural source of vitamins A, D, E and B12, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, choline and iron.
The simplest idea for Paleo breakfast is to cook a couple of eggs. They can be soft boiled, hard boiled, poached, scrambled or fried for a quick and nutritious breakfast.
Omelettes and frittatas are also fantastic choices. Use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Add some ham, bacon, smoked salmon or prawns – whatever takes your fancy.
Eggs are the go-to item on the Paleo breakfast menu. But if you need to avoid eggs or want a change from them, there’s also plenty of ideas for Paleo breakfasts with no eggs.
Smoothies made with fruit are a quick and easy option. They’re ideal to take with you and drink on the go.
Berry smoothies are an excellent choice due to their lower sugar content and high levels of antioxidants.
Or try this smoothie:
Green Goodness Smoothie from Pete Evans
Paleo is all about embracing healthy fats like those found in this green smoothie. Avocado, coconut, nuts, seeds and egg are blended together with cinnamon and vanilla. Make one of these bad boys (or is that good guys) for breakfast one day a week and see how you feel for the rest of the morning. Mix it up with different herbs and spices – whatever takes your fancy.
Granola and Cereal
Traditional breakfast granolas, cereals and oatmeal are off the Paleo breakfast menu. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a similar but far healthier version for breakfast. I like to have granola on hand for breakfast and snacking.
Paleo granola is sugar free, grain free and gluten free and makes a delicious crunchy start to the day.
Or try this Paleo version of oats:
Paleo Oatmeal from Wicked Spatula
Oats are a grain which means they don’t fit into the Paleo diet. This grain free version of ‘oats’ is made with shredded coconut, almond milk and flour, flaxseed meal, coconut oil and vanilla extract. These are heated together to make a warm and comforting breakfast. This is especially good for the winter months. There’s also some topping combination suggestions to get you started.
Paleo breakfast bars are a great option if you have to grab and go. They are made with nuts, seeds and fruit and are free from added sugar, grain, gluten and dairy.
Try these recipes:
Protein Breakfast Bars from Wallflower Kitchen
These energy-boosting breakfast bars are high in plant-based protein, fibre and natural goodness. Combine hemp, sesame and pumpkin seeds, coconut, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, nut butter, vanilla extract and natural sweetener and bake. They are Vegan and Paleo.
Almond Butter Berry Breakfast Bars from Paleo Running Momma
Paleo breakfast bars which taste like dessert but are healthy -what’s not to love? They are the ideal make ahead breakfast to have on the run or at home. Made with two layers and only 7 ingredients, they are gooey and sweet and perfect for a sweet treat any time. The base layer has eggs, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract and almond flour. The berry layer is simply berries and maple syrup. Dairy free chocolate chips are an optional addition.
Paleo muffins are a great alternative for a quick and easy breakfast. Some days I want something sweet for breakfast. Other days I can’t face another egg dish. I like to make a batch and freeze them so there’s always some available.
Try these recipes:
Paleo Breakfast Muffins from Paleo Australia
Full of the goodness of fruit and vegetables, these muffins are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast. Banana, apple, eggs, chia seeds, almond meal, and cinnamon make these muffins filling, but not overly sweet.
Paleo Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins from Paleo Newbie
These easy to make breakfast muffins have protein and fibre and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Carrot, banana, nuts or raisins, eggs, almond meal and almond butter, vanilla extract and spices are mixed to make these slightly sweet paleo and gluten free muffins.
Egg Free Sweetener Free Chocolate Muffins from Merrymaker Sisters
If you’re avoiding eggs try these chocolate muffins. They are a little on the bitter side if you’re not used to unsweetened treats. Taste the mixture before baking and add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you prefer them sweeter. Made with almond meal, cacao powder and nibs, coconut milk and oil, soaked chia seeds and vanilla extract. These make a decadent occasional breakfast treat.
Paleo breakfast casseroles are the perfect do-ahead way to get a nutritionally balanced start to the day. The ingredients can be prepared the night before and then combined and baked in the morning. This makes a good choice for weekend breakfast or brunch especially if you’re feeding a crowd. Breakfast casseroles are great for leftovers. They reheat well and keep for several days in the fridge. Make one at the weekend and there’s breakfast (or lunch) sorted for a few days.
Sweet Potato Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole from Delicious Meets Healthy
This tasty breakfast casserole combines sweet potato, red capsicum (pepper), onion, sausage (check for non-Paleo ingredients), eggs and almond or coconut milk. It can be frozen for up to 3 months either before or after cooking it.
Loaded Whole30 Breakfast Casserole from Real Simple Good
Rich and filling with vegetables, bacon and sausage this breakfast dish is a winner. Onion, garlic, zucchini and carrot are combined with bacon, sausage, eggs and herbs then baked. This fits into Paleo and Keto guidelines as well as Whole30.
There’s no rule that says you can’t eat the same food for breakfast as you eat for dinner! Breakfast doesn’t have to have its own special foods. If you feel like some leftover chicken casserole or a serve of stir-fried beef and vegetables then go for it. Many people find that eating some of last night’s dinner is the best way to start the new day.