So….what do you eat for breakfast???

A lot of our friends ask us questions about what we eat at certain times of the day.  I am the first to admit that breakfast was a bit of a challenge when we first became primal.  Unfortunately, the traditional American breakfast looks something like this: poptarts, cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, hash browns, oatmeal, bagels, english muffins, granola, protein bars, or yogurt. 

But, once you go primal and begin to avoid all grains, sugars and dairy, those go out the door.  Starbucks also went out the door, which was probably one of my biggest obstacles in going primal.  For 5 years I would drive by Starbucks on the way to work. 

“One grande nonfat caramel macchiato, please! WITH WHIP!”

While there is really no way to make a caramel macchiato, poptart, or bagel healthy, it may be possible to enjoy some Greek yogurt on occasion, or even find a “primal” or “paleo” protein bar.  I do know a few people who eat Greek yogurt on occasion, but if you choose to do this, please be wary when grocery shopping. You’ll be shocked at how many brands of “Strawberry Yogurt” don’t even have real strawberries in them.  Even more scary?  The ingredients in Gogurt, which I purchased in college because it was easy to eat on the bus on the way to class.  Gogurt contains: milk, sugar, nonfat milk, high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, tricalcium phosphate, potassium sorbate, carrageenan, etc.  Yes people, sugar is an ingredient… TWICE.  It ends up that one Gogurt has more sugar than a Coke.  And these are marketed to kids (and college students in my case) as healthy breakfasts!

Okay, so enough harping on the bad foods, WHAT CAN WE EAT THAT WE KNOW IS GOOD FOR US!? 

I will tell you.

Lola and Oatmeal’s Favorite Breakfasts

1. Homemade smoothies. (Oatmeal will demonstrate below!)  The great thing about these smoothies is that you get carbs, protein and fat all in one easy breakfast that can be enjoyed anywhere: at home, in the car on the way to work… even in the shower (which may or may not have happened in our household on occasion).  My favorite thing about this breakfast is that it’s absolutely the fastest thing you can make.  We even timed it this morning, as you’ll see momentarily.

Egg cupcakes. Don’t make that face… I know what you are thinking.  They are actually very, very good.  I was surprised as well.  If you do click the link and give them a try, keep in mind you can play with the amounts of each ingredient.  I use more bacon and I add jalapenos and they are DELICIOUS!  The best part is I know from experience they will keep in your fridge for 4 days, which is why I make them on Sunday nights sometimes and enjoy them until Thursday.

3. Scrambled eggs with nitrate free bacon.  We scramble our eggs with whatever veggie we have on hand.  Our favorite “extras” are bell pepper, tomato, mushrooms, sweet potato, cilantro, onion, and spinach.  This is our standard weekend breakfast.

Oatmeal is definitely the breakfast maker in our household, and he is available to teach classes any time you want to come over.  Not really, but he will teach you how to make the smoothies now.

OATMEAL’S PRIMAL BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

This is what time we began our “smoothie demo” this morning.  I snapped a shot of our start time to show how quickly this breakfast can be made.

First, gather your ingredients. 

  • Unsweetened Coconut Milk (You can also use almond milk.  Resist the urge to use fruit juice, as it will add sugar and not much else.  We actually use water if we are out of coconut milk and can barely tell a difference!)
  • Frozen berries (Berries are the best choice for any smoothie due to their low glycemic index and high antioxidants.  I read in the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sissons that berries are the ultimate fruit and should be enjoyed often!)
  • Frozen Pineapple Chunks (We also use mango or peaches from time to time.)
  • 2 Bananas
  • Whey Protein (We like vanilla flavored whey.  I admit I don’t know a lot about whey protein and what to look for in a brand.  Leave me a comment and educate me!)

I am aware that there are “Smoothie Kits” in the frozen food section.  Usually they are on the shelves right next to the frozen fruit.  Watch out for these, as they sometimes have added sugar or juice, or have questionable ingredients (the only ingredient in frozen fruit should be just that… fruit).  These fancy “kits” can also be more expensive.

1. Into your blender, toss the peeled bananas, frozen pineapple chunks and frozen berries. (Notice Oatmeal doesn’t measure.  Use his picture as reference as you wish.)

2. Once your fruit has been added, add a scoop or two of your whey protein.  Today we used one scoop to make two smoothies. 

3.  Now you want to add your coconut milk.  We use roughly 1 cup. 

4. Now, blend!  (If you notice that the fruit isn’t blending easily, then you don’t have enough liquid.  Slowly add water until it begins to blend rapidly.)

5. Tada!

 

6. He even washes the blender each morning….

Breakfast is served!  Now do you remember that I said the smoothies can contain good fat, as well as protein and carbs?  When I make the smoothies, I often add a tablespoon of coconut oil.  This adds good healthy fat, which will make you feel full longer.  Keep that idea in mind if you know you may not have time for a mid-morning snack before you have lunch, or if you are very active or making the smoothie for growing munchkins. 

So, how long did it take to make 2 primal breakfasts AND clean up?

7 minutes!  And that’s with Lola telling him to slow down so she could take pictures. 

Lola’s favorite thing about the smoothies?  Your ability to put them back in the fridge and go right back to bed as soon as your husband leaves for work.  Some of us prefer to stay in bed until the clock strikes 6.  (The picture below was taken with my head on the pillow!)

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