I reckon this must be the most asked question/ greatest source of stress for people making their first foray into either the Zone or Paleo diets.
Now that bread, oats, Weetabix and Sugar Puffs (mmm…Sugar Puffs) are off the table, what on earth can you eat for breakfast? Consider these ideas…
Scrambled eggs with butter
2-4 eggs either with or without yolks depending on your preference
Melt a generous dollop of butter in the pan, add eggs and stir until as solid/wet as you like. Add smoked salmon if you are feeling posh. Serve with half a sliced avocado if you need to ramp up your fat intake.
Same as scrambled eggs above, but after you add the eggs to the pan chuck in various finely chopped vegetables (onions, peppers, etc.) and DON’T stir.
Bonus meal: Eggy Muffins
Exactly the same as above except mix all ingredients together, pour into muffin cases and bake in the oven for 15-20 mins. Great for making the evening before and storing the fridge.
Heat a pan with oil and chuck in a variety of vegetables, stir fry them until al dente. I like to chuck in another form of protein at this point (salmon, chicken, etc.) and continue to fry until nearly cooked. At the last minute toss in 2-3 eggs and stir like crazy until you have scrambled the eggs. If you are feeling adventurous, I like to add a dusting of paprika, ground black pepper and parsley to the mix.
In short, anything + eggs = frittata.
Bacon and eggs
I don’t really need to explain this, do I?
3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted (plus extra butter or coconut oil for cooking the pancakes)
3 tablespoons coconut milk or whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons coconut flour or almond flour or a mix of both (which is very yummy)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Whisk everything together in a pouring jug. Heat pan and pour in a little at a time (these pancakes need to be a little smaller than the normal type). Make pancakes! Toss some berries into the mix if you need to ramp up your carbs.
Other breakfast alternatives
1 cup of almond flour
1 cup of water
1 apple, cored
1 teaspoon of cinammon
Put everything in a blender, and, erm, blend? Pour contents into a small pan and heat on the cooker until hot. Enjoy!
Quick tuna salad
2 tins of canned tuna (in brine or spring water, not oil)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon jalepeno peppers
1 large tomato, deseeded and chopped
2 teaspoons of mixed herbs or parsley or oregano, or pretty much anything green
As much mayonnaise you feel appropriate
Put everything in a bowl. Mix. Serve on lettuce leaves.
Last night’s leftovers
Last night’s leftovers. Seriously. Unless it was curry.
Other ideas? Let us know in the comments!
Banner image from The Paleo Table, an excellent source of simple and quick to make recipes.