What I'm Eating: 7 Whole30 Breakfast Ideas
I have been in a bit of tailspin since the holidays....mostly with sugar. Starting Monday, I put a stop to that.
If you have been following me for a while, you will remember that I did my very first round of Whole30 back in October. Actually, I did a version of Whole30 known as vegWhole30, a modification of the program that was geared toward vegans and vegetarians. That was a wonderful, eye-opening experience to my relationship with food as well as how my body responds to various food groups. Specifically sugar and grains. My taste buds and brain love the glucose rush they both give me, but the bloated belly, foggy head, and tired eyes tell me that the rest of my body isn't too keen on them.
I kept sugar and grains out of my diet for the most part after that...until Christmas. I gave myself a little too much wiggle room through the holiday season and my sweet tooth and dopamine took over and my old, bad habits (such as too much maple syrup on my oatmeal and enjoying pizza night with my family a few too many times during the course of a month) started to sneak back into my life. I can always feel the effects these choices have on my body, as I feel slower, sluggish and not nearly as vibrant as I have become accustomed to feeling. It is clear that it's time to hit the reset button on my diet. Hello Whole30!
This go around, I'm doing Whole30 by the book. I've reintroduced most animal based proteins back into my life in moderation over the past few months and want to see how this tried-and-true round of Whole30 makes me feel.
So let's start with breakfast. It seems like most people find breakfast to be the most difficult meal of the day to add variety to on Whole30. To that I say pffffffttttttt. Breakfast can be whatever you want it to be. Not just bacon and eggs. In fact, on Whole30, they encourage you to number your meals 1,2,3 to help you break out of the meal stereotypes and just embrace what feels right to eat.
So let's do that. Let's think outside the breakfast box. Even if you aren't doing Whole30 yourself, perhaps this list of "meal 1" worthy dishes will inspire you to mix up what you eat for the first meal of the day.
1. Egg-Free Paleo Breakfast Bowls. I personally love eggs, but I can also see myself getting real sick of them after several days. So let's shake it up a bit and enjoy some other bold flavors. I love the idea of making "breakfast bowls" out of some unconventional breakfast foods, but these are all sure to give you a solid meal that will keep you going until lunchtime.
2. Baked Egg In an Avocado. Again, I love eggs. So I definitely will be enjoying some of these suckers. Eggs with avocado is such a heavenly combination. Paired with a little spinach or arugula and a side of fruit, this breakfast will be a regular in my Whole30 breakfast world.
3. Sweet Potato "Toast" with Avocado, Cucumber, Smoked Salmon, and Poached Egg. I love love love how this is such unconventional twist on a conventional breakfast food. "Toast" made from a slice of sweet potato!? How simple and brilliant! I'm totally getting down on that....a few dozen times. Plus, if you are sick to death of eggs (as I'm sure I will be by the end of Whole30), there is enough amazing protein in this dish that you can still leave the egg out and have a killer meal that will fuel you until lunch.
4. Green Veggie Eggs. One of the most appealing parts of Whole30 to me is the emphasis on veggies at all meals. I think people struggle with welcoming vegetables at the breakfast table, but think it can be done in an easy, palatable, let's-not-shock-my-system-with-all-kinds-of-weird dishes. This is exactly one of those dishes that easily gets some incredible veggies into that first meal of the day without freaking you out too much.
5. Make Ahead Rainbow Veggie Egg Cups. The secret to any successful Whole30 is planning and prep.....or at least it is in my opinion. Some mornings you just wont have your act together and you will need a few items that are Whole30 friendly that you can grab as your run out the door.....or pour another cup of black coffee and try to remember your first name because you are so not a morning person. These egg cups are perfect for exactly those mornings. Veggies + protein + ready to go when you need it the most. These will likely be hanging out in my fridge lots this month.
6. One-Skillet Sweet Potato & Kale Home Fries with Eggs. Who doesn't loooooooovvveeee a one-skillet meal?! Because one-skillet meals less prep AND less clean up. We all know you make enough dishes during Whole30, so it's great to find a easy dish that helps you cut back on the mess. Plus it's dang delicious, so this recipe is a winner all around.
7. Bacon + Sweet Potato Hash. Simple. Satisfying. Those are the magic words to make me fall in love with a breakfast dish. And that's exactly what this recipe is. Add a little sauteed kale or spinach, a side of fruit, and you have a seriously amazing Whole30 breakfast that will dance on all of your taste buds.