11 Quick Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas for Your Busiest Mornings
Mornings are so much to ask of a person.
Pajamas are more comfortable than business casual, covers are more inviting than commutes, and alarms? Those things are just plain rude. And after you hit the snooze button for the seventh time and do a couple scrolls through puppies on Instagram, suddenly you’re left with a lot less time than originally anticipated.
Hopefully, one day we’ll finally learn. But alas, here we are.
To ease those cortisol levels that always seem to spike circa 7 a.m., you need your morning to run smoothly. Because while a quasi-regular adrenaline rush is nice, it’s in no way sustainable.
To navigate you through your personal morning rush hour, you need some readily available, quick breakfast ideas. This seems to be a growing challenge ever since you started a low-carb diet, but don’t worry — we got you.
Tips to Make Sure Your Morning Goes According to Plan
We have 11 low-carb recipes to power you through the morning. But before we “go there,” we want to have a heart-to-heart on your morning routine. Because if you’re going to give this whole low-carb thing your best effort, there needs to be a few household changes.
To make sure you run your morning and not the other way around, try these tips:
- Meal prep breakfast as you would any other meal. You earn major brownie points for meal prepping every Sunday, but you can’t just be prepping lunch. Set aside time to make a big batch of egg muffins, energy bites, or on-the-go breakfast bars to set you up for success.
- Keep a few breakfast staples on hand. Keep a bowl of hard boiled eggs and cottage cheese in the fridge, make a double batch of chia pudding, or slice up low-carb fruits like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in large batches.
- Find a few trusted, low-carb brands to keep stocked in your cupboards: Let’s call it like it is — sometimes you won’t have time to cook. So find a few low-carb, trusted brands that you can consume on the go. And if you’re wondering where to start, check out our Instagram where we feature many of our low-carb brand buds.
11 Quick Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas to Power You Through the Week
With your fridge filled, your cupboards stocked, and your Sundays barred until meal prep is finished, you’re ready to tackle your week. Below are a few easy low-carb breakfast recipes we suggest giving a shot. And when you’re done with these, check out this ultimate guide to breakfast for more must-have ideas.
1. Keto Overnight Oats
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Before you transitioned to the low-carb lifestyle, overnight oats were your morning savior. Even though you cut out grains, you can still make your former favorite breakfast. This low-carb, gluten-free oatmeal takes just five minutes of prep time and is packed with chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut flour, and almond milk for the perfect low-carb porridge. Top with berries or your nut butter of choice to complete the dish.
2. Protein Energy Bites No-Bake Recipe
Remember when you were a kid and you used to hoard chewy granola bars in your backpack, desk, and locker? Yeah, here’s the actually healthy version of that. No-bake protein balls are packed with nutrition, are easily transportable, and take precisely zero minutes to cook. Make a batch on Sunday then grab a few as you sprint out the door on those busy mornings.
3. Keto Scotch Eggs
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Trust us, if we had enough loose change laying around to hire a personal home chef, he’d be making us eggs and sausage every morning. But until our grand plan takes shape, we’ll settle for making our own savory scotch eggs on Sunday, and eating them throughout the week. This paleo-friendly dish features roasted Italian sausage stuffed with a hardboiled egg, making a perfectly-portioned, high-protein, easy breakfast you can eat on the go.
4. Muffin Tin Veggie Frittatas
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Before going low-carb, quiche was our favorite brunch dish. It didn’t matter if it was Mother’s Day, Easter, or a random boozy Sunday. If there was quiche on the menu, we were ordering it. Since we waved a tearful goodbye to that buttery crust, we’ve cozied up to frittatas — a crustless quiche, if you will. And we’re all about these muffin pan veggie frittatas, loaded with bell peppers, mushrooms, and cheddar cheese. Try making a large batch on Sunday, then reheat them throughout the week.
5. Bulletproof Coffee
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“Is butter a carb?” No, dear, it is not. In case you’ve never tried it, bulletproof coffee is huge with keto and paleo dieters, and people swear by it. Grass-fed butter is blended into your morning cup of joe for a quick keto breakfast loaded with healthy fats. Want an extra boost? Try adding collagen peptides or protein powder to your concoction.
6. Cereal School
Frankly, cereal is the fastest breakfast option in existence, but there’s no room for it in a low-carb lifestyle. Or so you think. We recreated two of your favorite cereal flavors you loved as a kid, but left all the carbs out. Our cereal is high in protein and flavor, but contains only 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving.
7. Keto Low-Carb Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe With Spinach
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Even on your busiest mornings, you can find two minutes to blend a smoothie. This green smoothie bowl combines collagen, spinach, avocado, lemon juice, and ice cubes for a tangy, delicious bowl. Pro tip: Combine all dry ingredients in your blender the night before for a low-carb meal that’s ready in just 30 seconds the next morning.
8. All-Day Breakfast Superfood Skillet
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Who says that breakfast needs to be a perfectly curated production? Sometimes, the most seemingly random plate is the tastiest — and as an added benefit, it often comes together insanely fast. This superfood healthy breakfast skillet might appear haphazard in appearance, but it’s quite the balanced meal. Asparagus, spinach, eggs, sauerkraut, and avocado are tossed in ghee and seasonings for a delicious dish that packs an incredible 40 grams of fat yet just 8 grams of carbs per serving.
9. 15-Minute Low-Carb Blueberry Chia Pudding
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If you haven’t familiarized yourself with chia pudding, allow us to do a sweeping introduction. Chia pudding is made by soaking chia seeds in liquid (usually almond milk or coconut milk) for a few hours. The seeds soak up all the liquid, creating a creamy dish that’s a split between oatmeal and Greek yogurt. This sugar-free recipe is sweetened with stevia and blueberries for a sweet treat that works as breakfast or a snack.
10. Zucchini Noodles With Everything Pesto and Fried Eggs
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You may want to sit down for what we’re about to tell you: You can eat veggies for breakfast. We know, it blew our minds too. Veggies can be eaten at any meal, sauté rather quickly, and taste incredible topped with a fried egg. In this recipe, you’ll toss zucchini noodles in homemade pesto (use store-bought to spare yourself a few precious minutes) then top with an over-easy egg for a quick breakfast.
11. Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese, and Chive Omelet
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In terms of speedy breakfast options, scrambled eggs probably claim the first slot (wait a minute… second). But if you’re looking for something a bit more enticing, omelets take just two more minutes of your time. This simple salmon omelet requires just six ingredients, including whole eggs, goat or feta cheese, and chives for a delicious, high-protein breakfast ready in just five minutes.
Quick Low-Carb Breakfast (That Doesn’t Taste Low Carb)
When you’re sprinting out the door in the morning, sometimes you won’t have time to actually cook… well, anything. Not even scrambled eggs.
At one point, you inhaled granola bars and dry cereal on these mornings. But once you went low-carb, you were forced to rethink your ways. And let’s face it — meal prepping can sometimes be exhausting. But we have good news for you.
We felt the exact same way.
When we went low-carb, we didn’t want to cook either. We simply wanted effortless cereal again, and we wanted it with all the sugary, sweet goodness we remember from childhood. So we did the work for you and took out the junk.
Both our Cinnamon Bun and Fruity varieties come individually packaged and are shipped straight to your front door to make it as easy as possible.
So go ahead and enjoy a bowl or eat it dry straight out of the bag. Either way, you’re in for a quick low-carb breakfast that you’d never believe was good for you.