What to eat for a Paleo Breakfast?

One of the difficulties of eating Paleo has been knowing what to eat for breakfast. Our culture has turned “breakfast” into a meal traditionally filled with junkfood, even by non-paleo standards. However, when you eliminate dairy, sugar, grains and cereals, it can be daunting to know what to eat and still feel like it’s a “breakfast.”

Some friends I know have just slowly migrated away from thinking of breakfast as anything else than another meal, and regularly eat fish, and chicken, and steak–normal proteins not often found on morning menus–for breakfast.

I wanted to bring this up for the Paleo Plan members, and ask you what your thoughts and preferences are on this tricky meal, as well as see how we’ve been doing. So, what do you guys think? What do you want in your morning menus?


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  1. I would agree that it is easier to have leftover protein sources from the night before. Especially if one is in a rush to get out of the house. I don’t think I could stomach fish for breakfast though. Chicken and steak would be good, along with some avocado and tomatoes maybe. Maybe like a chicken or steak fajita type breakfast.

  2. Making up stuff ahead and freezing it in serving size portions really helps.

    Make “sausage patties” with ground turkey or ground beef and any spices you like — basil, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne. Saute, and freeze — easy to grab and pair with some fruit or veggie.

    The omelet muffins, bacon and egg rings, carrot and banana muffins — all recipes from here — all can be made in larger batches and frozen in individual serving portions, for an easy breakfast. So can the paleo pancakes and pumpkin muffins. Great timesaver and convenience.

  3. I can’t eat eggs because of a food allergy so I’ll also make my own sausage patties and freeze them in portions. I also make and freeze “hash browns” out of rutabaga cubes and onions. In the morning I put my portions of sausage and hash browns in a pan with oil and heat them up with some kale leaves and sliced yellow squash.
    A quickie breakfast is an apple smeared with almond butter or a bowl of nuts with raisins, shredded carrots and whatever fruit is available.

  4. I usually go eggs with diced veggies or organic nitrate-free sausage with pineapple spears. If I get bored I’ll just heat up some leftover dinner, it’s no problem for me to eat steak, veggies, and other paleo deliciousness for breakfast.

  5. If you think of Breakfast as just another meal, you’ll be able to control the cravings for eggs, bacon, etc. I usually eat leftovers from the night before for breakfast. This enables me to stay on track with my nutrition plan.

  6. Hemp milk, banana, strawberry, and honey smoothies. I mix up a blender of these every morning for my whole family. Quick and easy and even my pickiest eater enjoys them!

  7. My husband recently cooked up left over shredded chicken with eggs and spinach and it was great. You can use egg whites instead. Plenty of protein and veggies here.

  8. I usually eat salads with fruit and tuna. This morning I took last nights leftover mango salsa (mango, tomato, cilantro, lemon juice, salt) and mixed in avocado and canned tuna. Eet was deelicious.

    I also like to do diced apples and celery with walnuts, canned tuna, cilantro, balsamic, and cinnamon.


  9. I made the omelet muffins!! These are so good and come in handy when needing something for on the go! I put red and yellow bell peppers along with some diced onion, they were YUMMY!!

  10. I’m also sensitive to eggs, making breakfast a little challenging. I make a breakfast soup. Chicken broth, leftover protein (usually chicken breast or pork tenderloin), a couple of handfuls of kale, and whatever other veggies are in the fridge (carrots, squash, etc). Sometimes I add a dab of coconut oil to help with satiety. I’ve also added diced avocado instead of the coconut oil.

  11. Veggie fritters:
    Just grate vegies (eg sweet potato, beetroot, carrot, zucchini (dry with paper towel before adding) etc etc), add an egg, pepper and salt, and almond meal, then shallow fry in a pan with coconut oil. Yummy! For a sweeter breakfast, drizzle with a little pure maple syrup.
    “Paleo Cookbooks” has similar recipes in their various publications.

  12. almond panacakes 1/4 c. alomond meal or just in food processor, 1/4 c. coconut milk, almond milk, or whatever your using to sub., and 1 egg. makes about 3 small pancakes.

  13. Has anyone tried the above recipe for almond pancakes? I’m struggling for breakfast for my kiddo’s. We also have to be egg free. Anyone with a recipe using coconut flour?

  14. Tin of sardines in EVOO with steamed brocolli, spinach and celery. Tons of Kerrygold melting on the veg. Fat, proteins, carbs. No eggs [just developed sensitivity…]

  15. Hi Abby

    A couple of months late I know, but we love Paleo pancakes. We use a half Almond butter/half Coconut Butter (just processed desiccated/shredded coconut) recipe. That one’s a big winner. We make them small because they are brittle.

    Bi-winning recipe.

  16. 1/3 lb angus pattie, 1 whole egg and three egg whites with cheese and spinach. Old fashioned oatmeal with a banana mashed in and a handful of almonds and brazil nuts. Sounds like a lot but it’s needed for the daily battle.

    1. Deven,

      It’s just that it’s not really a paleo breakfast, given there’s cheese, oatmeal and you left out the egg yolks…

  17. Paleo cereal: sliced almonds, chopped pecans and walnuts (really any type of nut), fresh or dried fruit, coconut slivers, ground flax and almond milk

  18. I’ve noticed when exploring paleo menus that the subject of broths hasn’t been brought up. There’s this idea of “traditional foods” being broached in the wider foodie community and using the whole animal is part of this idea. It’s worth exploring for the paleo-minded folks. Plus, broths are a great way to use up all those veggie and herb scraps. Anything goes! When searching on the net for a broth recipe, look for : Bone Broth, Breakfast Broth, Chicken Broth, Fish Broth, Stock…the list goes on.

  19. Another comment, sorry, I see something about smoked fish, smoked fish doesn’t have to be sugary, and it’s soo easy to make a smoked fish on your bbq! I simply take a metal jelly roll sheet, cover it in foil, soak my favorite wood chips, drain them, then dump these onto the foil lined cookie sheet. Then, I take my favorite fish fillet and lay that on a flat piece of foil, just a bit longer and wider than the piece of fish. Next, sprinkle the fish with just a little bit of smoked salt and smokey paprika. Layer the fish with thinly sliced citrus (I like lemon). Set the fish and it’s foil liner on top of the wood chips. Put the pan on your gas or charcoal grill and cook on medium until done! I like my fish a little under-cooked, especially salmon, so I take this off the grill when the deepest part of the fillet just starts to flake with a fork! But my kids like it more dense…so use your judgement for doneness.

    1. @Donata – Thanks for this comment – what a great suggestion! I actually just updated this outdated article to more accurately portray how we feel about breakfast. I don’t really have any problems with smoked fish as long as it’s from a clean source and there aren’t any objectionable ingredients in it.

  20. For breakfast I usually do one of 3 things; make a scramble with eggs and any veggies that sounds good like onion, mushrooms, steamed broccoli, spinach, kale, ect or I will have a fried egg on spinach with crispy bacon or a simple frozen fruit smoothie for days that I’m on the go, but the smoothies arent completely Paleo since I do add a little greek yogurt. I will have to start having leftovers for breakfast and maybe a breakfast soup, that sounds yummy

  21. For breakfast, I’ve been enjoying two eggs over easy, seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley. I usually pair this with two pieces of turkey bacon and an almond milk latte. Since I typically crave breakfast foods at night, I will sometimes heat up a mug of unsweetened applesauce in the microwave and add cinnamon. Delicious!

  22. How about a slice of Paleo bread toasted.
    Slice up an apple, sprinkle with cinnamon and butter. Microwave apples until tender.
    Toast bread and place apples on bread and eat.
    It’s yummy!

  23. Any ideas for paleo breakfasts for someone without a kitchen? I am a college student stuck on a mandatory meal plan, living in a dorm.

    1. Hannah – If you’re on a meal plan, do they provide you with eggs, bacon/sausage, and fruit in the morning? Those are good options.

  24. Am I the only one who doesnt have time to cook anything in the morning? Aside from porridge (which I guess is out of the question) what can you have for breakfast that’s quick and filling – and not a smoothie?

  25. I fry an egg with yolk broke, flip it over, put 2 slices of turkey breast or ham on top, flip over and cook the meat on one side and roll it like a wrap to eat in the car on the way to work. Takes much less time than cooking oatmeal!

  26. I love greek yogurt for breakfast, which is usually very fast. I also love oatmeal with ffruit. I take it neither of those things are particularly paleo? When if ever can I eat yoghurt?

  27. i don’t do paleo (or any other diets)- but I have always loved breakfast that is not the traditional bread/sweets style. Which is how i came across this page – looking at what people are eating for breakfast.
    So will share some of my choices -some can apply to your diet and some won’t! Some of the ingrediants vary as it depends on the season as well as what i have on hand.
    -really rich plain creamline yogurt with active probiotic cultures, topped with blueberries raspberries gojis banana etc, nuts, borage oil, flax seed oil, sometimes honey (or not if the fruits are sweet).
    -homemade granola with oats, whole flax seed, sesame, almonds, raisin, pecan, walnut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower etc apple juice for sweetener. with creamline milk or almond milk.
    -organic eggs omelet with mushrooms spinach and shallot and sweet potato hash. A little goat brie cheese is delicious in this on occasion.
    -fresh avocado mango papaya salad with lime. this is my hottest days of summer fave meal.
    -enoki mushroom or oyster or maitake oven roasted with miso butter on toast.
    -cooked red quinoa or farro pan-sauteed with oil, onion, dandelion greens, kale, mixed vegetables topped with a fried egg. Harissa is good on this too. since the grain is mostly pre cooked it is pretty fast to make and satisfyingly hearty. not everyone can eat/tolerate grains but if you do – it’s a good one.
    -mixed greens salad topped with egg, baby asparagus, crispy bacon strips, lemon olive oil vinagraite.
    -root vegetable hash browns (sweet potato, rutabaga, turnip, whatever i have) topped with egg or piece of medium rare salmon.
    -avocado shake – coconut water, avocado, creamline milk, honey, ice cube in the blender. can add a shot of espresso too if you like.
    -pancakes made with any mix of amaranth, quinoa, oat, and or buckwheat flours (you can grind the grains in a food processor to make your own flour easily), eggs milk vanilla lemon blueberries peaches and sometimes seeds and nuts in there too. great to take on the go (without the syrup for traveling)
    -pancakes made from plantains
    -roasted eggplant, garlic, fresh tomato, greens, roasted vegetables with olive oil, garlic, spicy paprika, and leftover steak from dinner. this is better for a late brunch really. chick pea flour bread, more olive oil for dipping.
    -amaranth and quinoa porridge cooked in coconut cream. nice in winter.
    -tonkatsu ramen – pork bone broth with noodles, braised pork, eggs, seaweed, vegetables – i don;t care what time of day I can always eat this dish.

  28. I’ve just started on the paleo and I have to admit I struggle with breakfast. I don’t have time to make things at home or in work so it needs to be fast. I’m also not a fan of eggs really.

    I’m having a handful of berries and some nuts, and that’s working ok, but boring!

    I like fruit and would find it tough to eat meat or fish in the morning I think.

    Is almond milk really ok? Maybe I should make a paleo cereal…

  29. John, everyone finds it tough to eat meat for breakfast at first. But after a while it becomes normal. You just need to get yourself out of the mindset that there are certain foods for certain times. This is conditioning that you have likely had since you were a child. Its all in your head. Eat some chicken!

    1. May – No problem! Just do a scramble with veggies and sausage or something along those lines. And yes, mushrooms are Paleo.

  30. Can you eat cheese on the paleo diet? I’m new and I’m having trouble with breakfast. I can’t eat slot of eggs in one week.

    1. Hi Denise,
      Congratulations on going Paleo! Breakfast can be a challenging meal for many people new to Paleo but there are many great Paleo choices out there. Dairy products were not eaten by our Paleo ancestors and can be highly inflammatory which is why cheese is not Paleo. To help clarify which foods are Paleo, here’s a comprehensive list: https://www.paleoplan.com/resources/paleo-plan-food-guide/. For Paleo breakfast, anything goes! Throw together some leftovers or construct a meal just as you would for lunch or a simple dinner. Here’s another link to help with meal planning: https://www.paleoplan.com/resources/basics-of-meal-construction/. Be creative and blend up a Paleo smoothie, Paleo oatmeal, trail mix or muffins. Check out our Recipe Center for some great ideas and Paleo recipes. I hope this helps! Sally

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