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#1 Old 01-24-2011, 10:18 AM
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So my wife and I are trying to start a new low-carb diet. She's type 1 diabetic, so we're going to try to help control her BS levels by diet as well as with insulin. I am a carboholic and overwieght and am trying to use this diet in concert with an exercise routine to create healthier habits for myself. Anyways, I was wondering if any one had any ideas for good low carb vegan breakfast foods? Lunch and dinner is pretty easy to plan for, lots of beans and stuff, but I'm at a loss planning for low carb vegan breakfasts. Anyways I would welcome any advice you all had. Thanks a ton.

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#2 Old 01-25-2011, 01:12 PM
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If you can plan your lunches and dinners, you can plan your breakfasts. Too many people get caught up in "traditional" breakfast foods, but these are only traditional to your culture. There's nothing wrong with having vegetables and beans for breakfast.

Still want your traditional breakfast foods? Protein powders can be low in carbs (just read the labels, they all vary) and many come in fruity flavors. Try getting banana or strawberry, adding in 1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter, ice and water. The fruit and peanut butter mimic the flavor of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but are much lower in carbs. Need a brand name? I know that one you can find pretty much anywhere is the GNC brand of soy protein (25g protein per scoop, something like 3-5g carbs per scoop). If you don't want soy then there are many other options...I only offered up GNC because I know they're everywhere.

Prefer chocolate? Try adding banana protein powder, 1-2 tablespoons nut butter of your choice, brewed and chilled coffee/espresso, water, cocoa powder, and ice to a blender for a "chunky monkey mocha." They're really tasty! If you need more sweet, add in stevia (sugar-free and all-natural sweetener).

Tofu scrambles are also a good idea even if you're not low-carb. I used to eat eggs for breakfast all the time so I will make these occasionally (I don't really use tofu...too much of it upsets my stomach but if you're okay with it then go for it). Saute diced scallions (aka green onions, they have a lower sugar content than their big sisters), garlic and mushrooms in vegan butter or oil. When soft, crumble in extra firm tofu (as much as you'd like). Cook until the tofu takes on some color and then add in chopped spinach. Cook until the spinach has just wilted, then serve. I like to hit mine with some garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and a little soy sauce, but that's up to you.

Low carb breads and wraps are available in many places, and you can have a to-go veggie wrap or smear yours with a nut butter and some fruit (sugar-free jam exists but I really hate to recommend it since it's loaded with fake ingredients).

Hope this gives you a few ideas! Oh, and to anything sweet (including the smoothie I recommended), add in cinnamon...a good amount. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, plus works as a thermogenic for you (helps your metabolism).

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