10 clever breakfast ideas... sans grains and sugar

Got the breakfast blahs? This post is dedicated to my mate’s husband Dan, who until very recently was in a grain-filled breakfast rut. It’s also for everyone trying to eat more healthfully and happily.

Hands down the best way to start your day is with vegetables and a little protein. Forget about those carb-laden (and sugar laden) cereals, muesli and toast. A breakfast full of veggies and good quality protein makes a fully energised starting block from which to propel into your day... energised!

If you're trying to quit sugar, eating a savoury breakfast is one of the best you can do to curb cravings. It sets your palate up for success for the day.

Here’s a few of my favourite breakfast ideas below. They’re free of sugar and free of grains, because I’m avoiding those food groups this year. Most aren’t complete recipes. Consider them inspiration:

Veggiefull smashed eggs
Sautee a handful or two of vegetables (whatever you’ve got on hand) in a butter or olive oil, crack and egg or two into the pan, sprinkle with whatever herbs or spices you have handy and smash about with a spatula. A super quick nutritious one-pan beauty.

2-min chilled avo, mint & yoghurt soup
Using a stick blender, blend the flesh of one avocado with of ½ cup of natural yoghurt and a few sprigs of mint leaves. Add a little water if too thick. Squeeze in a little lemon juice. Season to taste. So so good after a sticky hot night.

Boiled egg salad
Boil 1 – 2 eggs for 4 minutes. Meanwhile arrange a few raw vegetables in a bowl – tomato, cucumber, avocado and capsicum are good. Add feta or cheese if you like. Drain the eggs and run them under cold water to cool. Peel and chop into quarters. Arrange on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and pour over a good honest glug of extra virgin olive oil. I mean a Greek Glug, okay?

Sausage, silverbeet & mushroom fry up
Try to get your hands on good quality sausages from a trusted ethical producer. Most sausages found at the supermarket are full of additives and other such crud, so you want to avoid these. Organic sausages are the way to go. Add everything to the one pan for ease. Tip – slice the sausage into chunks for faster cooking, and sprinkling a little ground nutmeg over the mushies will give them an earthy kick.

my berry buckwheat pancakes
Buckwheat pancakes
Check out my recipe for buckwheat pancakes here.

Sautéed pumpkin with hummus
Cut some pumpkin into small cubes (don’t bother peeling) and sauté in a deep pan with coconut oil until caramelised. Sprinkling the pumpkin with some salt early on will speed up the cooking process. Serve in a bowl and top with a hefty dollop of hummus for protein.

Coconutty granola
I love this recipe by Sarah Wilson, although I crank up the oven to 160C so the nuts don’t take so long to roast. Have with sheep’s milk yoghurt or milk.

Cheese & veggie platter
Grab some quality cheese and slice. Cut up a couple of handfuls of raw vegetables – carrots, cucumber, tomato, celery, avo, green beans are all good – and arrange everything on a plate. Drizzle with olive oil. And gobble. You could also serve with a boiled egg.

Spanish baked eggs with greens and goat's curd
My recipe here. For a portable version, bake in a muffin tray!

Leftover dinner!
I eat all sorts of meals for breakfast. I’m one of those people who can do fish first thing. Why not?!

Do you have any yum breakfast ideas? I'm always looking for more clever eats!


  1. Thank you, Maria!

    I am on my 256th attempt at going sugar-free (properly!) & less grainy-goodness (I have to say I have a stop-start food-affair with grains...I either feel like it - hello FRESH bread! - or I don't)

    So....this article is UniversalAlignment right there on this FabulousFriday in all of its raining-reign :D

    PS: Am now also the newest fan of both Brain Pickings & Literary Jukebox...can't wait to finish my work for the day so that I can get stuck into some Paris vs New York-Anaïs Nin goodness!!



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