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10 Great Low Carb Way to Eat Eggs!

10 Great Low Carb Way to Eat Eggs!

Eggs are a great source of protein, are filling, healthy, and  have very low carbs and sugar content. They are versatile, delicious, and should be a staple part of a healthy diet. But you can’t just scramble an egg for every meal! You need variety, we all crave different flavors, and eggs are a pretty adaptable and versatile food.

My family has a history of diabetes and heart disease, so trying to stay healthy now is really important to me. I want to be healthy and live a long life, and not have a chronic condition that I possibly could have prevented with a healthier diet. According to SFGATE.com, “The three types of carbohydrates are sugar, starch and fiber. During the digestive process, both sugars and starches are turned into the sugars [glucose] that the body uses for energy. People lack the enzymes needed to digest fiber, so it passes through the digestive tract without turning into to sugar.”

For people with diabetes, these carbs-turned-glucose drive up their blood sugar. For non-diabetics, a low carb diet can help you lose weight. WebMD explains, “When [your body] doesn’t have enough  carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. If you’re healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don’t normally make or use ketones.” Basically, when you drop down on carb consumption, or start eating less calories, your body switches to ketosis for energy, instead of just burning the glucose from your carb heavy food.

You’re going to be replacing the carbs in things like pasta, bread, and bananas, with foods that are high protein and high fiber! Fiber is super important, because big changes in your diet, including cutting down on carbs, can cause constipation. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water! Ketosis uses more body energy and can cause dehydration.

Eggs are such a great way to have a low-carb food and incorporate it into different types of meals. Forget breakfast omelettes, here are 10 ways you can incorporate eggs in to every meal!

Breakfast

1. Very Low Carb Muffin Sized Egg Cups from Jyssica.blogspot.com

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    These are healthy and easy on-the-go breakfasts for busy people! Or lazy people. I made these on a Sunday, and my husband and I took them to work all week for breakfast. They are super simple and only 6 ingredients, with a ton of options for making it differently. You can make it yours using other vegetables and your favorite spices. This version has ground turkey, asparagus, spinach, eggs, and cheese. They take about half an hour altogether, and each egg cup is only 107 calories, 1.28 grams of carbs, and almost 11 grams of protein!

    2. Low Carb Eggs Benedict Casserole from PeaceLoveandLowCarb.com.

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      A new take on the Benedict! Instead of carb-full English muffins, have a casserole. The sauce is really the star, and is still made with egg yolk and butter, so there is some fat, but each serving only has 2 grams of carbs and a whopping 22 grams of protein! This casserole is incredibly satisfying and has Canadian bacon all in, under, and on top of it. Drizzle with sauce and serve hot!

      Lunch

      I think everyone knows how great eggs are for breakfast, so let’s move on and find some low carb options that include eggs for the rest of the day!

      3. Sausage Stuffed Peppers from MamaLovesFood.com

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        This author calls them breakfast peppers, but this great recipe of colorful peppers, ground sausage, onions and topped with eggs is an anytime meal and would make an incredibly healthy and filling lunch. They are easy to transport and would be great to take to work, too. Add some green onion, a little citrus, and some fresh herbs and you can make it pop even more! This blog has an amazing looking Mexican Stuffed Pepper recipe as well!

        4. Shakshuka from ToriAvey.com

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          HELLO. Consisting of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, shakshuka is a staple food in Tunisian, Libyan, Moroccan, Israeli, and Egyptian homes! This one-pan meal is versatile and can be added to and modified a bunch of different ways, but is mainly made with bell peppers, tomato, tomato paste, onions, and eggs, and a lot of spices. You can add mushrooms, meat, green veggies, anything really, but this is a great dish as-is, too. Put it in a bowl and dip low carb bread into it for lunch, add a side salad for a dinner meal, or eat straight from the pan, but eat this shakshuka!

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          5. BLTs on Low Carb Bread from DietDoctor.com

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            This is exactly what you think it is! A bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on low carb bread that they call “oopsie bread.” Filling, and an awesome addition to a low carb diet, so that you can have sandwiches! How is this incorporating eggs, you may ask? They are in the bread! The base of the bread is whipped eggs whites later incorporated into a mixture of egg yolks and cream cheese. Full recipe below!

            6. BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad from DamnDelicious.net

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              Of course I had to put a salad on here! Salads, rabbit food, no matter what you call them, they are a lunch staple. You don’t need to be on any sort of diet to love a great salad. They are perfect for lunch. Filling, interesting, flavorful, but not heavy food that will keep you going through the rest of your work day. This one includes chopped hard-boiled eggs, black beans, tomatoes, BBQ chicken and more. This author tops hers with buttermilk ranch, but you can save on some calories with oil and vinegar!

              Dinner

              7. Zucchini Pasta w/ Poached eggs and Quick Heirloom Cherry Tomato Basil Sauce from HalfbakedHarvest.com

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                Oh. My. Goodness. This filling and healthy “pasta” dish is so amazing. You are going to feel like a kitchen goddess making this dish, and then not fall into a food coma afterwards! This meal uses zucchini and a spiralizer to make those noodles, but you can do it by using a mandolin to get thin slices then chopping those into skinny sticks, too. The poached egg oozes and coats the pasta to get a carbonara feel, and the cherry tomatoes and basil keeps it super fresh. This cook does add regular pasta to the zucchini noodles for more texture, but you do not have to do that! Or you can add quinoa noodles, or use spaghetti squash and a spiralizer for more veggie noodles. You have so many options!

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                8. Eggs & Vegetable Fried in Coconut Oil from AuthorityNutrition.com.

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                  This is a simple recipe with 3-4 eggs and a bunch of stir-fry veggies being fried in one skillet in coconut oil, which has a ton of health benefits! You can do a lot of baking and cooking with coconut oil! These fried nuggets of goodness would be a great late meal on top of a bed of mashed cauliflower (simulating rice) or mixed in with some non-fried foods like squash and fresh mozzarella. You can also leave out the oil and do a stir-fry!

                  9. Fried Cauliflower Rice from Emma Christensen

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                    Pieces of egg and vegetables make this cauliflower-turned-rice into a hit. Cauliflower has been growing in popularity due to its versatility and how you can use it to replace starchy and carb-full foods like rice, mashed potatoes, and more. This “fried rice” recipe gives you the flavors you expect from fried rice, but with a healthy twist. The egg in there makes it feel so real! And chicken, pork, turkey, or shrimp for a deeply filling dinner.

                    10. Ramen with Shirataki Noodles from Washoku.guide

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                      I’m not going to lie, this recipe is pretty complex and has a lot of ingredients that you might not be able to find at your regular corner store. But the important bit is that instead of regular ramen noodles, try shirataki noodles! Shirataki are thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam. They are low carb and have a similar width and texture of ramen noodles. You can use your favorite recipe for ramen, the veggies and spices, the sprouts and the egg, and pull it together with their shirataki noodles for an incredible meal.

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                      Bonus: Bread Options!

                      Here are 2 low carb homemade bread recipes you can use for all manner of sandwiches and burgers, for dipping into soups, and dipping into hummus. These 2 recipes are both from DietDoctor.com, and I linked to their recipes below. These will really open up more possibilities if you are cutting back on carbs!

                      Oopsie Bread made from Eggs & Cream Cheese!

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                        More complicated: Low Carb Naan Bread that looks so amazing!

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                          Final Thoughts

                          Low carb doesn’t mean boring! Eggs can be a low carb and high protein alternative to some foods, and can feature in your meals throughout the day. Don’t just relegate them to scrambled eggs on the weekends sometimes, try these delicious ways to eat eggs all week long!

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                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                          11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                          Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                          Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                          1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                          Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                          2. Stress Relief

                          Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                          3. Improved Sleep

                          Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                          4. Appetite Control

                          Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                          5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                          When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                          6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                          Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                          7. Mosquito Repellant

                          Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                          8. Pain Relief

                          While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                          9. The New Anti-Viral

                          Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                          10. Improved Cognitive Function

                          Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                          11. Money Saving

                          With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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