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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Tree nut phytochemicals: composition, antioxidant capacity, bioactivity, impact factors. A systematic review of almonds, Brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. Bolling BW, Chen CY, McKay DL. Nutrition research reviews, 2011, Dec.;24(2):1475-2700.
Carbs per serving: 14 grams Get your daily dose of vitamin C with this antioxidant-rich meal.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. (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.