Eggs can be delicious and they are certainly a good option for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast.
That said, eating eggs every morning can get old pretty fast. Sick and tired of eating eggs every morning? Here are 7 tasty options for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast with nary an egg in sight.
1. Cauliflower Tots
Cauliflower tater tots are a delicious and healthier alternative to traditional potato-based tater tots. Made with cauliflower florets as the main ingredient, these tots offer a creative way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet while still enjoying a classic comfort food.
Try our Keto Cauliflower Tots recipe here! Only 4 Net Carbs per serving!
2. Keto Muffins
We know that sometimes finding delicious and satisfying breakfast options can be a challenge when following a keto diet. However, worry not! We have included two of our most scrumptious copycat recipes in the breakfast category, posted on our recipes! These two mouthwatering keto muffin recipes will revolutionize your mornings. Say hello to Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins made with coconut flour and Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins made with almond flour. These low-carb treats will not only keep you on track with your keto lifestyle but also satisfy your cravings for a delectable breakfast.
3. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is one of the best protein sources out there, with 1 cup packing 22 grams of protein. Plain is a better choice than flavored varieties when you are trying to minimize your carb intake. Plain yogurt might not sound all that appealing, but there are ways to mix it up and make it an almost decadent treat.
Top it with nuts like pecans and walnuts, throw in some berries, and try a sprinkle of flax seed or chia seed. You can also try it with some low-carb grain options, like quinoa, wheat germ, or oat bran. This is another breakfast item with a lot of possible variety. You could eat Greek yogurt several times a week and have it be very different each time.
If you’re not a fan of greek yogurt, try cottage cheese. This is another fast and easy high-protein, low-carb way to fuel your day. Try it with some fruit, like berries or cantaloupe. Cottage cheese is relatively low-carb, but it has a high-enough carbohydrate count that you probably shouldn’t eat this one every day or in huge quantity.
4. Keto Granola
What better to put in your morning yogurt than low carb granola? Our paleo coconut cacao nib granola recipe is just 4 net carbs per serving, and takes less than 30 minutes to make from scratch!
Don’t have the 30 minutes to spare? No problem! We linked our favorite keto granolas below for you to check out:
5. Low-Carb Pancakes or Waffles
Pancakes and waffles, even if they require eggs, are not egg dishes and they make a hearty and satisfying breakfast. The key to these pancakes and waffles is using low-carb choices like almond meal, coconut flour, and flaxseed instead of traditional wheat flour along with high-protein ingredients like eggs, cream cheese, and cottage cheese.
There are plenty of pre-made mixes available for sale, making this keto breakfast preparation as easy as it can get! See our favorite mixes below.
You’ll want to avoid the traditional carb-heavy syrup to top your waffles. Instead, experiment with things like a little greek yogurt and some berries or some nut butter. You can also make syrup substitute by combining greek yogurt with a little bit of maple syrup, a splash of milk, and some cinnamon. You’ll get the same flavors but in a nutritional package that fits into your high-protein, low-carb diet.
You can also puree some fruit to make a substitute fruit syrup. Stick to berries to stay as low-carb as possible. Or, you can use chia seeds and fruit to make a tasty jam that tastes great spread on waffles or pancakes. Just mash up a few cups of fruit and mix in a few tablespoons of chia seeds. The consistency will become jam-like within a few minutes. You can blend the mixture if you prefer to have the texture to be a bit more smooth.
6. Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon is a brunch staple, but there are more ways to enjoy it than just on top of a bagel or with eggs. There are a number of ways to enjoy smoked salmon during the first meal of the day.
A plate of Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites can really hit the spot. The Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles from Giada De Laurentiis look and taste like something you’d be served at a classy catered event. The Avocado Salmon Boats from The Nourished Caveman are a novel way to stop your breakfast boredom, and both the nutritional makeup and the taste receive high marks.
7. Chia Seed Porridge
Porridge is a traditional breakfast dish but not one that is typically low-carb friendly. Porridge made with chia seeds offers a hearty low-carb dish with plenty of protein. There is also quite a bit of room for variation with chia porridge. Best of all, chia seed porridge couldn’t be any easier to make. Just mix chia seeds and any spices or other mix-ins with your milk or coconut cream base and let it sit for at least a few hours. It works best to let it sit in the fridge overnight. Top with desired toppings and enjoy.
To really maximize your protein content, try using a mixture of greek yogurt and almond milk as your base. You can also try mixing in some low-carb protein powder. Finally, you can add some extra protein by topping your porridge with some nuts or flax seed.
Once you make it a few times from recipes, you should try experimenting with different flavor variations to suit your personal tastes. If you love pumpkin flavors, try Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding from Lisa at Low Carb Yum. If you can’t get enough java, try this decadent Mocha Chia Breakfast from Libby at Ditch the Carbs.
8. Breakfast Smoothie
A smoothie can be a great way to start the day, and the possible variations are almost endless. There are a lot of great recipes out there, but the breakfast smoothie is also something that can be somewhat improvisatory. Good high-protein and low-carb ingredients to include in your breakfast smoothie include:
- milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, etc.)
- greek yogurt
- low-carb protein powder
- chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts
- nut butters, like peanut butter or almond butter
- leafy greens like spinach
- low-carb fruits, especially berries
A fun smoothie variation that is becoming pretty popular is the smoothie bowl, and this is another great choice for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast. A smoothie bowl might be a little bit thicker and is eaten with a spoon. The major benefit of a smoothie bowl is that toppings are a must. Toppings add a different level of dimension in terms of both texture and flavor and they can also be a great way to add more protein. Good toppings are nuts, seeds, and berries, but you can get creative. Beverly Meyer has put together a great guide to making a low-carb smoothie bowl.
9. Dinner for Breakfast
Who says your breakfast has to consist only of traditional breakfast foods? You might have to overcome an intrinsic bias based on habit, but eating foods not traditionally enjoyed in the morning is a great way to mix up your routine. Try enjoying a chicken breast and some asparagus first thing. Or you could enjoy a high-protein, low-carb salad. You can even tear into a bunless hamburger or a juicy steak. Hearty foods that you enjoy can and should be enjoyed at any time of day.
Some nontraditional breakfast meals to try:
- A salad from Livestrong’s list of High-Protein Low-Carb Salads
- Steak With Skillet Tomatoes and Spicy Green Beans from Real Simple
- Pan Fried Porkchops from Caveman Keto
- Oven “Grilled” Asian Chicken Thighs from Ruled Me
- Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole from Low Carb Yum
Don’t hold yourself back by thinking you can only eat certain kinds of foods in the morning. If you like it and it fits your high-protein, low-carb needs, enjoy it first thing. You’ll be powered up for the day and your tastebuds will be happy as well. It’s certainly a refreshing change from an endless stream of eggs.
These 7 high-protein, low-carb breakfast ideas are “eggsactly” what the doctor ordered if you’re sick of eating eggs each morning. With variety, ideal nutritional profiles, and tantalizing tastes, these meals will have you going to bed each night with your mouth watering at the idea of the next morning’s feast. Eggs are still a good breakfast choice for those eating high-protein and low-carb, and you may return to them one day, but these alternate options will leave you more than satisfied in the meantime.
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