Until you started Atkins, you probably never realized just how much sugar you ate during breakfast.
And why would you? You were just living your best life, enjoying your cinnamon squares and bowl of marshmallows like anyone would. But before long, you started noticing the terrible sugar crash that always seemed to hit around 10 a.m. Clearly, the meal meant to fuel you up was really weighing you down.
When you switched to a high-protein, low-carb diet, you instantly noticed a change in how you felt. Suddenly, you weren’t falling asleep in conference rooms or snapping at Karen the receptionist out of hanger. There was an itty bitty problem though: You were clueless as to what to make.
That’s where we come in. To help you pass that hurdle, we created the first high-protein, low-carb breakfast cereal of its kind. We also racked up an extensive library of healthy breakfast ideas.
Atkins Breakfast Recipes You Just Have to Try
When you switch to a low-carb diet, you may be lost without your toast, muffins, and Belgian waffles. Try one of these delicious breakfast recipes instead — all of which are high in protein and dietary fiber, loaded with healthy fats, and perfect for a low-carb diet.
1. Salmon, Cream Cheese & Vegetable Omelet
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If you love salmon and lox (and really didn’t love the fact that you had to give up bagels), you might want to try this savory omelet recipe. All your favorite ingredients including smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and onions are here. Pair it with a side of fresh berries and breakfast is served.
2. Low-Carb Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
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For the most part, smoothies check the box for all of our breakfast must-haves: They’re super easy to make (check), you can enjoy them on the go (check), and most taste like dessert (unashamed to say, check). But when it comes to the sugar and carb content, most smoothies pack in too much. That’s why we love this low-carb chocolate coconut smoothie — it tastes as good as an Almond Joy, but with just 6.8 grams of net carbs per serving.
3. Breakfast Stuffed Bell Peppers
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When we went low-carb, stuffed peppers became one of our dinnertime go-to recipes. So when we stumbled upon this recipe for breakfast stuffed peppers, we knew we had to try it. It surpassed our expectations in every way possible — loaded with breakfast sausage, spinach, eggs, and mozzarella cheese, this is one protein-packed, easy breakfast dish you shouldn’t pass up.
4. Cauliflower Pancakes/Latkes Recipe
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Alright, we get that scrambled eggs and sausage links make a hassle-free Atkins breakfast entree. But what if you’re looking for a side dish? When toast, fruit, and hashbrowns are off the list, what breakfast options are left? We love these cauliflower pancakes because they fit perfectly within a low-carb lifestyle, and taste similar to latkes or fried hash browns.
5. Cottage Cheese Pancakes
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Say what you will about dessert for breakfast, but we don’t think you should have to choose between sweet treats and breakfast eats. That’s why we’re all about these cottage cheese pancakes. They’re light and fluffy like French toast, dusted with cinnamon and a dash of vanilla, and completely irresistible. Don’t believe they could possibly be low-carb? Well, start believing, because they contain just 3 grams of carbs per serving size.
6. Cereal School
What is this? A cereal that works on the Atkins Diet? Oh, yes. A bowl of Cereal School cereal will cost you just 1 gram of carbohydrates and gives you 16 grams of protein. This high-protein, low-carb, and sugar-free cereal comes in three delicious flavors. Choose between Cocoa (new!), Fruit, and Cinnamon Bun, or try a bundle to score each one.
7. Keto Jalapeno & Cheddar Cauliflower Muffins
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Meal prep can be a little bit of a challenge — especially when it comes to breakfast — but don’t get discouraged. This breakfast muffin recipe will be your new favorite time-saving morning hack. Simply make a batch on Sunday when you have some free time, then grab one as you rush out the door each day during the workweek.
8. Keto Frittata Recipe
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When we waved goodbye to carbs, we cut our ties with some of our favorite breakfast foods. Eggs benedict, quiche, French toast, pancakes, and other classics contained too much sugar to keep the relationship intact. That’s when we learned a valuable lesson: You can still enjoy some of your breakfast go-tos, just in reinvented ways. This crustless quiche will be your new go-to packing eggs, mushrooms, bacon, cheddar, and spinach into every slice.
9. Low-Carb Breakfast Lasagna
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We could barely contain our excitement when we discovered a breakfast lasagna recipe — particularly one that fit within Atkins. And you’re going to love it too. This recipe contains eggs, cheddar cheese, sausage links, and cream cheese pancakes — perfect for a low-carb breakfast.
10. Keto Avocado Egg Salad
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Looking for an easy low-carb Atkins breakfast? Then look no further than this creamy, flavorful avocado egg salad. Made with hard boiled eggs, avocado, chives, Greek yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice, this is a simple, high-protein breakfast that takes minimal effort. To serve, simply roll up in lettuce wraps or eat with a fork.
11. Simple Low-Carb Blueberry Almond Granola
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Now we’re talking — a delicious granola recipe that’s high in protein and low in carbs? This easy Atkins breakfast might look like a special treat, but it won’t spike your blood sugar. Made with almond, coconut flakes, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and vanilla, it’s a simple, no-bake, low-carb meal.
12. Chorizo Breakfast Skillet
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Pssst. We’ll let you in on a little secret: Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need to whip up made-from-scratch pancake batter or prepare a casserole the night before just to get breakfast on the table. This low-carb recipe proves it: Just toss a few veggies, eggs, and chorizo in a skillet, cook until the eggs are done the way you like, and serve.
Need an On-the-Go Atkins Breakfast? You Got It
While you’ll love the low-carb recipes on this list, some can be a bit time-consuming to make. And frankly, they won’t exactly store well in your desk drawer. (Word of advice: Don't store breakfast burritos in your cubicle.)
For the sake of your time and your coworkers' sanity, always keep a bag (or two or three) of Cereal School on hand.
With just 1 gram of total carbs and 16 grams of protein, it's your portable, portion-able, and completely Atkins-friendly breakfast you've been looking for.
Better still, we ship straight to your front door, making this the easiest, save-yourself-a-trip-to-the-store breakfast you'll ever enjoy. And that’s definitely something worth waking up to.