3 Paleo Breakfast Ideas
Looking for paleo breakfast ideas? Whether you’ve been doing paleo for a while now or you’re just transitioning into a real food lifestyle, it’s always good to keep things interesting with new recipes and meal ideas!
I don’t know about you – but breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day, and I’m always on the lookout for breakfast inspiration. Today we’ve put together 3 simple paleo breakfast ideas that we hope will inspire you to try something different!
You may notice that a common theme amongst our paleo breakfast ideas is that they are, for the most part, high in fat and protein, and low in carbohydrate. We find that keeping our carbohydrate intake low in the morning wards off mid-morning hunger and snacking. A good metaphor to understand the difference between carbohydrate and fat metabolism is:
Fuelling with carbohydrate is like putting kindling on a fire – it burns quickly and needs to be replaced. Fuelling with fat is like adding a log to the fire – it burns long and slow.
So by replacing a high carbohydrate breakfast (such as cereal!) with something higher in fat, you may find that your energy levels become more steady throughout the morning. If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve provided three below!
#1 Paleo Granola with Coconut Yoghurt
If you’re trying to transition away from cereals, paleo granola is the way to go!
Unlike traditional oat-based granolas (that are often loaded with carbohydrate and added refined sugar), paleo granola is made using nuts and coconut, making for a reasonably low carb, high fat breakfast (i.e. slow burning, longer lasting energy). If you’re not up to making it yourself, there are plenty of off-the-shelf options available in your health food stores – just be sure to check the ingredients for no added sugars and *minimal* honey!
The next step: jazz up your granola by adding a few tablespoons of coconut yoghurt (a great dairy alternative) and frozen berries for an antioxidant boost!
#2 The Classic Paleo Hot Breakfast
An oldie but a goodie – and pretty much what our breakfast looks like everyday!
For a long time, the idea of a ‘hot breakfast’ has been reserved for lazy weekends, but there’s really no reason why you can’t enjoy bacon and eggs whenever you like (provided you have the time!). Nutrition wise, this breakfast is loaded with healthy fats and protein, and beats a bowl of Special K any day of the week.
Making this breakfast is pretty straight forward: all you’ll need is 2 eggs, 2 rashers bacon (or chipolatas!), 1/2 an avocado and sauerkraut. If you have any other veggies on hand, feel free to add them to the cookup – sometimes if we can spare the extra effort we like to add tomato or wilted kale.
#3 Choc Avocado Smoothie
Unlike regular fruit based smoothies (which are perfect for refuelling after a workout!), this smoothie is exceptionally high in fat and low in carbohydrate – making it a perfect breakfast option!
To make this smoothie, simply blend: 1/2 frozen avocado, 1 scoop stevia-sweetened protein powder (pea protein or whey protein), 3 tablespoons coconut cream, 150mL coconut water or water, 1 tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs and ice cubes. If the protein powder you’re using doesn’t contain added sweetener, feel free to add whichever form of sweetener that you prefer (stevia/ honey/ frozen banana).
We hope you enjoy these paleo breakfast ideas! What’s your favourite?