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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 September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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