Breakfast was by far the hardest part of the Whole30 for me, because I don’t usually eat breakfast and I don’t like eggs. When I first started my Whole30 I knew that having breakfast was going to be really important but it was difficult to figure out what to eat since most breakfast food I like contains grains, and during the week since I work full time I did not have time to actually cook up anything, so my breakfast had to be easy on-the-go. After about a week and a half of eating I don’t even remember what in the mornings (and not enough to keep me full until lunch), I had completed the book It Starts With Food, and realized that I really needed to eat more protein for breakfast.
I tried to step outside my box and I had my husband make me a few egg frittatas. I put in a bunch of veggies I like such as artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, raw red/yellow/orange bell pepper, mini heirloom tomatoes or grape tomatoes chopped, chopped garlic, chopped shallot, spinach, ect. Sort of whatever I had in the fridge that sounded good. We also added in some of the pork from my previous blog entry recipe. It was so full of veggies and meat that I didn’t notice the egg too much and it was actually pretty good. It was definitely better fresh than reheated but add a little hot sauce or salsa and it was definitely a good breakfast! The downside was that it had to be made in advance and reheated, but still something I recommend.
Other than bacon I have never been super into meat at breakfast, but I also found that I liked having some Aidell’s chicken apple sausage or the Aidell’s meatballs. Costco has both for a good price, but make sure you check your labels as not all flavors are Whole30 compliant. Aidell’s is a popular brand I have seen their products at other grocery stores too, but I buy at Costco because it’s more cost efficient. I have also heard that Applegate Farms makes a compliant sausage but I have not yet found those in any of my local stores. Both the sausages and meatballs can be easily heated in my office’s microwave as they are fully cooked when you buy them.
On the weekends when we were actually home my husband would make breakfast. I would usually have him make me a frittata with compliant bacon. He is less adventurous with the veggies that I am so he would make himself an omelet using ghee. Another favorite for him was to put a fried egg over sweet potato hash (a recipe I will share in a few days).
I also discovered that I can handle hardboiled egg whites in moderation. On days that I was working out of the office with no access to a microwave I would take 2-3 hardboiled eggs and eat them with a little salt and paprika. For some reason I just can’t eat the yolk though.
After incorporating more protein into my morning I noticed a huge difference in the way I felt. I was definitely fuller longer and had more energy throughout the day.