So I know what many of you are thinking about this title. "WHY in your right mind, would you NOT include eggs in your breakfast"? Eggs are one of the most wholesome foods on the planet and I am a huge fan of them and normally make them a part of my everyday routine. They are chock full of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and are one of the few foods that include choline, an important nutrient for the proper functioning of your body. BUT, as I touched upon in my last blog post, Matt and I are in the process of going through a gut-healing protocol to help repair intestinal permeability (a.k.a. "leaky gut") and overall health and that meant THREE weeks without eggs. You see, while eggs are highly nutritious, when one is suffering from leaky gut, eggs can become a potential allergen and thus must be removed in the beginning of a gut-healing protocol to help prevent allergic or autoimmune-type reactions. Once healed, for most, they can and should be added back in.
Of all the things Matt and I had to give up for three weeks, this was going to be my most difficult and I was not looking forward to it. I had no idea what I was going to eat in the mornings without eggs. The good news is, it forced me to get creative and I have since found myself almost enjoying my breakfasts even more. There's just something about overcoming any challenge in life that feels especially rewarding. Now that is not to say I won't be adding eggs back in to my diet. In fact, I have just passed the 3 week mark and just finished two delicious pastured eggs. Can anybody say "Hashtag YUM"?
For those of you that will also be undergoing a similar gut-healing process or are looking to jazz up your boring breakfasts I will share with you a recipe I created for myself and my clients. It's quick, easy, chock-full of goodness and most important... DELICIOUS!!
- Greens (Arugula, kale, spinach)
- Strawberries or other berries of your liking
- 1 Onion
- Garlic (I always say, "The more, the better. You can never have too much garlic, just too much peeling")
- Olive Oil
- Nitrate-free Bacon ("BACON, BACON, BACON"!!!)
- Any other meat of your liking for additional protein (we often used leftover chicken from other meals)
- Avocado (optional)
- Apple (optional)
In a pan over the stovetop, add your bacon and cook to desired crispness. Remove bacon from the pan, but leave that bacon fat. Add your onion and garlic and thinly-sliced plantains, cooking the plantains to a crisp. (We also sometimes added some apple cut into small cubes and cooked). At this point you can add any other meat you might like. We often added leftover shredded chicken and crisped it up. While things are cooking, add a healthy bed of greens to your plate and top with a strawberry or two or a few berries of your liking. Once everything is cooked, dress your plate with the sauteed mixture and add a slice of bacon, then drizzle it all in olive oil and add a few slices of avocado. (REMEMBER: "DON'T FEAR HEALTHY FATS!!" Incorporating healthy fats into your diet is the key to health and a successful weight-loss program.)
And there you have it. It's as simple as that. For those of you that don't have much time to make breakfasts in the morning I recommend doing a large batch of this at the beginning of the week so that all you have to do in the mornings is re-heat and add it to a bed of greens.