The idea behind the paleo diet is to eat like a caveman—ditching dairy, legumes, grains, and processed foods and instead, feasting on lean meat, eggs, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds. This might feel limiting first thing in the morning, since most baked goods, oatmeal, cheesy omelets, and granola are off the table. But there's still plenty of delicious dishes to get your day started right, from hashes to smoothies to scrambles. Rotate these paleo-friendly recipes and get a great start to your day.
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Perfect Dairy-Free Scrambled Eggs
When you have perfectly fluffy scrambled eggs, all you need is a little bacon and fruit for a complete Paleo breakfast. This recipe swaps dairy for soy milk (homemade nut milk would be even better). Use vegetable-based margarine or simply use a healthy oil like avocado oil. You can always toss in some diced peppers and onions, baby spinach, or sun-dried tomatoes for extra flavor and nutrition in your scramble.
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Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potato Hash
This vegetarian and Paleo sweet potato hash recipe is a flavorful one-dish breakfast or brunch. A base of roasted, spiced brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, garlic, and onion are topped with eggs and baked just until set. The runny yolks provide a nice sauce for the dish. Add crumbled, cooked sausage for extra protein.
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Blueberry and Spinach Superfood Green Smoothie
For breakfast on the go, you can't do much better than a superfood smoothie. Blueberries, banana, and spinach make this an extra nutritious meal. Use whatever liquid you like, including unsweetened juice, nut milk, or a combination of the two. Don't forget the ice—it turns this smoothie into a frosty treat.
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Paleo Biscuits With Almond Flour and Honey
Just because you're on a Paleo diet doesn't mean you have to completely swear off breakfast baked goods. These Paleo biscuits swap traditional processed flour for almond flour and use ghee and honey to keep the dough moist and tasty. Add minced herbs for some fresh flavor.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Shakshuka is a savory breakfast and brunch dish that usually has a tomato sauce base with tender eggs that cook right on top. This green shakshuka recipe uses broccoli rabe and spinach for a brightly colored twist. Use non-dairy milk to make it completely Paleo.
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Homemade Turkey Sausage
Homemade sausage is healthier than the premade version and surprisingly quick and easy to whip up. Simply combine ground turkey with spices and form into patties. A quick trip in a frying pan, and you have delicious breakfast sausage. Pair with eggs cooked however you like and a little sliced avocado for a complete meal.
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Sweet Potato Toasts
Swap bread for toasted slices of sweet potato for a filling but healthy way to start the day. Prep several potatoes and then reheat them in the toaster or toaster oven for a quick meal. Top your sweet potato toasts with mashed avocado and tomato, almond butter and banana, or hummus and chickpeas.
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Steak and Eggs
There's no better breakfast combo than tender, flavorful steak and perfectly cooked eggs. Even though it feels like a decadent treat, this classic meal comes together in just minutes. Try serving steak and eggs at your next brunch gathering along with a simple fruit salad or green salad.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Grain-Free Energy Bars
Ditch the highly processed energy bars they sell at the grocery store and make your own. You only need a few ingredients and a food processor to make these grain-free energy bars. Soft dates add natural sweetness, while almonds and almond butter add nutty flavor and protein.
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Air Fryer Bacon
Fire up the air fryer for no-mess, perfectly crispy bacon in just minutes. It's a great alternative to standing over a hot, grease-splattered stove first thing in the morning. Serve air fryer bacon when there are just two or three people eating since you can only fit about six slices in at a time.
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Cinnamon and Date Chia Pudding
Swap plain old oatmeal for chia seeds in this overnight breakfast. The healthy seeds turn plump when soaked in liquid, similar to a nutty tapioca pudding. Dates, cinnamon, and honey give the chia pudding subtle sweetness without the need for refined sugar. Top with berries for a non-dairy parfait.
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Paleo Turkey, Bacon, and Egg Skillet
A complete meal for one, this turkey, bacon, and egg skillet can be scaled up as needed. Ground turkey, avocado, sweet potato, bacon, and an egg will give you the energy you need to tackle the day. Save some precious time in the morning by prepping everything the night before.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Avocado Mango Smoothie
With just three ingredients, you can whirl up an avocado mango smoothie in minutes flat. The avocado makes the mixture ultra-creamy, while the mango adds natural sweetness. A splash of orange juice helps the tropical smoothie come together.
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Fresh and Light Tropical Acai Bowl
Acai is a superfood that's packed with antioxidants. And with a lightly tart, fruity flavor and vibrant color, it's also a joy to eat. Acai becomes nice and creamy when pureed, especially with pineapple and orange juice. If you're topping the acai bowl with granola, make sure it's a paleo (grain-free) kind.