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10 Quick Low-Carb Breakfasts To Start Your Day

10 Quick Low-Carb Breakfasts To Start Your Day

Bikini season sneaking up on you? Concerned that at your current trajectory you’ll end up having to wash yourself with a sponge on the end of a stick? Then adopting a low-carbohydrate diet may be for you.

Going low carb is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, but sticking to it can feel impossible. Recipes, particularly for breakfast, can be time consuming, making it difficult for those on the go. However, don’t reach for that bagel just yet. Keeping low carb at breakfast doesn’t have to be a pain. In fact, there are a multitude of easy and quick breakfasts that can take your diet beyond boring scrambled eggs.

1. Low-Carb Pancakes

Yes, you can have your pancakes and eat them too with this easy, low-carb pancake recipe. Try making a big batch at the weekend and popping it in your fridge for quick breakfasts during the week. While a mixture of lemon juice and sweetener makes a great topping choice, try getting an extra protein punch with some added cottage cheese.

2. Egg Roll-Ups

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    If you’re already on the low-carb trail, you know that eggs are your new best friends. Having a few hard-boiled eggs on hand makes breakfast easy and quick, particularly with these roll-ups that you can munch on the go.

    2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
    1/2 avocado, mashed
    1 dollop of fresh salsa
    Several shakes of your favorite hot sauce (optional)
    1 large lettuce leaf or low-carb tortilla

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    Combine the first four ingredients and load into your lettuce leaf or tortilla.

    3. Skillet-Baked Eggs with Spinach, Yogurt and Chili

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      While eating on the run is pretty much the standard for your weekdays, nothing beats a sexy weekend breakfast. Keep it delicious, healthy and low carb with this easy skillet-baked eggs recipe. Having this during the week doesn’t have to be difficult either — try making a large batch of the spinach mixture and keep it on hand in the fridge for easy breakfasts on the run.

      4. Big Ol’ Protein Bowl

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        One of the best things you can do when you’re low carbing is to think outside the box with your meals, particularly during breakfast. While having veggies or salad in the morning may sound a bit strange, it’s actually an extremely healthy and filling way to eat. Rev up the process by keeping chopped fresh veggies on hand and ready to go.

        1/2 cup chopped red cabbage
        1/2 cup chopped spinach
        1/2 small cucumber, thinly sliced
        1/2 tomato, chopped
        1/2 avocado, mashed
        1 handful of fresh herbs (try cilantro, mint or parsley), finely chopped
        1/2 clove of garlic, minced
        Juice of 1/2 a lemon
        Salt and pepper to taste
        1/2 cup cottage cheese
        1/2 cup chopped chicken or turkey (you can use lunchmeat, but check the carbs)

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        Combine cabbage, spinach, cucumber, tomato, avocado, herbs and garlic. Toss with lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add cottage cheese and meat to a bowl and top with your salad. You can also load this into a low-carb wrap if you need to eat and run. This makes a great lunch and actually gets better with time, so try making extra and keeping it in the fridge.

        5. Kale and Mozzarella Egg Bake

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          Since you’re already putting your breakfasts on a health kick, why not also throw in some superfoods? Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and is loaded with vitamins, minerals and all manner of assorted goodies. Try making this egg bake at the weekend and then saving in individual portions for a quick, healthy breakfast your body will love.

          6. Noatmeal

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            Though low-carb living generally means a heap of meat and cheese, sometimes you long for a simple bowl of hot cereal to fire up your day. This “noatmeal” hits all the low-carb/high-protein marks while filling you up on a cold day. While the recipe here calls for banana, you can replace it with milk or cream to drive the carbs down even lower. Top tip: make a double or even triple batch of this and keep it in your fridge — the leftovers heat up beautifully in the microwave.

            7. Smoked Salmon Stacks

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              If you loved wolfing down smoked salmon on your bagels, then fasten your flavor seatbelt for these quick and easy salmon stacks. Perfect for those who are short on time, this can be assembled and hauled down in a matter of moments. Try packing these in a small container for perfect breakfast desk dining.

              1/2 cucumber, thickly sliced
              1 package pre-sliced smoked salmon
              1 tablespoon chopped dill
              2 tablespoons cream cheese (optional)
              Squeeze of lemon

              Spread each cucumber slice with cream cheese. Top with sliced smoked salmon and a squeeze of fresh lemon, and sprinkle with dill.

              8. Lazy Mini Frittatas

              One of the best keys to a quick, low-carb breakfast is preprepping. In fact, just go ahead and start loving preprep, as it’s going to be your delicious savior. This recipe is easy to throw together and even quicker to reheat, making it an easy win in the quick, low-carb breakfast stakes.

              9. Paleo Breakfast Burrito

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                Ditch the tortillas and switch to ham with this extremely low carb yet satisfyingly yummy paleo breakfast burrito. Prep your veggies the night before, or even use vegetables you prepared for the previous night’s dinner. Essentially, the contents of this little wrap are only limited by your imagination.

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                10. Smoothie Sucker Punch

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                  Smoothies can take you from zero to breakfast in under two minutes flat, making them an ideal low-carb meal for those who need to get out the door. By having your vegetables prepared, making this healthy smoothie is as quick as a flash. This smoothie axes the fruit to keep it low carb. For an added protein boost, try adding a scoop of unflavored protein powder, or a spoonful or two of ground flax seeds.

                  1 small cucumber, seeded and chopped
                  1 avocado, peeled and chopped
                  1 stick of celery, chopped
                  1 clove of garlic, minced
                  1 handful of spinach
                  1 combined handful of parsley and cilantro, chopped
                  Juice of 1 lime
                  A few shakes of hot sauce (optional)

                  Place in blender and whiz until blended. If you would like a thinner smoothie, try adding some water or extra lime juice.

                  Featured photo credit: Eggs/pietroizzo via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                  One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                  In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                  Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                  1. Cat Camel Stretch

                  Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                  Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                  Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                  Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                  2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                  This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                  Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                  The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                  Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                  Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                  3. Jumping Jacks

                  Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                  Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                  4. Abductor Side Lifts

                  Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                  Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                  5. Balancing Table Pose

                  This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                  Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                    6. Leg Squats

                    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                    7. Push Ups

                    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                    8. Bicycle Crunches

                    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                    9. Lunges

                    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                    10. Bicep Curls

                    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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