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6 Lower-Carb Breakfast Recipes to Keep You Satisfied Through Lunch

Say goodbye to mid-morning hunger struggles with these delicious lower-carb breakfast recipes
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Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and other people can't stomach the idea of food first thing in the morning. If you're a breakfast eater but you still struggle with mid-morning hunger, it could be because your breakfasts are carb-heavy but lacking protein and fiber. So, what's a hungry eater to do?

Instead of the more traditional breakfast foods, try these 6 low-carb breakfast recipes to help keep you full all morning long. Though not totally carbohydrate free, these lower-carb breakfast recipes each has less than 30 grams of carbs per serving and emphasizes fiber or protein to help keep you full. Read on to learn more, and once you've had your fill, also be sure to check out these additional 9 Best Breakfast Recipes for a Longer Life.


Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

These healthy muffins from Ayat Sleymann, RD, are made with high-protein Kodiak Cake mix, Greek yogurt, and of course, chocolate chips. If you like, add mashed banana to boost the sweetness and your potassium intake at the same time. (However, if you're watching carbs closely, be aware that bananas do have carbs.) Each muffin sans banana has seven grams of carbohydrates, so enjoy two muffins and a glass of milk, and you'll still be under 30 grams of carb when you start your day.

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Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins

Broccoli Cheese Egg Muffins

Want to start the day off with a heartier muffin? These flourless muffins from registered dietitian Julie Andrews at the Healthy Epicurean are savory and delicious. Don't like broccoli? They're also easy to customize with your favorite vegetables, and they can be made ahead of time, frozen, and reheated in under a minute. Enjoy three of them for just seven grams of carbohydrate.

Get the recipe from the Healthy Epicurean.


Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Wish you could eat cake for breakfast? Your wish will come true when you make these carrot cake baked oats from Leanne Ray at Healthy(ish) Appetite. This breakfast treat is only 22 grams of carbohydrate—and that includes the cream cheese frosting. (Wow, so good!)

Get the recipe from Healthy(ish) Appetite.


Savory Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

These hearty and filling savory quinoa breakfast bowls from Brynn McDowell, RDN, at the Domestic Dietitian could work for brunch with a crowd as well as breakfast on your own. Keep your portion of quinoa down to one-half cup to limit the carb count to 15 grams. Then, heap your bowl full of as many veggies as you like to get full and stay satisfied all morning long.

Get the recipe from the Domestic Dietitian.


Berry Chocolate Smoothie

Berry Chocolate Smoothie

Prefer to whip up your breakfast and drink it on the go? Plant-based dietitian Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, offers a berry chocolate smoothie recipe. It's full of antioxidants from frozen blueberries and strawberries and can be blended up in five minutes on a busy morning. All this chocolate goodness, and only 24 grams of carbohydrates.

Get the recipe from Plant Based With Amy.

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5-Minute Pesto Eggs

pesto eggs

Do you love Mediterranean flavors? Start your day with registered dietitian nutritionist Anne Danahy's 5-Minute Pesto Eggs. The only carbs are those in the toast you use as a base for your savory creation. Eggs, pesto, tomatoes, and feta cheese? Yes please!

Get the recipe from Craving Something Healthy.

Final Thoughts

You don't have to stick to the traditional hot or cold cereal or pancakes and waffles for breakfast. Any food can be a breakfast food, so feel free to eat what you like no matter the time of day—and for more low-carb breakfast ideas, think outside the (cereal) box!

Julie Cunningham
Julie Cunningham is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes care and education specialist, and international board-certified lactation consultant. Read more about Julie