You’ve started the new year strong by doing a round of Whole30, and now that the worst sugar cravings have finally subsided, you’re probably feeling better than ever. But if there’s one thing every Whole30-er learns, it’s that approved recipes often include eggs. So. Many. Eggs.
It makes sense: Eggs are a relatively inexpensive way to pack protein and healthy fats into any meal. Yet healthy food blogger Melissa Joulwan knows better than anyone that after dozens of frittatas, scrambles, and yolk-dappled skillet meals, it can be hard to stomach the sight of one more.
“I’ve just never really been into eggs for breakfast,” says bona fide Paleo expert and Whole30 fan. “I always felt like they took too long to cook and it was just so boring to eat eggs every single day.”
Luckily, Joulwan’s proven you can overcome this stumbling block—and stay totally on-track with Whole30—with a little extra protein, some veggies, and a dash of creativity in the kitchen. So if you’re suffering from egg fatigue, rejoice. Things are looking (sunny-side) up.
Keep reading for 4 tips (and a delish recipe!) to help you stay on track with Whole30—even when your egg tolerance is fried.
1. Get crafty with your breakfast skillet
Does anything say “Sunday morning” quite like a veggie scramble and a cup of coffee? According to Joulwan, giving eggs the axe doesn’t mean your breakfast go-to has to go, too. One of her favorite ways to adapt this morning favorite is to forgo the eggs and amp up the protein for a Whole30-compliant breakfast scramble.
“Think of the concept of the scramble, but get rid of the eggs and replace them with either butternut squash or cauliflower rice,” she says. “Add a protein, some veggies, and dried fruit for more flavors and texture.”
One of her favorite sweet-and-savory combos is roasted butternut squash, pre-cooked chicken, raisins, and pecans. But the beauty of this hack is that you can combine ingredients in infinite new ways—meaning you’ll never get bored.
2. Mix it up with a hearty soup or stew
#MealPrep alert! A nourishing soup or stew is a great option for any time of the day—even before 9 a.m. (Yes, really.) “Your breakfast can be loaded with protein and still be hot and comforting and yummy, ” insists Joulwan, an avid traveller who says breakfast soup is definitely a thing abroad.