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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 January 11, 2021

                  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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                  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.

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                  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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