10 Low Carb Breakfast Recipes You'll Want to Add to Your Meal Plan
Low-carb diets are trending right now. It’s hard to deny the fact that more people are feeling better than ever kicking refined carbs from their diet and focusing on whole and nutrient-dense foods.
If low-carb eating is something you are interested in but confused about how to get started, we have you covered.
We’re breaking down what a low-carb diet is, the easiest way to meal plan when on a low-carb diet, and 10 of the most delicious and nourishing low-carb breakfast recipes.
You in? Read on to learn more.
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What is a Low-Carb Diet?
So we know that low carb diets are all the buzz right now, but what exactly does it mean to eat low-carb?
A low-carb diet focuses on reducing the total amount of carbs you consume in each meal, with a focus on higher protein and healthy fat intake. There are different types of low-carb diets with different carbohydrate restrictions.
Here at PlateJoy, our low-carb philosophy focuses on low-carb meal plans with moderate carbohydrate options with the ability to limit carbohydrates by grams between 30g, 40g, and 50g limits per meal. It’s important to know that this is per meal, and not per day. A stricter carbohydrate restriction would be closer to a ketogenic diet plan.
Benefits of a Low-Carb Diet
Many people embark on their low-carb journey to help support weight loss, which in turn, slashes the risk of things like type 2 diabetes. Other people start eating low-carb to focus on healthier eating habits, reducing their intake of inflammatory refined carbs like sugar, and pastries, while focusing on more whole and nutrient-dense food options.
With a healthy meal plan that incorporates plenty of low-carb foods, you can help support your health in a number of other ways, including:
- Support a healthy weight
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
- A low-carb meal plan may also help support more stable blood sugar levels
- Help reduce inflammation by focusing on more anti-inflammatory low-carb foods and less inflammatory refined carbs
Low-Carb Diet Foods
Are you ready to start your own low-carb journey and build a healthy meal plan that suits your unique health needs?
Here are some low-carb diet foods that fit well into any healthy meal plan.
- Dark leafy green vegetables
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts
- Low-sugar, high fiber fruits like berries and apples
- Nuts, seeds, unsweetened nut butter
- Healthy oils such as coconut, olive, avocado
- Meat like chicken, turkey, pork, beef
- Quality full-fat dairy products like quality cheese, full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt
Foods to Avoid on a Low-Carb Diet
Now that you know what delicious and nutritious foods you can enjoy as part of your low-carb diet meal plan, there are some foods you will want to avoid.
- Pastries like muffins, cookies, brownies, cake
- Sugar, which includes natural sweeteners like coconut sugar, maple syrup, and honey
- High sugar fruits like raisins, dates, bananas, mangos
- Starchy vegetables like corn, beets, potatoes
- Juice and soda
- Beans and legumes
Keep in mind that depending on how much you are restricting your carbohydrate intake, some of these foods may fit fine into your low-carb meal plan. Many of these foods are healthy, like the starchy veggies, and fruit. So, this will ultimately be a personal choice.
The foods everyone will want to consume in moderation, no matter what type of carbohydrate restriction you have, are foods that contain high amounts of added sugar.
How to Meal Plan on a Low-Carb Diet
Meal planning for any diet can be time-consuming, especially if this is brand new to you. The good news is that services like PlateJoy will do all the work for you! All you have to do is sign up, enter your dietary preferences (such as low-carb), and let PlateJoy take care of the rest.
Having a meal planning app like PlateJoy put together meal ideas for you with your own unique dietary needs can be a gamechanger for helping reduce the stress of staying on track with your dietary goals.
Here are a few things you can stock up on as well, to make meal prepping just a little easier.
- Food storage containers
- Baking sheets and roasting pans
- Cast iron skillet
- Dry erase board (this way, you can list out your meals for the week)
10 Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas
To help you kickstart your own low-carb meal plan, we have some easy low-carb breakfast recipes to share with you. These are all available using the PlateJoy app, and will make prepping your low-carb breakfast not only easy, but delicious, and of course, nourishing.
1. Breakfast Bento With Yogurt, Eggs, Blueberries, and Cashews
With just four ingredients, you can whip together a protein-rich, filling breakfast in no time. Pack this breakfast bento recipe with you on your way to work to help you stay full until lunch.
2. Grab-and-Go Coconut Water With Apple and Peanut Butter
If you need something that’s super quick that you can literally just grab on your way to work, this low-carb breakfast is for you. With just three ingredients, you can nourish your body with apple, peanut butter, and a side of coconut water. You’ll pack in lots of healthy fat, protein, and electrolytes from the refreshing coconut water.
3. Power Green Smoothie With Spinach, Cucumber, and Pineapple
There’s nothing easier than tossing nourishing ingredients into a blender, blending and go. This low-carb power smoothie gets your morning started off right with veggies, anti-inflammatory fruits, and healthy fat from the avocado. If smoothies are your thing, this breakfast will fit perfectly into your easy low-carb meal plan.
4. Superfood Kefir Bowls With Blueberries & Coconut
Kefir is amazing for gut health, so get your day started off right with a gut-boosting breakfast bowl. Made with low-carb ingredients, this bowl will keep you nourished all morning long.
5. Breakfast Bento With Eggs, Prosciutto, Melon
This low-carb, high-protein breakfast can be made in just five minutes. And, with just three ingredients, this breakfast will keep your carb count down as you get your day started.
6. Pear, Ginger, and Almond Yogurt Parfait
Add a punch of protein and healthy fat into your breakfast to help fuel your body all morning. This breakfast parfait is bursting with flavor and only takes a few minutes to throw together.
7. Red Pepper and Smoked Salmon Scramble
If you are looking for something a little fancier to get your day started off on a nutritious start, give this low-carb red pepper and smoked salmon scramble try. It makes the perfect low-carb breakfast when you have a few extra minutes to spare in the morning.
8. Herbed Breakfast Bowl With Quinoa, Avocado, and Egg
If you’re an avocado fan, this breakfast bowl is a real treat. Packed full of plant-based protein, and healthy fat, this low-carb bowl is a delicious breakfast option.
9. Bacon, Egg and Sauerkraut Skillet
If bacon’s your jam, then this simple bacon, egg, and sauerkraut low-carb breakfast recipe may just become a go-to for you. Made with just four ingredients, you can make this in very little time for a filling breakfast with some added gut-boosting benefits from the probiotic-rich sauerkraut.
10. Fiber Boost Smoothie With Raspberries and Greens
Here’s another smoothie recipe that’s full of fiber to help keep blood sugar levels in check. Toss everything into a blender, grab your smoothie to go, sip, and enjoy.
Eating low-carb doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor or give up on some of your favorite foods. With some healthy swaps and a little help from a meal planning app like PlateJoy, your low-carb meal plan can be delicious, nourishing, and full of easy to make recipes.