Whether you're on a strict ketogenic diet or just trying to lower your carb intake, you've probably experienced that moment when eggs and bacon just aren't exciting anymore. We're here to help you mix it up with these low carb and keto-friendly breakfast ideas.
Whether you're on a strict ketogenic diet or just trying to lower your carb intake, you've probably experienced that moment when eggs and bacon for the fifth day in a row doesn't sound as exciting as it did on day one. We're here to help you mix it up with these low carb and keto-friendly breakfast ideas. From stuffed peppers to protein waffles, there's something here to help you keep your macros in check every day of the week.
1. Cloud Eggs
Instead of a simple fried egg for breakfast, mix it up-literally! These fluffy goldmines of flavor are made by whipping egg whites until they have the texture of clouds. They've got cheese and green onion baked right into them, and the perfectly runny yolks are topped with a generous dusting of crispy bacon bits. One serving comes in at 13 grams of fat, 1 gram of net carbs, and 13 grams of protein.
Who says cake can't be low carb? After all, you need something to dunk in that bulletproof coffee. This version features rhubarb, which is naturally low in net carbs and adds a nice tang to every bite. Did we mention there's a crumb topping? A slice of this mouthwatering breakfast-appropriate cake clocks in at 29 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs, and 12 grams of protein.
Traditional stuffed peppers usually include rice or other carb-rich grains, but these have been keto-ified. They're filled with Mexican chorizo, mushrooms, onion, and mozzarella cheese, then topped off with an egg and baked until tender. Each stuffed pepper contains 20 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs, and 18 grams of protein.
Non-starchy vegetables and greens are vital to any low carb or keto diet. This shakshuka contains all things green sans all the carbs; spinach, cilantro, and avocado, just to name a few. Unlike pancakes or a side of tater tots, a bowl of this green goodness will keep you feeling full and energized for hours, and comes in at 31 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs, and 19 grams of protein.
If you have keto guests or a family that follows a low carb diet, whip up this caramelized onion and gruy√©re quiche for breakfast. No need to sacrifice that crispy crust that makes quiche so delicious; this one has an almond flour base with just a hint of garlic. A slice of this custardy goodness contains 35 grams of fat, 4 grams of net carbs, and 13 grams of protein.
Broaden your breakfast horizons-there's a whole world of low carb options out there, starting with this take on cilbir, a traditional Turkish dish made with full fat yogurt. This particular recipe calls for a fried egg cooked in ghee, herby avocado relish, and a generous drizzle of spicy harissa butter, yielding meal that's high in fat and low in carbs. A serving comes in at 42 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs, and 14 grams of protein.
The way you serve your breakfast can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to staying the course with a low carb or keto diet. Switch up your go-to avocado and egg breakfast by baking the eggs right inside the avocados. Not only are these boats fun to eat; they're also chock full of healthy fats and protein. Each egg boat contains 19 grams of fat, 2 grams of net carbs, and 8 grams of protein.
When you're following a low-carb or keto diet (and frankly, even if you're not), easy, make-ahead, grab-and-go breakfasts can be a lifesaver on busy mornings. Enter these fajita egg cups, a dream combination of meal preppable, cheesy, and packed with enough heat and flavor to wake you up on your commute to work. One fajita cup will provide you with 8 grams of fat, 3 grams of net carbs, and 11 grams of protein.
This quiche is no-nonense, which means no fuss for you whether it's a Monday morning or a slow Saturday. Best of all, the recipe calls for whole, minimally-processed ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge. The eggs are so fluffy that you won't even miss the crust! One slice of this quiche comes with 36 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbs, and 17 grams of protein.
You've tried zoodles with meatballs and marinara for dinner, now turn them into breakfast! Simply swirl spiralized zucchini into nests, crack an egg in the center, and bake until the white is set and the yolk is cooked to your liking. You'll be left with a totally twirlable dish that comes in at 20 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs, and 10 grams of protein.
Italian food isn't all carbs, and this frittata proves that! It's full of non-starchy vegetables like zucchini and asparagus, fresh tomatoes, plenty of fresh and dried herbs, and a whole tub of ricotta to make it ultra creamy. A slice of this frittata will provide you with 34 grams of fat, 11 grams of net carbs, and 28 grams of protein.
Butter, butter, and more butter! This classic French omelette is a keto dream come true. It contains a tablespoon and a half of butter, but you can add more if you like. Like any proper French omelette, the inside is creamy and soft, while the outside is just barely firm. Each butter-laden omelette clocks in at 32 grams of fat, 1 gram of net carbs, and 19 grams of protein.
If you're strictly keto but hankering for something sweet first thing in the morning, try these keto pumpkin spice waffles. With a great balance of nutrients and moutwatering flavor, they'll surely do trick! Each waffle contains 18 grams of fat, 7 grams of net carbs, and 15 grams of protein.
Want all the bright, tart, and spicy flavors of Mexican food without the carb-heavy corn and beans? Grab a cast iron skillet and make this healthy frittata topped with pico de gallo. It comes together quickly and has enough protein and fat to fuel you until lunchtime rolls around. A slice contains 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of net carbs, and 16 grams of protein.