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10 Recipes To Show You Making An Omelet Is Just A Breeze

10 Recipes To Show You Making An Omelet Is Just A Breeze

Eggs are great. They’re full of nutrition and cheap; and from a culinary perspective, eggs are both simple to start off with and something which you can experiment with to create something greater.

And if eggs are great for experimentation, the omelet is an innovator’s dream. Here are 10 omelet recipes – and those are just for breakfast! An omelet is something which you can try so many things with, and yet cooking them is still so easy.

Here are ten omelet recipes which show how easy and delicious preparing a great omelet can be:

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    Regular omelet

    Let’s start with the basics. At the most fundamental level, an omelet is a bunch of mixed eggs and water beaten in a bowl and grilled over a pan. But if you’ve never cooked an omelet, you would be surprised how you can mess this up. If you add too little oil, or leave the heat too high, or just leave the egg without turning it, you can have an omelet that is half overcooked and half undercooked.

    Watch over your omelet carefully, and you can have a nice, yellow omelet. But now it is time to spice things up.

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      Omurice

      Omurice, to be fair, is not exactly an omelet. It is a Japanese twist on the traditional omelet, as the name comes from combining the words “rice” with “omelet.”

      With omurice, the focus comes with frying steamed rice along with vegetables, some kind of meat (I prefer chicken, though hot dogs and even bacon can work), along with a sauce generally consisting of ketchup and other ingredients together. Then you fry a plain egg omelet and layer it over the rice.

      Omurice can be pretty sweet, especially since ketchup is used both in the rice and is normally poured over the egg. But it is a great recipe for those aiming for something innovative.

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        Spanish potato omelet

        It would be a crime to talk about great omelet recipes without referring to this tradition. This omelet, often known as tortillas de patatas, consists of nothing more than some onions, potatoes and eggs. The texture of softened potatoes and onions works extremely well with creamy, well-beaten eggs. But make sure to simmer or stew the vegetables first before combining them with the eggs, or you will face the unpleasant scenario of eating half-cooked potatoes.

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          Bacon Omelet Salsa

          Rolling up an egg omelet can seem to be pretty difficult, and I will note I messed up a few times when I started doing so. This is especially so when you are frying an omelet and have to do the roll when the eggs are cooked, but still kind of soft.

          But baking is different, and this bacon omelet salsa can be a great way to roll up your omelet. And there is nothing in this world that cannot be improved with bacon.

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            Chickpea Omelet

            They say you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs, but you can make an eggless omelet. This omelet, made with chickpea flour, almost resembles a savory pancake. While the recipe calls to place tomatoes or spinach atop this omelet, any vegetable which will do to improve its flavor can be used.

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              Ultimate healthy omelet

              Eggs have an odd reputation as an unhealthy food, but they absolutely are. And if you can make an omelet with a lot of vegetables, it is a great way to start off your day and lose weight. This vegetable omelet here is a great example, especially because it contains zero carbs but has loads of nutrients and antioxidants to give you energy to start up your day.

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                Egg white omelet

                If you are still concerned about the health effects of consuming eggs, then you can make an omelet with just eggs whites and without the yolk. Egg whites are some of the best sources of protein out there. While you can buy egg whites directly in specialized stores, your best course of action is to just separate the egg whites from the yolk like this.

                From there, you can make a vegetable omelet like the one above to keep yourself healthy. But egg whites are just as flexible in the kitchen as regular eggs, and can be used for all sorts of things. Just don’t eat them raw.

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                  Sweet fruit omelet

                  Most omelets are savoury, filled up with meats and vegetables of some kind. But just like crepes or pancakes, it is possible to make a sweet omelet with sugar, honey, and various fruits.

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                  This recipe recommends mixing your eggs with sugar and water before putting it on the grill, and it will certainly sweeten it up. More than that, it will make them as fluffy as the softest bed, if you like them like that. But I would also note that when you’re making an omelet, you should not cook your fruits with it like you would vegetables. Instead, spoon sliced bananas, strawberries, or other fruits over the omelet after you’re done, along with whatever toppings you like.

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                    Omelet in a bag

                    If you don’t have access to a pan (like on a camping trip) or if you need to make a large number of omelets at once, you can actually make omelets in a bag with some boiling water. Put some eggs into a plastic eggs, add what ingredients you like, and then put them in the boiling water. Don’t worry – the plastic bag will not melt.

                    If you do want to try this, take note to get a very good plastic bag and not some cheap flimsy thing at the grocery store. If you use something cheap, the bag can spill open and your omelet will be ruined.

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                      Meat omelet

                      Healthy options are good and all, but sometimes you may just want something nice and delicious with a load of meat inside. Thankfully, omelets are so versatile that you can do that too.

                      Good meat recommendations are chicken and sausages (as opposed to pork and beef.) You want something with a lighter taste that will blend in with the chicken and whatever vegetables you may choose to add. Pepperoni is another good option as well.

                      Featured photo credit: javierrldn via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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