I have a confession: Up until recently, I had completely lost my enjoyment of breakfast. It was actually one of those things that had been going on for awhile but I didn’t realize it was lost until I got it back. For the first 25 years of my life my breakfast involved carbs on carbs on carbs. I basically rotated between cereal and bagels with cream cheese. If I was trying to be “good” I would eat fruit or make a smoothie or have (sweetened, fat-free) yogurt. Newsflash: I never felt good after eating those kinds of breakfasts (except the smoothies/fruit, but they weren’t enough for a full breakfast).
On the weekends or when I went out to breakfast, I ended up feeling tired and bloated afterwards. I would usually order eggs and bacon which often came with home fries or something like that. On the surface, that meal doesn’t *appear* much different than what I am eating during the Whole30 for breakfast. But take it apart and break it down and it is not the same at all.
I have found that the Whole30 has forced me/allowed me to become creative with my breakfasts and break away from my comfort zone of eating. While most of my meals look similar to each other, this has really brought me so far from where I was 6 months ago. There are many people who do the Whole30 or eat paleo and have way more creative (and pretty) breakfasts but for me its taken many baby steps to get me to where I am now. These days, I love breakfast, I look forward to putting a meal together in the morning, and the food I am eating leaves me with energy and feeling great.
I’ve stopped following “recipes” for breakfasts and just have a bunch of ingredients on hand that I combine in some way, either on the weekend in frittata form or right before I eat- either separately or in hash form.
The ingredients I usually have for breakfasts are some combination of: Sugar-free nitrate-free bacon (I’ve been getting it at Whole Foods), some sort of sausage (Aidell’s apple chicken, or Fresh Market’s Southwest both had all Whole30 compliant ingredients), plantains, spinach, kale, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, apples, broccoli, onions/peppers, tomatoes, and of course lots of eggs! And coconut oil to cook it in, although I like to make use of bacon fat when possible.
I had made the twice-baked potatoes thinking they would be for a part of lunches or a snack, but I ended up eating them for breakfast! They were perfect to go alongside the frittata I had made that week which wasn’t quite filling enough on its own. The potatoes fell apart on me but still tasted delicious! Check out the original recipe to see how they are actually supposed to look.
So, that’s pretty much what I have been eating for breakfast lately. Since I am now in the habit of taking pictures of all my food, I’ll also share a few other good things I have eaten lately:
I have to say that the Whole30 has led me to discover some really delicious foods that I am sure I will continue eating once it’s over- alongside a lovely glass of wine of course!
What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Are there any meals/foods that you notice leave you feeling tired and sluggish?
Thanks, Jenn, for hosting the link-up!