Tired of the same ‘ol eggs and bacon for breakfast? Try this version of a paleo cereal for breakfast!
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup unsalted walnut pieces
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries, chopped
2T raw almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup coconut flour
coconut oil, enough to grease the pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 pan with coconut oil.
Place ingredients in a bowl and mix until blended well. Press mixture evenly into pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until browned. Let cool for 30 minutes. Crumble into an airtight container until ready to serve. I pour unsweetened coconut milk over the cereal but feel free to use whatever fits with your dietary needs or taste preference.
A familiar comment before the start of the Paleo Challenge is, “I just don’t know what I’m going to eat for breakfast.” Dinner’s always the easiest to make Paleo. Lunch is a second runner up because we’ll often have leftovers from dinner. Breakfast is the most challenging because unless you want to eat eggs every morning (which I do and I haven’t been bored of it in 3 years); then you’re SOL.
Remember why we eat. FOOD IS FUEL. We eat breakfast because our bodies need nourishment to perform for the day ahead of us. Ask yourself if pop-tarts and cereal would give you enough energy to thrive. It’s no.
Option 1: Bacon or sausage with over-easy or scrambled eggs + shredded kale, diced brussel sprouts, frozen okra, sliced zucchini. If you google breakfast you can get very creative with stuffed mushrooms and tomatos, vary the seasonings. You can even make egg muffins (which I choose not to do because it still takes 30 minutes to bake them).
Option 2: No-oatmeal. This is a great alternative if you’re a fan of oatmeal. You can leave it raw until you get to work (microwave needed, though) and it’s best if you eat it RIGHT AWAY! Find my recipe here! My recipe is more like snack-size – the carb comes from a banana and not a vegetable. Keep veggies handy for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.
Option 3: Make any meat and vegetable meal. I’m usually less hungry in the morning, so sometimes if I run out of eggs or just tired of them, I just make a mini-dinner! Have a few ounces of steak, put some asparagus on the pan, add some fruit to the side, and I have a great breakfast.
One of my favorite challenges is the “going out to eat” challenge. We get to learn about the best places to find paleo food around town! This can also improve your social experiences with others when going out to eat.
Below are a few tips I had from a previous post. Shaun and I had a Paleo breakfast at Scholars Inn Restaurant.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is a phobia many people have; stop fearing that you’ll be judged or considered nuisance if you ask questions. Questions help you become more educated and we can all use a little bit of that. If you’re a shy person, then overcome this challenge.
- You HAVE to ask questions. You don’t know if dairy, legumes, corn syrup, etc. are hidden in the soups and sauces, if grain based thickeners are in the gravy, if beans, corn or rice are part of a mixed vegetable option (even though they aren’t vegetable), or if they add butter to the vegetables. Most salad dressings are a NO GO. Whether you are afraid or not, you have to ask questions
- Ask for additions or substitutes and just pay it. It seems that Restaurants welcome large portions of deep fried foods, but small portions of vegetables and meat. Regardless of why this is, Shaun ALWAYS has to order a larger meat and extra vegetables. Chances are your $3.50 cup of broccoli will barely fill the palm of your hand, but you’ll feel a little more satisfied if you include it.
- Seek out a restaurant that isn’t a chain. Usually their food will be fresh, sometimes local ingredients. It’s my opinion they will most likely be more understanding of your needs.
- It’s ok to talk about your challenge. At the table discussed our needs with the server, but didn’t go into detail about our challenge. But, on our way out of the Scholar’s Inn, I took a picture of the menu because I forgot at the table. The hostess was standing right there so I figured I should say something. She had heard of paleo, and we talked about it for a minutes. You never know you can change someone’s life with a simple conversation. It could be nothing, but it could be something!
- In general, be careful about eating out. As you may already know, restaurants aren’t using olive oil or coconut oil. There’s a reason why we don’t eat vegetable oil, so eat it very much in moderation. It’s critical you do not eat out everyday.
You’ve gotta read this post. So many of us wonder about the misconceptions of eating breakfast, eating a few large meals versus snacking throughout the day, or snacks in general! I get these questions a lot and it’s my opinion that it boils down to you listening to your body. If you’re hungry, eat. If you’re not, then don’t.
To Eat Breakfast, or Not
It’s true that epidemiology shows habitual breakfast skippers trend toward being fatter and less healthy than traditional breakfasters. People who skip breakfast are more likely to be dieters (meaning they’re overweight) and lead generally unhealthy lifestyles (since skipping breakfast is widely seen as unhealthy, they’re more likely to engage in other unhealthy activities).
Many Small Meals vs. Few Large Meals
To graze or to feast? According to many fitness “experts,” grazing is supposed to “stoke the metabolic fire,” while infrequent meals “slow your metabolism.” The idea is that eating many small meals keeps your metabolism plugging away at a high rate for the entire day, helping you burn more fat. Conversely, going too long between meals slows down your metabolism, so that when you do eat, your body is sluggish to respond to the caloric load and you end up storing it as fat.
What About Snacking?
Another study, featured in a recent Weekend Link Love, reveals that 25% of Americans’ calories now come from snacks, half of which are sweetened beverages. Sure, drinking soda and eating chips in between meals is obviously terrible, but that doesn’t really apply to Primal snackers and their macadamia nuts, beef jerky, and berries. Or does it?
Can anyone tell me why Silk Coconut milk and So Delicious Coconut Milk products (and almond milk) are not on my paleo list this time around?
The goal of our Paleo challenge is to give you the opportunity to cut habit and addiction. It’s normal, at first, to find ways to make “cereal” out of nuts or bake some beets for that chippy “crunch.” This is fine because we are connecting the known with the unknown. But, you’re sabotaging your hard work over the next 30 days if you’re going to continue to find loop holes or make exceptions if there’s only a little added sugar in the Craisins or only a little bit of canola oil used for deep fried vegetables. Don’t waste these 30 days and make the Most of it! What I suggest to use instead is coconut milk from the can. It still includes a bit of guar gum, but this is a more acceptable option. Right now, it’s $1.99 at Sahara Mart. A little bit goes a long way; I’ll put a spoon full in my coffee and I’ll top it on my nut cereal.
I expected the can to be milk, but about 1/2 of the can is a solid coconut whipped cream-type substance. You can get creative with it. I took it all out of the can when I opened it, put it in another container and stored it in the fridge. I’ve had it for nearly a week now, using it in my coffee and sometimes top it on the nut cereal. My last serving will be tomorrow.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Even when I had a “regular job,” I would wake up early to have a pleasant breakfast. One of my favorites is a sausage, egg and avocado sandwich w/ brussel sprouts on the side. I make the egg over easy because I love the mess it makes when you bite into it! In addition to my sandwich, I made 2 slices of bacon plus 1 more egg.
Breakfast might not be your thing, but I want you to consider and perhaps take on the challenge to incorporate morning meals with meat, vegetables, and healthy fats.
My sausage and bacon are local meat, Fischer Farms. Eggs are local/free range and purchased at Sahara Mart ($2.49 a dozen). The avocado is organic and on sale at Bloomingfoods for $1.69 – not that shabby of a price!