Eating Low Carb at Breakfast

For some who wish to follow a low carbohydrate diet, breakfast may involve a radical change. Gone are the toast and sweet rolls, the pancakes and coffee cake. The change need not, however, be a boring or unappealing one. Breakfast can easily be accommodated to meet low carbohydrate diet requirements and still be satisfying and delicious.

Eggs, a traditional staple for the morning meal, are an ideal choice for a low carb breakfast. They are high in protein, low in calories, and at around one carbohydrate per egg, are a great way to start a day. They can be boiled, fried, scrambled, or poached for a different taste over a period of time.

Eggs don’t have to be eaten plain either. They may be scrambled with some cheese, another low carb food for a different yet tasty option. Cheddar cheese has one carb per ounce, and most other cheeses are comparable. Scrambling one ounce of cheddar cheese into an egg or two has a total carb count of only two or three while still being quite satisfying. For those who wish to get fancier still, an omelet can be a great breakfast. Adding cheese, onion, peppers, and even some meat into the egg mixture can make quite a delicious omelet and a very hearty breakfast.

Breakfast meats do not have to be banned from a low carb breakfast either. Regular bacon, often a no-no for many diets, is actually allowed in a low carb diet since it actually contains zero carbs; Canadian bacon comes in only a little higher in the carb count with one per serving. Sausage, also taboo under many diet plans, is acceptable with this type of plan since a serving contains only about one carb. Ham is another low carb option that is popular for breakfast as are breakfast steaks. These meats can be eaten as a side or mixed into an omelet.

Unsweetened coffee or tea have zero carbohydrates and therefore can be consumed without limit. For those who do not want their coffee black, most low carb diets actually recommend cream over milk, but powdered non-dairy creamers are also only one carb per serving. Artificial sweeteners are suitable substitutes for sugar in a low carbohydrate breakfast. Fruit juices and milk are not good beverage choices with this type of diet.

Cereals are a traditional breakfast food, but most of them- even the healthy ones- should be steered clear of in the strictest low carb diets. There are, however, special cereals in the diet sections of stores that have fewer carbs than regular cereals and can be used on occasion.

Again, there are special foods manufactured for the low carb dieter and can be found in the diet section in the supermarket. Low carb breakfast bars can be a good on- the –go option, although most people would tire of them if they ate them too often. Specially made low carb breads are available to replace regular bread which can be high in carbohydrates and therefore not allowed in most low carb diets. Then for those who really wish to get creative while following this type of menu, there are special recipes to mimic traditional favorites. For instance, “French toast” can be made with crushed pork rinds (very low in carbs), eggs, and artificial sweetener. Topped with special low carb syrup, some people will enjoy this stand-in as a breakfast treat that doesn’t destroy their diet.

Low carb diets are especially kind to those who love breakfast. Much of the customary breakfast fare is still allowed in more than adequate serving sizes. Followers of this type of diet can get their mornings off to a gratifying, guilt-free start with minimal effort. Indeed with this diet, breakfast may very well be the best meal of the day.

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