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Low-Carb Breakfast Bowls

by Jennifer Blair

When you're rushing around in the morning to get ready for work or to drop the kids at school, there's not always time to eat a big, hearty breakfast. You can find frozen breakfast bowls at the grocery store that contain classic breakfast staples in a single container for a meal that's satisfying and convenient to eat. However, store-bought bowls are not always the healthiest options, particularly if you're trying to eat a low-carb diet. To keep the carbs down, you can make your own breakfast bowl with ingredients that you already have in the house so you can take a healthy breakfast with you as you head out the door.

Eggs

When you're eating a low-carb diet, eggs are an ideal breakfast option and make a tasty foundation for a breakfast bowl. Most store-bought breakfast bowls contain scrambled eggs, which are easy to make and can be seasoned with fresh herbs or ranch dressing mix for added flavor. If you're also worried about the cholesterol in your family's diet, you can scramble just the egg whites or use an egg substitute product, which are both cholesterol-free and low in fat. If you're not a fan of scrambled eggs, chop up some hard boiled eggs and use them as the base of your breakfast bowl.

Sausage

If you want to up its protein power, add some sausage to your breakfast bowl. Buy a pound of your favorite sausage to brown and crumble yourself, or use frozen links and chop them up. If you've got sausage patties at home, dice those up and toss them with your eggs. For a healthier alternative to pork sausage, try turkey, which is lower in fat and calories. If you're not a fan of sausage, crumble up a couple of pieces of bacon or turkey bacon to add in with your eggs.

Veggies

Traditional breakfast bowls usually contain some kind of home fries or potatoes, which help make it a hearty, filling meal. When you're watching your carbs, though, potatoes are a no-no. Instead of home fries or hash browns, bulk up your breakfast bowl with low-carb veggies. Peppers and mushrooms are often used as additions to omelets, so they pair well with the eggs. Sauté the chopped veggies in olive oil or vegetable oil with some herbs or ranch-flavored seasoning mix for added flavor, and toss them into with your other breakfast bowl ingredients. They'll help make your bowl more filling, but without adding too many carbs, calories or fat.

Toppings

To make breakfast bowls even more appealing to your kids, top them with some shredded cheese, which is naturally low in carbs, or creamy salad dressing. You can use cheddar, Monterrey jack, pepper jack or whatever you kids' favorite is. Cheese can be high in fat and calories, though, so opt for a low-fat version to create a healthier breakfast bowl.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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