Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With that in mind, you need to do your best to fuel your body before you start your day. As a follower of the Paleo Diet, your breakfast is different from the usual hearty breakfast. Gone are the piles of pancakes, enormous waffles, and giant bowls of lucky charms. All of those typical breakfast foods are things that don’t fit into your diet.
To complicate things even further, you are someone on the go. You can’t grab a poptart and an energy drink on your way out the door. You also can’t stop at the McDonald’s drive-through for a Sausage Egg McMuffin. You are either stuck eating something that you prepared yourself, or you won’t be eating at all.
As a paleo dieter on the go, proper preparation will help you get the breakfast that you need, and get it done in a short period of time.
Paleo Diet Breakfast Ideas
There are two ways to approach breakfast while following the Paleo Diet.
- Eat something that you would eat for any other meal.
- Eat “breakfast specific” foods.
If you choose to eat something that you would eat for any other meal, you could warm up leftovers or a meal that you had already prepared. Simple, easy, no more thought needed.
If you like variety in your meals, then you need to find paleo breakfast ideas that you can eat on your diet.
Eggs are a staple for a paleo breakfast. They are easy to cook, can be combined with any number of vegetables, and are packed with nutrients and protein. They can be fried, poached, scrambled, boiled, and even microwaved.
Meat is another typical breakfast food that can also be used in a paleo breakfast. You can fry up a slice of ham or some bacon, or take some sausage and mix it in with your eggs.
Fruit and vegetables are two other options. They often are combined with some type of protein, but in a pinch you can grab an apple or handful of carrots on your way out the door for a quick burst of energy.
- 1 Types of Paleo Diet Breakfast for Someone on the Go
- 2 Paleo Diet Breakfast Recipes Prepared in Advance
- 3 Baked Egg Dishes
- 4 Paleo Breakfast Recipes Created in 5 minutes or less
- 5 The Paleo Breakfast on the go
Types of Paleo Diet Breakfast for Someone on the Go
Cooking a meal quickly takes preparation. When you eat a bowl of cereal with milk, you eat a meal that has gone through quite a bit of preparation. The grains had to be ground up and turned into cereal. The cow had to be milked, and the milk had to be pasteurized and prepared for your consumption. All of that preparation allows you to pour the cereal, pour the milk, and be done eating in 5 minutes.
Also, a chef at a restaurant has all of his ingredients prepped and ready to go beforehand. That way he is able to cook your meal quickly, and get it out to you before you decide to take your empty stomach elsewhere.
The same pre-preparation needs to be done for your paleo diet breakfast. The more you prepare beforehand, the less work you will have to do in the morning when you are in a rush to get out the door. There are two types of paleo breakfasts for the person on the go.
- Create meals in advance
- Create meals from scratch in 5 minutes or less
Both of these types of breakfast take preparation. When done correctly, they can make the most important meal of the day easy instead of a major chore.
Paleo Diet Breakfast Recipes Prepared in Advance
All of these paleo breakfast ideas are something that you can create either the night before or at the beginning of the week. That way, in the morning, you can grab one and either heat it up at home, or take it with you.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are the most portable way to consume eggs. It’s easy to grab a couple and eat them if you are in a hurry. When you combine these with a piece of fruit they are a quick breakfast that takes no time at all.
Baked Egg Dishes
A baked egg dish takes more time than boiling a few eggs, but also tastes better too. There are two kinds of egg dishes that work well for making in advance, frittatas and quiches. These combine eggs, vegetables, and even meat. In the morning you cut off a piece, heat it up quick, and out the door you go.
A frittata is quick and easy to make and can be made with any leftover meat and vegetables. A simple recipe found at Nom Nom Paleo works great for a healthy, pre-prepared, paleo breakfast
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup meat of your choice
- 1 cup frozen broccoli
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil and add meat to an 8 inch cast iron skillet. Thaw broccoli and cut into bite size pieces. Add to pan and cook thoroughly
- In a separate bowl combine eggs, coconut milk, salt, and black pepper. Pour the mixture into the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the bottom of the frittata is set.
- Place skillet into the oven. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Turn oven to broil for an additional 2 minutes or until frittata puffs up and is cooked all the way through.
- Carefully transfer frittata to a plate. At this point you can either slice it and serve it, put it in a container in the fridge, or slice it into portions and put them into containers in the fridge for a quick paleo breakfast on the go.
This bacon and tomato quiche uses a zucchini crust and has a lot of vegetables that you won’t even know are in it. Now, take note that there is bacon in this dish which some think is non-paleo. If you are on that side of the fence then simply swap out the bacon for ground turkey or breakfast sausage as an example. Totally up to you, this is not the forum for that discussion.
Zucchini Hash Crust:
- 2 small to medium size organic zucchini, grated
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 ½ tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 5 eggs, beated
- ½ cup organic egg whites
- 3 tbsp almond milk
- 5 slices nitrate free bacon, cooked and chopped
- ⅔ cup cauliflower, ground into rice
- ½ cup spinach, chopped
- ¼ tsp ground mustard
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 2 small to medium tomatoes, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, grease or oil pie dish.
- Grate or use a food processor on zucchini. Wrap zucchini in layered paper towels or cheesecloth, squeeze and drain liquid over sink. Place into large bowl. Add all the remaining crust ingredients in with the zucchini and mix together. Place zucchini mixture into pie dish and bake in oven for 9 minutes. Remove crust from oven.
- In large mixing bowl combine eggs, egg whites, almond milk, ground mustard, sea salt, and black pepper. Grate or use processor on the cauliflower until rice texture forms. Add cauliflower rice, chopped spinach, and chopped bacon to the egg mixture and combine.
- Pour egg mixture into zucchini crust and place tomato slices on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Cover top of pie dish with parchment paper and place back in oven for an additional 8 minutes, or until top is brown and center is firm and set. Remove and let cool
A quiche may be a little more work than a frittata, but it also has a lot more to it. Both are great hearty meals to pre-prepare for a quick paleo breakfast.
Source: Holistically Engineered
A pepper is a great way to hold all sorts of food in a paleo friendly shell. You can make a traditional stuffed pepper, or you can stuff them with eggs and bacon. The added egg holds the insides together better, making it the perfect paleo diet breakfast recipe.
- 4 bell peppers, sliced in half, core and seeds removed
- 8 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Bacon, ham, and/or sausage, pre cooked
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375. Melt coconut oil in skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and add mushrooms and tomatoes, cook 2 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Divide vegetable mixture among bell pepper halves. Add beaten eggs and meat of your choice to each half. Place stuffed pepper on a baking sheet, and bake 40 minutes.
This recipe is high in protein, has a good mixture of vegetables, and is a great way to start your day off right.
This recipe found at Paleo Leap uses a variety and vegetables for a paleo inspired breakfast pepper.
A paleo breakfast casserole is different than the typical church potluck casserole. You skip the bad and only use ingredients that work with the paleo diet. These are easy to heat up and are more interesting than bacon and eggs.
This casserole is larger than any of the other breakfasts we have discussed. With more in the fridge, the larger batch makes for more servings and less cooking.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 large sweet potato or yam, diced
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 ½ lb breakfast sausage
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 2 cups chopped spinach
- 10 eggs, beaten
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 9×12 baking dish.
- Toss sweet potatoes in coconut oil, sprinkle with salt, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until soft.
- Cook sausage and onion in pan until no pink remains in meat. Place meat mixture in baking dish, add sweet potatoes and spinach, then add eggs, salt and garlic powder. Mix well.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until eggs are set in the middle.
A casserole can be less work for more food than the other paleo breakfast recipes discussed earlier. It is also less portable, and is not a finger food the way a quiche or stuffed pepper can be. It is still a great way to get a filling breakfast, though.
Paleo Breakfast Recipes Created in 5 minutes or less
If you don’t want to fill your fridge with pre-prepared breakfast, but still want something you can eat quickly, then these options are for you.
Smoothies are a great idea for a paleo breakfast because all you need to do is throw the food you want in the blender, hit the button, and take it with you. The potential for a mess is quite a bit less, as long as you keep your smoothie in a well sealed container that is hard to spill.
A typical smoothie will have a base of coconut milk or almond milk, some fruit, and maybe some nut butter, honey, or coconut oil. If you want to pack some protein into your shake, add a couple raw eggs as well. If you get good, fresh, free range eggs, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. Also, you won’t taste the eggs with all of the other flavors in your smoothie.
This smoothie can be made in 5 minutes or less and is a great way to take your breakfast with you.
- 8-10oz Coconut Milk
- 1 cup fruit of choice. Frozen berries work the best.
- 1-2 whole egg yolks
- optional 1-2 spoonfuls of your favorite nut butter
- Vanilla extract to taste
Combine all of the ingredients into blender. Blend until smooth.
As you can see, a smoothie is a quick breakfast that takes very little time to prepare in the morning.
A typical smoothie recipe can be found at Paleo Leap.
Eggs are in every recipe that we have discussed so far. They are high in protein and are a staple for many paleo diet breakfast recipes. They are also quick to make. An egg can go from the shell to your plate in 5 minutes or less. The hard part with eggs is preparing the rest of your meal. Pre-chop your vegetables and pre-cook your meat for a quick pan-fried breakfast.
The Paleo Breakfast on the go
Just because you can’t eat the “normal” foods that someone would eat for breakfast doesn’t mean that you need to skip out or short yourself on this important meal of the day. Hopefully this article has give you some good paleo diet breakfast ideas.
For a good paleo diet breakfast, all it takes is a little preparation and you can have something ready to go that you take with you, or something that you can make quickly.