Before I quit eating grains several years ago, I had a bowl of oatmeal every morning for breakfast. It was pretty quick and easy, and I actually like oatmeal. When I quit eating grains this was the one meal that was hardest for me to change and the one that I think I get asked about the most often. “What do you eat for breakfast??”
According to Kathy Abascal in her book The Abascal Way: To Quiet Inflammation for Health and Weight Loss, breakfast is actually the worst time to eat grains. The best thing to have is protein. So, no more cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, or muffins. I could make grain free pancakes or waffles but that takes too long in the morning for my preference. I’m not a “jump out of the bed and get the day going” kinda gal 😉 I like to take my time but not on making breakfast. I could make grain free muffins ahead of time, but I personally like to eat something hot. Also, these still don’t give the amount of protein that ideally would be consumed in the morning. No, it comes down to meat and/or eggs. So eggs it is.
The best way to eat eggs, nutritionally, is with the whites cooked fully but not the yolks. Taste wise, I prefer them that way too. Only thing is, the yolks have to be “soaked up” by something. Introducing – vegetables. I try to avoid white potatoes due to the inflammatory nature of nightshades, and sweet potatoes are a little high carb for the morning. So my choice has been zucchini mixed with a little something else.
I start by heating my iron skillet (I always use iron!) on medium high then add about a tablespoon of bacon grease. You can use any other high heat cooking oil/grease, such as coconut oil, lard, tallow, smaltz, or ghee. I just like the flavor of bacon grease 🙂 and I don’t have to add much extra seasoning.
Once the grease has completely melted and is hot I add about a tablespoon or so of chopped onion. Stir the onion around to coat with grease then add one chopped small to medium zucchini. Cook until slightly browned and soft, about 2 or 3 minutes.
Today I added three chopped cremini mushrooms and cooked for about a minute more.
Remove the vegetables to a plate. Top with fresh ground black pepper. I heard once that cooking pepper makes it bitter so you should add it after you cook. I sometimes also add a little course ground flavored salt.
Add more bacon grease to the hot skillet, about 1 -2 tablespoons and heat until melted and hot. Add 2 eggs and let sizzle until the bottom is crisp – I like crispy cooked eggs! Using a metal spatula, separate the eggs so they cook evenly. Gently flip the egg to cook. At this point I usually turn off the burner and let the hot skillet finish cooking the egg. Iron holds heat so it won’t cool down too much before the eggs finish cooking. If you like your eggs sunnyside up and crispy follow Michelle Tam’s instructions on Nom Nom Paleo.
Put the cooked eggs on top of the vegetables and Voila! Breakfast 🙂
What I have definitely noticed since changing my breakfast eating habits is that I no longer am hungry again in about an hour. The protein doesn’t stimulate the production of insulin the way that carbs do which end up giving me hunger pangs so soon after. I do usually have a mid-morning snack while I drink my coffee at 9 or 10, which most of the time is a sliced apple and almond butter. This has replaced my muffin or pastry that I always had at work in the morning!
What do you like to eat in the morning? Have you noticed how it makes you feel an hour or so later? Please share below.