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Cutting out the carbs in a nutritious breakfast

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Carbohydrates may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially those on low-carb diets. It can be especially challenging at breakfast time, however. From cereal to bread and oatmeal, going carb-free can be a challenge when starting your day. With some planning and new ways of cooking traditional ingredients, it’s not just possible, but can even be easy. 

Using eggs

Eggs are the under-appreciated superfood. Full of protein and vitamins, it also helps to keep you feeling full and less prone to snacking. As for cholesterol? As it turns out, the cholesterol in eggs are of the good kind that might actually lower the chance of heart disease.

Fritata
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Nutritious vegetables fritatas can be prepared the night before and quickly heated up for breakfast.

Eggs are also quick and easy to cook for people in a hurry. You can simply make an omelette by scrambling them with cheese and vegetables, or baking them in a quiche or frittata. For the latter, you can freeze a few servings of vegetable fritata overnight and microwave them in the morning for a quick, nutritious breakfast.

Microwaved eggs
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Eggs can be quickly cooked scrambled or poached in the microwave.

Or you can simply cook them from scratch in under two minutes with a microwave like the Electrolux EMM2001W, which has five cooking functions and is designed for ease of use. Simply coat a microwave-safe coffee mug or dish with cooking spray. Add 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk, and beat together. Microwave it on high for 45 seconds, then stir the mixture before microwaving it for another 30 to 45 seconds. Season with salt, pepper or herbs and cheese for a quick breakfast.

Make your own “oatmeal”

Cereals and oatmeal are naturally high in carbohydrates. Make your own gluten and grain-free “oatmeal” by simply mixing chia seeds, flax seeds and shredded coconut. Just pour milk, or water and coconut cream over the mixture to make a tasty low-carb breakfast.

Alternative crusts

You don’t have to cut out popular foods like pizza and pies just because you’re on a low-carb diet. You can beat and cook an egg to form the base of a pizza or the “buns” for a sausage muffin.  For the latter, pierce the yolks of two eggs with a fork, but do not beat the eggs. Place two round moulds in a skillet and pour the egg mixture into them. Pour water into the skillet surrounding the eggs, and cover for three minutes until cooked. Remove the eggs and pop them out of the moulds for perfect, round “buns” to sandwich your meat patty.

You can also reshape meat to form pie crusts. Simply roll out the sausage, then press it into a pie or muffin tin uniformly before spooning in the filling. Be sure to bake it on a baking sheet to catch any drippings from the sausage.

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