Not familiar with the Whole30? Well, it's pretty much what it sounds like: For 30 days, you'll eat only whole foods—meat, seafood, veggies, fruits, spices, oils, nuts, and seeds—in order to reset unhealthy cravings and habits. Can't pronounce it or don't recognize the ingredients? Don't eat it.
What's off-limits? Sugars, grains, dairy, alcohol, anything processed, and—the tricky part—anything that resembles those foods (no Paleo pancakes, gluten-free oats, or Whole30-approved cupcakes allowed).
Since yogurt, cereal, toast, and even oatmeal are off the table, breakfast tends to be the toughest meal on the program. A few of us here at Greatist HQ recently completed the Whole30, so we can attest to that. (Eggs get old—fast.)
Lucky for you, we've gathered 30 creative Whole30 breakfast recipes from bloggers around the web so you can equip yourself for easy and delicious mornings, all month long.
We'll admit it: We have a zoodle obsession. And thanks to this colorful breakfast bowl recipe, we now have a reason to eat them all day long. Topping the zoodles with a fried egg, roasted sweet potatoes, and a "creamy" avocado sauce is an amazingly tasty and filling way to start your day.
When you're craving a comforting, filling bowl of oats on a cold morning, here's the answer to your prayers: a "porridge" made with ground nuts, banana, coconut flakes, apple, and warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. (This was a major #win when we made it at Greatist HQ—and tasted even better the next day as leftovers.)
Missing your morning yogurt and fruit? This Whole30-friendly version is an equally (if not more) delicious swap. Top a mix of mashed banana and eggs with sliced apples, almond butter, coconut flakes, and cinnamon. Just use an almond butter that doesn't have added sugar or make your own.
Our mouths are watering for this dish—and we're not usually the type to say that about a salad. Breakfast sausage (the Whole30-approved kind), cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, red onion, avocado, and fresh herbs combine to make this savory, flavorful treat.
If you haven't tried chia seed pudding yet, hear us out. It may seem weird the first time you make it, but this recipe tastes eerily like the banana pudding of your childhood—without added sugar, dairy, or grains. Plus it packs plenty of healthy fats from the coconut milk and chia seeds for a satisfying meal that'll take you through lunch.
You won't even taste the zucchini, promise. Think of this as a gluten-free version of Cream of Wheat with more protein, thanks to the naturally sweet combo of mashed banana, egg whites, and ground flaxseed. Top it with almond butter, berries, coconut, and cacao nibs like this blogger did or whatever Whole30-friendly ingredients tickle your fancy.
Can't face another day of eggs? If you're craving something on the sweeter side, this one's for you. Chopped nuts, cocoa nibs, almond butter, and fruit combine to take you to breakfast euphoria. Bonus: This is one of the quickest recipes to make on this list, and it's easy to transport if you're in a rush.
This recipe will brighten up even the dreariest morning, and it tastes so good you'd never know it's sugar free. All you need are three ingredients—sweet potato, apples (or applesauce with no added sugars), and sea salt—and somehow, it tastes even more awesome in a mason jar.
Another twist on breakfast oats, this dish is filling, crunchy, naturally sweet, and tastes so close to the real deal you may never go back to your prepackaged oatmeal. The blogger notes that it may not seem like a huge portion but all you need is a little to feel totally satisfied.
Bakes and Sautés
Pretty enough to present to friends for brunch but easy enough to make any day of the week, this recipe whips together salmon, spices, and eggs for a delicious, healthy dish. The only thing we suggest is using homemade mayo to keep things Whole30 approved.
Try saying that 10 times fast. We promise it's less complicated than it sounds though. All you need to do is sauté some sliced Brussels, baby spinach, and grated zucchini, and top 'em with eggs for a veggie-filled breakfast that's definitely worthy of an Instagram post. And an avocado garnish makes it well worth the effort.
Already sick of scrambled eggs? You're in luck. The recipe creator credits this easy dish with saving her Whole30. And we don't doubt it: The savory scramble can be baked on Sunday and provides five days' worth of filling breakfasts—just cut a slice and heat each morning.
Who decided baked potatoes were just for dinner? This recipe uses sweet potatoes as a savory base for a protein-packed mix of eggs, (Whole30-friendly!) bacon, and onions. Helpful hint: Bake the sweet potatoes the night before for painless next-morning prep.
Take this blogger's recipe with a grain of salt—you'll have to leave out the cheese. But if you're looking for a fancy brunch dish for other pals on Whole30 or just want to #treatyoself one morning, this tasty veggie dish is one to try. (Plus you'll knock out breakfast prep for the whole week.)
Healthy asparagus stalks replace English muffins in this Whole30-approved version of the brunch staple. And yes, you can still make hollandaise sauce (it's not eggs Benedict without it, right?). Just swap in ghee, clarified butter, coconut oil, or olive oil for the butter.
Over eggs but craving something warm that'll stick to your bones? This egg-free hash is the answer. Made with yams, celery root (or celeriac), and a touch of bacon, it's filling and full of flavor from smoked paprika, sautéed onion, garlic, and fresh parsley.
You may have seen this gorgeous recipe making the rounds on Pinterest, but if you've been freaked out by the idea of baking an avocado, just try it. Trust us: The combo of an egg and creamy avocado is so delicious that the 15 minutes it takes to bake are way worth it.
Pizza for breakfast? Well, sort of! Topped with tomato sauce, crispy pepperoni, and savory Italian spices, this egg bake is about as close to pizza as you can find on the Whole30. Just make sure to buy no-sugar-added sauce.
Consider the spud your canvas and get creative with toppings like bacon, a fried egg, and sliced avocado for a breakfast that's filling, easy to put together, and super impressive. Heads up: This recipe requires about an hour in a 425-degree oven.
Our love of avocado toast is real. And now you don't have to give it up for 30 days, thanks to this Paleo version, which cleverly swaps a roasted sweet potato slice for bread. It's still topped with the classic mixture of avocado, salt, and lime juice that we've grown to love so much.
This one will take you less than two minutes to prepare and features that sweet-and-savory taste you crave. Just make sure the prosciutto is Whole 30 approved (pork and salt should be the only ingredients). And sure, you can buy the pre-sliced kind, but this super-cool method of peeling a mango is a lot more fun.
We don't typically think of meatballs as a breakfast food, but they totally can be, right? Throw a fried egg on top, and these guys make for a filling breakfast any day of the week. This version even sneaks some sweet potato into the balls for added nutrients and flavor.
All you need are two ingredients: Guacamole serves as the filling between two crispy slices of bacon in this tasty twist on a breakfast sandwich. To save time, make the guac ahead (here's a hack to keep it from browning) and bake the bacon in the oven to cut down on cleanup.
Latkes aren't only for Hanukkah—they also make a healthy breakfast on their own, or you can top 'em with a fried egg for extra staying power. Crispy on the outside and almost doughy inside, they can also double as a dinner side to accompany any meat main.
These no-bake bars are a homemade—and maybe more delicious—version of Larabars. With dates, walnuts, coconut, and dried cranberries (and no added sugars), these bars are perfect to grab on busy mornings. (Since they may count as a SWYPO food, having them every day is probably a no-no on the program.)
This Mexican-inspired meal—with zero grains, sugars, or dairy—will energize you for the day ahead. A slice of ham (make sure it's Whole30 compliant; Applegate is a safe bet) wraps up a whole lot of goodness inside, including eggs, your choice of chopped veggies, and an optional dollop of salsa or guac.
Talk about the best thing since sliced bread (for Whole30-ers, anyway): two bagel-shaped meat patties filled with tomato, lettuce, avocado, and onions. This one may be a little too outside-the-breakfast-box for some, but we just had to include it. We'll let you be the judge.
Soup for breakfast? Why not! A warm bowl of soup is always comforting—and filling—no matter what time of day. Crumble some Whole30-compliant bacon on top of the creamy puree of onion, potatoes, coconut meal, and chicken broth that you'd never guess is dairy free.
Smoothies aren't exactly recommended on the Whole30 program, but as long as all ingredients are compliant, they're technically allowed. For the rare occasion when you want to indulge, we'd recommend this fall-tastic version, made with only five ingredients: coconut milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, banana, and ice.