After having some stomach problems last year, I decided to take grains out of my diet. My body felt great without it, and my stomach problems went away.

A couple months ago, I had a bowl of oatmeal. “One bowl won’t hurt.” And it didn’t. One bowl turned into brown-rice pancakes, oats thrown in my PBC bars, and sides of rice and quinoa. Then the stomach problems started coming back last week. It’s time to go off grains again.

It’s not really a drag giving up grains. I love eating grain-free food. I’m excited to try new recipes again like my coconut flour Fudgy Brownies and these Paleo Breakfast Burritos. They have great flavor, and I never really enjoyed the floppy, flavorless white flour tortillas any way.

Paleo Breakfast Burrito

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Paleo Breakfast Burrito

This Breakfast Burrito is fit for a day of hard work! Full of protein and antioxidants from the veggies. Dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, nut-free, soy-free, and sugar-free.

Ingredients

  • Sliced Ham (choose a ham that is large enough to fold and medium-thickness so that it doesn't break when wrapped. You may need more than one slice)
  • 2 eggs (or egg whites)
  • 1/4 cup chopped veggies (spinach, black olives, bell pepper, tomato, etc)
  • Optional: Salsa, Guacamole, Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Saute the veggies in a small bit of oil over medium high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and poor over the veggie mix.
  3. Using a spatula, scramble the mix until cooked through. Take the eggs out of the pan.
  4. Roll the ham around the eggs and place back onto the skillet. Grill for a few seconds each side until the ham is slightly brown.
  5. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and a sprig of fresh cilantro on top.
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Health Benefits:

  • Eggs: Great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. They are great for your eyes because of the carotenoid content. Also great for your nervous and cardiovascular system because of the choline content. Contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol, and it is one of the only foods with naturally-occurring vitamin D.
  • Tomato: Best known for its high lycopene content. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may reduce incidences of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration. Tomatoes are especially high in vitamin C and A as well.
  • Ham: Preferably bought organically, ham is a good source of protein, iron, and B12. It is low in calories and is a lean meat.

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

What are your thoughts on grain-free  and paleo diets?

I could never go completely paleo, because then I would have to give up legumes as well. Which takes away my beloved peanut butter! I also think that if I have the occasional bowl of oats or pancakes made with a gluten-free flour, it won’t hurt me too much.

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34 Responses to Paleo Breakfast Burrito

  1. Sharon says:

    Great idea. I have wrapped my burritos in a collard green leaf before. It worked great. I guess you could use any big leafy green leaf you like.

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Sharon,

      Love the idea of greens. I made a BLT wrapped in romaine. Didn’t miss the bread at all! In fact, it tasted even better.

      • Sharon says:

        I was making burritos for a family outing. They can have tortillas. One of my favorite things to eat is burritos. I was at the store wondering what I could eat when I saw the most beautiful collard green leafs. So I rolled them up in that and it worked great. I appreciate your website. It has really helped as I have made diet changes. Thank you

  2. Jane says:

    I eat mostly grain free too, my stomach seems to like it better! I use a lot of garbanzo bean flour or quinoa flour. I just tried adding a little of grains back, so I guess we will see! Honestly, I don’t mind it! This looks really good!

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Jane,

      It will be interesting to see how it goes for you! I was fine for a while, but I definitely overdid it a bit, and my stomach needed a break. Moderation!

  3. I love grain free eating. I’d say 90% of the time I’m eating paleo but I do have peanut butter, some chips, and other treats occasionally. Oh and alcohol…. oops! haha but I lean towards paleo eating I guess you could say.

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      I can definitely see from your meals that you are mostly grain-free! In fact, I just bought a head of cauliflower to try your “fried rice” trick.

  4. Grain free diets *really* intrigue me, and I’d love to try it some day – but right now I’m really enjoying not eating red meat or poultry. Also, I’m on a super tight budget and grains and legumes are some of the cheapest healthy things out there. I’m not terribly UNcomfortable eating them for the moment, but some time in the future I think I will try grain free, or maybe even just wheat free for a trial run.

  5. Felicia says:

    I definitely feel better without grains, and surprisingly don’t miss them as much as I thought I would. It slowly happened and its allowed me to be more creative with my meals. I think the paleo lifestyle is fantastic- but I still eat greek yogurt, and the occasional grains when the mood strikes, but not daily anymore. Everyones different! So whatever works for your body is most important.
    I’ll still post recipes with grains though, since I love to bake, and my family isn’t grain free, so at least they enjoy it :)

  6. Clair says:

    Yum…this looks SO good! I definitely see the advantages of a paleo diet, but I also see the advantages of a vegan diet…and it’s hard to do both! I try to keep those philosophies balanced and focus on eating a lot of the stuff that’s definitely good…like nuts and veggies.

  7. Karina says:

    I have been eating a diet that is pretty much paleo, except for peanut butter, too! For me, the hardest part is going without dairy; I really don’t mind not eating grains.

  8. we have noticed a great benefit from eating more grain free. our bodies really seem to like it! we are not really following a paleo diet but it seems like our eats could be considered one though we do not look at it that way :)

  9. jeralyn says:

    I love this idea, what a great way to up your protein.

  10. OOO I like this!! I want to wrap my eggs up in some turkey breast… my turkey wants to get all up on those eggs! :P

  11. Monika says:

    So tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Rene says:

    I just started leaning toward a paleo lifestyle, and I’ve lost about 30lbs since limiting wheat in my diet, I’m also cutting out sugar (well except the occasional homemade treat) and I feel great! Great blog, I just started my blog to keep my recipes and progress, I’m so excited!

  13. Saundra says:

    I just found your blog … I love using lettuce leaf or turkey for a wrap.
    I tried to use your recipe link, however when clicking on a specific recipe I get a message stating that your wordpress account us no longer working. I would love go check out some of your other recipes :-)

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Hi Saundra,

      I’ve been having a lot of troubles with broken links and pictures lately, so sorry about this! Can you tell me exactly what you tried to get to, but didn’t work?

  14. Kelly says:

    Hi, I signed up for your newsletter, but I haven’t been getting it lately.

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Kelly,

      I haven’t really been posting lately, so no new newsletters have been sent. I hope to get back into posting soon, though!

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  16. Ken says:

    I am really enjoying the paleo style. Wine…..oops. Scale still going DOWN.

  17. This is a GREAT idea! I fixed them this morning for my husband who has to eat in the truck on the way to work – he loved them. I loved them too! Going into regular rotation for sure!!!!

  18. Stephani says:

    I just made this and wow it’s so good! Thankyou for sharing, this may be my new favorite breakfast! I’ve never been a fan of breakfast burritos before because all I could ever taste is the tortilla. Finally…I can taste the filling! It’s the little things that make me happy ;)

  19. James Rolfe says:

    YUM!!! That looks like my kind of breaky wrap :o) I would perhaps have eaten something like that in the past just in defiance to those telling me I eat too much meat BUT would have been all too conscious that its a bit naughty using meat as the wrap (especially because I would normally have meat IN the wrap. I’m brand new to this and am at the very start of researching and experimenting with different diets but I found your page whilst searching for sugar free deserts (the apple/peacan pie of which I made tonight and….it STILL tasted like desert :o). I’m reading all about grain free diets, paleo, sugar free, eating TONNES of veggies etc. The only things I’m sure of so far is that eating processed sugar is BAD and eating lots of veggies is GOOD. Thank you for this great site :o)

    • Sugar Free Alex says:

      Hi James,

      Thanks so much for your nice comment. Good for you for doing your own research for your diet! Best of luck to you. I’m glad you enjoy my site!

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