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Low-Carb Breakfast Recipes

Whether you crave a homemade muffin, a brunch dish for company, or crisp hash browns, you'll find it in this collection of diabetic breakfast favorites, most with carb counts of 20 grams or less per serving.

Hash Brown Potato Cakes

If you thought hash browns were off-limits, think again. In addition to reasonable portion sizes, this recipe calls for just a small amount of olive oil and cooking spray, helping to reduce fat and calories. The best news of all: It has 9 grams of carb per serving.

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Knife-and-Fork Breakfast Burrito

If you're in the mood for Mexican, give this low-carb recipe a try. The eggs are cooked in a thin layer and become the shell, replacing regular, carb-laden tortillas. Healthy black beans provide 4 grams of fiber.

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Pick-Me-Up Bars

A welcome change from the usual morning toast or cereal, these portable whole wheat breakfast bars provide energy to help pick you up and keep you going.

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothies

Skip the juice and start your day with this refreshing whole-fruit smoothie -- it has only 54 calories and 12 grams of carb per 1/2-cup serving.

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Quick Breakfast Pizza

With 23 grams of carb per serving, this breakfast entree is a little over our 20-gram carb target, but its high protein and fiber content make it a healthy and hearty breakfast pick. The thin sandwich rolls in the supermarket are the perfect base for these quick homemade pizzas.

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Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes

The serving size is two delicious pancakes for 22 grams of carb. The soluble fiber in buckwheat is digested slowly, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes.

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The Quick and Easy Omelet

Fresh herbs, spinach, and a simple red pepper relish elevate the look, taste, and nutrients of a plain omelet. Like most egg dishes, the protein level is high (16 grams per serving) and the carb count is low (7 grams).

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Tropical Fruit Smoothies

You can't beat a smoothie for convenience, nutrition, and portability. This easy recipe has a refreshing blend of mango, banana, and pineapple.

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Raspberry Strudel Croissants

This amazing take on a French pastry uses frozen phyllo dough. The nutrition is equally awesome: just 35 calories and 8 grams of carb per serving. Ooh-la-la!

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Apple-Pumpkin Softies

On-the-go breakfasts can be delicious and nutritious when you have a stash of these treats in your freezer. A cross between a breakfast cookie and a muffin, each softie has just 13 grams of carb.

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Sugar-and-Spice Biscuits

When you want to impress your guests and stay on track with your diet, give these biscuits a try. There's enough cinnamon-sugar to satisfy any sweet tooth, yet each serving has just 18 grams of carb.

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Egg and Potato Casserole

This company-worthy casserole makes our low-carb cut with 22 grams per serving. By using Canadian-style bacon and lower-fat dairy products, calories stay in check, too.

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Turkey-Apple Sausage Patties

Here's a great alternative to the usual fatty breakfast sausage: Add a few simple ingredients to lean ground turkey breast. The result is a delicious sweet-spicy flavor with just 5 grams of fat versus 14 grams or more in many traditional versions.

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Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps

Try this tasty take on bagels and lox. By subbing whole wheat tortillas for bagels, the carb count is just 14 grams per serving rather than 60 grams or more for a typical bagel. Another plus -- this variation has 9 grams of fiber.

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Herb-Bran Muffins

Fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese give a savory twist to these fiber-rich bran muffins. Enjoy one in the morning or as breakfast-for-dinner in the evening.

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Shrimp-Artichoke Frittata

Easy elegance is what this frittata is all about. And like most egg-base dishes, the carb content is low -- just 6 grams per serving.

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Grape Crepes

Who knew crepes could fit into a diabetes meal plan? This simple but sophisticated recipe has only 86 calories and 14 grams of carb per serving.

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Apricot-Pecan Muffins

Make a batch of these carb-conscious muffins, and freeze them for a grab-and-go breakfast on hectic mornings. For the perfect portable pairing, choose a high-protein food such as a hard-boiled egg, low-fat yogurt, or cheese.

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Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

With 11 grams of protein, this easy-fix breakfast is a great way to start your day. The nonstarchy veggies -- mushrooms, green onions, and tomatoes -- add flavor and color without contributing a lot of carbs.

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Mixed Fruit with Yogurt Topping

Adding pineapple and vanilla to plain yogurt creates a yummy combination that's a cinch to whip together. Plus, it has only 21 grams of carb per serving.

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Hearty Vegetable, Bacon, and Quinoa Quiche

This unique recipe uses quinoa for the crust in place of the usual high-fat and high-carb pastry. It's totally easy to make, too -- no messy dough to roll out. And with mushrooms, spinach, and leeks, this quiche is a great way to get a few veggies in your morning meal.

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Two-Tone Biscotti

The flavors of rich chocolate and delicate orange meet up in this special breakfast treat. Best of all, there's no need to feel guilty -- each serving has just 12 grams of carb.

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Pear-Maple Spice Bread

This moist and spicy bread does double duty when you bake it in two mini loaves. Keep one for yourself as a delicious morning treat with just 20 grams of carb per serving; give the other loaf as a gift -- no one will suspect this is a diabetes-friendly recipe.

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Berry-Mango Slush

Add some punch to your next breakfast or brunch gathering with this low-carb drink. Guests will love the strawberry-mango flavors, and you'll love the low calorie and carb counts.

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