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39+ Best Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes

The most important meal of your day is about to become the leanest.
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Because breakfast foods are the first thing you put into your body, you might feel pressure to pick the right ones and ensure that your mind and body are ready to take on the day. That sugary granola bar or preservative-packed cereal might seem quick and energy-boosting, but those carb-heavy indulgences will have a long-term effect on your body. So kick them to the curb, and try these quick low carb breakfast recipes, which cut back on the carbs without sacrificing flavor. They have a variety of superfoods that will leave you feeling full but looking slim, thanks to satiating fiber.

So read on, and for more ways to keep it healthy, try our list of 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.


Loaded Vegetable Frittata

loaded vegetable frittata in cast iron skillet with slice on plate and fork
Jason Donnelly

Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, plain and simple. But if you're getting bored of your typical hard-boiled eggs, this frittata recipe will help you spice things up. It's loaded with bacon and all kinds of veggies, plus a little cheese, salt, and pepper for maximum flavor. Plus, it's a low carb breakfast!

Get our recipe for Loaded Vegetable Frittata


Overnight Chia Pudding

overnight chia pudding bowl with chia seeds on a marble counter
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

There are actually a lot of chia seed health benefits if you add them into your diet on a regular basis. Chia seeds are full of fiber, as well as omega-3s. There are 10 grams of fiber per ounce. This overnight chia pudding can actually help you to feel full and satisfied in the morning until your next meal at lunch. There's also a lot of water content in chia seeds, making it a great way to get that extra boost of hydration in the morning.

Get our recipe for Overnight Chia Pudding. 


Spicy Waffled Cauliflower Hash Browns

Lauren Volo Photography

Think of these cauliflower hash browns as a flavorful and nutritious vehicle to load up with your favorite breakfast foods. Use them as a base for some sliced avocado, bacon, and a sunny-side-up egg. Or, add a second hash brown on top for a breakfast sandwich.

Get our recipe for Spicy Waffled Cauliflower Hash Browns


Keto Overnight Oats With Berries and Cream

keto berries and cream overnight oats
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

For an added nutrition and texture boost, we added chopped walnuts and chia seeds which both contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids. To keep it low carb, soak your "oats" in heavy cream or canned full fat coconut milk. Sweeten with Stevia or xylitol which are both low carb and have a low glycemic index.

Get our recipe for Overnight Oats with Berries and Cream


Berry Cauliflower Smoothie

berry cauliflower smoothie
Courtesy of Tone It Up

There are a few ways you can make a smoothie creamier. You can add Greek yogurt, banana, or even avocado to give it that creamy texture we all desire in a smoothie. But what if you're trying to keep your fat and carb count low? Bring in the cauliflower! Cauliflower will give your smoothie a nutrient boost and will make it naturally creamier—without totally skyrocketing the calories in your cup.

Get our recipe for Berry Cauliflower Smoothie


Veggie Scramble With Mushrooms, Spinach and Goat Cheese

Vegetarian shiitake, spinach & goat cheese scramble
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For soft, extra-creamy scrambled eggs, make sure to turn the heat down and stir the eggs constantly and on a low heat so as to make sure they don't burn. This veggie scramble is a great meal, so healthy and filling and low carb.

Get our recipe for Veggie Scramble with Mushrooms, Spinach and Goat Cheese. 


10-Minute Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach

Baked eggs with mushroom and spinach
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looking for some excitement in your weekday breakfast routine? Then ditch the cereal, drop the frozen waffles, and, for goodness sake, put down that bagel! Instead, pick up a ramekin and preheat the oven. The little ceramic vessels are perfect for housing eggs, meat, cheese, and vegetables and then tossing in the oven.

Get our recipe for 10-Minute Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach. 


Crunchy Breakfast Salad With Eggs

breakfast salad with eggs on pink plate and marble background
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Smoothies aren't the only way to eat your greens for breakfast. A delicious morning salad can be a blank slate for eating seasonally—using heartier greens or heirloom varieties depending on what is available. This breakfast salad has a crispy texture thanks to snap peas, radishes, and cucumbers, and adding walnuts is a great way to add healthy fats to your breakfast and curb cravings later in the day.

Get our recipe for Crunchy Breakfast Salad with Eggs


10-Minute Mediterranean Tofu Scramble

mediterranean tofu veggiescramble
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

This quick scramble is packed with Mediterranean flavors from bell peppers, feta, parsley, and tomatoes, but if you're looking for an extra flavor boost, try adding sun-dried tomatoes in oil, capers, or even olives.

Get our recipe for 10-Minute Mediterranean Tofu Scramble


Breakfast Burrito

whole30 breakfast burrito on a white plate wrapped in a collard green
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Here, we swap out the tortilla for collard greens, using them to wrap a savory, hot filling of potatoes, peppers, and scrambled eggs. With so many filling vegetables and eggs inside this low carb breakfast burrito, you won't even miss having the tortilla.

Get our recipe for a Breakfast Burrito


Butternut Squash Hash

bowl of butternut squash hash with celery
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Crunchy, salty, and golden brown, this butternut squash hash is just as good for dinner or lunch as it is for breakfast. Sausage makes it filling enough to start your day, but you can also top it with a fried or poached egg if you want even more protein and heft to the meal. Don't skip the fennel and tarragon—both brighten up the dish considerably with herby flavor.

Get our recipe for a Butternut Squash Hash


Green Machine Veggie Casserole

whole30 veggie casserole with slice popped out
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Switch things up with this easy frittata-like low carb veggie casserole. It also happens to be wildly easy to make, requiring you to simply saute your favorite green vegetables then cover them in an egg and coconut milk mixture. The entire pan is baked, so you can go about your morning while breakfast is being prepped!

Get our recipe for the Green Machine Veggie Casserole


Savory Parsnip Waffles

whole 30 parsnip waffle on white plate with sirracha
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

There are many unexpected things you can "waffle" and turn into a crispy round breakfast food. This version uses parsnips for their mild flavor and firm texture, but you can use other root and cruciferous vegetables, too, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and even cauliflower.

Get our recipe for Savory Parsnip Waffles


Avocado With Everything Bagel Seasoning

everything bagel avocado
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

This breakfast recipe uses the signature flavor of everything bagel seasoning and the zest of a lemon to add flavor to one of the most perfect fats out there: avocado. Along with some olive oil, which adds even more good fat to your plate, this truly is the high-fat breakfast of your low carb dreams.

Get our recipe for an Avocado with Everything Bagel Seasoning


Zucchini Noodles With Bacon Vinaigrette

keto zucchini noodles in bowl with fork
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This low carb breakfast recipe gives us major pasta-for-breakfast vibes (which is something you can definitely do). Creamy from the poached egg, peppery from the radish slivers, and bacony from the, well, bacon, it's a symphony of flavors similar to those in spaghetti carbonara. Rendered bacon fat gets a splash of sherry vinegar and some mustard to create the perfect low carb sauce base for tossing zucchini noodles.

Get our recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Bacon Vinaigrette


Keto Breakfast Sandwich

keto bacon cheese sandwich on parchment paper with tea in the background
Courtesy of Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Cloud bread, the lighter-than-air bread used in this low carb sandwich, is the perfect low-carb bread substitute for when you need a delicious, comforting slice. Layer it with melty Jack cheese, crispy bacon, pico de gallo, and guacamole for an indulgent low carb breakfast.

Get our recipe for a Keto Breakfast Sandwich


Eggs Baked in Cream With Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Basil

baked eggs in cream with prosciutto parmesan basil
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Here, we have a low carb eggs recipe that brings a ton of flavor and goes beyond a basic scramble. This dish features butter, heavy cream, cheese, eggs, and prosciutto. Can you think of anything more appropriate for a low carb breakfast?

Get our recipe for Eggs Baked in Cream with Proscuitto, Parmesan, and Basil


Frizzled Eggs and Sausage With Sautéed Greens

Keto frizzled eggs with fennel sausage on a blue plate
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

When carbs reign king in terms of easy breakfast options, finding filling breakfasts that fit a low carb diet can be rather difficult, which is why this particular low carb breakfast recipe is the perfect plate to have you feeling full and ready for your day! It's full of protein and healthy nutrients that will have you feeling satisfied until lunch—or even beyond!

Get our recipe for Frizzled Eggs and Sausage with Sautéed Greens



Paleo casserole shakshuka dish in a skillet with parsley
Rebecca Firkser/Eat This, Not That!

Made with fresh or canned tomatoes, the sauce starts with sautéed bell peppers, onion, and garlic. A few good spoonfuls of the spicy North African red pepper paste harissa adds depth to the shakshuka, making the mixture of this paleo casserole way more exciting than your everyday tomato and garlic sauce.

Get our recipe for Shakshuka


Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug

broccoli cheese eggs in mugs with forks
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

If you want to eat a nutritious breakfast but don't want to deal with the hassle of washing a bunch of cooking pans, this eggs in a mug recipe is perfect for you. It's for one serving, making it a great option for those weekday breakfasts when you just want to eat something and get out the door.

Get our recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug


Spring Vegetable Frittata

spring vegetable frittata in black cast iron skillet
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

The recipe calls for four cups of fresh spinach, which comes out to one cup in each frittata serving. That'll give you a hefty dose of calcium and magnesium, as well as a little fiber. Combined with the protein of the eggs—you'll get two per frittata serving—this is one dish that will keep you full and give you plenty of energy.

Get our recipe for Spring Vegetable Frittata


Denver Omelet

Vegetarian mile high omelets
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The classic diner omelet is an oversize envelope of eggs soaked in cheap oil and bulging with fatty fillers. The damage, with toast and hash browns: about 1,400 calories and 70 grams of fat. Our ode to Denver doesn't cut the cheese or the meat or even turn to Egg Beaters. No, this is just honest cooking with good ingredients in reasonable portions, exactly what an omelet should be.

Get our recipe for a Denver Omelet. 


Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Two eggs scrambled in a pat of butter contain approximately 200 calories. So how do so many other restaurants sling together scrambles with more than 1,000 calories? Simple: excessive oil and egregious amounts of cheese. This healthy scrambled eggs recipe has all the makings of hearty breakfast fare—butter, cheese, protein—but with healthy fats, fresh vegetables, and a light caloric toll.

Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese


Spring Vegetable Egg Casserole

spring vegetable egg casserole
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

This veggie-heavy casserole will still get your morning off to a great start with a variety of fat-burning antioxidants and phytochemicals. Use those leftover vegetable sides to serve this up as a post-holiday brunch.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Mexican Egg White Omelette

easy mexican omelet
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Missing some flavor in your typical egg-white omelet? Who needs a yolk when you have jalapeños? This surefire source of satiating protein will add some spice to your morning and keep you full until lunch.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Baked Frittata With Roasted Red Peppers Arugula and Pesto

pesto quiche
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

There aren't a ton of ingredients in this flavor-filled frittata, which makes for a light and easy dish that'll fill you up as well as any other baked breakfast. The mix green and red veggies will benefit both your taste buds and abs.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.


Baked Eggs With Wilted Baby Spinach

baked egg spinach
Courtesy of Skinny Taste

Low in fat and high in protein, this morning meal will power your day, Popeye-style. With two significant sources of protein, this light recipe is sure to satisfy while contributing to your daily allotment of greens.

Get the recipe from Skinny Taste.


Blueberry Flax Superfood Smoothie

blueberry flax smoothie
Courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds

A refreshing rush of antioxidants from blueberries, this smoothie gets an extra boost from flax seeds, a superfood, that'll help you lose weight and burn fat.

Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.


Strawberry 'Cheesecake' Banana Parfait

strawberry parfait
Courtesy of Nutrition in the Kitch

This might sound like more of a dessert than breakfast, but don't be fooled. This cheeseless dish is high in fiber thanks to tasty tofu. It also works well as a post-workout snack to restore your energy.

Get the recipe from Nutritionist in the Kitchen.


No-Bread Oatmeal French Toast

no-bread oatmeal french toast
Courtesy of Oatmeal with a Fork

French toast without bread? The secret here is oats, used in place of the carby slices typically used to make this popular breakfast food.

Get the recipe from Oatmeal With Fork.


Golden Milk Chia Pudding With Orange and Ginger

goladen milk chia pudding
Courtesy of Veganricha

Prepare this breakfast pudding at the start of your day, and you'll be golden for the rest of it. This zesty gluten-free recipe will soothe a troublesome tummy, as will ginger.

Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.


Arugula Breakfast Salad With Toasted Pistachio, Radish & Soft Eggs

arugula breakfast salad
Courtesy of Sassy Kitchen

Salad might seem counterintuitive for breakfast, but it can give you a real energy boost. An excellent source of fiber and potassium, this recipe is packed with nutrient-rich radishes. For more salads designed for your first meal of the day, check out these 15 Salads Worth Waking Up For.

Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.


Chestnut And Chia Pancakes

chestnut chia pancakes
Courtesy of Sassy Kitchen

Pancakes on a list of low-carb recipes? You bet. This dish avoids bleached white flour, substituting chestnut and oat flour for a much healthier alternative to the typical fatty flapjacks. The addition of chia seeds provide a fiber-rich boost.

Get the recipe from Sassy Kitchen.


Healthy Cinnamon Crunch Cereal

healthy cinnamon toast crunch
Courtesy of Running To The Kitchen

Can't shake your addiction to that cinnamon-flavored cereal? Here's a way to make your wallet fatter and your stomach flatter. The flaxseed base for this homemade cereal allows for a fiber-rich way to begin the day, cinnamon adds the zesty sweetness of the original without nasty chemicals and preservatives. Want to add more cereal to your diet? These are our 11 Best Brand-Name Cereals for Weight Loss!

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.


Purple Power Smoothie

purple power smoothie
Courtesy of Running To The Kitchen

Lacking energy at mid-morning? Shoulda had this Purple Power Smoothie, which has the base of a V8 fruit-and-vegetable blend. With both chia seeds and flax seed, this recipe provides fiber-rich energy. Add some Greek yogurt for creamy texture and dash of hemp seeds for additional nutritional benefits. For more AM ideas, check out some more of our favorite smoothie recipes.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.


Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars

apple cinnamon granola bars
Courtesy of Running To The Kitchen

Why spend money on pricey, fatty brand-name granola bars when you could make your own?! With flavor in place of fat, these light granola goodies make for a good on-the-go snack. For more quick and healthy bites, check out our 25 Best high protein snacks.

Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.


Pumpkin Swirled Goat Cheese Frittata with Sage

pumpkin goat cheese frittata
Courtesy of The Baker Mama

There's a reason why pumpkin is considered one of fall's most powerful superfoods. Its ability to make you feel full while burning fat make it a favorite of nutritionists. Combined with goat cheese and eggs, it's a great way to start the day year-round.

Get the recipe from The Baker Mama.


Thai Steak Frittata

thai steak frittata
Courtesy of Karolina's Kitchen

This Asian twist on your favorite combination of meat and eggs has more than half of your daily recommended allowance of protein. It'll keep you running on a full tank with a minimum of carbs. That being said, not all carbs are bad. Check out the 25 Best Carbs for Weight Loss.

Get the recipe from Karolina's Kitchen.


Cherry Tomato & Chorizo Omelette

tomato chorizo omelet
Courtesy of Katie's Cucina

Our second Mexican omelette on this list comes with yolk this time. It's simple yet savory and will prep your mind and body for the long day ahead.

Get the recipe from Kate's Cucina.


Egg White & Chive Soufflé

egg white souffle
Courtesy of Katie's Cucina

Don't let the accent mark fool you. This soufflé is perhaps the easiest recipe on this list. With a minuscule number of calories and a generous amount of protein, it's tasty, healthy and filling. For more healthy egg recipes, check out every way to cook eggs—ranked for nutritional benefit.

Get the recipe from Katie's Cucina.


Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Salad

bacon eggs breakfast salad
Courtesy of Karolina's Kitchen

This dish takes the most classic American breakfast combo and reinvents it in a salad. With a whopping 27 grams of protein, this recipe will get help you preserve fat-burning lean muscle. Substitute turkey bacon for more protein and less sodium.

Get the recipe from Karolina's Kitchen.

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