For starters, I mostly eat a Paleo based or whole foods diet with the exception of a little bit of grains here in there. So, I wouldn’t totally consider myself Paleo because I do cheat often. If you are unfamiliar with Paleo, it is basically a diet composed of unprocessed and more natural, whole foods like meat, veggies and fruits. It is just the diet that I prefer and the diet that works best for me and my health goals. I have also tried vegan and thoroughly enjoyed that diet as well, however at the time I didn’t understand the importance of making sure to eat plant based rather than grain based. Knowing what I know now, I will occasionally choose to veganize my meals. It all mostly depends on the day and what I am feeling.

Disclaimer: If you are contemplating a Paleo, Vegan or any diet for that matter, make sure to do your research before hand. You want to make sure that you are consuming an adequate amount of nutrients and calories. Below I have listed a couple of my current and past favorite breakfast ideas. Keep in mind, they are going to be very very simple. Most of these have been created from a broke college student point of view. So if you are looking for some extravagant Paleo, 100 calorie breakfast casserole with tons of crazy ingredients, you have come to the wrong place. I hope that you enjoy and find an easy breakfast idea that is helpful to you 🙂

Breakfast Platter

This is my current go to breakfast. It consists of 2 medium eggs in an omelette type scramble with diced onions, bell peppers, spinach, parsley, mushrooms – pretty much whatever veggies I have on hand in the refrigerator. I’ll throw the veggies in a skillet first to let them cook and after about 5 minutes add the eggs, parsley, and spinach. After scrambling everything together, I will top it with more parsley, ground pepper and Pink Himalayan Salt (aka literally the best stuff ever).

I love my fruit, so on the side I’ll cut up whatever fruit I have stocked up that day. Today it was strawberries and blueberries. I occasionally like to add in some peanut butter toast with cinnamon. If I do however, I will usually get the sugar free toast and organic peanut or almond butter. Now, I know this part isn’t totally Paleo, but I am not super strict on myself and think that eating some grain here and there is perfectly fine.

Currently, I am on a complete 30 day whole foods challenge and I am replacing the toast with just a banana. But it is also good with turkey bacon or avocados. You can do whatever variation works for you. Make it your own, get creative and just have fun with it.

Smoothie

In the summer time, I love a smoothie for breakfast. The best part about them is that the possibilities and variations are literally endless. You can add spinach, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, cacao powder, kale, chia seeds, honey, apples, oats, beets, dates, seeds, peanut butter, cucumber, nut milks – I could go on and on. Check out my Pinterest board for some inspiration or just a simple Google search to find a smoothie recipe that fits your taste.

Typically when conducting the perfect smoothie you will want a base liquid, some greens, some fruit, a source of protein, and something to add a little flavor. For me, I like to use water as my base liquid, kale and spinach as my greens, blueberries and bananas as my fruit, peanut/almond butter and chia as my protein, and some cinnamon and cacao powder to add in a little flavor. People typically see smoothies as being very pricey, however there are plenty of variations to fit even the tightest budget. I was on a grocery budget of $25 a week and still found ways to incorporate smoothies into my diet so it is definitely possible.

Overnight Oats

Similar to the smoothie, overnight oats can have so many fun variations. This is something that I loved eating when I ate mostly vegan, so I just had to mentioned them. To build your perfect overnight oats you will need a mason jar (or container of your choice), oats, some protein, some fruit, a liquid base and something to add a little flavor.

So for example: I liked to use cacao powder and honey as my sweetener, chia seeds and peanut/almond butter as my protein, blueberries and a banana as my fruit and almond milk as my liquid. To make, simply mix all of your desired ingredients in a mason jar or preferred container and refrigerate overnight. Again, there are so many yummy recipes on Pinterest. This is such a fun, healthy and delicious breakfast idea to pre-prep for the week.

Fruit Bowl + Protein Bar

This is not as filling as the ideas above but super simple and quick for when you don’t have time to prepare an extravagant breakfast. At the beginning of the week I will typically pre-cut up all my fruit and store it in a big tupperware bowl in the refrigerator. Right now I am eating pineapple, cantaloupe and kiwi. When you are running short on time, scoop out a couple of scoops of fruit into a bowl and top it with some chia seeds and you have a quick and healthy breakfast.

If I opt for this breakfast, I often like to add in a healthy protein bar on the side to give it an extra boost. My current favorite is the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar, which contains all natural ingredients. Blue Dinosaur Paleo Bars are also completely Paleo and another healthy alternative. If you are looking for something more on the low carb side, Quest Bars are another excellent alternative.

These are a few of my current and past favorite healthy breakfast ideas. I hope that you found this post helpful and found some inspiration for ideas to try for yourself. As always thank you for reading and if you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me 🙂

With love, Danielle
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