Before agriculture was developed, man lived by whatever he could catch or grab, which could make procuring that first meal of the day a bit of a challenge.
It was precisely because people had to subsist on what nature handed them directly that they were so healthy and strong. And they had to be, too, with so many hungry predators around them.
In the days before humans grew grains, there were no breakfast cereals. Lacking the skills to cure and preserve pork, there was no bacon or sausage. Eggs would have been available on occasion, but more as a treat than a staple, and cooking them without skillets or pots presented a minor challenge.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be serving mammoth or giant sloth to your family in the morning, but there are plenty of Paleo breakfasts that will satisfy hunger and support health, without requiring hours of preparation. Here are five that can help get you started.
- Fruit supplies energy and nutrients, and a fruit salad is easy to make, while satisfying a sweet tooth. All you need is a ripe peach or pear and a peeled orange to start. Bananas make a nice inclusion, too. Chop the fruit up into bite sized pieces, and then add a spice such as nutmeg or cinnamon. A handful of chopped pecans or hazelnuts will go great in this salad, adding some crunch.
- Instead of oatmeal or corn flakes, have a bowl of diced apples, raisins and shredded carrot. Mix in sliced almond or walnut halves for textural variety, or shredded coconut for extra flavor. You’ll be surprised how filling it is—and nutritious, too.
- Fry up a breakfast steak. If a Stone Age hunting party successfully killed a deer or a buffalo one afternoon, the meat would be eaten not only for dinner, but also the next morning. Add some sautéed spinach or cabbage & onions as a side to start your day with protein, vitamins and minerals.
- Hash doesn’t have to be a dirty word if it’s made with sweet potatoes. It’s best to bake or boil the sweet potatoes the night before, and tuck them into the fridge. In the morning, dice them up while your skillet is heating with several tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Slide in the diced sweet potatoes, and then add chopped up chicken and diced onion. Stir frequently until the onion is cooked and serve to a hungry family.
- A great protein substitute for eggs is fish. In no time at all, you can grill up a freshwater trout or a salmon steak. Season it with lemon juice. On the side, serve some sliced avocado and tomato—quick, easy, colorful and oh-so-good for you.
As you can see, Paleo breakfasts are no harder to prepare than any others that would be home cooked, and they certainly are a great deal better for you. Trust them not only to taste delicious but also to give you the energy you need to get going in the morning.
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