Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

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Some might say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I say making your first meal of the day low carb is even more important, especially if you’re looking to lose weight with the 17 Day Diet, or any other low carb way of eating.

Low Carb Breakfast Ideas and Recipes for Weight Loss with the 17 Day Diet or any low carb way of eating

Filling up on protein, fiber and even healthy fats early in your day is going to help you stay satiated until lunch, slow down the metabolism of fruit sugars with the extra fiber, and provide your brain and body much needed focus and energy.

Breakfast Smoothies for Weight Loss

As you keep reading this post, you’ll find a few fruit smoothie recipes for breakfast time. 

Not only are smoothies a quick grab-and-go type of meal, but they are also great for weight loss when using the right ingredients!

The key is to add in extra protein and fiber to help slow the metabolism of the fruit sugars to allow your body to use it for energy and to avoid a sugar crash.

Dinner Smoothie Recipe for the Transitional Day Fast for the 17 Day Diet

Depending on the ingredients you use for your breakfast smoothie, you may need to add in extra protein such as a whey protein powder. However, if you’re using a full-fat plain yogurt, it might contain enough protein for your own individual needs.

Eggs for Weight Loss

Eggs are a great protein source for weight loss.  Not only do they contain protein, they also are filled with vitamins and minerals.

If you’re on the 17 Day Diet, the book recommends limiting your serving to two eggs a day, but stick to no more than four yolks per week if you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol. The book goes on to say that egg whites can be eaten without restriction.

Eggs are a great source of protein for the 17 Day Diet

The protein in eggs also helps with muscle recovery, so if you’re incorporating strength training into your exercise program, fill up on protein!

In this blog post, I feature a few breakfast recipes that use eggs for a perfect low carb meal!

17 Day Diet Breakfast Ideas

Here are a few of my favorite low carb 17 Day Diet breakfast recipe ideas for weight loss for this particular diet or any other low carb way of eating.

The following list of recipes is organized by 17 Day diet Cycle approval.

Plus, if you keep reading to the end, I’ve organized all the recipes mentioned in a neat and tidy list.

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed during cycle 1, make sure you take a peek at my 17 Day Diet Cycle 1 Food List.

You can also check out my book on Amazon called Fast Track Your Weight Loss With the 17 Day Diet which has all the food lists (and a 7 day meal plan, too!).

17 Day Diet Breakfast Cycle 1

The following low carb breakfast recipe ideas are approved for Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet.

If a recipe is approved for Cycle 1, it means you can have it in all cycles.

Broccoli Egg Bites

My latest Broccoli Egg Bites recipe is so yummy, you’re going to want to make this stat!

These egg muffins are easy to make, easy to freeze and perfect for reheating. You can batch bake a dozen so you can always have breakfast ready to go on busy mornings.

Chicken Apple Sausage

My new Chicken Apple Sausage isn’t really that “new” because it’s been a part of my Yummy Cycle 1 recipe book for years.

However, I decided to bring it to life on my blog and share it with the world.

This recipe is slightly updated from the original, but just as yummy!

These chicken apple sausage patties are perfect served with eggs, any style!

Chicken Apple Sausage can be served for breakfast with eggs (any style)

Asparagus and Eggs

This Asparagus and Eggs recipe is the perfect low carb breakfast option for the 17 Day Diet.

Not only does it have a lot of protein from the eggs, but the asparagus adds in extra fiber to keep you full.

Asparagus and Eggs is a perfect low carb breakfast for the 17 Day Diet

The great thing about this particular low carb breakfast recipe, is that you can prepare your eggs any way you choose.

From scrambled to poached to fried, you can literally make a different type of meal each time you make this recipe.

Spinach Egg Muffins with Tomatoes & Bell Pepper

My Spinach Egg Muffins are so easy to make and customize, that you’ll likely want to make them every week!

You can even bake them in large batches, freeze and reheat when you need a quick breakfast on busy mornings.

My Spinach Egg Muffins are super customizable, so if you’re not a fan of tomatoes or bell pepper, I have ideas on what to use instead.

Spinach Egg Bites are filled with spinach, tomatoes and bell peppers for a nutrient dense healthy breakfast

Waffle Omelettes 

Have you heard of the chaffle made famous by the Keto Diet?

The chaffle is basically eggs and cheese and maybe a few other ingredients to form a low carb waffle type of meal.

This low carb Waffle Omelettes recipe is the OG “chaffle”.

It’s been a community favorite long before the chaffle was invented, and quite honestly, I think it’s probably a bit more healthy with added fiber from your favorite low carb veggies!

Waffle Omelettes for the 17 Day Diet
Photo courtesy of Tracy P.

You can easily make a batch ahead of time and pop them into your freezer – they’d be easy to reheat in your toaster for a quick low carb grab-and-go breakfast.

Veggie Egg Cups

These Veggie Egg Cups have been a staple in the 17 Day Diet community for years now. 

Load your egg cups with your favorite leftover veggies or follow the recipe as-is.

Either way, you can definitely create a different flavor with each new batch you make.

Veggie Egg Cups - use whatever veggies you have on hand! Simple and yummy grab and go meal!
Photo courtesy of Janice B.

Easily make a few batches of these veggie egg cups and place them in your freezer for safe keeping.

A quick reheat in the microwave and you have yourself a protein and fiber-rich quick breakfast for on the go.

Blueberries and Cream Green Smoothie

This Blueberries and Cream Green Smoothie is one of many perfect 17 Day Diet Smoothies for weight loss.

Adding in extra fiber into your smoothie is not only going to keep you fuller longer, but will also slow down the metabolism of sugar from the fruit to give you sustainable energy without the sugar crash.

Blueberries and Cream Green Smoothie
Photo courtesy of Kelly J.

I do have another breakfast smoothie on this list (keep scrolling for the Cycle 3 list of approved recipes).

Greek Egg Cups

If you want to bring the Mediterranean to you, give my Greek Egg Cups recipe a try!

I originally featured this yummy breakfast recipe inside Tasty Cycle 1 Meal Plan that we used for our January Cycle 1 Challenge.

It was a great hit and includes ingredients you might not otherwise use for a breakfast recipe!

Greek Egg Cups are made with eggs, spinach, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes and a bit of feta cheese

Skillet Garden Eggs

This Skillet Garden Eggs recipe was first introduced in a previous cycle 1 challenge for the 17 Day Diet.

I had found the original recipe online and make a few tweaks to make it 17 Day Diet friendly.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can use the recipe as-is or use up all of your leftover veggies that need to be eaten. 

Either way, this is a filling meal that will keep you full for hours.

Skillet Garden Eggs is such a healthy and delicious breakfast!
 Photo courtesy of Kaitlynn P.

Spinach & Mushroom Egg Bites

If egg muffins are your thing, especially for busy mornings, I have another recipe that I think you’ll love!

My Spinach & Mushroom Egg Bites recipe is super simple, easy to make, and if you prep ahead of time, you’ll be able to eat these all week. 

These are a super convenient breakfast if you’re especially busy in the mornings.

Low Carb Keto Friendly Spinach & Egg Bites Muffins for busy mornings


17 Day Diet Breakfast Ideas Cycle 2

The recipes above for Cycle 1 can also be eaten during Cycle 2.

The next recipe is approved starting in Cycle 2, which means it can be eaten during cycles 2 and 3!

If you’re not sure which foods are allowed during Cycle 2, make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 2 Food List.

Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet

Dr. Mike’s Power Cookie for the 17 Day Diet is a recipe that can be found in the 17 Day Diet book.

It’s perfect as a pre-workout snack, or an afternoon pick-me-up.

In this particular recipe, I do have a few suggestions on swapping out ingredients if they’re too difficult to find.

These power cookies are great pre-workout snacks so you can have the energy you need

17 Day Diet Breakfast Cycle 3

Along with the recipes listed for Cycle 1 and 2, the following recipes may be enjoyed during Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet.

Make sure you check out my 17 Day Diet Cycle 3 Food List if you need a refresher on which foods are allowed during this cycle.

Summer Peach Crisp Smoothie a la Mode

This is my newest smoothie recipe, Summer Peach Crisp Smoothie a la Mode. The way the recipe is written, it’s approved for Cycle 3. However, a only a few changes are needed to make it compliant for earlier cycles (see the post for all the details).

This smoothie, even though it was created for Summer, may be eaten year round – frozen peaches can be found in most grocery stores all the time, and even during “off” season.

Summer Peach Smoothie is a great lower carb breakfast option

Lavender Haze Superfood Smoothie

This is the smoothie I have for lunch most days. It’s filled to the brim with a ton of superfood ingredients, healthy fats, protein and fiber so it makes for the perfect meal.

My Lavender Haze Superfood Smoothie is delicious and it’s  approved for Cycle 3, but a few changes and you can have this during Cycle 1.

And yes, I named this after Taylor Swift’s new song, Lavender Haze!

Lavender Haze Superfood Smoothie is filled with fiber, protein, healthy fats and superfoods for brain function

90 Second Keto Bread

If you’re craving bread, but would rather stick to a lower carb option instead of what’s approved during Cycle 3, then my 90 Second Keto Bread would be perfect for your next breakfast!

My 90 Second Keto Bread recipe features almond flour, so it’s naturally low carb and utilizes healthy fat to help you stay fuller longer.

I suggest you serve this bread toasted as it brings out the yummy nutty flavor. Plus, it helps keep the bread stable during eating!

Perfect 90 Second Keto Bread with Avocado
90 Second Keto Bread is a perfect low carb alternative

Homemade Almond Milk

If you’ve experienced Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet, then you know this is the cycle that non-dairy milk is officially approved for the diet (although many use unsweetened almond milk in all cycles and still have great success)!

Most of the store-bought almond milks are filled with added ingredients you really shouldn’t be drinking! 

The great thing about this Homemade Almond Milk recipe is that it’s SUPER easy to make.

This Homemade Almond Milk recipe can be used in place of store-bought for the smoothie recipes in this post, with the homemade granola recipe if you’re using the granola as a breakfast cereal, or for the healthy whipped coffee recipe further down in this post.

Use homemade unsweetened almond milk as a base liquid for your smoothies, cereal or granola for the extra boost in immune system health
Homemade Unsweetened Almond Milk 

Busy Bee’s Superfood Smoothie Recipe

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes for smoothies, Busy Bee’s Superfood Smoothie Recipe.

It’s filled with, you guessed it, superfoods!

This Superfood Smoothie Recipe is a complete meal, has optional boosters for immune support and other general wellness benefits, and will help you lose weight with the healthy fats and fiber-rich ingredients.

Blueberries and cream green smoothie is a great detoxifying breakfast with a lot of antioxidants
Photo courtesy of BusyBeesWellness.com

Healthy Homemade Granola

This Healthy Homemade Granola is a dieters dream food!

The entire recipe only contains 2/3 cups of oats, so when you eat a full 1/4 cup serving of this low carb granola, you’re getting mostly healthy fats to keep you satiated and few oats.

This low carb healthy granola is a great smoothie topper, perfect topper for your yogurt and fruit breakfast, or can be eaten as a cereal with your favorite unsweetened homemade almond milk.

This Healthy Homemade Granola is a great lean granola for the 17 Day Diet

Strawberry, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Collagen Smoothie

Another tasty smoothie makes the list for Cycle 3 as well!

My Strawberry, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Collagen Smoothie recipe is so filling and will keep you satiated all morning long!

It’s filled with fiber from the fruit, healthy fats from the peanut butter, and protein from the silky collagen!

Even though it’s approved for Cycle 3, you can easily make a few changes to enjoy it in earlier cycles!

This can also be eaten for lunch, too!

Strawberry Peanut Butter Chocolate Collagen Smoothie is filled with healthy fats, fiber, protein and collagen for a complete meal

Breakfast Chia Pudding

This healthy, low carb Breakfast Chia Pudding recipe was originally intended for the 17 Day Kickstart Diet, but can easily be used for Cycle 3 of the original 17 Day Diet.

Only a few tweaks are necessary to make this compliant.

Plus, my homemade lean granola makes for a perfect topper to this already healthy chia pudding (and you can use my homemade almond milk recipe as a liquid base, too!).

A healthy granola is a perfect topping for Breakfast Chia Pudding

Healthy Whipped Instant Coffee (Dalgona Coffee)

This Healthy Whipped Instant Coffee recipe is perfect as a morning breakfast drink on Cycle 3. 

This recipe is mainly approved for Cycle 3 due to the almond milk and the raw honey for a bit of added sweetness. 

This whipped coffee recipe is easy to make, plus there are a few added ingredients for added immune support!

A healthier version of a whipped dalgona coffee for the 17 Day Diet
Photo courtesy of BusyBeesWellness.com

Breakfast Smoothie Recipe for the 17 Day Diet

This Breakfast Smoothie for the 17 Day Diet is a part of the Transitional Day Fast.  

The Transitional Day Fast is where you have three smoothies in place of your three meals and can be used as a weight loss tool in between each cycle or after you’ve had a few rough days and need a way to jumpstart your weight loss.

However, if you’re going to use this breakfast recipe as part of your every day breakfast routine, it’s best to wait until Cycle 3 due to the higher-sugar fruit ingredients and almond milk.

The Breakfast Smoothie for the 17 Day Diet is a great way to start your day

As you can see from this list, there is a great variety of low carb breakfast ideas to help you lose weight.

Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time for quick and easy grab-and-go breakfasts if you find yourself fairly busy during the week.

Recap of Low Carb Breakfast Ideas for Weight Loss

OK, that’s a lot to take in, so here is a quick list of all the recipes I mention in this post.

If you make a particular recipe, make sure you go leave a review on that recipe’s blog post to let me know how you enjoyed it!

Check out my favorite low carb breakfast ideas for the 17 Day Diet

Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

Here are my favorite low carb breakfast ideas for weight loss. These recipes are great for weekends when you have more time, or are perfect to make ahead in batches so you have quick options during the week.

If you make any of the recipes mentioned in this post, I’d love for you to come back to review the recipe on its separate blog post.

If you’re on social media, tag me @17ddblog with your photo of your creation! Enjoy!

1 thought on “Low Carb Breakfast Ideas”

  1. Those are some amazing ideas for breakfast, Torey! I think another great low-carb recipe is a scrambled egg chicken avocado breakfast bowl. Super healthy and nutritious!


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