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35 Keto Breakfast Ideas That Are Anything but Boring

If you’re a breakfast lover following the keto diet, prepare to be pleasantly surprised: The list of keto breakfast ideas is long and mouthwatering, full of tasty fat-rich foods like eggs, avocado, sausage, butter, cheese, and bacon.

Of course, the list of things not permitted on the ultra-restrictive ketogenic diet is pretty darn long too. The goal is to deprive the body of its primary energy source—carbohydrates—and load up on fat in order to force your body into a metabolic state called ketosis, in which stored fat is burned for energy, as SELF has reported. “On keto you really need to moderate everything that’s not pure fat,” as New York–based dietitian Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D., previously told SELF. (That includes protein and even the carbs in nuts and veggies.)

Unsurprisingly, experts are critical of restrictive, imbalanced diets used for losing weight, as keto often is, for many reasons—including the fact that they limit the variety of nutrients your body gets, can promote disordered eating, fail to deliver on long-term health benefits, and are unsustainable for most people. The TL;DR is that if you’re giving keto a go, it’s a good idea to read up and consult your doctor and an R.D. first.

And if you’re looking for ways to inject as much variety as possible into a keto diet, you’ll find a bunch of fresh keto breakfast ideas to start your day on a savory note, below. There are also creative recipes that attempt to re-create the breakfast carbs not allowed on keto, like pancakes and waffles, for folks who have a sweet tooth in the morning. (Most of these recipes call for certain keto-approved ingredients like coconut or almond flour and alternative sweeteners like stevia.)

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