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Breakfast, Paleo Style

Breakfast can be a struggle for many people that are just starting to transition into the paleo lifestyle, and it is probably the most likely time that you may think about cheating on your beloved diet plan. While many Americans are jumping through bagels and drowning in pools of fruity pebbles before they rush off to work, you are wondering what convenient paleo options there are for you dive into before rushing out of the door.
Luckily, with a little innovative thinking and some occasional meal prepping, there are plenty of ways you can get a fast and easy, paleo breakfast into your belly before ripping into that bumper to bumper traffic on the way to the office.

Smoothies
If you absolutely need your carbs in the morning, this is an easy thing for you to throw in your routine so that you can assure you won’t find yourself pulling through Starbucks for a frappe.
Berries are a staple in Paleo smoothies because of their high antioxidant content, and their relatively low sugar content. They are also great at masking the “green taste” that is so good for our bodies, but isn’t so appealing to some that are just transitioning to a healthier lifestyle.
Just whip out your blender and throw in a cup of your favorite fruit mixture, a cup of mixed greens, and a base of coconut milk or any other nut milk you may have. You can even add a little nut or seed butter to it to make it more satiating and give it an even creamier texture. I prefer adding hemp seeds because of their rich amino acid profile and their high omega-3 content.

The Classic – Eggs and Bacon
A good old English favorite, and I don’t see it going out of fashion anytime soon. Eggs are a great source of choline and selenium, high-quality protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. All you need is a frying pan and 10 minutes, and if you don’t have that much time, you can fry them up before you go to bed and take them with you.
Hard boiled eggs are always an easy and convenient way to take eggs on the go, and you can prepare as many of them as you want at one time. They should last about 5-7 days in the fridge.
Of course, the bacon can be substituted for any high quality meat source. Get creative and eat more wild animals such as lamb, bison, quail, duck, and many others. Wild animals tend to have much higher inflammation fighting omega-3’s than factory farmed animals do, because their diets are not drowned in GMO soy and corn that are not part of their natural diet (and they are high in inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids).

Salads
For those of you aren’t big on breakfast, you could always put together a light salad with a few sliced up vegetables. You can help shift your metabolism into high gear for the day by making your own vinaigrette with some olive oil mixed with some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
You can add a handful of nuts, seeds, or some sliced up avocado for a little protein and healthy fat to hold you over until your next meal.

Leftovers
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t feel more than welcome to finish off that steak and those stir-fried veggies for breakfast. And you can actually benefit from eating some starches that have been refrigerated overnight. This is because they become Resistant Starches.
Refrigerated potatoes, sweet potatoes, plantains, and bananas all become resistant starch. This means that less of the starch is actually broken down by the body, and more of it makes its way into your colon where it becomes food for your good gut bacteria, particularly Bifidobacterium.

Bread Substitutes
Lastly, for those of you that just can’t get over having to leave behind all your old favorite foods, Paleo always has a solution.My favorite recipe for this occasion is banana pancakes.
Literally, all you need is one banana and one egg to make a full serving. Just blend the two together and pour onto the pan the same way you would any kind of pancake batter. Feel free to add warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, or nutmeg to give it a kick and improve digestion.
You can also make many styles of paleo friendly breads for breakfast. Most of the breads will contain coconut or nut flour as the base, eggs, and whatever starch you would like baked into the bread. This can be done with sweet potatoes, bananas, cassava, and many others.
I like these recipes because they leave plenty of room to innovate and be creative within your liking! http://paleogrubs.com/bread-recipes.

The paleo diet doesn’t have to be hard, or nearly as restrictive as many people think. With a little knowledge, blended with a tad of creativity, you can enjoy breakfast just as much, or more, than you always have!

Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25770258
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3335257/

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