Most nutritionists and dietitians agree that eating a healthy breakfast in the morning is essential for you to feel your best for the rest of the day. It’s a good alternative to taking a metabolism-boosting supplement. There are even more benefits if you choose a healthy low carb breakfast.
We’ve pictured fried eggs with some veggies, but if you don’t like eggs, never fear – there are plenty of other ideas below. If you are not sure where to begin, there are a ton of quick and easy options available that will help you feel satisfied for a longer period of time.
Check out some of the delicious low carb recipes here to help you stick to a low carb diet regimen as well as meet some of your dietary needs for the day.
First Things First
Before you decide to eat a low carb breakfast, it is essential that you understand that different foods vary widely in their carbohydrate content and are divided into two categories – complex and simple carbohydrates. If you wish to follow a low carb diet, whether it’s to help control diabetes or to help you lose weight, you must choose foods low in carbs like fish, meat, poultry and eggs, and those rich in complex carbohydrates like non-starchy vegetables.
Dairy products are generally low in carbohydrates, provided they have no added sugar – watch out for yogurts and desserts which may be advertised as low fat, but then contain a ton of sugar instead! In addition, dependent on the particular low carb diet plan that you choose, you may be able to eat whole grains and fruit. Berries are usually the lowest carb fruit.
The Incredible Edible Egg
The most popular and easiest to cook low carbohydrate breakfast food is the egg. Not only are eggs incredibly versatile, but they are nutritious, affordable, and delicious too. For example, eggs with vegetables like those in my picture at the top of the page make a traditional low carb breakfast that will keep you satisfied all morning.
Florentine eggs and ham is another good choice. If you would like to try it out, the recipe is as follows and makes 2 servings:
You will need:
• 2 tbsp. of freshly grated parmesan cheese
• 275g of washed, fresh spinach
• 225g of slice lean ham
• 2 eggs
• 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
• Salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
1. Cook the spinach in your microwave, on high, for five seconds.
2. Take the spinach out of the microwave and sprinkle with parmesan cheese to taste
3. Chop the spinach into bite sized pieces and separate onto two different plates
4. Sauté the ham in a nonstick frying pan for two minutes or until it is slightly brown
5. Remove the ham from fire and divide it evenly between the two plates
6. Add vinegar to a pan of simmering water and stir until it creates a whirlpool in the center
7. Drop an egg into the whirlpool and turn off the heat
8. Cover the pan for four minutes or until set
9. Repeat steps 6-8 with the second egg
10. Serve the eggs over the ham
Omelets are also a good choice for an easy to make, quick, and substantial low carb breakfast. In addition, you can switch things up ay adding mushrooms, ham, peppers or cheese for more flavor.
Yet another option for a filling breakfast dish is the low carb burrito. To make this dish, you will need to scramble some eggs with jalapeños. Once this is finished, place the contents into a low carb tortilla and sprinkle with salsa and grated cheese.
Sick of Eggs?
If the quick meal you are used to having in the mornings is cereal, it is important to note that most cereals have high carbohydrate content and should not be included on a low carb diet. However, that doesn’t mean you are stuck with nothing but eggs.
Try a can of sardines, hot or cold, over a big bowl of salad or sauteed vegetables. Or how about salmon? Canned is quick, fresh is delicious, and you could cook it the night before if you’re always rushed in the morning.
And of course, there’s always bacon! Bacon and sausages with tomatoes and mushrooms could keep me going all day.
Cold, Low-Carb Breakfast Meals
If you prefer a cold meal in the morning but don’t fancy salad, then plain or flavored low carb yogurt is an excellent option for breakfast. Try combining a serving of nuts, flax or chia seed, or frozen berries to the yogurt for a delicious twist.
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