The easiest thing to do for breakfast is pick up a bagel or muffin on the go, but what about when you’re trying to start the morning off the healthy way? The truth of the matter is that incorporating low-carb breakfast ideas into your diet can promote better eating all day long. “Without a good breakfast, many people struggle to get control over their eating,” says John Briffa, MB, a nutritionist and the author of The True You Diet. “The most common breakfasts—packaged cereals and toast—tend not to satisfy the appetite for long and provoke low blood sugar, which stimulates appetite, particularly for sweet, starchy food.”
That isn’t to say that indulging in carbs for your a.m. meal is always a bad thing, but it is helpful to have low-carb breakfast ideas on hand. You see, we’re all for being prepared, especially since you may find yourself a little bit stumped as to what to grab when you rid your pantry of English muffins and oatmeal. Never fear—we rounded up 10 satisfying low-carb breakfast recipes that you’ll look forward to making (and eating).
GOAT CHEESE SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH PESTO VEGGIES
The popular breakfast protein gets a major update in the form of runny scrambled eggs topped with tons of goat cheese. Also on the platter? A sautée of fresh kale, pesto, pumpkin seeds, and sun-dried tomatoes (talk about filling).
SAKARA-STYLE MINT CHIP SMOOTHIE
Craving something sweet to wake you up? Well, leave it to Sakara to make a frosty beverage that you can enjoy guilt-free: A mint-flavored smoothie crafted from almond milk, banana, mint, coconut oil, spinach, and hemp seeds. The addition of watermelon chunks combined with the greens makes it more substantial (you won’t need a snack before lunch).
BREAKFAST CHOCOLATE FROZEN YOGURT
Ice cream for breakfast? Okay, not quite, but this breakfast frozen yogurt whipped up from Greek yogurt, almond milk, Nesquik chocolate powder, and your favorite sweetener is so satisfying. Throw on some fresh fruit to make it a bit heartier.
BAKED EGGS WITH GOAT CHEESE AND CHIVES FOR ONE
How cute is this low-carb breakfast idea? Eggs mixed with goat cheese and chives are baked up in a ramekin until they’re just right. (By the way, you can make more than one at once if you have company or just want extra for the week).
ZUCCHINI LOW-CARB MUFFINS WITH TAHINI
We were sold when we heard “low-carb muffins.” Leave it to Food Faith Fitness to show us a morning treat that’s also dairy-, gluten-, and sugar-free. Grated zucchini, almond meal, and tahini are mixed up with the regulars plus monk fruit sweetener (zero calories!) for an airy, satisfying muffin that’s awesome for breakfast on the go.
BAKED EGGS IN STUFFED PEPPERS
We’ve had stuffed peppers for dinner before, but never as an a.m. treat. All that ends with Foodie Crush’s delectable baked egg dish with sweet multicolored peppers as the vessels. What else is in the peppers? Some butternut squash hash, ricotta, feta, and just a drizzle of Brandy on top, all cooked up in a rich tomato sauce.
FESTIVE FRUIT WITH VANILLA ROOIBOS SYRUP
A colorful fruit salad like this is something to wake up for. The brightness comes from persimmons, grapefruit, satsumas, Bosc pears, and pomegranate, all topped with a yummy dressing of maple syrup, ground cinnamon, rosemary, and vanilla rooibos tea.
Although bread is usually dipped in shakshuka to soak it all up, you can opt for something lighter like pita (or just exercise a little self-control with the carbs). The easy Middle Eastern dish involves baking eggs in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with red pepper, while this version also calls for some artichoke hearts and feta. Oh, and it’s simple to throw together when you’re having friends for brunch.
EGG MUFFINS WITH HAM
These four-ingredient egg muffins are something to write home about (they’re the modern-day version of green eggs and ham). All you need to do is mix together eggs, ham, kale, and cauliflower rice (homemade or store-bought), and pour the “batter” into muffin tins. Finish by baking for about 20 minutes or until the tops start to brown. PS: They also freeze well.
GO-TO SMOOTHIE BOWL
All you need is five minutes to reach smoothie bowl success. Blend together frozen berries and bananas, and then add coconut milk (or almond milk) and a dash of protein powder until the consistency becomes similar to froyo. Top with any of your favorites, including fresh strawberries, chia seeds, and even coconut flakes.