There are lots of healthy starts that include eggs - but, much as I'm a fan - I don't want to serve eggs everyday. (While eggs do contain cholesterol, research has shown that cholesterol in food affects blood cholesterol less than fats in food. And there are other heart healthy nutrients in eggs. That said, proceed with some caution and limit egg yolks to 1/day or, for those with diabetes or heart disease, 3/week. See here for information.)
I've been trolling through cookbooks and websites looking for inspiration - I have to say, I'm dismayed at some of the offerings! I found lots of suggestions using sugar substitutes and fake foods such as Eggcel and Weight Watchers jelly crystals. One recipe called for bacon drippings, one had Cool Whip in the mix, another quote was "this donut is actually low carb!" Ok... but is it good for me?! And I don't want salmon for breakfast either, no matter how flat a stomach it's supposed to give me. Hmmm... maybe I take that back... maybe some smoked salmon... Ok, let's add that to the "Go" list.
Here are a few low/no carb, no egg breakfast ideas to get us started:
Everyone loves a smoothie! Put some yogurt (low-fat greek or natural - no sugary yogurts!), fruit of your choice (fresh or frozen is great, especially this time of year), some liquid - a splash of juice or water - to help pureé, into a blender and whizz up. You can add extras if you like: cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nuts/seeds, even peanut butter or cocoa powder! Be creative and enjoy. Do remember - although a smoothie counts for 1 portion of fruits/veg per day, don't over do - your body doesn't always get the same satiated feeling from fruit that's been blended.
Cottage Cheese with fruit:
A good source of protein and calcium, cottage cheese is a great base for breakfast. Mix in some fruit - try pineapple or melon chunks (or chopped tomatoes for lunch).
Large grilled mushrooms with a small dollop of pesto:
Yum! I love this for lunch, and it has a breakfasty feel to it as well. Just wipe a pan with a smidge of olive oil, place 2 large mushrooms on - I weigh them down by putting a 2nd pan or 2 on top. Cook and turn, cook some more (or grill). Top with 1/2 teaspoon pesto. (You can add a sprinkling of grated cheese, too if you like - but if you're being really good, leave it off.)
Stewed apples over low-fat yogurt:
Or any fruit, really - the stewed apples just add a bit of warmth on these cold mornings. (To stew apples, just roughly chop - skin on - and put into a saucepan with a splash of water. Cover and simmer for a few minutes until softened.)
Smoked salmon rolls with low-fat cream cheese and red onion:
Why not? I've read articles touting how great salmon is for breakfast - omega 3's, great protein, low carb -but the idea of cooking salmon in the morning is anathema to me. But I think I could do these... you might even get super healthy and roll up some spinach leaves in there, too! I'll leave it up to you.