The idea behind the paleo diet is to eat like a caveman—ditching dairy, legumes, grains, and processed foods and instead of feasting on lean meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds. This might feel limiting first thing in the morning, since most baked goods, oatmeal, cheesy omelets, and granola are off the table. But there’s still plenty of delicious dishes to get your day started right, from hashes to smoothies to scrambles. Rotate between these paleo-friendly recipes and get a great start to your day.
Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Hash
This vegetarian and Paleo sweet potato hash recipe is a flavorful one-dish breakfast or brunch. A base of roasted, spiced brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, garlic, and onion are topped with eggs and baked just until set. The runny yolks provide a nice sauce for the dish. Add crumbled, cooked sausage for extra protein.
Shakshuka is a savory breakfast and brunch dish that usually has a tomato sauce base with tender eggs that cook right on top. This green shakshuka recipe uses broccoli rabe and spinach for a brightly colored twist. Use non-dairy milk to make it completely Paleo.
Homemade Turkey Sausage
Homemade sausage is healthier than the premade version and surprisingly quick and easy to whip up. Simply combine ground turkey with spices and form into patties. A quick trip in a frying pan and you have delicious breakfast sausage. Pair with eggs cooked however you like and a little sliced avocado for a complete meal.
Sweet Potato Toasts
Swap bread for toasted slices of sweet potato for a filling but healthy way to start the day. Prep several potatoes and then reheat them in the toaster or toaster oven for a quick meal. Top your sweet potato toasts with smashed avocado and tomato, almond butter and banana, or hummus and chickpeas.
Vegetarian Mushroom and Leek Omelette
There’s no need for a blanket of cheese when you fill your omelet with tasty mushrooms and leeks. Add other veggies if you like, or toss in some diced bacon or crumbled sausage. The mushroom and leek omelet recipe makes two three-egg omelets, but it’s easy to size up or down depending on how many mouths you have to feed.
The best part of this recipe from Health Starts In The Kitchen is that you can make a big batch and toss ’em in your freezer for a hearty breakfast on the go. Start with paleo-friendly tortillas and load them up with scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, and plenty of onions and peppers for a boost of color and nutrients. Your future self will thank you.
The paleo diet focuses on unprocessed foods and avoids dairy products. That means your paleo breakfasts can be high in fiber, with seeds, nuts, and fresh fruits. They can also give you a morning dose of protein via meat and eggs.