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NOTE: Since this post was written, the AIP community has come out with an incredible ebook called 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts with literally tons of breakfast recipes and inspiration. If you are still struggling with breakfast on AIP, be sure to check it out!
I photographed most of my morning meals in the last couple of weeks so I could provide inspiration for those looking for breakfast ideas while on the autoimmune protocol. It is hard to get away from the idea of traditional sugar and grain-filled breakfast items, and not having eggs as an option doesn’t help. My formula for breakfast is simple – I make sure to either cook a big batch of something for a week’s worth of breakfasts (like I did with the shepherd’s pie) or have some breakfast patties in the freezer for easy re-heat. I also have BPA-free canned salmon on hand for another option. Then I make sure to cook extra veggies and salads when I make lunch and dinner, so I can piece together a quick breakfast in the morning with a protein, veggies with lots of fat, ferments, and bone broth. Here is what that looks like:
1. Meatballs, kale salad with avocado, and a banana
2. Shepherd’s pie, squash and bone broth
3. Salmon salad with bone broth
4. Shepherd’s pie, fermented veggies and bone broth
5. Tabbouli, squash, fermented veggies, uncured bacon, and bone broth
6. Beef sausage, fermented veggies, uncured bacon, jicama, and peppermint tea
7. Beef sausage, squash, fermented veggies, uncured bacon, and bone broth
8. Baked salmon, squash, fermented veggies, and bone broth
9. Salmon salad with bone broth
Ever since I started taking breakfast seriously, I have really grown to enjoy it and it is now my favorite meal. I try to set myself up for success by eating the most nutritious meal first thing in the morning. Since I started eating this way, I have found that I have more energy during the day and I am less hungry for snacks, and sometimes even have to remind myself to eat lunch (coming from someone who used to suffer from chronic hunger, this is huge!). If I end up in a pickle later in the day without AIP-friendly food to eat, I can easily get by on some fruits and veggies until I get home and can cook something. This really cuts down on my diet related stress, as I used to worry a lot more about always having food with me at all times.
What is your favorite autoimmune protocol breakfast? Have you found any tricks that you would like to share?