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For those of us taking the plunge into 30 long days of eating sugar-free, grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free, and fun-free (don't lie, it feels fun-free on some days), it can be really important to start your day off right. For me, breakfast was never a big deal. I would eat a yogurt and a cheese stick, maybe some oatmeal if I was feeling extra hungry, but that would be it. Unfortunately, all three of those items are now off limits to me so I had to quickly scramble for a good plan B. Here are some of the recipes that I found and enjoyed; maybe you will like them too!
Sweet and Savory Breakfast Bowl
This recipe combines the creamy sweetness of mashed sweet potato with the comforts of a more traditional American breakfast. It also has a wide variety of textures from smooth and creamy to crunchy.
- 1 sweet potato
- 1/2 ripe banana (adds a great sweetness)
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 slice of bacon
- 1 poached egg (sub sunny side up egg if poached is too fancy)
Wash the sweet potato then use a fork to poke some holes in the skin to release steam. Place the sweet potato in the microwave for two minutes at a time until it is soft enough for a fork to go through very easily. Set the potato aside to cool for a moment.
Cook the strip of bacon until it is nice and crispy. Crumble the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
Peel the skin off the sweet potato and discard the skin. Mash the sweet potato with the banana and cinnamon until it has a smooth texture.
Sprinkle the bacon crumbles on the mashed mix and top with your egg.
Spaghetti Squash and Protein Bowl
As an avid pasta fan, spaghetti squash has become my new go-to whenever those carb cravings hit. As such, I often have a Tupperware of leftover squash sitting in my fridge just waiting to be turned into a great breakfast.
- 1 cup spaghetti squash (or whatever you have leftover from dinner)
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1 tbsp oil or chicken broth for pan frying
- 1 link of chicken sausage
- 2 poached eggs (sub sunny side up eggs if poached is too time-consuming)
- hot sauce to taste
Add oil or broth to a frying pan then add your squash and onion. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the onions begin to caramelize. Take off heat and set aside.
Cut the sausage link into medallions and brown in the same pan until heated through.
Top the squash and onion mixture with the sausage medallions and your desired eggs, and garnish with hot sauce.
Sweet Potato "Toast"
This is a nice sweet breakfast for those days when you are missing the sugary start to your mornings. It's also very simple and fast for a quick out the door when you don't have time to make eggs.
- 1 sweet potato cut lengthwise into toast-like slices (think like slicing a tomato)
- 1 banana cut into medallions
- 2 tbsp sugar-free sun butter (sub almond butter if desired)
- a handful of pecans
- some cinnamon to sprinkle to taste
Toast two sweet potato slices in a toaster on the seven setting. Spread sun butter on the "toast" slices, top with a row of banana medallions, and then sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon.
Going Green Breakfast Bowl
This recipe is more of a traditional 'diet' breakfast because it contains a lot of green ingredients but it can still be fun and tasty!
- 2 cup kale or spinach (reader's choice)
- 1/2 cup diced tomato
- 1 tbsp oil or chicken broth for sautéing
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 1 poached or sunny side up egg (either way works)
- salt and pepper to taste
- hot sauce to garnish
Add oil or broth to a frying pan and sauté your kale or spinach until it is cooked down, at this stage add salt and pepper. Add the diced tomato and cook until the tomato is warmed up with the greens.
Top the green mixture with the sliced avocado and your egg. Garnish with hot sauce if desired.
Whole 30 is tough, between the sugar withdrawals and the carb cravings, no one said this was going to be a cakewalk (especially since there is no cake). But you are doing so good, you are strong and you can stick with this! Hopefully, these yummy recipes help lift your mood and keep you from temptation!
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