When you have to give up biscuits, toast, waffles, and pancakes, breakfast can seem impossible, but there are plenty of good ideas for low carb breakfasts.
Ideas for Low Carb Breakfasts
While it's true many popular breakfast options revolve around carbs, protein and fat-based choices also abound. For many people, protein breakfasts are actually more filling than their carbohydrate counterparts.
Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs
While eggs are severely limited or even eliminated on low-fat or low-calorie diet, they are welcomed, and even encouraged, on low carb diets. You can eat whole eggs, too, instead of just the whites. It's hard to find a food more versatile than the egg. Scrambled, fried, boiled, or poached, options are limitless. Here are a few ideas for dressing up your eggs.
You'll find a basic recipe at LoveToKnow Recipes. This recipe may be adapted to your taste:
- Add a variety of allowed veggies, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and peppers.
- Add meat, such as chicken breast, steak, ham, bacon, or ground beef.
- Get creative and add seafood. Lobster, crab, oysters, and shrimp are especially tasty options.
- Try different cheeses. Cream cheese with spinach and mushroom offer a decadent twist on the basic omelet, while sharp cheddar with steak strips, peppers, onions, and a dollup of sour cream offers Southwestern flair.
Eggs and Corned Beef
Make sure your corned beef is low in carbs. Simply melt butter in a pan, add crumbled corned beef, and stir until slightly crisp. Pour in lightly whisked eggs, and stir until eggs are done.
Plain old scrambled eggs are great, but they can get boring after a couple days. Dress them up for a new and different taste every time! Simply saute meat or veggies in a pan, pour in whisked eggs, and scramble as usual. Tasty additions include:
- Ground beef, onions, and tomatoes
- Chicken breast, peppers, and onions. After cooking, top with cheese.
- Tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers
- Cream cheese and oysters
- Salmon and cream cheese
Once you've mastered the basics of how to fry an egg, you can make changes and additions for a new taste:
- Miss fried egg sandwiches? Top with a slice of ham, a slice of cheese, and a touch of mayo, and eat with a fork.
- Saute veggies or meat in butter until just done. Carefully crack egg over the veggies or meat and cook slowly until egg whites are set.
- Top with sliced tomatoes
Boiled eggs are perfect for quick and easy low carb breakfasts. Simply boil a batch of eggs and store in the fridge until needed. Add some string cheese and turkey, and breakfast is done.
Low Carb Specialty Items
If you really have to have your typically carbed out breakfasts, you can have them... sort of. Thanks to the proliferation of low carb specialty items by companies such as Atkins, you can find low carb versions of bread and tortillas and mixes for pancakes, muffins, bread, and waffles. These items are not cheap, though. They are also not suitable for use during the weight loss phase of your diet as their carb content is still higher than needed for ketosis and fat burning. Once you've reached your ideal weight and are maintaining, these items can be added into your diet as desired.
Dinner as Breakfast
There is no law that says that breakfast must consist of traditional breakfast foods. Some low carbers mix things up by having traditional lunch and dinner fare as breakfast. Have leftover steak? Eat it for breakfast! You can either eat the steak as is, or combine it with breakfast foods for a more traditional breakfast. For example, a slab of steak on the side of fried or scrambled eggs is divine. Alternately, you can thinly slice the steak and saute it with mushrooms, peppers, and onions. Add the mixture to eggs and create a delicious steak fajita omelet.
Another quick and easy dinner food that tastes great for breakfast is chicken alfredo, minus the pasta, of course. Combine 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup cream in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until butter has melted. Stir in parmesan cheese and season to taste. Pour over cooked chicken breast.