Though it’s both tempting and comforting to go for traditional breakfast foods, it’s not necessary. Breakfast can be anything. And in reality, breakfast should be balanced and nutrient dense to set the tone for a balanced day. Grain heavy breakfasts with fat free milks and caffeine hits spike our blood sugar and get us started the wrong foot for the day.
That’s why I’m sharing an easy, healthy, balanced breakfast bowl that’s paleo, AIP, and whole 30 compliant, made with pasture raised chicken, asparagus, greens, plantains, and avocado sauce! Plus, this week is my birthday, and I love birthday breakfast 😉 So for me, I’m having it as a birthday breakfast bowl this year!
So let’s break down what a grain free, egg free, AIP breakfast needs…
Keep in mind that this varies from person to person. I don’t always have starch at breakfast, and sometimes I have lighter or bigger breakfasts depending on my food and what I’m doing that day. But generally, here are some guidelines…
When it comes to animal protein always, always, always go pasture raised and grass-fed. Organic, cage free and free range are not enough. Animals need to be fed their natural diet and be raised pasture and grass to be healthful. I get pasture raised chicken and grass-fed beef from local farmers markets, co-ops, and I also recommend retailers like US Wellness meats.
Green or Non-starchy Veggies
Green and non-starchy veggies are always a must! They’re packed with vitamins and nutrients that we need for a healthy diet and starting our day with them is always a good idea!
That may mean having a leafy green like kale, arugula, or romaine lettuce, or a veggie like asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli etc. Whatever it is, make sure the bulk of your plate is veggie based.
Starchy Veggies or Fruit (potentially)
This may or may not be applicable to most people depending on whether or not they’re battling gut issues or blood sugar regulation, but generally speaking a little bit of starch is a good way to bulk up breakfast and add healthy carbs.
In this particular breakfast bowl, the starch of choice are plantains. However, you can also use sweet potatoes, winter squash, carrots, beets, or other starchy veggies of choice, as well as some fruit.
Healthy fat is an important part of every meal! Healthy fats help feed our brain cells, and satiate us longer than simple sugars. Plus, it makes everything taste better 😉
I recommend adding some sort of healthy fat to every meal as a way to balance blood sugar, and keep you fuller longer. In this bowl, the fat is from the avocado sauce. You can also use grass-fed butter or ghee, olive oil, avocado oil, nuts (if tolerated), and coconut products like coconut yogurt, butter, or oil.
How To Serve & Store This Breakfast Bowl
I know it’s not always feasible to have a sit down breakfast made from scratch. Most days, I’m meeting with clients early, running off to an office, or already deep in writing by 8 am. That’s where freezing comes in!
Here’s how you assemble & store this bowl…
Freeze the following:
- Cooked chicken
- Cooked plantains
- Cooked asparagus
Then defrost in the fridge overnight and serve the following fresh ingredients:
- Avoado sauce (or fresh avocado)
That way, this doesn’t have to be a fresh made breakfast bowl every single day. Of course, it’s always best fresh, but having the option to throw it in the freezer, defrost over night, and top with the fresh ingredients is a great way to have a nourishing breakfast fast!
- 1 pastured chicken breast (or thigh)
- 1 medium green plantain, sliced
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- 2 cups fresh arugula
- 3-4 tbsp coconut oil or avocado oil
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 2 serving avocado cilantro lime sauce
- Preheat your oven to 375 F
- Add the chicken breast to a sheet of parchment paper with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and salt
- Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 F
- While the chicken is cooking, add the asparagus to an other baking sheet lined with parchment paper and seasoned with salt and coconut oil
- Cook for 20-25 minutes or until crispy
- During the last 10 minutes or so, heat a pan with coconut oil and add the green plantain slices
- Cook until the slices become softer and browned
- Remove from the heat and smash them down with the bottom of a glass cup, flattening them
- Add back to the oil, adding more if needed and finish crisping
- After all of the components are cooked, serve over a bed of fresh arugula and top with avocado cilantro lime sauce
- Serve immediately or use freezing instructions listed above
I hope you guys love this bowl as much as I do! It’s the perfect birthday treat to myself, and a great way to start the day <3