Low-Carb Living - Breakfasts of Champions!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

When people find out that I have lost a large amount of weight on a low carb diet, almost always I am asked, *What do you eat*, sometimes it is specific to one meal or another or more general as in everything, lol. Today I thought I would share what I eat most often for breakfasts.

First I should tell you that by nature I am not really a breakfast person. I would never miss breakfast now but in my bad eating days, skipping or actually coffee for breakfast was common. Breakfast is important critical for fueling you and getting you going. I also want to share what's for breakfast because I think a lot of people think that low-carb eating is ONLY about bacon and eggs. I've already shared that eggs are not particularly my thing. I've learned to eat them but in moderation.
All summer long I worked very early and long hours to be able to take a 3rd day off each week. Not a lot of time for breakfast. I started making Whey Protein shakes with almond milk, a splash of cream, lots of ice and a small amount of berries (3-4 strawberries, 1/4 cup blueberries or raspberries) or 1 Tbsp of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa. These shakes come in anywhere from 5 to 9 net carbs depending on my add-in. Very filling and easily hold me until lunch. This is usually my breakfast at least 3 days a week.

Up next is my absolute favorite low-carb breakfast -- Flaxseed Meal-Peanut Butter Hot Cereal. I am not a cereal person per say. I never liked cold cereals as a kid -- although I would eat anything granola-like. Oatmeal has always been a favorite but I am not talking the packets of instant, flavored stuff -- just good, old fashioned oats, or even better steel-cut oats. They are great for those of you who can tolerate carbs, I cannot so no more oatmeal for me. Recently, I was turned on to this recipe that is credited to Laura Dolson.

Flaxseed Meal-Peanut Butter Hot Cereal

1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup boiling water
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pour boiling water over flaxseed meal and stir well. Stir in peanut butter and cinnamon. Let thicken for 1-2 minutes. Eat. Makes 1 serving.

This cereal is very high in fiber and oh, so delicious. The nutrition info will be determined by what type of peanut butter you use. I use Planter's Natural and my calories for the cereal is 312 with only 3.16 net carbs.I find this is so satisfying that I am surprised to find it after lunchtime and no hunger at all. I had this last weekend before my 10k.

One more breakfast idea and this one is EGGS. These are perfect for making in advance for quickie breakfasts.

Egg Buttons
(Printable Version)

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz half and half (I use cream)
12 large eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped green onions (I am making these this weekend and using fresh roasted Hatch chilies instead of the green onions)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. In a pour-spout mixing bowl or large mixing cup, combine all ingredients. Fill muffin tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 36 buttons. Freeze into individual serving (I usually eat 3) packages. Reheat in oven or microwave before serving.

Each button contains 47 calories and (less than 1) .68g net carbs. (again, for me 3 buttons are a serving so 141 calories and about 2 net carbs).

Hoping I have given you some ideas for QUICK, and make ahead breakfasts that are wonderfully low-carb and a great way to Break The Fast.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Mary Ann said...:

    The smoothie recipe is one I'll try... and we have made the mini quiches before, they ARE good!

  1. Terra said...:

    These recipes and tips sound delicious and healthy; I too have changed up my breakfasts to avoid sugar, and I do eat carbs that are hi fiber, like oatmeal and shredded wheat. You are doing great!

  1. Shelley said...:

    I have been on low carb for a little over a month now...your blog is going to be very helpful to me as I don't know a lot about what I should or shouldn't be eating. I have just been reading labels. I too am very bad about having coffee only for a breakfast and eating later around noon....I have a lot of weight to lose...I have cut out all sugar,bread,potatoes,corn,pasta,no sweets,no sodas(not even diet)! I had no idea I could use the Flax or whey protein...I will try your breakfast cereal recipe as I like peanut butter. Thanks so much for sharing this today...blessings

  1. Carol said...:

    These are great ideas. Reducing/eliminating carbs gives great results in weight management, and just the way you feel, as we can both attest!
    I recently found that keeping wheat out of my diet helps a LOT! That was a most pleasant discovery.
    The cereal recipe looks like it would really hit the spot.

  1. I swear by the flaxseed meal and eat it every morning in my cereal. Actually, I mix two kinds of cereal, top with flax and walnuts and top that with blueberries or prunes. I know, sounds like a lot of food, but it's really only about half to 3/4 full bowl. It's all in the portions :)

  1. Gail
    I want to start a diet, so thank you for sharing your tips!

  1. Gail, thank you so much for sharing. I have been looking for some low carb ideas for breakfast as I am not a big breakfast eater either. With four little ones I just usually skip it which I know is terrible. I am not particularly overweight but I have done a low carb diet in the past and it helped me drop the few pounds that I wanted to as well as made me feel better overall:)
    Thanks again ~ Lori

  1. ImSoVintage said...:

    So happy to have found your blog through one of my blogging friends. I have just started a gluten free diet and can't wait to peruse all of your recipes.


  1. Shug said...:

    Yum...I'm thankful for some new recipes to feed my kids each morning before school...
    Thanks girl.

  1. Gail, I am making the egg buttons for my glamping weekend with the girls. I love that I can make them ahead of time.

  1. kitty said...:

    Gail, I eat an egg every morning, but you gave me some new ideas. I have never eaten ground flaxseed. I do add it to my homemade bread, but I'd like to try it as a cereal. The smoothie sounds measly good, too. I love the idea of the egg buttons. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Gail,
    I love your comments about breakfast! You are probably the only other person besides myself that is not fond of eggs for b-fast! Yay! Someone else who feels that way! I love the egg buttons though, great idea to put it in a muffin tin, I must try that.....
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  1. Stephanie said...:

    Hi there. I happened to come across your blog and I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through your recipes and other posts...so I became a follower :) I was also blessed by your testimony for Jesus Christ. I, too, am a child of the King and I am so thankful for salvation through Jesus. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings to you,

  1. Tina said...:

    Good Afternoon Gail,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and love the recipes you have here.

    I tried making the flax seed cereal this morning. The flavor was great, but the consistency was disturbing. It became really slimy.....almost like a phlegm. I'm hoping I did something wrong or there is a way to prevent this. Have you experienced this? If so, is there a way to avoid it.

    Thank you,

  1. Tina -- I hope you come back here looking for an answer to your questions since I was unable to respond to you via email. I think all hot cereals have a slimy type texture -- maybe this one more than others. It is rich in oils - omega 3's and the oils in the peanut butter which mixed with the boiling water does leave it a bit slimy. Texture-wise, that does not bother me - the flavor is wonderful and that is more important to me.

  1. Tina said...:

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks so much for getting back to me! I let this sit for probably more than 10 minutes because I got distracted. I'm going to try it again and eat it right away to see if that makes a difference. I agree, most hot cereals are a bit slimy! :)

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