Top 10 Vegetarian Low Carb Breakfasts
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We’ve been on the hunt for the top 10 low carb vegetarian breakfasts and we’re proud to say we’ve found out that the key to low carb breakfast recipes is, in a word, eggs!
If you’re not an egg fan, then we suggest you skip straight to the egg-free recipes we have included, like this avocado smoothie, these paleo chocolate pancakes and this tofu scramble!
But if you are a fan of eggs, then you are in luck!
Eggs make the perfect low carb vegetarian breakfasts because they can be dressed up in a million different ways, with a million different flavours and, of course, they contain barely any carbs.
But we’ll get into the health benefits of eggs later. For now let’s look at what constitutes a low carb vegetarian breakfast and why you might want to eat one (similar reasons you might want to try a low carb protein packed vegetarian breakfast)!
Vegetarian low carb breakfasts – less than 20g carbs per serving!
We used a strict set of criteria to select these healthy low carb breakfasts (the same as for all our veggie low carb recipes!). As follows:
- Less than 20g carbohydrates
- Less than 25g fat, inc less than 10g saturated fat
- Minimum 10g protein
On our vegetarian weight loss plan we usually suggest reducing fat content to allow for more carb and protein, but we know that doesn’t suit everyone.
So lowering carbs in your diet makes room for other food groups such as protein and fat. While there is nothing bad about carbs, some people prefer a lower carb diet or may have been advised to adopt this for health reasons.
Protein can be great for weight loss as it helps you to feel full (and a lot fuller compared to refined, white carbohydrates!) – it literally helps to suppress production of the hunger hormone ghrelin.
So switching out less-filling carbs for more-filling protein means you are less likely to get hungry between meals and need to fill up on snacks!
That said, too much fat is not a good thing, so we have made sure to limit these low carb veggie breakfasts to maximum 25g fat, of which less than 10g is saturated (the bad kind!)
If you want to learn more stuff like this about vegetarian weight loss, why not download our vegetarian for weight loss e-book?
Breakfast? More like Br-EGG-fast!
So, circling back round to eggs. We love them. Can’t get enough of them. Eternally grateful to chickens.
And they are perfect for high protein low carb breakfasts, because they are…you guessed it! High in protein and low in carbs.
1 egg contains just 0.4g carbs and a whole 6.3g protein!
What’s more, they are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B2, B12, D, folate, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.
You can try them in this Mexican Breakfast Casserole or this Broccoli Bake. Or if you’re looking for a grab and go low carb breakfast, our Egg Breakfast Muffins are the one for you.
And if you’ve come this far and are still looking for an easy low carb breakfast without eggs – never fear! We do have a few things up our sleeve for you, such as these Chocolate Pancakes or our Avocado Fitness Smoothie!
Low Carb Breakfast Egg Muffins (25 Minutes, Vegetarian)Check out the recipe here
Bonus: high protein, transportable
219 calories per serving
4 g carbohydrates per serving
Looking for a high-protein, low-carb breakfast? Try these breakfast egg muffins – 1 recipe, 4 amazing flavours!
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Mexican Breakfast CasseroleCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 1 hour (prep time 15 minutes)
Recipe by: FoolproofLiving
Bonus: gluten-free, make-ahead
282 calories per serving
8 g carbohydrates per serving
Add some Mexican flavor to your breakfast with this veggie-packed, gluten-free and easy to make savory and vegetarian Mexican Breakfast Casserole (we have more veggie Mexican meals here). Ready in less than an hour and can be made ahead.
Avocado Spinach SmoothieCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: filling, full of fresh fruit & veg
292 calories per serving
15 g carbohydrates per serving
This avocado spinach smoothie is a high protein vegan breakfast inspired by Ben Greenfield – a nutrition and fitness expert, triathlon and Spartan Race competitor, as well as New York Times Bestseller! So I think we can trust that it’s going to be pretty darn healthy!
Baby Kale Mozzarella and Egg BakeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 45 minutes (prep time 15 minutes)
Recipe by: KalynsKitchen
Bonus: high iron, high protein
208 calories per serving
4 g carbohydrates per serving
This Baby Kale, Mozzarella, and Egg Bake is perfect for Weekend Food Prep and you’ll have a heat-and-eat breakfast featuring greens that you can eat for several days.
Best Easy Omelette RecipeCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: super simple, super speedy
251 calories per serving
1 g carbohydrates per serving
Searching for the perfect omelette? This protein packed, easy omelette recipe has got your back!
Low Carb Chocolate PancakesCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 21 minutes
Recipe by: FitAsAMamaBear
Bonus: keto, gluten-free, paleo
153 calories per serving
6 g carbohydrates per serving
Only six ingredients in these light, paleo chocolate pancakes. Chocolate based and indulgent, you’ll never guess that these low carb chocolate pancakes don’t have a huge flour base.
The Best Savoury Ricotta MuffinsCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: High protein, great for on the go
101 calories per serving
2.1 g carbohydrates per serving
Mediterranean Baked Ricotta Muffins. High protein meets high flavour in these delicious ricotta muffins, perfect as a filling snack or post-gym meal.
Vegan Tofu ScrambleCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: BePlantWell
Bonus: egg free, vegan
201 calories per serving
8 g carbohydrates per serving
Easy and delicious vegan tofu scramble recipe with peppers, tomatoes and spinach. Ready in no time and the perfect eggless breakfast.
Broccoli BakeCheck out the recipe here
Ready in: 50 minutes
Recipe by: Cooktoria
Bonus: cheesy, low effort
277 calories per serving
9 g carbohydrates per serving
This Breakfast Broccoli Bake made with eggs, Provolone, and feta cheese is healthy, filling and delicious way to start your day! That’s the only Broccoli Bake recipe you’ll ever need.
Easy Tomato OmeletteCheck out the recipe here
Bonus: super quick, super easy
345 calories per serving
11 g carbohydrates per serving
Easy Tomato Omelette. There is a trick to making the perfect omelette – and it’s weirdly easy. We’ll show you how. You’re gonna love this one!
You can give it a go right now!
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes (the sweeter the better)
- ½ cup basil, fresh (dried will work if necessary)
- ¼ cup favourite cheese (think cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, remember to avoid rennet if you’re vegetarian)
- salt (to taste)
- black pepper (to taste)
- 2 spring onions
- 1 chili (red or green)
- Wash the tomatoes (and spring onions or chili if you’re using them) and chop into small pieces.
- Heat half the oil in a pan and fry the tomatoes for about 2 minutes. Set aside. Clean the pan with a tissue.
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well with a fork, adding the salt and pepper
- Heat the rest of the oil in a pan (non-stick if possible) on low to medium heat. Use paper to wipe the oil around a little (or an oil spray if you have it).
- Pour the egg mix into the pan
- Using a spatula, ruffle the omelette so it doesn’t stick. As you create gaps tilt the pan so the liquid fills the spaces.
- Let it cook for about 2 minutes and…
- Here's the important part: when the egg mixture looks nearly cooked (but there's still just a tiny bit of runny egg left) drop on the tomatoes and basil (and cheese, spring onions or chili if you’re using them).
- Fold the empty half of the omelette on top of the other.
- Slide it onto a plate – the heat from closing the omelette will finish cooking the inside.
Now you’ve tried some of our simple low carb breakfasts, let us know which low carb vegetarian breakfast, let us know which was your favourite in the comments below (and then maybe you want to check out these veggie low calorie breakfasts too!)!
What a phenomenal group of low carb breakfast ideas! I literally want to try them all. I love that you have so many more recipe round ups like this one. I need all the vegetarian recipes I can get my hands on.
Thanks for sharing!
Glad you liked the recipes! Surely, check out our other compilations! We have much to enjoy! 🙂
They all look delicious! I’m not a full-on vegetarian but I do love to eat plant based meals regularly so I know I will try some, and thanks for including my recipe.
Thanks for sharing the recipe with us Kalyn!