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Low-carb Foods for Breakfast

Marian K Dec 12, 2018
A sudden switch to low-carb breakfast food can often be overwhelming, as it eliminates many of our staple breakfast options, such as bread, cereals, bagels, and waffles. Here are some low-carbohydrate breakfast food options given for you.
Before deciding on low-carb breakfast food, you should first understand which foods are low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are classified as simple and complex, and are present in all foods at varying degrees. They are high in starchy vegetables, bread, and sugars.
Most people follow a low-carb diet as a way to deal with diabetes, and thus focus more on proteins, fiber, and fats. Some people also follow this diet as a means to lose weight, but its effectiveness is disputed.
The rule followed by most low-carb diets is to focus on meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs and some non-starchy vegetables, and the exclusion or limited use of most grains, beans, fruits, breads, sweets, pastas, and starchy vegetables. Some low-carb diet plans allow fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains.

Low-carb Food Items for Breakfast


There are so many ways to prepare eggs and they make a nutritious and wholesome, low-carbohydrate breakfast food. You can also have some sausages or bacon along with your eggs.
Another way to have eggs is in an open face egg sandwich with cheese. Just mash a boiled egg with a little bit of cream, sprinkle it with salt and pepper, and pile it up on a slice of toasted 100% whole grain bread. If you fry your eggs, and are craving hash browns, make them with jicama instead of potatoes.


Fruits are a very good option for low-carb breakfast food, and in their natural form, require no preparation! You can include apples, oranges, bananas and grapes in different forms in your breakfast.
One popular combination is cantaloupe and cottage cheese. One cup of sliced cantaloupe has only about 16 g of carbohydrates. Together they are a great source of protein, calcium, and vitamins. You can also include a glass of fresh orange juice to complete your breakfast.


Most cereals have a high carbohydrate content. However, there are some cereals that are low in carbohydrates, hence make perfect low-carb breakfast food.
While most low-carb diets do not include cereals, if you want them to be a part of your breakfast, be very careful to pick out special low-carb ones.


Plain or fruit-flavored yogurt is another great option. You could safely have about a cup of yogurt combined with frozen berries, and nuts or flax seed for a quick low-carbohydrate breakfast food option.

Low-carb Breakfast Recipes

Low-carb Burrito

This is a great option for the days you have a burrito craving. First make the scrambled eggs and add some jalapenos to it. Put the jalapeno eggs in a low-carb tortilla, and finish with cheese and salsa.

Almond Blueberry Pie

This is so yummy, even those not on a low-carb diet love it. You need about 1/3 cup almond meal, 1 egg, ¼ cup blueberries and sweetener and flavoring. Whisk the egg and add the almond meal along with 2 tablespoons of water, and microwave it on high for about 45 seconds. Now add the blueberries and any flavorings, and microwave for 45 - 60 more seconds.

Breakfast Shake

Breakfast shakes are tasty and keep you going for several hours. Milk, bananas, and almonds go great together. A slightly unusual, but filling and nutritious concoction is to blend together a cup of milk with 1 scoop vanilla or chocolate low-carb protein powder, ½ a cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal, sweetener to taste and 3 - 4 ice cubes.
Another easy to make low-carb breakfast recipe is strawberry smoothie. Take 1 cup skim milk, 1 cup fresh strawberries, and 1 tbsp. soy flour. Put all these ingredients into a blender and mix them for about 1 minute.
If the strawberries are not sweet enough, you can add either sugar or an artificial sweetener. Pour the delicious smoothie in a glass and decorate with a few small pieces of strawberry.
These are some suggestions that you can incorporate into your low-carb breakfast plan. However, the ideal way to go about it is to first identify all low-carb foods, and then come up with your own low-carb breakfast food option, using ingredients you like.
Also, remember that a certain amount of carbs are essential for everybody. So before drawing up any kind of diet plan, consult a qualified dietitian.