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If you are struggling with what to eat for breakfast while on a low-carb, keto diet, then you certainly aren't alone. The low-carb breakfast problem is a common concern for many.
Going low carb with your diet can mean a lot of changes to your habits and meal choices. And when it comes to breakfast, it can be hard to know what to look to when classic preparations of traditional options like cereal, toast, muffins, and pancakes are off the table. Getting creative is key to success, and this can definitely feel daunting at first.
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is it? Is it really necessary, or can you skip it if you want to?
The best rule of thumb to decide whether or not you should eat first thing in the morning is to listen to your body.
If you are hungry? Eat. If you aren't? Don't.
As Dr. Berg explains in this video, if you want to continue to lose weight and burn fat as fuel, then it is important not to eat when you aren't hungry. If you aren't hungry in the morning, let your body remain in fasting mode where it will continue to burn fat. In this case, it is best to eat your breakfast a little later or even wait for lunch if you can.
Waiting for lunch can actually be ideal, allowing you to skip one meal and eat less overall throughout your day.
What makes a healthy low-carb breakfast choice?
If you are one of those people that is hungry in the morning and has an appetite at the start the day, then it is important to choose your breakfast foods wisely.
So what are the best low-carb breakfast foods?
Most importantly, we recommend that protein play a starring role on your morning plate. Starting your day with protein can help you with weight loss, blood sugar function, energy levels, and more.
When you eat higher amounts of protein at breakfast, you'll likely feel more full, longer, and experience better stabilized blood sugar and energy. This can help with weight loss.
We love protein-packed foods like eggs, bacon, sausage, pulled pork, and baked goods that are low carb and made out of alternative ingredients like almond flour. All of these foods make for great high-protein, low-carb breakfast choices.
11 of our favorite low-carb breakfast recipes
Our list of low-carb breakfast ideas includes quick and easy low-prep dishes, grab-and-go options, and gourmet choices for a weekend at home with the family.
Quick and easy recipes
A unique spin on a traditional scramble, this recipe is packed with protein. It also gives you a healthy serving of greens and fats. Make the shredded beef ahead of time, so that you can throw this dish together in just about 10 minutes.
Who doesn't love to dig into a stack of pancakes? While you might not think of pancakes as a no-carb breakfast choice, the pancakes in this recipe are actually gluten-free and low carb made with high-protein almond meal. They are also super fluffy and sure to leave you satisfied. They pair great with a side of bacon or sausage.
Taking just a few minutes to whip up, this omelet is an easy option to add to your morning routine for a carb-free breakfast. The veggies are quickly cooked in butter and coconut oil, giving you a healthy serving of fats to start your day.
This keto biscuit can be prepared in the microwave in just one minute, making it a great option for throwing together a fast breakfast. Use it to make a tasty low-carb breakfast sandwich, adding toppings like eggs, cheddar cheese, and sausage. The recipe is gluten-free and grain-free, too, so it is handy for all sorts of dietary restrictions.
Recipe notes: If you have a few extra minutes (especially if you are making these ahead of time), you can bake the biscuits in the oven for even better results.
Make this delicious keto bacon and egg bombs ahead of time. They are easy to grab on the go, so when you are short on time in the morning you can pop a few in your mouth and head out the door. Alternatively, pack some in a to-go container and bring them with you so you've got something on hand when you are ready to eat later on.
If you want an easy, protein-packed morning snack, hard-boiled eggs are always a great on-the-go option. Check out this recipe, which helps you make the perfect hard-boiled egg every single time. This make-ahead breakfast choice couldn't be simpler.
Feeling jealous of those people at the coffee shop who grab a muffin with their morning coffee? A super easy, on-the-go breakfast choice is a muffin. But can muffins really be low carb, high in protein, and allowed on a keto diet? They sure can. This recipe is packed with nut flour and chopped nuts, making the muffins a high-in-protein, low-carb alternative. The best part? All you've got to do to prepare them is to combine the ingredients in a blender and put them in the oven.
Weekend favorite recipes
When you think of waffles, you probably think carbs, carbs, and more carbs. But whoever said you couldn't avoid carbs and still have waffles at the same time? Give this waffle recipe a try, which is low carb and keto. It is made out of almond flour and tastes just as good as the original. Add a side of bacon, eggs, or sausage and top with some butter to make the most of the meal.
Another family favorite and crowd pleaser is french toast. But you wouldn't normally think of this option when you think of eating on a low-carb diet. Fortunately, this recipe has got you covered for all your french toast cravings. It is made with gluten-free keto bread, which you can bake yourself ahead of time to use in the recipe.
Looking to impress guests with a meal that is low carb? This beautiful keto breakfast plate is as great looking as it is great tasting. With eggs, avocados, pork, and some tasty garnishes, it makes a hearty, wholesome meal that is sure to impress.
Opening up the oven and taking out a casserole on a weekend morning is an easy choice for a family meal. This low-carb breakfast casserole is a great keto alternative. It is baked in a skillet and made into a frittata filled with asparagus, served with bacon and avocado on the side. Simple but delicious, this frittata is a great way to start the weekend.
Check out more of our favorite breakfast recipes here, including Bacon and Spinach Breakfast, Mouth Melting Bacon, and Eggs with Grass-fed Sausage and a Kale Shake.
What do you like to eat for breakfast? What are your favorite go-to low-carb recipes? We would love to hear from you.