Eating a low carb diet can seem like a death knell for breakfast – say goodbye to those fluffy pancakes and tasty toast. But there are plenty of delicious low carb breakfast ideas out there such as eggs, smoothies, and even specialized low carb cereal brands. Protein should be a mainstay at any breakfast, and low carb dieters have an excuse to pump the protein up even more than usual. Protein will keep you full and your brain running well until lunchtime. If you must have some carbs at breakfast, remember that whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are good choices as they contain lots of fiber, which does not count in net carb measurements. Here are ten low carb breakfast ideas you should try.
My 10 Go-To Low Carb Breakfast Ideas in the Morning
- Eggs are a great choice for the low carb dieter. Enjoy them scrambled, poached, boiled, or in an omelette.
- If you would like some vegetables with your eggs, make a fritatta by sautéing some vegetables – broccoli or spinach are good choices – then pouring whisked egg into the pan and popping it all in the oven for ten minutes or so.
- Plain Greek yogurt is also a friend to low carb dieters. It contains a lot of protein, little fat, and almost no carbs. Top your yogurt with some high-fiber fruit, like berries or an apple, for an extra morning boost. My favorite brand of Greek Yogurt is Fage yogurt, but most of them are very healthy.
- Some people prefer to drink their breakfast, which can be in the form of a smoothie made with yogurt, milk, fruit, and/or vegetables. You could even throw some peanut or almond butter into the blender to up the protein content.
- Meat eaters can also be glad they are allowed to enjoy sausage and bacon on a low carb diet. Enjoy your favorite breakfast meat alongside some eggs or yogurt.
- For big breakfast eaters, a Full English Breakfast without the toast will fuel you past lunchtime with hardly any carbs. Fry up two eggs, some bacon and sausage. Saute mushrooms and tomatoes, the enjoy it all.
- If you are a staunch cereal eater, know that there are several healthy options for you. The healthier options are made with soy protein and whole grains to add fiber and keep net carb counts low. Try Kay’s Natural Proteins Cereal or my personal favorite, Nutritious Living’s Hi-Lo Cereal.
- For those of you who are too busy for a sit down breakfast, grab a healthy protein bars to eat during your commute. Check the nutrition facts for high protein, at least three grams of fiber, and less than five grams of net carbs.
- If you still miss those fluffy pancakes, you can make great low carb pancakes by substituting almond flour and whey protein for regular flour. You’ll get rid of all those carbs and boost the protein content of the pancakes.
- You can still make muffins, too, on a low carb diet. Like pancakes, you can use almond flour and flax meal or another whole grain flour in place of regular flour. Use Splenda or Stevia instead of sugar.
As you can see, there are tons of low carb breakfast ideas to get and keep you going with as few net carbs as possible. You can even enjoy carb-like foods – pancakes, muffins – by using almond flour in place of regular flour. So choose some foods from the above list, and start enjoying your low carb breakfasts!