Not a morning person? Are you and your alarm in a constant state of war? Or maybe you and that snooze button are BFFs with all that physical contact?
Whatever your relationship may be with your alarm, we'd wager a guess you don't have a lot of time in the morning to create a tasty low-carb breakfast on the go.
Your mom always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what she might not have taught you is how you could fit it into your busy morning routine. (OK, she might have warned you not to stay up too late to avoid a difficult morning. But then again, binge-watching Netflix wasn't a thing back in her day.)
While we're certainly not advocating poor sleeping habits, we agree with Mom that breakfast is important. So we're here to help make your mornings just a little less rushed. If you think being on a low-carb diet has severely restricted your options, get ready for some tasty new ideas for low-carb breakfasts on the go.
Thought you had to wave goodbye to your bagels, waffles, and muffins when you took on a low-carb diet? Not so fast.
We're here to tell you that muffins can still be a low-carb breakfast on the go. And thank goodness they are. Perfectly shaped to fit into your hand, muffins are a fabulous breakfast idea when time isn't on your side. They can be eaten discreetly without too much mess, and oh yeah, they taste great.
But before you go rushing to your local cafe and ordering the largest muffin, it’s important to note that not all breakfast muffins are created equal. The secret to a legitimately low-carb muffin lies in what you put (and don’t put) in it. That means going the DIY route so you know every ingredient that’s included.
Because it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to make a low-carb muffin, they might not be the ideal choice for a same-day breakfast option.
However, they're perfect for meal-prep: Make a big batch when you have time, keep them in the fridge (or freezer), and reheat in the microwave when you need a quick and easy breakfast.
Here are some muffin ideas that make easy low-carb breakfast options:
Easy Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins
We love eggs in the morning as much as the next person, but with their runny yolks or scrambled pieces, they're not exactly travel-friendly. Thankfully, eggs come in muffin form too. Packed with extra protein thanks to bacon and cheddar cheese, this egg muffin recipe will help you feel full well into lunchtime.
This low-carb breakfast on the go will keep well in the fridge for up to three days or you can individually wrap and freeze them for up to a month. You can also serve them fresh with fruit salad for a simple weekend brunch.
Keto Ham & Zucchini Muffins
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Made with almond flour, this savory low-carb breakfast recipe is also gluten-free. While this recipe uses just ham and zucchini, you can also load it up with more veggies and even some cheese for added protein and healthy fats to make this a super healthy breakfast muffin. Cauliflower? Why not? Bell peppers? The more the merrier.
Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins
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Never in your wildest dreams did you imagine that you'd be having cheesecake (sorry, we mean muffins) for breakfast on your low-carb diet, did you? To be honest, neither did we. Until we found this sugar-free sweet muffin recipe.
The cream cheese gives this low-carb muffin its cheesecake-like texture but with a net carb of 2 grams per muffin, it's all fun and indulgence without any of the guilt.
Low Carb Egg Breakfast Muffins
If you’re vegetarian, this is the go-to low-carb breakfast recipe for you. Made in just 25 minutes and packed to the brim with eggs and cheddar cheese, this breakfast muffin isn’t just high in protein, it’s delicious with a capital D. Even non-vegetarians will love this tasty dish, perfect not just for breakfast, but as a filling snack too. You can also bake them for a shorter amount of time if you prefer your eggs on the softer side — it’ll be cooked enough to eat on-the-go but not so gooey you’re left with a wonderful sticky mess.
Want a smooth exit out the front door in the morning? Bad puns aside, smoothies are an excellent low-carb breakfast idea when you're on the go. It takes only a few minutes to blend all the ingredients together for a healthy low-carb meal in a cup. Crumbs? What crumbs?
Drinking your breakfast may not sound like something particularly filling, but you'd be surprised how nutritious smoothies can be. It all comes down to making sure you include plenty of protein and minimize the sugar content.
Try the following smoothie recipes to ensure you get a good dose of wholesome ingredients, low (or no) sugar, healthy fats, and high protein.
Keto Avocado Smoothie
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With psyllium husk to boost the creaminess, this smoothie recipe is a keto breakfast delight. It's got peanut butter, walnuts, and collagen protein to up the fat and protein content, as well as almond milk to keep the carb count down.
Detox Keto Green Smoothie
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This gorgeously green smoothie recipe is packed with kale, cucumber, fennel, and celery for an extra boost of antioxidants and fiber. Be sure to use a high-speed blender for this one or you'll end up with a rather fibrous non-smooth smoothie thanks to the kale and celery. Add a scoop of whey protein powder to make it a balanced keto breakfast.
Paleo Blueberry Banana Chia Smoothie
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If the color green doesn't go with your outfit, you might want to try this purple chia smoothie recipe instead. Chia seeds are not only packed full of antioxidants, they're also a protein powerhouse. As such, this four-ingredient vegan, gluten-free, and paleo smoothie will go a long way in the morning. Sweetened only with fruit, it's low in carbs and takes mere minutes to make.
Low-Carb Breakfast on the Go: Don’t Forget the Cereal
How many minutes does it take to pour a bowl of cereal? No, this isn't the start of some terrible joke, we just wanted to remind you why cereal is probably the quickest way to enjoy breakfast. However, as you probably already know, most breakfast cereals don’t exactly give you a healthy start to your day.
That’s why we created our own sugar-free, all-natural, non-GMO, diabetic- and keto-friendly version with The Cereal School.
With just one gram of total carbs per serving, our cereal is as low-carb as it gets, especially if you pair it with something low-carb such as almond milk or Greek yogurt.
It's also deliciously sweet without any sugar (the secret lies in monk fruit) and packed full of protein (16 grams, to be exact) to keep you feeling happy and full.
Our cereal is also grain-free, gluten-free with no artificial sweeteners or colors. What’s more, each flavor comes in its own convenient bag (yes, bag) so you don’t even need a bowl. (Although a spoon would help.) How's that for a low-carb breakfast on the go?