Best Paleo Breakfast Ideas for People on the Run

The hardest part of being paleo is breakfast. Growing up, I constantly ate cereal and milk, toast, or yogurt for breakfast. Then I learned about paleo. I love eggs, but scrambled eggs and omelets don’t give much of a variety when it comes to my favorite meal of the day. Not to mention, most of the time I’m in my car on the way to the gym or work when I need to eat breakfast. I had to sit down and do some serious brainstorming about what I could eat in the AM when I am in a hurry. Here are my favorites:

 

Banana and almond butter “sandwich”

I thought of this tasty breakfast during my running days. Nothing keeps you full during a workout quite like the delicious combination of banana and nut butter. All you have to do is cut a banana in half lengthwise, put a little almond butter on each half, and stick it back together. (Note: the more nut butter on the banana, the messier this breakfast is.)

 

Egg muffins

Yep. I just said I was sick of omelets and scrambled eggs. But these egg muffins are easy to eat in the car and are a simple way to pack veggies into your day.

All you need to do is whisk 12 eggs, salt, pepper, and about 1-1/2 cups of chopped veggies of choice (I like spinach, jalapenos, tomatoes, and onion) in a bowl. If you like your veggies more tender, sauté them in a pan with olive oil for about 3 minutes before adding to the mixture. Spray a large muffin tin with non-stick spray or olive oil, and fill the tins until they are ¾ of the way full. Put them in an oven that has been pre-heated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

These can stay in your refrigerator for about a week. They are wonderful reheated in the microwave, but are also fine served cold if you are in a hurry!

 

Trail mix

This is the easiest breakfast ever! All you need to do is take a handful of almonds, a handful of cashews, half a handful of craisins, and half a handful of EnjoyLife brand chocolate chips and mix them together. You can put this together in the morning or the night before you want to eat it, or make a large batch at the beginning of the week. Feel free to change up the nuts and dried fruit to your favorites!

 

“Chicken salad”

Okay, this isn’t really a “breakfast” item… but anything you eat in the morning counts as breakfast, right? This chicken salad is quick and easy – all you need is leftover chicken, an avocado, and salsa!

Take a leftover chicken breast (or bake/grill/sauté one if you’re feeling ambitious) and shred it with a fork. Mix it into a mashed avocado and stir in some salsa for flavor.

Voila! You’ve made yourself breakfast in less than 5 minutes. When I’m in a hurry I like to put the combination into Tupperware or the avocado skins so I can eat it with a plastic spoon in the car

 

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Feed Your Vitality Muffins

I always like to keep a few Feed Your Vitality muffins in my freezer. Not only are they delicious, but they defrost in the microwave in less than a minute. The variety of flavors are delicious and they are packed with 10-14 grams of protein, keeping me full all the way until lunch time (a difficult feat).

 

I also always keep Larabars and beef/turkey jerky on hand for when I’m in a hurry to get somewhere and barely have time to brush my teeth, much less make breakfast.

 

Do you have any breakfast items that you turn to when you’re in a hurry?

Paleo Baked Goods: Oxymoron?

Is there really such a thing as a paleo baked good? According to followers of the paleo lifestyle, we are to eat  like our ancestors for optimal health.  Surely no hunter gatherer indulged in baked goods. Chances are, if my life depended on physical labor, I would opt for the easiest way to obtain nourishment, and eat the food right from the source, in its most natural state. For the majority of human existence, during ice age conditions, man relied heavily on fat, proteins, nuts, seeds, vegetables, seasonal fruit, and very little starch. Our bodies’ genetic material, organs, and digestive tract have not changed dramatically since then. According to Nora Gedgaudas CNS, CNT, author of Primal Body,Primal Mind, carbohydrates are the only macronutrient for which there are no requirements.

“We don’t ever have to eat any sugar or starch to be optimally healthy.”

However, we as humans, like many other species, have an attraction for sweetness. Originally this attraction for sweetness may have been evolutionary. While there may be exceptions, typically wild edibles containing fructose are non poisonous.  The craving for sweetness in the present day may be a mixture of our ancestral heritage, culture, and habit. Personally, I grew up eating an abundance of sugar and processed snacks, and it took a great deal of self control and persistence to eliminate this kind of food from my life. Dr. Robert Lustig, in my opinion, provides the best explanation for why we crave sugar.

It is important to be able to provide  healthy alternatives to conventionally unhealthy food items.  Furthermore, the paleo muffin may be a wonderful transition food for a person used to carbohydrates and baked goods. Let’s take a closer look at  the nutrients in 100 grams of almond, wheat, and rice flour for comparison.

Nutrients per 100 grams of Flour Almond Flour(mg) White Wheat Flour(mg) Rice Flour(mg)
Potassium 687 149 76
Magnesium 275 25 35
Niacin 3.6 1.2 2.6
Alpha-Tocopherol 24.7 0.05 0.11
Calcium 216 20 10
Iron 3.72 1.26 0.35
Manganese 1.84 0.68 1.2
Flour Type 100 grams Gluten-Free Glycemic Index Protein (g) Carbohydrates (g) Fiber(g)
Almond Flour Yes <1 21.94 19.44 10.4
White Wheat Flour No 71 9.71 76.22 2.4
Rice Flour Yes 98 5.95 80.13 2.4

When one compares the nutritional value in paleo muffins versus conventional and gluten free varieties, the results are alarming!  Most gluten free flours containing rice flour, are actually high-glycemic, and inferior in nutritional value to white flour. Almond flour has the most nutrients, is high fiber, high protein, and low glycemic. Not only is our muffin a healthier option, but the taste and texture is indistinguishable to a conventional muffin.  The winner, without question, is paleo muffins from Feed Your Vitality.

Paleo Muffin offered at Feed Your Vitality.

Paleo Muffin offered at Feed Your Vitality.

Chef Kevin at Feed Your Vitality says, “These muffins are delicious and sure do keep you regular. “