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Eating a nutritious breakfast is often a difficult task.
This can be the busiest time of the day for many as they try to get themselves, and often other family members, awake, dressed, fed and out the door in a short amount of time...
For those following the Paleo diet, this meal can be even more stressful as eating the same Paleo breakfast meals every morning gets really tiring.
We've put together some morning options for you to take the stress out of trying to come up with paleo breakfast ideas for yourself.
These XX fantastic recipes can be made for an impressive brunch or for that quick breakfast to get you out the door on time.
They range from savory to rich, sweet to savory and are sure to make your breakfast a new and enjoyable experience.
Having the right breakfast provides you the energy you need to start your day.
When you are strictly following the Paleo diet it might become a more difficult meal to make; however, after a night's sleep your muscle's glycogen stores are almost empty so this will be the best time to get a bit more of your carbohydrates in.
Carbs at this time of the day will mostly go to replenish what has been consumed while you slept. Along with the carbs you will want to add quality protein; as consuming protein in the morning has proven effective to help with weight loss.
A classic Paleo breakfast choice is the egg, even in a non-Paleo diet.
Yolks are loaded with nutrients and the whole egg is a cheap source of quality protein. There is a variety way to prepare eggs; poached, fried, scrambled, baked, omelets, hard or soft boiled or as an egg salad with homemade Paleo mayonnaise.
Even with this large variety of preparations, the egg can still feel as though it repeats too often in your diet. The trick to preventing this is to use a variety of different ingredients to add to the egg and different ways to prepare them.
Omelets allow you to let your imagination run wild as almost any vegetable you like can be added to them. Some of the classic omelets contain ham, bacon and spinach.
Here are some of those options we've put together for you to liven up your breakfast and mornings.
Popeye and Jerry Omelet
This omelet will provide a great assortment of vitamins and minerals. Whether or not you add the cheese is up to you as some like to remove cheese from their diet or use a harder cheese to reduce lactose amounts.
It may take a trial and error method to see what your body can handle. Using a Parmesan or hard cheddar may work best as they contain less lactose and are generally better tolerated. To spice this dish up a bit you can try adding some spicy Piperade.
Artichoke Hearts with Eggs
In order to include the Eggs Benedict on your Paleo diet you will need to do some modifications. Keeping it grain-free by serving it on artichoke hearts will modify this dish and allow you to get that same great taste.
The egg and hollandaise sauce remain pretty much traditional with just a twist to keep 100% Paleo by using ghee in the sauce and keeping everything else as simple as possible.
There are still some of you who cannot tolerate eggs well or who try to avoid them due to the autoimmune issue; but you can still be creative with your breakfast choices and we have some ideas to help you with options.
Omelet with the Granny Apple
Creating an omelet with this sweet twist will serve you a delicious breakfast as well as provide a great source of your daily protein. The eggs will provide the protein needed to keep you going so you're not getting hungry mid-morning. This omelet contains most of the apple pie ingredients; cinnamon, real apples and nutmeg spices.
Stuffed with bacon and vegetables, these incredible little omelet bites give you a great breakfast taste with the convenience of size. These could even be enjoyed on the run during those hectic get-out-the-door mornings. They are created mostly with the bacon sauteed with your favorite vegetables and then baked in cupcake tins. They all come out in a uniform size and ready to eat.
This omelet tries capturing the classic taste of a caprese salad and consists mainly of mozzarella and tomatoes. The Paleo diet is unsure where mozzarella cheese fits in and you will have to decide if and how much of this you want to add. Most Paleo dieters find they can handle small amounts of cheese and avoid going overboard with it in recipes.
Beauty in an Omelet Bowl
Mornings can be hectic, so the omelet breakfast bowl is perfect when you don't have time to sit and wait for your omelet to be ready to flip. This omelet has the same great taste as on omelet but is so much easier to make. You will place an egg in the bottom of a bowl to hold all the ingredients and then add; smoked ham, mushrooms and any vegetables you feel will perk this omelet up.
Whipping up a Paleo breakfast is so much easier with the allowance of eggs. You can whip them up so easily and they provide a delicious and nutritious meal. The Italian Scramble uses seven Paleo ingredients and will create a hot and filling breakfast quickly. Kale, one of the trendiest and healthiest vegetables adds protein and fiber to the dish. Tomatoes are also added and they contain lycopene and then some avocado to give you fats, potassium and additional fiber.
Ham, Bacon and No Eggs
This is another great time saving breakfast that will only take about five minutes to prepare. The ham will hold the eggs and also gives you a nice baked flavor. The eggs will provide you extra protein so you won't find yourself hungry mid-morning. If you prefer a different flavor you can substitute turkey for the ham and you can also choose to add any of your favorite vegetables.
When you wake up from a night of fasting you are not required to eat a breakfast right away. If you are not hungry when you get up then you can extend your fasting period. As a species we have learned to survive with long periods of fasting and also to optimize these longer periods.
If you are following a nutritious diet which contains enough food as a whole then your body will benefit from fasting on occasion. This will help down-regulate insulin production and increase insulin sensitivity creating a longer and leaner life.
If you are the type that needs those carbs in the morning you can also settle for a simple piece of fruit or smoothie. Fruit such as berries contain a high anti-oxidant content and would make a wonderful choice to get you the carbs you need.
If your body will tolerate heavy cream, you can a bit of cream to the berries to carry you even further into your day.Smoothies are fast and easy and can even be taken with you.
If you are in a rush use a base of ice cubes and simply add some fruit. You can even add some nut butter or a bit of coconut milk to make it richer and become a more filling breakfast.
Mexican Paleo Breakfast
The Paleo breakfast burrito does not use a flour tortilla as the wrapper. The egg whites can make a fluffy casing to hold all your favorite ingredients inside. The Primal Breakfast Burrito uses a lot of meat and vegetables to help you feel satisfied all morning. Adding hot sauce or salsa which is generally Paleo safe will make you feel like you've eaten an old-fashioned, pre-Paleo burrito.
The Modern Burrito
To create this burrito you will use coconut flour which is an ordinary replacement for wheat flour. You'll hardly notice the difference as you get an authentic look, taste and feel of a wheat flour burrito. You will fill this with plenty of eggs, beef, spices, and peppers and create a burrito that will last you all through the morning. This is a simple and quick dish to make for those busy mornings, it should only take about 20 minutes from start to finish.
This burrito uses the egg as the tortilla so it also can be considered an omelet, but you will fold it like a burrito so this one made it into the burrito section. Using left over taco meat that has been seasoned for tacos will give this burrito a whole new concept. Stuff the inside of the egg with the taco meat and some bacon, fold over like a burrito and you've got one very tasty and filling breakfast.
Are you a pancake or waffle?
We all like splurge once in awhile so why not do it grain-free and lower in sugar and still have the feeling you've eaten something different? Cinnamon and apple waffles or the flour-less banana pancake is the perfect solution.
Eggs then Bacon
Another breakfast to splurge on that is totally classic but can be eaten guilt-free is the bacon with eggs. Use organic eggs and nitrite and sugar-free bacon and by cooking the bacon first and then cooking eggs in the bacon fat will absolutely amaze your taste buds. A good option to this breakfast would be using good quality sausage instead of bacon, or ham.
You are not going to believe how many incredible and delicious items you can make with Paleo. This is not a diet that will limit you, but instead encourages you to make healthier choices in your eating habits. The French Toast Breakfast Chalupa is the perfect example of how you can still enjoy great foods. The chalupa uses french toast for a shell and gives you the classic breakfast of eggs and bacon to go with your french toast. It's the perfect combination that is quick, nutritious and delicious.
Granola From Home
With the Paleo diet you do not buy granola as you may end up getting ingredients that may cause you problems. To get grain-free granola is very difficult and you still do not know how it well it was made. You will want to make your own granola which is a simple process and you can even make it in bulk and store in an air-tight container so it is always ready when you choose this as your breakfast.
This is a fantastic granola with nothing bad in it. The coconut is taken from unsweetened coconut flakes and the mango is dried. This combination stores well for using gradually over a length of time to allow an optional breakfast choice. This is combination is also low fat so you do not have to worry about extra calories but yet it will fill you up and satisfy your hunger.
One great thing about the Paleo diet is there is no weighing of ingredients before you eat. The object is to develop healthier eating habits such as stopping eating once you are no longer hungry; don't wait for the over-full sensation before you stop.
Eating should only be to satisfy a hunger and not for emotional reasons.
Pizza Paleo Breakfast
Finally you can have pizza for breakfast on the Paleo diet. This pizza replaces all those ingredients on a regular pizza that are bad for you with ingredients that are good for you. Even though some of the ingredients have been changed you will still feel like you are eating pizza and at the same time eating a healthy breakfast. There is plenty of Mexican flavor from the chorizo and for spice some enchilada sauce. Avocado is used for the topping and it is said once you try this pizza; you will want it as a regular breakfast choice.
Paleo Super Burger
Another treat that is now possible for breakfast is the Breakfast Burger. These burgers are the real sink-your-teeth into burgers without the bun. You can even top them with a fried egg so you get that breakfast feeling from your meal. Add some sun dried tomatoes into the meat and top with any other favorite vegetables. Remember the Paleo diet has you using equal amounts of meat and vegetables.
Paleo Breakfast Sausage
Sausage is always a good choice for breakfast on the Paleo diet. The Paleo Sausage Balls are made to smell and taste like any breakfast sausage in a meatball form. Even though formed into a ball there are no breadcrumbs used, instead you will use coconut flour to hold their round shape. The Paleo diet will have you making many food items from scratch. This is a good thing as you will always know exactly what you are eating.
Sweet Potato Bacon
Anything wrapped in bacon is sure to taste better. When you wrap these eggs in bacon they look great and taste amazing. The Sweet Potato is cooked up alongside the bacon and eggs and will ensure you've getting your vegetables needed to start your day out great.
Orange and White Granola
You will get two great flavors with this granola mix; vanilla and orange. You will use ground vanilla beans for the vanilla side and orange zest for the orange. Using granola made from nuts and seeds and you've got the perfect crunch you'd expect from a granola.
There is no oats in this recipe but you can also add chia seeds to provide fiber and omega-3.Leftovers. If you have left-overs from dinner, why not use them for breakfast? A large steak, some chicken or even a stew can be turned into a great breakfast the next day.
And there you have it, an endless source of recipes and ideas for your next paleo breakfast meal.