Breakfast is an important meal, because it can get you going in the morning. The best foods to eat will depend on what you want your meal to do for you. For example, for some people, it can provide the fuel for a workout, and for others it can be the after-workout recovery meal.
Think Outside the Box…
One thing to keep in mind when planning paleo breakfast ideas is to think outside the box. You may have not considered steak, shrimp or broccoli from breakfast, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t. With the paleo diet, they are fair game!
Loren Cordain, PhD, author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook, suggests trying some meat with fresh fruits or vegetables for breakfast. It may take some getting used to, but it will fill you up and be a great source of energy for your day.
Are you limited by time or location? Here are some easy fixes.
Often, your meal may depend on how much time you have in the morning or where you are. If you are not at home, you will need to prepare a meal that you can easily transport. If you don’t have much time, throwing a protein shake in the blender or preparing your meal the night before may be the solution.
Are you new to the paleo lifestyle? Here’s what to do.
If the paleo diet is new to you, switching everything all at once can be challenging – and may result in a bunch of cheat days. What works for me is to have a few different options that are quick and easy to make – but not so many choices that I can’t decide what to do.
For example, eggs are one of my regular paleo breakfast meals. I can prepare hard boiled eggs in advance or I can throw them in the microwave for 2 minutes in the morning. I add things like salsa, tomatoes, spinach or avocado if I have the time or I’m at home.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Another staple breakfast for me is sweet potatoes. I usually eat these when I am craving something sweet, since it is one of the few paleo foods that satisfies both my sweet tooth and my hunger. Sweet potatoes or yams also cook quickly in the microwave or can be made the night before. I add coconut oil and some sea salt, and they really taste amazing for how simple they are.
3. DIY Protein Shakes
Another idea is having a protein shake. Lots of people do this, but if you are following a paleo diet, it becomes a little more challenging. Most standard protein powder mixes contain sugar and other processed ingredients that don’t fit with the diet plan.
For this reason, creating the perfect protein shake takes some trial and error. I start with plain unsweetened protein powder and add a green superfood mix, which includes tons of nutrients in a single scoop – so it’s easy.
I also add flax seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, unsweetened almond milk and a little stevia. By the way, coconut tastes good with both the cocoa flavored superfood mix and lemon-lime.
Of course, it’s always handy to have paleo protein bars on hand just in case I forget to meal prep the night before and I run out of time in the morning. It also adds a little more variety to the paleo breakfast meal plan.