Most paleo dieters begin breakfast with a protein, some healthy fat, fruits, vegetables and seasonings. Scott Hagnas, founder of CrossFit Portland, suggests that paleo dieters begin to get used to eating foods that are not considered traditional breakfast foods. Throw out your pancake mix, bacon, muffins, waffles, and granola and get used to eating steak, pork, salmon, eggs, fruit, and vegetables at breakfast time.
While eggs are often recommended by paleo enthusiasts to be limited to only 6 each week, they are an excellent source of protein and healthy nutrients. Eggs can provide the choline needed to reduce inflammation in the body and promote weight-loss. Furthermore, it has been found that a moderate intake of eggs can actually reduce bad cholesterol, protect eyesight, and prevent blood clots.
The olive oil, almonds, and lean steak provide plenty of healthy fats to get you through your morning and the rest of your day. Olive oil also lowers cholesterol and decreases risk for various heart-related illnesses, according to Dr. Michael Murray, author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Almonds, Murray argues, are incredibly nutrient-rich. Almonds provide monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils, protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin E. Indeed, almonds are also considered to have anti-cancer properties and fight against heart disease.
This recipe is full of cancer fighting, energizing vegetables. Spinach is loaded with iron and can give you energy while preventing eye problems. Bell peppers also fight cataracts and other eye problems, according to Murray. These vegetables are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene. And, with mushrooms, your body receives necessary minerals, such as selenium, copper, potassium, and zinc. Depending on the type of mushroom you choose, you may decrease your cholesterol, increase vitality, fight infection, and increase your white blood cell count.
With oranges, bananas, grapes, and kiwis in your fruit bowl, you can expect to get even more cancer-fighting agents and vitamins. With an orange, white, red, and green fruit, the nutrients you get from this single breakfast will be varied and beneficial to your overall health. With the fruit cup in this recipe, you will gain a nice head start on your daily needs for potassium, vitamins B6, C, flavonoids, and fiber.
As with any recipe, feel free to make substitutions. Instead of steak, use pork loin. Instead of spinach, use onions. The best way to begin with a recipe like this is to use what is already in your pantry and refrigerator.
Steak and Veggie Scramble with Fruit and Almonds
- 3 Free-Range, Grain-Fed, Local Eggs
- A Slice of Leftover or Pre-Cooked Steak
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- A few Spinach Leaves
- 2 Mushrooms
- ¼ cup Bell Peppers (any variety)
- 1 Naval Orange
- 1 Medium Banana
- ¼ cup Red Grapes
- 1 Kiwi
- ½ cup Toasted Almonds
- Pepper, Basil, Oregano to taste
Chop steak, spinach, mushrooms, and peppers into small pieces and set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat until warmed. Add steak and vegetable mix to pan and sauté until heated. Set aside.
Crack eggs into a bowl. Mix with a fork until egg yolk and white are combined. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Pour egg mixture into the pan and use a spatula or wisk to scramble the eggs. When eggs are solid and fluffy, add the steak and spinach mixture back to the pan. Season with pepper, basic, and/or oregano to taste.
On the side, peel and chop orange, banana, red grapes, and kiwi and serve in a bowl. Top with almonds.