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14 Low-Carb Breakfasts That Go Way Beyond Eggs

Greatist logo Greatist 2016-06-01 Jenna Kaufman-Ross

Everywhere you look, people are taking all sorts of measures to reduce their daily dose of carbs. In the new low-carb wonderland, starch-free stand-ins like zoodles and cauliflower rice have emerged to provide endless nutrient-dense lunch and dinner possibilities. But what about that first meal of the day? Where do you turn when cereal and bagels are off-limits?

If you're trying to cut back on carbs, breakfast can quickly start to feel unbelievably mundane (Oh, eggs... again). Lucky for you, we’ve got 14 delicious low-carb recipes you can whip up faster than you can say "hold the toast, please."

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Crustless Mini Quiche © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Crustless Mini Quiche
Photo: Will Cook for Friends

Carbs per serving: 2 grams

Who doesn't love a hand-held quiche? Perfect for a satisfying and portable breakfast, this meal also comes with a whopping 11 grams of protein. Enjoy infinite possibilities of veggie combinations.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Cloud Bread Cheese Danish © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Cloud Bread Cheese Danish
Photo: Low Carb Yum

Carbs per serving: 1.1 grams

Thanks to the cloud bread base—which is made with cream cheese and eggs—each Danish has a surprising amount of protein and virtually no sugar. Enjoy one (or two) to start your day on a delicious note.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Grain Free Granola © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Grain Free Granola
Photo: Minimalist Baker

Carbs per serving: 10.6 grams

This recipe replaces rolled oats with nuts (hello, healthy fats!) and has much less sugar than most traditional granolas. Sprinkle it on a serving of protein-packed Greek yogurt for a more complete breakfast, or just grab a handful to munch as you run out the door.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Low-Carb Burrito © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Low-Carb Burrito
Photo: Chirpy

Carbs per serving: 8 grams

This burrito is basically the love child of a BLT and an omelet. You can sub in turkey bacon to make it even lighter, but either way, with 14 grams of high-quality protein, this breakfast certainly beats the fast-food kind.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Smoked Salmon Egg-Stuffed Avocado © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Smoked Salmon Egg-Stuffed Avocado
Photo: Grok Grub

Carbs per serving: 13 grams

Packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, thanks to the salmon, and cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats, thanks to the avocado, you have our permission to grab a spoon and dig in. No plates or bowls necessary.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Breakfast Stuffed Peppers © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
Photo: Paleo Leap

Carbs per serving: 14 grams

Get your daily dose of vitamin C with this antioxidant-rich meal.1 (Seriously, did you know that yellow bell peppers actually have way more vitamin C than your average orange?) It's veggies stuffed with more veggies. 'Nuff said.

Works Cited

  1. Antioxidant activities of different colored sweet bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). Sun T, Xu Z, Wu CT. Journal of food science, 2007, Dec.;72(2):1750-3841.
Low-Carb Breakfasts: Paleo Instant Oatmeal © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Paleo Instant Oatmeal
Photo: Cook Eat Paleo

Carbs per serving: 23 grams

If you said a tearful goodbye to carb-heavy oatmeal ages ago, now is your time to rejoice. This recipe combines shredded coconut, almond flour, and cashew milk for a dish that won't leave you hangry mid-morning. Just consider it comfort in a bowl with way fewer carbs.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Paleo Bagels © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Paleo Bagels
Photo: Elana's Pantry

Carbs per serving: 8 grams

No, we aren't duping you. This is a high-protein (12 grams), low-carb bite with all that everything-bagel essence sprinkled on top. Our recommendation: Schmear each side with cream cheese, layer with smoked salmon, and top with sliced red onion. Mind. Blown.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Berry Nut Low-Carb Cereal © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Berry Nut Low-Carb Cereal
Photo: The Low-Carb Diet

Carbs per serving: 13 grams

For those with no time in the morning, this one is almost as easy as pouring cereal from the box—but less processed and without all the added sugar. Antioxdant-loaded almonds, walnuts, and pecans replace your usual grains, while berries add a perfect level of sweetness.1

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Roasted Eggplant Shaksuka © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Roasted Eggplant Shaksuka
Photo: The Brick Kitchen

Carbs per serving: 16 grams

Want to impress your friends? Serve this super healthy, restaurant-quality shakshuka right out of the pan. The eggplant offers a good dose of fiber, while oozy eggs and crumbled feta ensure every bite is packed with flavor.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Coconut Flour Pancakes © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Coconut Flour Pancakes
Photo: Girl Versus Dough

Carbs per serving: 2.75 grams

Just because you’re eating low-carb doesn't mean you can't have your (pan)cake and eat it too. Coconut flour comes to the rescue here as a fiber-rich alternative to all-purpose flour. Feeling wild? Treat yourself to one tablespoon of maple syrup (13 g carbs), and you'll still be within a low-carb quota.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Sunrise Benedict © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Sunrise Benedict
Photo: Chirpy

Carbs per serving: 16 grams

Say goodbye to those mid-morning munchies. This high-protein (30 grams!) power benny will keep you going all morning long, thanks to the portobello mushroom that takes the place of your usual English muffin. Need a quick egg-poaching tutorial? Check it out here!

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Caprese Frittata © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Caprese Frittata
Photo: Cafe Delites

Carbs per serving: 1.8 grams

It's basically a margherita breakfast pizza with tangy balsamic on a high-protein egg crust. And unlike many low-carb recipes, this one is also low in calories, with just 108 per serving.

Low-Carb Breakfasts: Blueberry Protein Pops © Provided by Greatist, Inc. Low-Carb Breakfasts: Blueberry Protein Pops
Photo: Capturing Joy

Carbs per serving: 7 grams

Using just three ingredients—low-glycemic blueberries, coconut milk, and yogurt—these cool, summery treats could easily be served as a poolside snack. We suggest pairing with your fave protein source for a more complete and filling breakfast.

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