Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

Thinking about switching to a low carb breakfast?

When the low carb buzz initially hit, I have to say I wasn’t an immediate fan.

Most of all, I hated how certain foods were villainized almost overnight.

As you know, I do believe that all foods can be enjoyed in moderation within a healthy diet.

However, if you have diabetes or you are trying to lose weight, research suggests that following a lower carb diet plan can be extremely beneficial.

When I refer to low carb, however, I do not mean the exclusion of fruits and vegetables from your diet. I also don’t mean a diet that is extremely high in processed meats, such as sausages and bacon.

So, what is a healthy low carb diet plan?

Of course, the answer to this will depend on your long-term goals, but your diet plan may look something like this:

  • Lots of fresh vegetables
  • Moderate amounts of fresh fruits
  • Zero, or very little, white carbs (e.g. white bread, pasta, rice), and wholegrains when you do eat grains (e.g brown rice, oats)
  • Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, beef, all fish, and also eggs
  • Moderate amounts of dairy foods
  • Fats from healthy sources, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, nut butters and oily fish
  • Low intake of added sugars

So, what is a low carb breakfast?

Some people find that when they switch to a lower carb eating plan, that trying to find a suitable low carb breakfast is a big challenge.

One reason for this, is that most people in Western societies associate breakfast with carb-rich foods, like cereals and breads. As I’ve already hinted, I’m not anti-carb, but these choices are nothing more than empty calories, in many instances.

One of the easiest ways to get around this, though, is to think of low carb breakfast ideas that are slightly more lunch-like in nature.

I know it can seem difficult to get into the way of cooking first thing in the morning, when you’re so used to simply opening a packet.

However, there are lots of quick, easy and healthy options for you to try out. So, here’s just a few.

Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

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1. Eggs

Eggs are a wonderfully versatile food, and they are my favorite breakfast option at present. In fact, I’ve written an article just about having eggs for breakfast.

A vegetable frittata is a great way to use up leftover vegetables from the night before. You can really put any vegetables you want in there. I’ve shared my zucchini frittata recipe before on this article.

Another option is to scramble eggs with some leftover vegetables and a little cheese. Or, an omelet is another alternative.

If you want something a bit simpler, go for a boiled or poached egg. That’s almost as simple as a low carb breakfast gets.

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S Wheelock October 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Though not low-carb my breakfast is cheap & gives me a good start on my fibre intake for the day – weetbix (fortified with vitamins & minerals), a scoop of ‘no added sugar’ muesli & 1-2 tablespoons of raisins (for sweetness) with low-fat milk. Keeps hunger at bay until lunchtime

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Melanie October 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

That’s a nice idea, too. Sometimes I will have high fiber cereal with a probiotic yogurt on top, some milk and chopped almonds.

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GiGi October 27, 2011 at 4:35 am

BUTTERNUT SQUASH + EGG WHITES

PEA PROTEIN + EGG WHITES

RICE BRAN PROTEIN + PUREED PUMPKIN + EGG WHITES

HARD BOILED EGGS + SUN DRIED TOMATOES + CAPERS + OLIVES + GREEN BEANS

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Melanie October 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hi Gigi,
Do you have a recipe for the butternut squash and eggs? Or, do you eat the two separately?

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Jurga October 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

A great article with some interesting breakfast ideas, Melanie! My favourite low-carb breakfast is Rachel’s Organic Greek Style Coconut yoghurt mixed with a handful of fresh blueberries/strawberries/raspberries, 2tbsp milled flaxseed, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pecan or walnuts and goji berries. It keeps me going till the lunchtime! :)

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Melanie October 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

That sounds AMAZING, Jurga, and really quick to put together. I love Rachel’s Organic yogurt’s. Thanks for the idea :-)

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Doug November 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm

During the week, I usually scramble up some eggs with some sauteed veggies or chug down a protein shake.

But on weekends, when I am not so rushed for time, I try to make something a bit better for myself…like these Tomato Egg Cups

http://www.healthhabits.ca/2009/05/08/tomato-egg-cups/

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Melanie November 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

That recipe looks totally amazing, Doug. Thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely try it :-)

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Taleen January 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Mark is loving this article!!! Printing now!! Hehe :)

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Anders Reginald February 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Dear Melanie,

I have recently started eating raw breakfast oats (Tiger or Jungle oats) + Greek yoghurt + juice and I have scrunk from size Large XXX to Large in three weeks.

I am disabled and can’t do conventional exercises so I do rebounding on a mini trampoline and I also use a stepper.

My ankles used to swell terrible – now cured
I used to have high blood pressure – now cured
I had some kind of urinary inconcinence – now cured
Other internal organs also strengthened.

NASA in the USA have officially stated in a report that rebounding is the most effective exercise ever invented by man as all the cells in the body are exercised simultaneously with the constant bouncing between +gravity and -gravity on the trampoline.

It is the perfect exercise for a disabledd person like me.

I am now concentrating on dieting – especially breakfast but need portion sizez of the ingredients listed above.

I have subscribed to your service and I am busy reading your first book.

Thank you,

Reg

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Melanie March 19, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hi Anders,
Thanks for getting in contact. It’s great to read about your success, I’m so happy you’ve found something that really works for you. i also hope you find the ebook and newsletters useful :-)

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Mary Lou April 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Hello Anders,

I have diabetes and my doctor recently put me on insulin; said this will save my life, eyes and kidneys. I feel like a loser because, now, I have to use insulin, aside from all the other meds I am taking. &, so angry at myself, but I see a future for myself, and I do need to change my eating habits. It’s my life, my control.
I am motivated by your story. Part of my self healing will be to start on the low carb diet for two weeks to start me off. Then I will monitor my food intake with a lower carb count. I am interested in where to purchase “Tiger or Jungle oats”, Where is it sold? I hope to be as successful as you. Thanks!
Mary Lou

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Deb@nutritioneclinic April 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

Those breaky ideas are really great… and some would make good lunches too!

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