If there's one thing most people know about the paleo diet, it's that you can eat bacon on it. And while that is indeed true, it doesn't necessarily mean that all you should eat for breakfast is bacon.
There can (and should) be more to a paleo plate than slabs of cured meat. After all, the goal of the paleo diet, proponents argue, is to achieve better overall health by eating the way our caveman ancestors did, which means noshing on things like eggs, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and meat. (Nix the grains, beans, soy, dairy, and processed foods.) Basically, you're going to need to put that bacon on the side of something else to really get in line with the true purpose of paleo.
Power up your morning with these 20 paleo breakfast ideas.
One night's zoodles and meatballs can become the next morning's breakfast with The Castaway Kitchen's creative (and delicious) take on leftovers. Layer up zucchini noodles, eggs, and meatballs in a cast-iron skillet, bake, and then flip it over. Voila. You've got a protein-packed breakfast (and a cleaned-out fridge). For extra flavor, top it with paleo-friendly pesto.
Those blueberry muffins at your go-to coffee shop have nothing on this version made of almond flour from Wholesome Yum. And believe it or not, they're almost as easy and convenient, too. While many paleo baking hacks require you to blend together more "alternative" flours and ingredients than you'd care to even know about, this recipe has fewer than 10 ingredients total. (Bonus: They're also low-carb.)
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.
Cookies for breakfast don't feel so shameful when you can actually see the fruit in them. Plus, if you feel like you need to cool it on the egg recipes (a common plight of paleo eaters), these cookies from Ditch The Wheat don't use any in the recipe. Instead, you'll use "chia eggs," which lend a little extra fiber.
If you're all about that Sunday meal prep life (or if you just need a compelling reason to start doing it), these paleo breakfast bowls —er, Tupperware containers — are where it's at. Made with hard-boiled eggs, chorizo, sweet potato, and spinach, this creation from The Bettered Blondie keeps it simple and healthy.
Calling all pancake lovers: Get ready to make these from Hurry The Food Up on repeat, especially when you discover that they take less than 10 minutes to whip up. A banana and eggs are only ingredients. Bananas are a great source of potassium, while eggs pack a punch of protein.
Throw last night's pot roast into the skillet for this hearty breakfast hash. According to recipe creator Tasty Ever After, this classic dish gets its "red flannel" name from the vibrant beets in the mix. They add not only color, but also a hearty dose of antioxidants. Toss in whatever other vegetables you have on hand to round out the recipe.
Keep it simple with a pre-made paleo pizza crust, and then go nuts with whatever toppings you're feeling. This version from The Big Man's World suggests an egg, pesto, and tomato combo, but he also offers up a barbecue pizza version if that's more your thing.
If you like your mornings to start off with some heat, this recipe from Tasteaholics will do the trick. It derives its oomph from cayenne pepper and Sriracha salt. The shrimp are not only a perfect complement to the spice, but they're an excellent source of lean, low-calorie protein, too.
This recipe from Gnom-Gnom is prepped the night before to give the fiber-filled chia seeds a chance to plump up, so it's ideal for mornings when you know you'll be in a rush (or, if you just anticipate that you'll want to put in zero effort the next morning). The matcha (or green tea powder) also delivers a dose of caffeine, in case your coffee needs a little extra help.
This breakfast sandwich from Grass Fed Salsa is built with white sweet potato slices used in place of traditional buns. Add bacon, avocado, and homemade beef patties for a heck of a way to wake up.
Any breakfast dish baked in the oven is automatically easier, and this breakfast casserole from The Lean Green Bean is no exception. You can make it ahead of time and heat up individual slices all week long. The chicken is also a nice change of pace if you're getting tired of the whole sausage-and-bacon routine in your paleo diet.
The glorious thing about cauliflower rice isn't just that it's full of filling fiber — it's also one of the most versatile cooking staples around, whether you're paleo or not. This grain-free breakfast bowl from A Saucy Kitchen puts it to good use by topping it with spinach, avocado, eggs, and pesto, but you can use the recipe as a template to use up whatever you have on hand.
Yes, paleo breakfast tacos are a thing, and they're here to save you from the sad taco-free life you thought you had to live while eating paleo. (Taco bowls don't always scratch that same itch.) Using almond flour tortillas, these breakfast tacos from Ancestral Nutrition are made with eggs, plus all your usual favorite toppings (or at least versions of them)—avocado, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, and … more avocado.
Wake up right with these sweet paleo waffles from The Toasted Pine Nut that are packed with fiber and antioxidants from the sweet potato. You can top with berries, dairy-free whip, and paleo granola for flavor.
These muffins from One Lovely Life are great for an on the go breakfast when you need something fast and easy (and you can make a big batch at once for meal prep), and they are also rich in fiber, protein, and fats from the use of almond butter and banana.
Egg salad is typically drenched in mayo and can have a ton of calories and not-so-great-for-you fats, but this makeover from Real Simple Good is free of mayo and has good fats and protein to fill you up.
Snack on this paleo plain, toss it in a trail mix, or throw into dairy-free yogurt. A great recipe from All Day I Dream About Food, it’s rich in good fats to fill you up and provide a delicious, nutty taste and texture. And the chocolate hits the sweet spot.
These energy balls from A Saucy Kitchen are low in sugar, but have a great sweetness from the blueberries, and they’re bite-sized to keep portions in check. Plus you don’t even need a blender to make them and can make a large batch at once to save for snacking throughout the week.
This paleo treat from Wholesomelicious feels indulgent and sweet but it’s not bad for you, as it’s made with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries. And while you should definitely whip this up in the summer for July 4, you can totally make this year round for a light and refreshing dessert that won’t weigh you down.