A Well-Balanced Breakfast

This is absolutely one of my favorite breakfasts to start the day with. I mean you can’t really go wrong with bacon, right? This breakfast is nourishing, quick, and delicious to boot. If you are following a protocol like GAPS or Whole30, or have adopted a lifestyle such as Keto or Paleo, then this is going to be one of your new go-to’s! Guaranteed.

A delicious whole foods breakfast with steaming hot coffee and herbal bitters.

This meal has got all the bases covered with a balanced ratio of macronutrients: fats, protein, and carbohydrates. When it comes to ingredients, as always, try to source local, organic, and pastured products. I try to always opt for local, as that’s the only way to truly see how the food is grown and cared for.

The eggs pictures above come from my own ducks, who have been free-range up until the last 2 weeks (three of them were killed by a coyote). Since they wandered freely around the farm foraging for insects and such, they were pretty much easy pickings and we learned a hard lesson about keeping free-range animals. Now they live in a large grassy yard, with tons of insects and plants to forage – so technically they are ‘pastured’ since they are kept within a fenced boundary. Either way, you can tell that these are nutrient dense eggs from the dark yellow, almost orange yolk color which indicates a good balance of anti-inflammatory fatty acid’s. It is pretty hard to find bacon that hasn’t been cured with sugar, so read the ingredients carefully.

Adding a hearty amount of fresh vegetables to every meal is key to maintaining health. They provide plentiful amounts of vitamins and are a main source of insoluble fiber (which feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut). The fermented sauerkraut is the superstar of this meal, so don’t skip it! It boasts incredibly high amounts of Vitamin C and beneficial bacteria. It is amazing at how much more energy and stamina a person has after adding probiotic, fermented foods to every meal.

As far as spices go, I always top my eggs and avocado with Celtic Sea Salt, black pepper, and turmeric. The sea salt is unrefined and contains a hefty amount of trace minerals you won’t find elsewhere. I personally don’t use pink Himalayan salt due to issues around how it’s harvested and mined. Turmeric, as I’m sure you already know, is a potent anti-inflammatory that is taking off on the wellness world. It only takes a little drizzle, barely enough to taste, to add a punch of its soothing and healing properties.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (look for pastured, organic, & local)
  • Bacon (look for pastured, organic, & local products)
  • Tender Greens (arugula, mizuna, baby kale)
  • Radishes
  • Sauerkraut (homemade or local if available, otherwise I personally like Farmhouse Culture and Ozuke)
  • Avocado
  • Sea Salt, Pepper, + Turmeric

To Prepare:

  1. Turn a cast-iron skillet onto medium heat and toss in your bacon strips.
  2. As they sizzle, prep a plate of fresh veggies: add a handful of tender greens to your plate; chop radishes into quarters or leave them whole (they’re so crunchy and satisfying!); and lastly, add a couple spoonfuls of sauerkraut.
  3. Once your bacon has shrunk substantially, flip it over to cook the other side.
  4. Slice an avocado in half and slice it or mash it up (your preference).
  5. Once the bacon is cooked to your liking, pull it out and lay it atop your bed of greens.
  6. Crack three eggs into the skillet of bacon fat and let them cook over low heat.
  7. Sprinkle sea salt, pepper, and turmeric over your avocado and eggs (while cooking).
  8. Once the eggs are cooked to your liking, I prefer solid whites and slightly runny yolk, then add them to your plate!

A note on herbal bitters:

Herbal bitters are carefully formulated blends of medicinal plants, typically all with bitter properties, that help promote digestion and assimilation of foods. Plants such as dandelion, yellow dock, and fennel, among many others are tinctured in a high-proof alcohol or apple cider vinegar before being strained and bottled. If you decide to purchase a bottle or make your own, take one dropperful about 15 minutes prior to eating for the maximum benefit. I cannot recommend these highly enough to anyone with issues revolving around their digestive system or liver, as well as those who have had gallbladder removal surgery.

If you would like to learn more about herbal bitters or get an easy recipe from me, let me know in the comments below or feel free to send me an e-mail. Thanks for reading!