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17 Aug

Contest Results: Primal Breakfast Pics

Last week I asked you to send in pics of your Primal breakfasts. Nearly 100 fantastic photos flooded my inbox. I’ve included them all below. (Click on the thumbnails for full size versions.)

These photos stand to represent the variety of breakfasts on the Primal eating plan and how delicious Primal foods are. I know many people find the breakfast to be the most difficult meal to figure out when making the transition to the Primal lifestyle. Many of us grew up on Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, English muffins, waffles, pancakes and toaster strudels as early morning staples. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Revisit this page from time to time for Primal breakfast ideas, and point skeptical friends and family to this page to see their mouths water.

I’ve randomly selected a winning photo. The lucky MDA reader that submitted the photo has just won 5 gallons of fat from U.S. Wellness. Yes, you read that right. 5 gallons of fat – beef tallow to be precise. And the lucky winner is…


You’ve got to love Tamara’s email message that accompanied her winning photo (seen above):

Venison sautéed in bacon grease with roasted pearl onions and garlic, with a side of local organic (and HUGE and SWEET!) blueberries.

And oh yeah, I found a BULLET in my meat!!  That definitely creates a rather primal impression at breakfast.  I didn’t shoot the lovely animal who has provided me with many, many meals, but I’m sure going to have to show my dad what I found in his kill!

Warm regards,


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You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. you know readers have some nice dishes to go along with their breakfasts

    John FitzGibbon wrote on August 17th, 2009
  2. These photos are so inspiring! I’m glad to see my most of my fellow PBers eat hearty bfasts like me …and the empty plate made me laugh…as did the 6 fried eggs!

    marci wrote on August 17th, 2009
  3. Congrats Tamara! And wow everyone, can I come stay?!

    Daniel Swank, I’m curious about your (seemingly empty?) Phantom of the Opera mug!


    Tim wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • Well it was full of coffee (before I drank most of it).

      I prefer not to eat breakfast; my body does not take kindly to attempting digestion before noon.

      Dan wrote on August 19th, 2009
  4. Argh, hungry now!

    Indiscreet wrote on August 17th, 2009
  5. It’s so fun to look at these pictures… but…

    I sent you 2 pictures of my breakfasts and you didn’t post either one. Does that mean you didn’t get my email at all and I wasn’t entered in the contest? How will I know if you got my other emails? I used the link that you had in the original challenge post.

    :( I’m very sad now.

    one was here:

    and the other was here:

    FlyNavyWife wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • FlyNavyWife,

      Rest assured your photos were included in the drawing. The photos included don’t represent the photos that were included in the drawing; just those that we had time to add to the post before its publication time. We’re going to be adding the rest later today. Thank you for your submissions!

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 17th, 2009
      • Thanks Mark. You made me feel so much better just now. haha.

        FlyNavyWife wrote on August 17th, 2009
      • THis is great Mark…you should come up with a Primal Lifestyle dating/social networking site….


        Joseph wrote on August 17th, 2009
        • I second this idea! Hook us up!

          Jan wrote on August 18th, 2009
        • lol….see you got one started already…

          Joseph wrote on August 18th, 2009
  6. The coffee and the smoothie made me giggle.

    fritchbeetle wrote on August 17th, 2009
  7. This all looks soooo yummy!!

    seagal76 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  8. The empty plate cracked me up – IF’er, huh?

    I’d love to get some of those pictures’ recipes, though!

    Adam Kayce wrote on August 17th, 2009
  9. Wow, whoever put all those images together on this page did a great job! What a variety of breakfasts…I may come back to this page periodically when I need a new idea for breakfast!!

    Chris Tomek wrote on August 17th, 2009
  10. Is there any way to get a list of what the breakfasts are? I can get a description by clicking on each picture but that’s rather time consuming to do one at a time. Or could the captions be added to the thumbnail photos?

    Nancy wrote on August 17th, 2009
  11. Awesome photos – whole chicken for breakfast, got to love that!

    Chris wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • That’s me 😉

      Grok wrote on August 17th, 2009
  12. I think my head might explode if I stay on this page any longer.

    Grok wrote on August 17th, 2009
  13. Nom nom nom. This is making me SO hungry!

    Meagan wrote on August 17th, 2009
  14. Everyone looks like such good cooks! I usually just have some eggs and my homemade sausage. :(

    paleo_piper wrote on August 17th, 2009
  15. There’s some nice ideas there! 😀 Yum yum yum!!

    James17 wrote on August 17th, 2009
  16. Man, I’m so hungry now….

    jose wrote on August 17th, 2009
  17. Great pictures, all of ’em. Congrats Tamara!

    maba wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • Hello Girl Gone Primal,

      Just like Fly Navy Wife you were included in the drawing but I’m still working on getting all the photos uploaded. Expect to see it soon!

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 18th, 2009
  18. Wow!! I can’t belive I won! Thanks Mark and U.S. Wellness. Might have to make that my lucky bullet now. 😉

    My dad is just FLOORED by the way!

    Tamara wrote on August 18th, 2009
  19. wow! truly amazing! great food CAN be good for you.

    mikey wrote on August 18th, 2009
  20. how do you make the primal pancakes?

    keith leimbach wrote on August 19th, 2009
    • Here’s my recipe –

      Grind a cup of almonds in food processor until a fine flour is formed. I buy mine pre-ground. Then in a medium bowl, combine 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 1/4 cup of sparkling water. Add the almonds and stir until smooth. Add a little salt or cinnamon etc to taste. A little baking powder can fluff up the pancakes if you don’t have any sparkling water. I don’t use either, so my pancakes tend to be a little heavier – the mix still bubbles so it’s still lighter than cake.

      I served these with whipped cream (no coconut cream), the leftover strawberries, and some defrosted raspberries and subsequent juice. For Valentine’s Day I also melted a bit of dark chocolate and drizzled it over the fruit. Sweet.


      Jezwyn wrote on August 19th, 2009
      • You should try topping your primal pancakes with (whole-fat) greek yogurt & a berry reduction (1/2c frozen berries, 1tbs water, 1tbs honey – heat on med/low, mashing them periodically until sauce-like).

        Katie V wrote on August 27th, 2009
  21. thanks for the recipe, primal girl. i’ll give them a try this weekend, they look great.

    keith leimbach wrote on August 20th, 2009
  22. i tried the pancakes yesterday, they’re really great. they taste like a coconut macaroon! last time i tried the greek yogurt it was pretty gross, hopefully the berries and honey will help. thanks for the tip.

    aquavelvet wrote on August 27th, 2009
  23. I am making the berry reduction now. I use a lot of the recipes on and I especially like the Midas Gold Waffles, but I substitute 2 T Honey for 2 T butter in mine, and I whip up the eggwhites separately for nice fluffy waffles.

    Lisa Stafford wrote on February 27th, 2010
  24. All these pics of breakfasts done primally don’t really help, first of all it’s sometimes hard to make out(in some of the pics)exactly what the food is; one pic looked like a chicken with hair on it! The second point is; why there was no description of the meal?
    I don’t mean the full recipe but, something like, “Chicken w/hair on it”
    That would help those of us that would like to re-create it.

    Rose Cowan wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  25. I too would really like some better descriptions. How can we make this happen?

    AndySlammer wrote on July 14th, 2011
  26. I want the recipe for the Coconut milk, cocoa, and stevia pudding…can someone help me out?

    Tracey wrote on October 23rd, 2011
  27. I am brand new to the primal blueprint. My biggest area is breakfast time. I usually don’t have time to make a breakfast after getting my son ready for daycare and getting myself to work. I was wondering if you have any ideas I can make the night before or something I can grab n go but still be in compliance for the primal lifestyle.

    Patrick wrote on January 2nd, 2012
  28. Mark or any one of his equally knowledgeable followers,

    What does the primal blueprint say about coffee? Obviously the processed junk that goes in it most of the time is a no go, but good old wake-you-up black coffee is kosher, right? For those that want it a little more watered down, milk works?


    Justin wrote on May 26th, 2012

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