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3 options for a low-carb breakfast
There are many reasons you may want to cut or control your carbohydrate intake. People with diabetes need to monitor their levels carefully. Cutting carbs is key to many diets, and many people just prefer reorienting their lifestyle towards other food groups.
But, this does make breakfast tricky. Many traditional breakfast options are high in carbohydrates, such as toast, croissants, oats, and more.
So what should you do when the most important meal of the day rolls around? We've got some options to help you out.
Wait, what? But aren't they high in carbohydrates? It is true that most cereals have a high carb and sugar content, but as lifestyles change and companies adjust to new preferences, the same goes for this favored breakfast choice.
Today, there are many great cereals out there that are low in carb content. Whether designed with diabetics in mind or just for the market of people wanting a low-carb breakfast, there are more options than ever.
But don't worry, such cereals retain all the benefits of the best cereals — tasty bowls that fill you up with slow-release sugars — but they rely on other nutrients and food groups to do so. Try one today to find out for yourself.
Many people find proteins to be more, if not just as, filling as carbohydrates. Proteins break down more slowly, which means they can release energy for longer. Proteins also have healthy properties beyond giving you energy. They build and repair muscles and help create enzymes and hormones. Bacon and sausages are popular proteins on the breakfast table that have low-carb content, but that doesn't mean they are healthy.
Consider beans and eggs at the breakfast table. They are popular staples of breakfasts across the world, including in the Middle East and Central America, because they keep you going for a long while. They are both relatively easy to prepare and are healthy, too — assuming you don't use too much oil in the cooking process.
In Egypt, for instance, fuul is a popular breakfast dish, with regional differences across the wider Middle East. It is comparable to refried beans but made from fava beans. In Central America, black beans are a key part of any breakfast. Served with eggs of your choice, both are a hearty option for those looking to minimize traditional carb-heavy breakfasts.
We are taught that fat is bad. We shouldn't have too much fat, and too much fat in our food is bad. That's not the whole story.
Artificial and saturated fats are terrible for you, but unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial. Your body needs fat to absorb vitamins, give you energy, and protect your heart and brain health. In fact, these fats even help you maintain weight and fight fatigue.
So, what does this mean at the breakfast table?
Avocado is all the rage for good reason. It is packed full of healthy fats rich in energy. While it goes perfectly with toast (you are allowed some carbs every now and again), it also goes really well with beans and eggs.
Other good sources of good fats include nuts and fish. The latter is often found in breakfast dishes but is less present in common ideas of breakfast dishes. If you are vegan, consider Tofu as an enjoyable, healthy substitute for eggs.
It can be difficult to find good low-carb options for breakfast. But, they are there. It may require expanding your horizons or just finding low-carb breakfast products. But it will be fun and tasty either way!