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Good and convenient breakfast?

Commented on November 12, 2013
Created October 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Hi there!

I'm in my mid thirties, pretty busy, carb-conscious. I have struggled with breakfast for years given that the convenient options I can find (cereal) are carb and sugar bombs, so I've just skipped breakfast. Anyone know of any good low-carb convenient breakfast foods that you'd recommend?

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on November 12, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I bought an egg cooker after reading this - thanks! Not that exact one, but very similar.

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:11 PM

None of these foods require more than ten minutes for me to prepare.

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:41 PM

There's always bulletproof coffee. Not much of a breakfast though, imo.

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:33 PM

I often skip breakfast, too.

The other options for me are : a big carrot-ginger-parsley juice (please don't blame me low carbers, I just feel absolutely fine with this sugary orange mixture) OR a black coffee OR a few egg yolks slightly cooked with butter or coconut oil (like peter from hyperlipid)

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:09 PM

Good point... "dinner or lunch" for breakfast rather than "speed breakfast"

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on October 27, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Here's the 2 minute salad -- http://vimeo.com/1425810 I think that's more the direction you want to go than dried fruits and nuts.

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on October 27, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Well, I think the reality is that there's no breakfast that requires NO prep whatsoever for the SAD diet except for something that can be quickly toasted (bread, pop tarts) or a granola bar (and you could eat a Larabar, but again, that'd be fruit and nuts). If you eat dairy, you could buy a bit of full fat plain yogurt and flavor with a bit of fruit, honey or just some cinnamon or whatever

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on October 27, 2013
at 03:23 PM

So what you guys are saying is that there's no truly convenient breakfast for us paleo's other than dried fruits and nuts? Everything else requires prep work....maybe I should tell you that my house is under construction and I don't (and won't for another 60 days) have access to a kitchen! Thanks for all the responses!

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on October 27, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Sounds like a SF Joe's special converted to meat loaf. Good idea.

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:05 PM

Now that we have the "no kitchen access" for 60 days piece of the puzzle... got a access to a fridge? Can you make coffee at home?

Here's two close to zero prep "breakfasts"...

not strictly paleo but quick & easy and won't derail your progress 'til you can get back to JERF.

coffee w/ dash of cinnamon & unsweetened choc w/ some heavy cream

1) low fat cottage cheese with a small handful of berries.

2) one or two Power Crunch bars to go with your coffee

can't get much easier than that....

Since I've been pretty paleo for several months now, I often skip breakfast & just do the coffee.

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:33 PM

I often skip breakfast, too.

The other options for me are : a big carrot-ginger-parsley juice (please don't blame me low carbers, I just feel absolutely fine with this sugary orange mixture) OR a black coffee OR a few egg yolks slightly cooked with butter or coconut oil (like peter from hyperlipid)

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on November 03, 2013
at 04:56 PM

My favorite smoothie recipe when I'm not in the mood for eggs in the morning:

1 cup almond milk 2 TBSP almond butter 1 TBSP coconut oil (optional, but adds more healthy fat) 1 handful baby spinach 1/2 cup peaches 1/2 cup raspberries

Blend the liquid ingredients first, then blend in the spinach and fruit (i usually rip my spinach up). And it's easy to switch up the fruit you put in, or even add more veggies if you'd like to cut carbs. According to MFP, 21 g carbs, 35 g fat, 9 g protein (if you want higher protein, just add a powder to boost it). Super easy, and super delicious!

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:09 PM

I don't know why bulletproof coffee isn't on here? Start with 12 oz of a clean coffee www.upgradedself.com if you're looking for the cleanest, otherwise get the highest altitude grown single origin latin american coffee you can find, www.intellegentsiacoffee.com has some excellent choices. French press your coffee and give it a whir in the blender with two tablespoons of grass-fed butter, two tablespoons of medium chain triglyceride oil, a tablespoon or two of unrefined coconut oil, and two tablespoons of raw cocoa powder. It is better than any latte I have ever had (and I'm a barista).

Although it technically isn't breakfast, because it doesn't break one's fast if done properly (in fact, it will help sustain and proliferate betahydroxybutyrate blood ketone levels, helping your body access stored fat for energy) it helps me hit the sat-fat quotient of my daily caloric goal, ringing in a whopping 620ish calories mostly from fats.

Being in a fasting state also does some serious wonders for my mental clarity. After drinking butter coffee in the mornings I feel as though I were an eagle surveying the ground below for small rodents to swoop down upon and murder with my incredibly focused talons. It also suppresses my appetite for another 6 to 8 hours, when I fast with butter coffee I feel extremely satiated.

I've thought about putting raw egg yolks in to the coffee mix in the morning for some added vitamin D. If I don't drinking butter coffee in the mornings I will start my day off with 4 to 6 soft boiled eggs and a can of wild-caught sockeye salmon.

I do not hard boil my eggs as hard boiling them denatures the precious fats found within the yolks, I like to be gentle to them, also I prefer the taste and consistency of runny yolks to the hard kind. I've noticed that cooked yolks give me pretty obnoxious gas, any one else have this experience?

Also, I pay about $4.20 USD for canned sockeye here in KY, what are prices like where you guys live? Any one know of a cheaper source? Wild caught of course.

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on October 29, 2013
at 05:11 PM

None of these foods require more than ten minutes for me to prepare.

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on October 29, 2013
at 11:19 AM

I just use a deep muffin tin on a Sunday night, drop in an egg and some tomato/ spinach/ bacon into each cup and bake for 20 mins. Do enough for the week. I usually grab two from the fridge in the morning, eat them when I get to my desk.

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on October 29, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Get an egg cooker and all you need to boil egg is elektricity and water and they are never boiled for too long!

http://www.amazon.com/Kalorik-Stainless-Steel-Cooker-Black/dp/B005PUB6DA/ref=zg_bs_1090754_19

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on November 12, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I bought an egg cooker after reading this - thanks! Not that exact one, but very similar.

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on October 28, 2013
at 07:21 PM

If you're good with eating "non-traditional" breakfast foods, I traditionally will do a pork/beef roast each weekend and portion out servings containers that are great for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Chili is another option that can be made in large quantities and then served up for any meal.

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on October 28, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Before you go to bed, in a slow cooker (can be used without a kitchen) layer shredded sweet potatoes, veggies of your choice, and whatever meat you want to 3/4 full. Pour a dozen whisked eggs over the top. Set to low. Wake up, enjoy. I like to put hot sauce on mine and it keeps in the fridge really well.

Hard boiled eggs can easily be made in a microwave, but I get really sick of their texture.

If you can borrow a friend's kitchen, whisk a dozen eggs, add veggies and cooked meat (I like sausage), pour by 1/3 c. into a muffin pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. These freeze really nicely and can be microwaved for one minute and eaten on the go.

Get creative!

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:45 PM

  • Raw egg yolks or whole eggs (why not!)
  • Avocados + olive oil + spices
  • Cans of wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, etc.
  • Salted butter with a spoon ;-)

Please tell us if you have access to a fridge !

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on October 27, 2013
at 09:17 PM

@Username what about making a green smoothie? If using an avocado or any fat for that matter then it's going to slow doing the absorption rate of your fruit. Throw In kale, spinach or lettuce. Supplements can go in their with it (most will anyway). What about what Tim feeriss advocates, 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. Decent protein powder is convenient.

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on October 27, 2013
at 03:23 PM

So what you guys are saying is that there's no truly convenient breakfast for us paleo's other than dried fruits and nuts? Everything else requires prep work....maybe I should tell you that my house is under construction and I don't (and won't for another 60 days) have access to a kitchen! Thanks for all the responses!

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on October 27, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Well, I think the reality is that there's no breakfast that requires NO prep whatsoever for the SAD diet except for something that can be quickly toasted (bread, pop tarts) or a granola bar (and you could eat a Larabar, but again, that'd be fruit and nuts). If you eat dairy, you could buy a bit of full fat plain yogurt and flavor with a bit of fruit, honey or just some cinnamon or whatever

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 27, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Here's the 2 minute salad -- http://vimeo.com/1425810 I think that's more the direction you want to go than dried fruits and nuts.

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on October 27, 2013
at 06:20 AM

You really can't go wrong with hardboiled eggs. Make a big batch once or twice a week and you're good to go! Or just prepack baggies of almonds/macadamias and maybe a few raisins or other unsweetened dried fruit

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on October 27, 2013
at 05:26 AM

I make a week's work of breakfasts via what I call "breakfast loaf".... kinda like a meat loaf.

1 dozen eggs - pasture raised organic

a splash of cream

1+ lbs ground beef - grass fed organic

2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, a couple handfuls of spinach, couple pieces of garlic, several kale leaves (two kinds), a handful of cilantro, a red bell pepper (if I have one)

I saute the ground beef & chopped up veggies in a couple Tbs of coconut oil. I transfer the veggies & ground beef to a 9 x 13 pyrex. I scramble the eggs with the splash of cream and flood the veggie / meat mix with eggs. Pop the baking dish into the oven ~250F for ~1hr. When everything is firmed up & cooled a bit , I cut into 6 square pieces. Two pieces each go into a small square ziploc storage containers. These loaf pieces are edible cold or microwaved w/ or w/o a salsa type topping.

Convenient, easy, tasty... each square has 2 eggs & ~3 oz ground beef and a LOT of veggies.

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on October 27, 2013
at 05:34 AM

Sounds like a SF Joe's special converted to meat loaf. Good idea.

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on October 27, 2013
at 04:25 AM

I always cook up some eggs and bacon before school. Takes me simply 10 minutes, no longer. Yet.. I put the bacon in the microwave while cooking the eggs, to save up some time. Hard-boiled eggs are always convenient, just make some on the weekends, and keep them in the fridge for the week, or however long you can keep them and have some in the morning. Egg and Ham cups are delicious too! Here's the recipe for the Egg and Ham cups:

http://stacysprimalpantry.com/2012/01/18/ham-and-egg-cups/

You don't always have to use Ham too, you can also use turkey, or any other un-cured lunch meat. (I like Applegates Farms).

And maybe in the mornings if you need a quick fix and have some lunch meats handy, you could bag those up with some nuts and maybe high-fat cheese (if you eat dairy) and maybe fruit (if your not watching carbs) and take it on the go!

Hope this helps!

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on October 27, 2013
at 03:58 AM

Hard boiled eggs are REALLY easy in the morning and there's virtually no mess from cooking, plus it's no harder to throw 10 eggs in than 3 so you can have some for later.

I go through periods where I'm blending breakfast smoothies 3-5 times a week, then I break from it. Google "Paleo Smoothies" and enjoy. If you're carb-conscious just up the coconut cream and reduce the bananas.

When I'm in a hurry I either skip it or just grab a handful of macadamia nuts and maybe some fruit or raisins. Full fat plain yogurt is another quick and healthy option if you like it.

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on October 27, 2013
at 03:06 AM

My usual breakfast is three scrambled or hard-boiled eggs, one sausage, and a small handful of nuts. Maybe an orange or some berries. (Also some coconut oil off the spoon.) If you boil your eggs the evening before, then breakfast the next morning is a breeze to prepare. This keeps me pretty full til mid-afternoon.

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on October 27, 2013
at 01:22 AM

Usual is 3 pastured eggs (when available) bacon, some green veg & maybe some fried sweet potato.

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on October 27, 2013
at 01:18 AM

I like to start my day with fats and proteins, sometimes snacking on a salad as I whip it up. I feel like this sets me up for good blood sugar levels come lunch time. Before lunch, I'll usually snack on carbs and workout. Then it's a protein / fat based dinner with some carbs, and often one more small meal before bed.

For the easy breakfast, I often just have leftovers from dinner before or throw some meat onto the foreman grill (bacon!) Fish and natto make a great breakfast. Yesterday, I had a ribeye for breakfast, the day before a halibut, the day before eggs. Today I had 2 chicken breasts. I'll say it one last time -- a mixed bowl of frozen fruit is a nice easy breakfast (though heavy on the carbs which I now like to place later in the day.)

I usually do sublingual b’s with the pre-breakfast, vitamin d with breakfast, vitamin c sometimes with lunch, magnesium before and after the workout, and an occasional zinc, k2, or melatonin before bed. Lots of fresh vegetables with every meal.

You're probably going to have to up your breakfast cooking game.

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