Breakfast bowls are the ultimate convenience: They pack in a ton of nutrients at once, and they’re often easily portable. Best of all, they let you get as simple or as crazy as you want with ingredient combos, making them perfectly adaptable to practically any type of diet, whether you’re eating like a vegan or a caveman. But if you’re going grain- and dairy-free, don’t assume that you’re stuck with fried eggs for breakfast every day. Ditch the cereal and fill your bowl with any of these Paleo-approved (and some Whole30-approved!) recipes instead.
1. Rosemary Roasted Vegetable Breakfast Bowls
Who says you can only have roasted vegetables after noon? Get in a proper serving of produce first thing in the morning and make it more “breakfasty” by throwing a fried egg on top. Clean, filling, and tasty.
2. Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl
There’s no tortilla or rice in this version of a burrito bowl; the carbs come in the form of fiber-rich spiralized sweet potatoes. With scrambled egg whites mixed into the “noodles,” plus a poached egg on top of them, there’s no shortage of protein here either, making it a power-packed a.m. meal.
3. Arugula, Asparagus, and Avocado Breakfast Salad
Start your day with a simple but bright and zesty salad. It’s super filling thanks to the avocado and eggs, but stays light and fresh courtesy of the spicy lemon dressing that gets piled onto a bed of peppery arugula. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds for extra morning oomph.
4. Roasted Potato Breakfast Bowl
No formal recipe here—just a general guideline for giving diner-style breakfast potatoes some healthier updates.You’ll still find bacon and eggs along with the spuds, but chopped onions and peppers, plus an avocado garnish, up the fiber content.
5. Chorizo Breakfast Bowl
Between the ground beef, the chorizo, and the eggs, there’s so much filling protein in this bowl you may not even remember it’s grain-free. Feel free to swap out the sausage for another ground meat and customize your toppings to your preferences—your breakfast bowl, your choice.
6. Veggie Hash and Eggs
This single-serving hash goes a bit off the beaten path. You won’t find any potatoes in here; instead, the egg goes on top of crunchy Brussels sprouts and asparagus spears. It makes a hefty portion too, so if you’re hungry this bowl’s got your name all over it.
7. Chocolate Coffee Protein Breakfast Bowls
Coffee is one of those “should you or shouldn’t you” items when going Paleo, but many people do enjoy it occasionally. Use the decaffeinated style if you like for this bowl; if nothing else, it’ll add some extra flavor to the make-ahead, cocoa-infused, chia seed “fluff.”
8. N’Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
Swore by your morning bowl of oats for years but now trying the Paleo thing out? Ease into it with this grain-free spin. Microwaved butternut squash, banana, and coconut thicken up to an oatmeal-like consistency. Pile on your favorite toppings and you may not even realize the difference.
9. Berry Coconut Breakfast Bowl
If you miss cereal while going Paleo, this is the breakfast for you. With a fiber-rich combination of chia, hemp seeds, and walnuts, plenty of fruit (pick your faves), and a generous pour of coconut milk over the top, it’s much more filling than any bowl of the honey-bunched, cocoa-puffed, or frosted stuff.
10. Zucchini Oatless Oatmeal
Think of this as an unbaked batter for zucchini muffins, because that’s pretty much what it tastes like—only with much more protein from the egg whites and flaxseeds. Ready on the stove in just 10 minutes, it’s a delicious way to get in a warm breakfast even on the busier days.
11. Mango Raspberry Acai Bowl
They may be little, but acai berries are antioxidant-rich, high in fiber, heart-healthy… oh, and Paleo approved! This recipe calls for the convenient, powdered form of the superfood, blending it with bananas and mangos for a perfectly purple smoothie in a bowl that’ll brighten up even the dreariest of mornings.
12. Breakfast Sweet Potat-“Oats”
Here is proof that Paleo doesn’t necessarily equal low carb. With sweet potatoes and bananas providing plenty of complex starches, this bowl is just as satisfying as oatmeal, but its vibrant orange color is a whole lot more fun to look at.
13. Raw Apple Cinnamon Chia Breakfast Bowl
Dates, raisins, and dried cranberries pulverized with apples make a thick, chewy mixture, while walnuts and chia seeds add lots of healthy fats. It’s like eating apple cinnamon cookie dough for breakfast. You’re welcome.
14. Paleo Breakfast Porridge
“Porridge” can sound bland to some, but this recipe totally turns that image around. For one thing, almond flour and flaxseeds form the base; cooked in coconut milk and flavored with handful of warm spices (cloves! nutmeg! cinnamon!), it’s like diving into a cozy bowl of pudding for breakfast.
15. Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls
If you’ve got sweet potatoes lying around, take a break from the savory hashes and turn them into this no-sugar-added, but-totally-sweet breakfast bowl. Cinnamon and a touch of salt are all you really need for extra flavor, but feel free to add protein-rich mix-in’s, such as chia and flaxseeds, and garnish it with toppings that have been given the Pale-“OK,” from shredded coconut to nut butters.
16. Paleo “Instant Oatmeal”
Yet another take on Paleo-fied oats because these just don’t get old: This one uses banana and almond flour to replace the grain. Microwave the mixture so that this filling morning meal takes even less time to put together.
17. Kale and Butternut Squash Breakfast Bowl
For a lower-sugar, lighter-carb switch-up on sweet potato hash, sub in some cubed butternut squash instead. The kale will make up for the fiber you lose in the trade-off, while spices such as turmeric, oregano, and cinnamon add plenty of flavor while staying within Whole30 and Paleo boundaries.
18. Fiesta Breakfast Bibimbap
With marinated beef and fried eggs combined with guacamole and cumin-spiced veggies, this recipe more than lives up to its name. Who wouldn’t want to start their day off with a fiesta?!
19. Paleo Bison Plantain Breakfast Bowl
Bison meat and plantains may not be staples on your grocery store list, but after you try this recipe, they just might become part of your regular rotation. Don’t worry about the various components either; you’re using a lot of the same spices and seasonings for each, so it’s all much easier than it looks.
20. Sweet Potato Rice Breakfast Bowl With Avocado and Scallions
Pulverize sweet potatoes into rice-size bites so that they make the perfect Whole30-friendly base for these easy burrito bowls. Top with the usual breakfast suspects, like eggs and avocado, and you’ve got a meal that’s as fun to eat as it is beautiful to look at.
21. Paleo Breakfast Salad
No need for a sugary bottled dressing or even oil and vinegar in this super-simple breakfast salad. The marinated artichokes, egg yolks, and sardines lend plenty of savory flavor without bending Whole30 rules. Not to mention each of the four ingredients comes packed with nutrients.
22. Breakfast Taco Bowl
If you take out the tortilla shell and the cheese, tacos easily become Whole30-compliant meals. This bowl adds in sauerkraut for a mouth-puckering contrast to the sweet potatoes and spicy meat, and of course, adds an egg on top. Fifteen minutes from start to finish is all it takes.
23. Zesty Eggs, Greens, and Avocado Bowl
Take your usual scrambled eggs up a notch in the taste and nutrition departments by adding cubed avocado, kale, and cumin. It’s like eating a protein-rich, fiber’d up guacamole, and it makes a single serving, so it’s all yours.
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