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Monday, March 12, 2012

Breakfast Choices

Good morning everyone!  What an amazing day here in New England!  Today I'm going to give you all some quick, creative, and delicious breakfast options.  I love eggs and making omelets like the rest of you, but not only does it get old, but we need VARIETY with our breakfast options.  Now this can present a problem for us paleo people, especially newbies to the paleo lifestyle, because we've eliminated the old "western" diet breakfast options such as:  cereal, dairy products (yogurt, milk), bagels, breads, and any other gluten-gut irritator.  So us paleo maniacs need to be creative to come up with tasty breakfast options.

One thing we can do besides eating EGGS, is to have left overs from dinner the night before.  Yes, dinner for breakfast.  We love having breakfast for dinner, so why is it hard to think of reversing it?  Try it! For example, this morning I had left over salmon and picadillo (A Cuban dish of grounded grass fed beef with veggies) for my protein.  Then I made a carb/fat smoothie consisting of 1 entire bag of kale, 6 oz of organic blueberries and 2 cans of coconut milk.  Now I didn't drink this entire concoction.  I had 12 oz of it with my breakfast.  So I balanced my breakfast with all 3 macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) and it didn't include eggs!

Here are some quick options for when you don't have time to make breakfast in the morning or you're someone who goes to the gym in the morning before work and you don't have time to cook breakfast.

1.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Take a muffin pan and lather coconut oil or olive oil in each muffin spot.  Then place whatever you want inside.  For example, we sometimes put red peppers, bacon, tomatoes, spinach, kale, onions and cheese for the kids.  Then beat 1 egg for each muffin spot and poor the beaten egg over whatever you put in the muffin spot.  Repeat until each muffin spot is filled with egg and paleo stuff.   Once oven reaches temp put muffin sheet in for roughly 25-30 mins.  Keep an eye on them after 20 mins because some ovens cook quicker.  They should be puffy and ready by 30 mins.  Now you have 12 egg muffins that can be ready on the go, re-heated, or eaten right then and there after being cooked!  They are so good and kids LOVE them, especially with a "little" cheese.  Each muffin has one egg which equals 1 block of protein for those who do the zone diet.

2.  Smooties are such an awesome way to get all 3 macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) when time is NOT on your side.  Toss 2-3 eggs, some greens, coconut milk with some ice and blend away!  If you're not ready to down some greens early in the morning, then toss some blueberries, raspberries, bananas, apple or whatever fruit you like.  There's nothing like a smoothie right before work!

These are just two ideas to help you guys NOT to skip breakfast.  Studies have shown that when we consume a healthy portion of protein in the morning, we are less likely to have cravings for complex/crappy carbs throughout the day.  If you're able to eat a healthy (all macronutrients) breakfast, then you should be able to make it to lunch without being hungry.  I realize I'm rambling about multiple topics here, but my editor has taken up a new job at Crossfit NewEngland (fittest Crossfit Box in the Da' WORLD), so I'm on my own here.

So, basically what I'm trying to say is, you don't have to eat "breakfast" foods for breakfast.  I'm sure our ancestors didn't pass up some meat to eat because the sun just came up, so why should we?  Be creative! The more variety we have in our daily lives the less likely "things" will appear to be "boring" or "old" and we'll be able to wake up everyday feeling better, looking better, and performing daily tasks with ENERGY!

Have a great day!

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