Mornings are hard enough. Alarm clocks are aggressive, commutes are crowded, and those 9 a.m. meetings? Whew, someone needs to tell Sally to cool it on the scheduling.
The last thing you need is a breakfast that leads to a sugar crash before you’ve had your second cup of joe. What you need is a high-protein, low-carb breakfast to get you through a busy morning.
To that end, we’re sharing our favorite early morning platters. Some, like egg cups, scrambled eggs, and frittatas you might expect. But others, like a milkshake smoothie and blueberry pancakes, might surprise you. Work these ideas into your weekly meal plan to power you through your hectic schedule.
12 Breakfast Ideas to Get You Started
From meal prep hacks to unique twists on your favorite breakfast foods, these high-protein, low-carb recipes will get you through your busiest mornings. Try them this week to keep you full and focused.
1. Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins
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If you’re looking for an easy high-protein breakfast, you have to familiarize yourself with egg muffins. Simply whisk a few eggs together with your favorite omelet toppings — think breakfast sausage, tons of veggies, and a few seasonings for good measure — then pour into a muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes, and you have a big batch of 12 breakfast muffins ready for your week. This healthy recipe combines sausage, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and bell peppers into hearty mini quiches that will power you through your morning.
2. Keto Avocado Toast
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We’re pretty sure we all took a deep sigh of relief when we realized avocados fell under the “low-carb” umbrella. And with this unique twist on avocado toast, there’s no reason to give up one of your favorite breakfast foods.
The not-so-secret ingredient is replacing the toast with a “chaffle,” a clever concoction consisting of egg, mozzarella cheese, and almond flour. Once your chaffle is nice and crisp from your waffle iron, you’ll top with mashed avocado, a fried egg, and bacon bits.
3. 5-Ingredient Bacon Frittata
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If you think baking a whole frittata from scratch is above your pay grade, you haven’t tried this recipe. (Trust us — we’re cold-cereal-out-of-the-bag kinda people, and we did it.)
This frittata recipe contains just five ingredients, including bacon, onions, Greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. It’s savory and delicious, and the Greek yogurt adds a healthy dose of protein to ensure you won’t get any mid-morning hanger pains.
4. Veggie Scrambled Eggs
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If you’re at a loss for low-carb, high-protein breakfast ideas, there’s a good chance you’re overthinking things. Many of your favorite morning meals, like bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs are high in protein and low in carbs.
5. Cereal School
Don’t let the appearance (or sweet taste) fool you — Cereal School is the low-carb, high-protein breakfast you’ve been waiting for. With 16 grams of protein and just 1 gram of carbs per bowl, this breakfast will add some pep to your step before your next morning meeting. And with flavors like Cinnamon Bun, Fruity, and Cocoa, you’ll never get bored.
6. Keto Hot Pockets
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If your former favorite breakfast food used to be cooked in a microwave, don’t worry — we won’t judge. However, if you feel like your first meal of the day needs to level up, try these low-carb, gluten-free hot pockets.
Mozzarella, almond flour, and eggs are combined to make the outer tortilla before it’s stuffed with eggs, cheddar, bacon, and whatever else your little heart desires. With 24 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of net carbs, this is one #adulting breakfast your inner child will love.
7. Keto Blueberry Pancakes
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You know, sometimes you just crave dessert for breakfast. And we, as innocent bystanders, don’t think you should feel bad about that. In fact, with a few simple tweaks in ingredients, you can enjoy a breakfast that’s sweet as pie without the sugar rush.
These keto cream cheese pancakes are made with almond flour, packed with healthy fats, and contain just 2.4 grams of net carbs per serving. And while they taste syrupy sweet, there’s no sugar in sight.
8. Butterfinger Chia Pudding
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Remember when we said we love dessert for breakfast? Yeah, we’re not done yet. Allow us to introduce you to chia pudding, one of the tastiest ways to enjoy a sweet treat that happens to be good for your health.
Chia seeds pack 6 grams of protein and a whopping 10 grams of dietary fiber in a mere two tablespoons. This healthy smoothie combines chia, almond milk, peanut butter, cocoa, and stevia. It’s a breakfast that tastes like a milkshake, but fuels you like a post-workout shake.
9. Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs With Feta and Tomatoes
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In the mood for an easy, Mediterranean-inspired breakfast? These scrambled eggs are prepared in olive oil instead of butter, making them dairy-free and paleo-friendly.
Plus, in case you’ve never tried it, frying your eggs in olive oil makes them extra fluffy and crispy around the edges, just the way you — or at least we — like them. Top with cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and chopped parsley for garnish.
10. Low-Carb Sausage Stuffed Poblanos
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When making a low-carb meal, remember the saying, “Bread is the filler, not the flavor.” Here’s what that means: A slice of bread is there to hold your breakfast sandwich together, not to add flavor to the dish. Therefore, think of a low-carb and vegetable-based vessel to use instead.
Stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed bell peppers, and zucchini boats all use this one low-carb diet hack, as do these stuffed poblano peppers. Loaded with scrambled eggs, sausage, grated cheddar, salsa, and chopped cilantro, it’s the spicy breakfast “sandwich” you’ve been waiting for.
11. Meat Lovers Breakfast Pizza
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If you’re a pizza lover who would eat a slice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we commend you. (Hey, we do the same with cereal.) This breakfast pizza uses mozzarella, cream cheese, eggs, and almond flour to make a low-carb crust.
Once the crust is prepared, you can pile it high with crumbled bacon, sausage, cheese sauce, scrambled eggs, and green onions for a delectable high-protein breakfast pie you can’t resist.
12. Savory Breakfast Bowl
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If you’re just starting a low-carb, high-protein lifestyle, you may have noticed that meals take a bit more time to prepare. (We have a solution to this, if you just hold tight.) And since you can’t live off protein powder smoothies forever, we have a few meal prep hacks to hold you over.
Always keep a few base ingredients on hand — roasted veggies, hard boiled eggs, and quinoa, for example — that can be easily combined into a number of meals on a moment’s notice. This savory breakfast bowl combines eggs, sauteed kale, tomatoes, avocado, and quinoa into a high-powered, high-protein breakfast you could enjoy any morning of the week.
Cereal School Is the High-Protein Low-Carb Breakfast You’ve Been Waiting For
No snooze button is needed because Cereal School is sure to power you through your mornings.
If you’re looking for a low-carb, high-protein breakfast that doesn’t take more than a minute of prep work, Cereal School is it. Conveniently packaged in grab-n-go, individual-serving bags, you can munch your breakfast on the go, in the conference room, or during your commute.
Plus, because we know time is valuable to you, we ship straight to your front door. No need to wait in the grocery store line or scoop us up in the cereal aisle. We’ll come to you.