A question that often comes up in the paleo community is what to eat for breakfast. Some people, myself included, get a little tired of eggs in various forms every morning. And while I'm certainly not averse to meat and veggies at breakfast, I don't always have time to pull that off. What else do you all enjoy for breakfast? (I know Mark Sisson did a post with pictures of 100 different breakfasts, but I can't really tell what many of them are due to the quality of the photos.)
What about snacks? This is an especially difficult one for me, since I do try to keep omega-6 relatively low. I know that many find they don't need snacks, but I am active have a very fast metabolism and no matter how much fat I eat (probably 65-70% of calories now) I find that three meals are not enough.
Depending on how much fruits you want to eat, try this delicious breakfast:
Eat! And don't forget to lick your plate!
This meal is probably my greatest cheat, not so much because of the individual ingredients, but more because of the amount of fruit. I enjoy it once in a while. The bacon and the fruits are a really nice match
And a good tip if you don't have enough time to cook meat and veggies, make bigger meals and leave some leftovers.
Bacon and sausage are pretty traditional breakfast foods, and are paleo
As for snacks, this is my favorite: Overcook bacon a little, to the point where it is crispy, and use it as chips with guacamole or tzadziki (or really any other dip)
I love to make a "paleo" quiche/frittata with meat, veggies, and sometimes cheese. They concept here is the key as the ingredients are only restricted to what you have on hand. This works great if you have leftover meat or grilled veggies from the night before.
Turn on Oven Broiler. Brown some sausage or bacon in an oven safe skillet on med heat. Remove meat from skillet. Add some chopped onion, mushrooms, spinach, or any other veggies to the skillet and cook over medium heat until softened. Add meat back to skillet and stir. Spread fairly evenly across bottom of skillet. In a medium bowl, beat 8-12 eggs, depending on the size of your skillet and how thick you want your frittata. Add salt and pepper if desired. Pour eggs evenly over meat/veggie mixture. Sprinkle top with cheese if desired. Place entire skillet into the broiler for 5-10 min. The top will puff up a bit and the center should be set.
To serve, cut into 4-8 wedges and serve with fruit or extra meat. The leftovers work great for a quick meal any time of day. I usually make one of these on a morning when I have more time, then warm it up on the other days.
Favorite combinations: Bacon, spinach, mushrooms, onions, garlic, & sun-dried tomato with a bit of feta on top.
My MIL use to make "garbage casserole" for my husband when they were young, they'd throw any leftovers into a casserole (probably NOT paleo friendly additives!) and cook it up for dinner. I apply the same idea to my mornings. I make a "garbage omlette" from whatever needs to be cleaned out of the refrigerator. It's usually fresh veggies, mushrooms, and whatever else is in danger of being overlooked/going bad.
Organic chicken livers fried in butter and served on a bed of spinach. Kidneys fried in butter then cream added and served with broccoli. Today - sausage, fried tomatoes and eggs, spinach. Tomorrow, portion of smoked haddock with poached eggs and spinach. Yum!
I second Blue -the Thrifty Mom on the Sardines. I love seafood for breakfast - salmon, shrimp sardines, octopus... usually with lots of veggies. I don't waste energy cutting anything up into a salad, I just tear into whatever I've got. I suppose it would be better to have the veggies with some sort of fat, but it's a quirk or mine that I only like my veggies raw and w/o any goup on them. I could never comprehend my mom eating hers with dressing and my dad pouring on the olive oil. But I'm getting off topic...
Sardines also make a great snack. Little single serving cans can be had cheaply at Trader Joe's
My new favourite breakfast: a half (or whole!) can of coconut milk, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa powder (sometimes), and a bit of hot water if I feel like something warm. Seriously keeps me full for hours.
"Breakfast" for me is usually black coffee. Given that I am generally doing intermittent fasting from the night before, coffee (and maybe a small glass of juice) is enough to last me until noon or so, at which point I have a solid lunch.
But when I've decided to go out for breakfast or make something at home, it's generally some sort of egg dish, or perhaps even a light salad with some apple in it. I've been trying to get over my mindset of what's a "breakfast food" and what's not. To me, it's all just food at varying times of the day - I just tend to keep the flavors lighter and the portions even smaller in the morning.
Pork scratchings (pork rind I think in the US) is a great snack. You can store it anywhere and it's delicious. Or pemmican. Boiled eggs are also relatively easy to store and eat.
I rarely eat breakfast for the same reasons as tattoedchef - but when I do, a nice English breakfast does the trick.
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