I’ve realized that one of the most important thing about Whole30 eating, is to completely unlearn what you’re supposed to be eating, when. It’s really hard, but if you don’ t let go of those stereotypical food/meal allocations you’re kind of screwed. You start feeling ‘stuck’ for meal options that are ‘breakfasty’ or ‘lunchy’ when you should just be focused on your satiety.

The truth is— there is no breakfast.

I know. You just took the red pill.

It’s simple. If  you’re hungry, eat. Eat anything off your Whole30 menu. Have grilled chicken. Have a salad. Have a slow cooker meal or a bowl of hearty soup. It sounded weird to me first too, but then I pretty much had to admit it was my brain throwing a Kevin Bacon angry-dance tantrum over the last vestiges of control that it had over my crappy eating habits.

“WHAT? Grilled salmon for breakfast? That’s just crazy! Why don’t we just walk backwards for the rest of the day too!” 

But it’s not crazy. It’s part of our conditioning. We need to have pancakes, or bacon, or toast, or granola for breakfast…right?

I remember being on swim team and having my dad make me spaghetti for breakfast so I could carbo-load for my meet that evening. I also remember that on rare ‘your-mom-is-traveling-on-business’ occasions my dad would give us  cereal for dinner. Usually infront of the TV set. I absolutely loved these randomized food events, because it felt kind of special that I was eating things ‘out of order’. (I know. I was a wild child.)

Well, I’m pulling a page from my dad’s book, and I’ve come up with a few suggestions of my own to get you through those Whole30 mornings which I realize can be a little daunting – especially when kids and spouses are along for ride.

1. Banana slices with cashew butter, topped with fresh blueberries and a fresh glass of almond milk. (Tip: sub in tahini, add shredded coconut, and dried fruit to mix it up.)

A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jun 8, 2015 at 6:56pm PDT

2. Free-from bacon-wrapped grilled chicken with a side of kale and arugula fruit salad.

A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jun 10, 2015 at 8:50pm PDT

3. Prosciutto-wrapped orange slices with scrambled eggs and sugar snaps. (Tip: also try prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe with poached eggs!)


4. Mango salsa, ground meat, veg and potato/sweet potato skillet or salad— Cap is the best at making these!


A video posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jun 27, 2015 at 12:38pm PDT


5. Date and coconut power bars or balls  (Tip: get the kids to help you roll these together!)


6. Fresh fruit plates (Tips: work with exotic fruits, add mint or basil, throw on a cider vinaigrette to mix things up!)


A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jun 28, 2015 at 5:55am PDT


7. Baked egg cups – so easy! (Tip: add eggs scrambled and filled with veggies for endless variations!)


A video posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Apr 19, 2015 at 8:40am PDT

8. Ham-slammer – a double-decker ham and egg stack, topped with avocado and tomato and drizzled with omega oil. Yum!

A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jul 16, 2015 at 7:33am PDT

9. Orange, walnuts, beets, watercress, and radish salad with apple cider vinaigrette. (Tip: Great on its own or with a side of steak.)


A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jul 25, 2015 at 11:55am PDT

10. Chicken or veg soup – so good for that day 10 detox wall.


A photo posted by Kat Inokai (@bumpandhustle) on Jun 12, 2015 at 5:07pm PDT

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