I'm really struggling with paleo breakfasts. Lunch and dinner are not a problem, but I seem to have got used to always eating grains in the morning. I rarely eat grains in the afternoon and evening, just naturally, but I seem to crave and end up giving in to grains in the morning.
Can you guys help me out here? I always seem to pick up some eggs... Fry something from the salad draw and put the eggs over the top. Not very exciting!
I suppose I'm asking for ideas and general support! Tell me I'm not a strange person and you all had this same problem!
Cheers (again), John
If you must have a hearty breakfast and can't be bothered with any of the results that turn up when you google "paleo breakfast recipe," here's a hack:
1) Pick a fruit you like 2) Pick a meat you like 3) Fry them together* 4) Keep doing that until you have a bunch of favorite breakfast combos
*The fruit doesn't necessarily have to be fried, but it often gives the meat a great flavor. Example: Apples and sausage, pineapple and pork chop.
Coffee with coconut oil mixed in should last you until lunch. Breakfast is so last century.
I don't want to be too critical here, but are you saying that "grains" are more "exciting" than the most versatile ingredient in the known Universe? (So say Auguste Escoffier, PBUH)
I would personally look for a bit more variety "in the salad drawer" as well as include some dinner leftovers or some delicious additional meats. Also, you can cook an egg more ways than you can say "Hello" in the modern world... so EXPERIMENT!
If you haven't figured it out, I'm a breakfast guy. It is my favorite meal.
Now, besides my 1-2 IF days/week, I still eat breakfast pretty much every day but save the "big breakies" for Saturday/Sunday = I pretty much do bacon/eggs every day, or I will take last nights leftover curry/chili/steak/etc... and put a nice pretty orange-yolked pastured egg cooked sunny side up on top.
Today I had a fantastic breakfast of oven roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs ala James Bond, bacon, all natural sausages, and half a grapefruit (I allow myself more carbs on heavy workout days).
I started making Scottish Balls on Sunday to eat during the week. If you warm them up in the microwave they are like Sausage Egg McMuffins a la Paleo. My boyfriend is not Paleo but really loves them and they are REALLY convenient.
I like IF and I don't eat an "early morning" breakfast. Between 10 and noon, though, I've slipped into a habit of having about a cup of home-made yogurt (3/4 whole milk, 1/4 heavy cream) with fruit. The fruit is typically a banana, some cinnamon and perhaps something sweeter such as grapes or kiwi--or not.
For me, that dish is tasty but not long-lasting, so in early-to-middle afternoon I have my main meal of fruit-salad-stew or meat.
The simplest breakfast, of course, is leftovers from your last main meal. If I eat meat rather than stew for my main meal, I try to cook too much and have leftovers. Beef is great cold out of the fridge and other meats I usually re-heat. I sometimes re-heat some stew for breakfast if I don't feel like yogurt.
I make omelets occasionally, so for me they are a treat.
I had the same problem at first, but I found some really great breakfast "alternatives" for grain. Here are my favorites.
When its not too cold a morning shake is perfect.I take whatever fresh fruit I have from the farmers market, usually berries, I add banana, raw egg(optional), fresh spinach, a little vanilla, hemp protein powder, coconut milk and chia seeds soaked in coconut milk (this is also optional. You can make your own combo this is just what I have been into lately.
Paleo Pancakes, I have a great recipe but don't have it on hand. You can do a search online and get some nice ones.
egg muffins with whatever breakfast stuff you like. You can make them ahead of time for quick access if you are in a rush. There are also some great sites with wonderful recipes for this.
I have also made a couple of "oatmeals" one out of soaked seeds and nuts(almonds,sunflower, flax, pumpkin) blended with soaked raisins, dates and grated apple. You can also take a butternut squash and roast it, add some almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla.
My husband just eats a piece of fruit and some nuts with his green tea.
Breakfast is awesome because that means.... HOME FRIESSSS.
I get some yams fry em up like home fries, with some scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, bacon, and a cup of wild blueberries.
Breakfast seems pretty easy to me.
I used to gag at the idea of eggs in the morning and preferred fruit, but once I got used to it and into a regime of a couple of eggs fried in coconut oil (super hot so the whites go crispy and spoon the fat over the top so the yolk is still raw), a big dollop of kimchi and guacamole. That's a tricolore right there ;)
The whole concept of special foods for special times of day is very culture-specific, as is the number and timing of meals. You don't have to eat special breakfast foods in the morning, you don't have to eat breakfast at all.
Personally, I don't eat breakfast usually. If I do, it will be because a group of people is going out for brunch or something, in which case I will either try to pick something from the lunch menu instead, or I'll go for eggs + bacon + spinach.
Finally, does breakfast (or any meal) have to be exciting? Food is good, food is nice, but it's a big ask for food to be EXCITING every meal. Seeking EXCITING food all the time sounds like a good way to get fat to me.