For 30 days this month we're exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn't a diet or a judgment of foods as "good and bad." It's actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
A solid Whole30 breakfast is all about getting back to the basics and filling yourself with a balanced, wholesome meal before your day kicks into high gear. While the program does not allow yogurt or cereal and milk, breakfast favorites like eggs, along with fruits and vegetables, are easy foods to lean on.
Here are 20 of our favorite breakfast recipes that fit in the 30 days of Whole30.
It's hard to go wrong with eggs for breakfast — they're a classic for good reason. How you enjoy them is up to you, whether they're simply scrambled, poached, or made ahead in a veggie-filled frittata.
- Scrambled Eggs with Lazy Salsa
- Sheet Pan "Half English" Breakfast (use olive oil instead of cooking spray and check that the sausage you're using is made without added sugars or sweeteners so that it's Whole30-compliant)
- How To Easily Poach an Egg
- Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs (check that the sausage you're using is made without added sugars or sweeteners so that it's Whole30-compliant)
- How To Make Soft, Creamy Scrambled Eggs (use ghee instead of butter and skip the heavy cream)
- How To Fry and Egg (use olive oil or ghee to fry your eggs)
- How To Make a Frittata (leave out any cheese, pasta, or grain additions to keep it compliant)
Meat and Potatoes
If you're craving something extra hearty, you can't go wrong with making meat and potatoes the center of your morning plate.
- Mango Chicken Breakfast Sausage (use olive oil in place of vegetable oil)
- Classic Corned Beef Hash (sauté the veggies in olive oil or ghee)
- How To Make Diner-Style Home Fries (use ghee in place of the butter)
- Smoky Baked Hash Browns (use ghee in place of the butter)
- Salmon Hash with Yukon Gold Potatoes and Herbs (use ghee in place of the butter and skip the hot sauce — try a sprinkling of red pepper flakes instead)
Since Whole30 cuts a handful of ingredients that qualify as classic breakfast foods (like yogurt and oatmeal), reaching beyond them to things like baked sweet potatoes filled with veggies, hearty salads, and comforting soups helps keep things interesting.
- Coconut & Rainbow Chard Baked Sweet Potato (be sure that your coconut chips are unsweetened)
- Arugula Salad with Fennel & Lemon Vinaigrette (leave off the Pecorino cheese)
- Warm Potato and Salmon Salad (check that the Dijon you're using doesn't contain white wine)
- Simple Kale & Potato Soup (finish the soup with a drizzle of olive oil instead of Parmesan cheese or yogurt)
How To Make Soup from Almost Any Vegetable
(use olive oil or ghee when sautéing the veggies and go for coconut milk if you want to make your soup creamy)
A Note on Smoothies
While not a favorite of the plan, as the founders believe that liquid sugar (even from fruit) can set you up for cravings and energy slumps throughout the day, smoothies are technically compliant and can make good breakfasts if you fill them with good things that keep your energy steady, like leafy greens or fiber and protein-rich chia seeds.
- 5-Minute Vegan Breakfast Smoothie (check that the almond milk you're using is unsweetened and free of the non-approved additive carrageenan, like this Whole-30 approved brand, or try making your own)
- Super-Morning Morning Smoothie
- Vegan Tropical Paradise Smoothie
30 Days of Whole30: We're kicking 2017 off with 30 days of Whole30. Why Whole30? It's not a permanent diet; it's not a prescription for eating. It's just 30 days of eating whole foods and exploring a more purposeful, mindful approach to food. Read more here on what Whole30 is and how to follow along.