Welcome to Flawed yet Functional! I am a Type 1 Diabetic managing my blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and habits WITHOUT insulin (Update: As of December 2018, I’m back on a low dose of long-acting insulin, but I was insulin-free for 19 months!). Sound amazing? Read more here. I hope to inspire you to do amazing things with your health too. The AIP diet can be intimidating, especially for breakfast. Try these Top 5 AIP Breakfast Recipes to give your day a healthy start!
I am approaching 150 days on the Autoimmune Protocol. I have only made it this far by discovering truly delicious food that both my family and I love to eat. This week I’d like to do a mini-series on my top 5 Autoimmune Protocol breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. If you’d like to give this diet a try but don’t know where to start, try these 5 recipes first! They are tried and true for my family!
I began the Autoimmune Protocol in February of 2017 with the full knowledge that breakfast would be the hardest meal of the day. No eggs. No grains. That basically summed up my breakfasts prior to my diabetes diagnosis! We had oatmeal or eggs every single day. I loved oatmeal because it was hearty and quick. Quick breakfasts were out the window for a while, a fact I had to come to grips with very quickly.
While this all-important meal of the day did intimidate me at first, I stuck to the AIP diet and found my rhythm. Breakfast IS possible without sweets, grains, and eggs. I know you might not believe me, but it’s true! These are recipes I’ve made over and over again with great success for my family and me.
I developed this recipe in a hurry one morning, and it quickly became a go-to. The juxtaposition of textures is perfection: crunchy kale and soft sweet potatoes both filled with a roasty flavor. I make our own breakfast sausage, and my current favorite recipe is sage heavy. I love sage. Most breakfasts are just these two dishes, but if I have avocados, I eat half of one to get more fat in my diet. This breakfast is a winner!
Sausage and Mushroom Hash
Hash is a regular at our table. I make it all kinds of ways, but the mushroom and roasted butternut squash in this one is killer. This is a complete meal all on its own: meat, vegetables, fat, and aromatics. I don’t usually add anything else to the plate, just the hash.
Cooking Tip: Chop all the vegetables the night before. Put them in separate containers in the fridge overnight. It makes putting this vegetable-heavy meal a breeze the next day!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli, Ham Steak, and Fresh Berries
Don’t overthink an Autoimmune Protocol breakfast! Roast two vegetables: one light on carbs and one heavier then add meat and fruit. Done! Roasting sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper is easy and delicious. I usually toss some garlic powder on the broccoli, but it is just as delicious with only olive oil, salt, and pepper. The ham I sliced then briefly warmed in a skillet on the stove (Very briefly! It dries out quickly!). Fresh berries are a bonus if you have some in season. Nothing crazy here, just good, nutritious food.
Chicken Apple Sweet Potato Skillet
Truth: this one is prep-heavy. It isn’t in our regular rotation because of the amount of chopping involved. HOWEVER, it rocks. It’s so good with a great variety of vegetables in it. I recommend making it on the weekend or morning you aren’t pressed for time. It’s delicious!
Cooking Tip: Just like the mushroom butternut squash hash above, chop the ingredients the night before. Storing everything pre-chopped in the fridge makes cooking o much faster and easier the next day!
Pumpkin Spice Coconut Breakfast Porridge
So remember I loved oatmeal, right? I have spent far too much time on Pinterest looking for oatmeal alternatives. I’ve made several kinds and not all were winners with the family. This one was though! However, it’s higher in carbs. I reduced the amount of banana, and if you are a diabetic, I recommend you do the same. Delicious though and fills the void of a warm bowl of mush in the morning. 🙂
The Next Step
You’ve conquered breakfast without eggs and grains with these top 5 AIP breakfast recipes, but what about the rest of the day? If you want to have the biggest impact on your health, you need to eat nutritious meals all day, every day. This means planning healthy meals for each meal of the day in a way that won’t overwhelm you. If you are new to AIP or Paleo, check out the Weekly Meal Plan Guide for guidance in planning nourishing meals day in and day out, for life!
The Weekly Meal Plan Guide is a 22-page workbook that walks you through the meal planning process step by step. As you work through your week-long menu plan, a sample menu plan is created alongside yours. When you finish the workbook, you’ll have 2 complete menu plans with grocery lists!
What’s even better is this workbook is filled with reusable worksheets so that you can repeat this menu planning process over and over! Grab your copy today!
Honestly, once you take the dive to improve your diet, you will find so much good-flavored and good-for-you food. You will not be missing your old breakfast! Well, you might miss the ease of them, but that will be made up for in how good you feel after eating these recipes! That wraps up my top 5 AIP breakfast recipes. Enjoy!
Have you tried any AIP recipes? Do you have any favorites to share? What are your go-to breakfasts?
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