For those following a keto, Paleo, or gluten-free lifestyle, cutting back on carbs in favor of more protein, veggies, and fats is nothing new. But when it comes to the best meal of the day (breakfast, duh!), cutting carbs out can be tricky no matter how much of a pro you are. Toast, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles… a.m. meals are full of carb-heavy options.
Before you commit to egg whites every morning, though, try making a few of these easy low-carb breakfast ideas. Yes, there are some eggs involved, but there are also pancakes, smoothies, and veggie bowls, so you don't have to be bored while sticking to your goals. Start your day with a low-carb breakfast you actually enjoy.
While tortillas might be out, these Whole30-approved breakfast burritos are the next best thing... although, let's be real, you'll probably want to use a fork. Wrap an omelet around lettuce, tomato, bacon, and avocado, then drizzle with salsa and dig in.
If you're missing easy, on-the-go, handheld breakfast foods like toast or muffins, these easy breakfast cups will make your week. They're filled with spicy chicken sausage, creamy feta, and lots of veggies, so you don't have to worry about getting hungry an hour later.
Low-carb pancakes sound impossible, but keto-friendly almond flour makes it happen. And since they're also made with full-fat cream cheese, eggs, and cinnamon, they won't taste like cardboard, promise. Serve 'em with Greek yogurt, berries, or a drizzle of almond butter.
While some low-carb diets cut out fruit altogether, we're more into moderation. Fruit is nature's candy, right? Plus, strawberries are on the lower end, with about 7 grams per serving, and they're full of potassium and vitamin C. Mix a few with coconut milk, vanilla protein powder, and vanilla extract for an easy, balanced breakfast.
Cauliflower is almost as versatile as potatoes, so it was only a matter of time before we started subbing them in for hash browns. While it doesn't get as crispy, it does taste similar when mixed in with veggies, eggs, salsa, and mashed avocado.
Cinnamon rolls and muffins are two of the least "low-carb" meals you could think of, but these muffins amazingly fit the keto, Paleo, and vegan bill. They're made with almond flour, protein powder, pumpkin purée, and nut or seed butter, and have a Cinnabon-like glaze—breakfast dreams made.
This breakfast casserole doesn't have any dairy or grains, but it will fill you up (and feed you all week long!). It's packed with veggies, like spinach, mushrooms, onion, and tomato, plus eggs and sausage. You can make your own sausage if you're feeling ambitious or just pick up a pack from the grocery store. For Whole30'ers, this Applegate sausage is compliant.