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Taco Tuesday’s the Low Carb Way – Taco Recipes

Make Taco Tuesday the Best Day of the Week with these Amazing Low Carb Recipes

If you’re a big fan of Mexican cuisine, but you’re also living the low carb lifestyle, you know how hard it can be to find great low carb recipes that meet your needs and still deliver the flavours you crave. Well, we’ve got great news for you because we’ve found 5 incredible recipes that are going to make Taco Tuesday a weekly tradition in your house, and still keep the carb counts nice and low.

Taco Tuesday has become more and more popular recently, with many households adopting it as a fun part of their weekly meal routine. Of course, it’s not hard to see why. Tacos are delicious and their build-it-yourself style is a lot of fun for the entire family. Everyone can dress their tacos however they want, making them a big hit for adults and kids alike.

In this list, we’ve got brilliant recipes for low-carb tacos and taco shells that you’re going to absolutely love. In addition, we’ve also got a few fantastic recipes for other types of delicious Mexican-inspired meals you can serve up to a hungry family on Taco Tuesday.

Let’s kick things off with a clever way to make your own low carb taco shells at home.

Crispy Cheese Taco Shells

It should come as no surprise that the taco shells themselves are what contributes most of the carbs in a typical taco meal. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can swap out your taco shells for something that’s lower in carbs, but one of the most brilliant ways we’ve found is this recipe for crispy cheese taco shells.

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make low carb, gluten-free and keto-friendly taco shells using nothing but shredded cheese. This recipe is amazingly simple and ready in just 25 minutes.

Fill these crispy cheese shells with your favourite ingredients like seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos, onions, and whatever else strikes your fancy. Just don’t forget the guacamole!

One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

For a different spin on Taco Tuesday, give this hearty skillet dish a try. It’s loaded with cheese, beef, and tons of vegetables that are so yummy it disappears from dinner plates almost as fast as you can serve it up. Ready in just 20 minutes, this meal is easy to make and has all the zesty flavours that you’re craving. You can also make all kinds of changes, substitutions, and additions to this recipe to change things up even more or suit different tastes. This is one dish where you can really get creative.

Low Carb Taco Casserole

We love simple meals that can be thrown together quick and tossed in the oven for an easy dinner that warms you up at the same time it fills you up. This delicious casserole definitely fits that description, and it’s amazingly healthy to boot. Packed with vegetables, seasoned beef, and zesty flavours, this is a perfect meal for a busy weeknight and can be ready and on the table in less than an hour.

Gluten-Free Keto Taco Shells

We’re going to bring things back around to taco shells again, because this fantastic recipe is one that you’re going to want to keep close at hand and share with everyone. These tasty, crispy taco shells are a perfect fit for all kinds of dietary needs, including keto, low carb, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Aside from being the perfect container for all your favourite taco fillings, you can also use this same recipe to make crispy tortilla chips that are perfect for dipping.

Low Carb Easy Taco Pie

Closing out this list is a recipe that is sure to become a family favourite! This low carb taco pie is incredibly easy to make and uses common ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen today. Kids love it, adults devour it, and you can easily make more than one to freeze and have ready for an emergency dinner when time is short and hungers are big. You can also top your slice of taco pie just the same as you would a regular taco, with a dollop of sour cream, some spicy salsa, hot sauce, or a generous helping of guac.

Essential Low Carb Taco Supplies

For an even easier Taco Tuesday, there are plenty of ready-made products that you can pick up tonight and have a healthy, low carb meal on the table in no time. First, grab a pack of Mama Lupe’s low carb tortilla shells to stuff with your favourite fillings. Get some beef frying and add a pack of Mayacamas taco seasoning to bring the right flavours to the meal. After you’ve chopped up your vegetable toppings and shredded some cheese, make a batch of fresh guacamole with this Simply Organic guacamole mix, and you’re ready to ring the dinner bell.

Make Taco Tuesday Your New Weekly Tradition

Give your entire family something to look forward to at the start of the week with a creative meal that’s easy to make and brings big flavours to the table each and every Tuesday. Of course, we all know that tacos are great any time, so we hope that you and your family enjoy this collection of tasty low carb creations. Enjoy, and happy eating!

Be sure to check out all the recipe related posts in the cooking low carb section of our blog.

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5 Different Recipes For Chicken – The Low Carb Way

Change Up Your Chicken Routine with 5 Unbelievable Low Carb Recipes

Getting tired of chicken? We understand. It’s such a versatile ingredient, that it often ends up being the protein we eat the most. But take heart, because we’ve discovered a collection of unique and unusual low carb recipes for chicken that are sure to make it exciting again. These recipes are all easy to make and fit perfectly in any low carb meal plan.

We’ve found dishes that cover a pretty wide range of cuisine styles to we’re confident that no matter what your mood, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy in this list. If you’re in the mood for comfort food, some spicy southwest flavours, or a taste experience that you’ve never had before, you’re definitely going to be impressed.

Let’s get started with a hot and spicy chicken creation that has been met with countless rave reviews.

Low Carb Jalapeno Popper Chicken

You can tell just based on the name that this recipe is going to be fun and delicious! Jalapeno poppers are one of the tastiest appetizers ever and combining those flavours with moist and tender chicken is simply brilliant! From a short list of common ingredients, you can have a hearty meal that is going to fire up your taste buds and get your entire family cheering. This is a definite winner!

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

We guarantee you’ve never had chicken served like this before! This creative dish is amazing as an appetizer, lunch, or dinner, and is incredibly fast and easy to make. If you’re a big fan of spicy Buffalo sauce, you’re going to love the way those flavours combine with fresh, cool celery to make a crunchy experience unlike any other. You can even customize it by adding a variety of toppings, such as chopped scallions, or your favourite dressing like ranch or blue cheese.

Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken

Ok, we know that you’ve had fried chicken before, but definitely not this way! This incredibly delectable fried chicken starts by marinating the chicken overnight with pickle juice, giving it a fantastic flavour. It also uses crushed pork rinds for the breading, which is an idea so ingenious we wish we had thought of it. The whole thing comes together to produce some of the most amazing fried chicken ever. You’ve got to give this one a try!

Bangalore Chicken Curry

We just love curry! The bold flavour and spiciness are the perfect accompaniments to tender chunks of chicken, and this recipe proves that fact. In less than 30 minutes, you will have one of the most delectable chicken curry dishes you’ve ever tasted. You can easily customize it with a variety of different types of peppers to change the flavour and increase or decrease the heat of the dish to suit your taste. This recipe is sure to make it on to your list of favourites!

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato + Parmesan Chicken Zoodles

We’ve already talked about how amazing zoodles are, but this recipe really takes them to a whole new level. Everything about this low carb masterpiece is amazing, from the rich cream sauce to the wonderful flavour of sun-dried tomatoes, to the golden pan-fried chicken. This dish is one of the ultimate comfort foods, and you’ll be a hero when you serve this up to a hungry family at the end of a long day.

Get Creative with Seasonings and Sauces

These recipes aren’t the only way you can change up your chicken routine. If you’re looking for something fast and easy that you can do when time is running short, then pick up a few new and interesting spices and seasonings that you can try the next time you’ve got some chicken ready to go. Whether you’re in the mood for something spicy or savoury, the options are almost limitless.

You can also experiment with new sauces and marinades that you’ve always wanted to try. After all, you never know when you’ll discover your new favourite flavours until you try! We suggest having a look through our complete range of seasonings, spices, and wide variety of low carb sauces. See what strikes your fancy and inspires you to try something different.

Change Up Your Chicken Routine

For your next weekly meal plan, throw in something different and give one of these recipes a try. We’re sure that you’ll have a lot of fun trying something new, and your family will definitely appreciate the change of pace. However, you choose to change up your chicken, just make sure that you’re having fun and always on the look-out for the next big taste.

And for even more low carb recipe ideas, be sure to browse through our other posts about cooking low carb.

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Introduction to Love Good Fats Snack Bars

Welcome to the Delicious World of Love Good Fats Snack Bars

If you’ve reached a point where you think that all snack bars are starting to look the same and taste the same, we’ve got some great news for you! In case you haven’t already heard of them, there is a new line of snack bars from Love Good Fats that are amazingly delicious and a perfect fit for the low carb lifestyle.

Here, we’re going to take a closer look at these bars and the forward-thinking company that makes them. Let’s start by learning more about Love Good Fats and how their unique approach sets them apart from all the other snack bar products on the market today.

The Story Behind Love Good Fats

You may think that it’s common knowledge that fats are considered ‘bad’ for your health, but like many things related to our diet, it’s actually not that simple. There are many different types of fats, and some of them are quite beneficial as part of our diets in many ways.

It’s this confusion about the true health impact of different types of fats that led Susan Yorke to create a company dedicated to dispelling the myths and producing delicious snacks that deliver all the health benefits that good fats have to offer. Suzie herself is a firm believer in the benefits of good fats, and practices what she preaches in her own diet and lifestyle.

What Makes Love Good Fats Bars Different

While nutritionists and doctors are in general agreement that trans fats are unhealthy and should be avoided, there are other types of good fats that are present in a wide variety of foods. These healthy fats are known as saturated fats and are the types of naturally occurring fats that exist in foods such as avocados, nuts, fish, and many others.

Research has shown that a diet that includes healthy fats in it has many positive effects, including benefits to energy levels and metabolism. Healthy fats have also been shown to help improve brain function and mood balance, as well as influence the overall health of your skin, eyes, and general feelings of well-being.

It’s these healthy fats that make Love Good Fats snack bars different. By using saturated fats as one of their key ingredients, Love Good Fats snack bars have a wonderful taste and texture that you just can’t get in other types of low carb bars. They’re low in sugar, high in fibre and protein, and the perfect sweet snack treat.

Explore the Flavours of Love Good Fats Snack Bars

When it comes to flavours, these snack bars have a great variety of chocolatey combinations that are sure to please anyone with a craving for something rich and sweet. Let’s take a look at some of the most delicious and popular flavours from Love Good Fats.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

In the words of the team, this is their ‘dream bar’, and let us confirm that it definitely delivers on that statement. The taste and texture are simply decadent, and you’d never in a million years believe that they contain only 2g of sugar unless we told you so. If you don’t believe us, try one and your taste buds will convince you.

Mint Chocolate Chip Bars

Just like the coconut bar, these mint chocolate chip treats are just as rich, creamy and decadent, but with an added burst of fresh mint flavour that works amazingly well with chocolate. These bars simply melt in your mouth, and you’ll find your craving for something sweet will be satisfied like never before.

Peanut Butter Chocolatey Bars

If you’re a fan of peanut butter cups, these bars are your dream come true. The creamy taste of peanut butter merges with the rich smooth chocolate coating and takes your taste buds on a heavenly journey. These are so good, you’ll want to keep them your private little snack secret or else the box just won’t last!

Rich Chocolatey Almond Bars

Creamy chocolate and crunchy almonds are a great combo that always delivers a great snack experience, and these bars take that experience to the next level. These are a top-selling snack bar for obvious reasons. Give some a try today!

Thanks, Suzie!

All this talk about these amazing snack bars have us craving another one, so we’re going to wrap things up and simply say, “Thanks for the incredibly delicious snack bars, Suzie!”

To get your hands on some of your own, browse our selection of Love Good Fats products here at The Low Carb Grocery and discover the amazing taste and great health benefits that come from good fats.

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Recipes – Living Low Carb 2018

Learn to Make the Best Low Carb Pumpkin Pie with these Recipes

It seems that everywhere you go during the fall season, you’ll encounter the wonderful aroma and flavour of pumpkin in all kinds of different recipes. And yet with all those different taste experiences to choose from, in our humble opinion, no other pumpkin creation is as distinctive and iconic as a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

It’s a tradition that goes back countless years and is just as important a component of a classic Thanksgiving feast as a giant roasted turkey. Of course, like many other types of pie, most of the traditional recipes for pumpkin pie will likely be high in sugars and high in carbs. Fortunately, low carb dieters won’t need to skip over dessert thanks to these amazing recipes for low carb pumpkin pies that will blow you away this Thanksgiving.

Naturally, if you have your own family recipe that’s been passed down for generations, you don’t need to set it aside just because you’re living low carb. Pretty much any pie recipe can be made the low carb way with just a few simple changes. For example, instead of sugar you can use your preferred alternative sweetener as a substitute. Just make sure that you factor in the different sweetening power that some artificial sweeteners have, as you may need a smaller amount to achieve the same sweetness level.

Another way to reduce the carbs in any kind of pie is to switch to a low carb pie crust. You can make your own from scratch using flours such as almond or coconut flour in order to bring down the carb counts in the crust. Alternatively, you could simply opt for a pre-packaged pie crust mix, like this low carb pie crust mix.

However, if you’re searching for a completely new recipe to try for your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we’ve found three amazing creations that are sure to end your meal on a high note. Let’s take a look at these tasty desserts!

Low Carb & Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

This first recipe is a low carb spin on a classic pumpkin pie that is easy to make and produces an absolutely delicious dessert that no one will know is low carb and sugar free. To make this pie, you’ll be using a coconut flour pie crust and Sukrin fibre syrup as the main sweetener, but this can be easily substituted for Stevia or another type of liquid sweetener. In the comments section of this recipe, you’ll see several alternatives mentioned that you could use if Sukrin syrup is not available for you.

Easy Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

For those of us that are following the keto diet, you’ll know that there are a few more considerations that need to be made to ensure that it fits with the keto rules. Fortunately, with this recipe for easy keto pumpkin pie you can still enjoy a slice of this delicious dessert on Thanksgiving. In addition to being extremely tasty, this pie is also amazingly simple to make. This recipe even includes a tip on how to make this pie paleo-friendly, so it can easily be customized to suit virtually any dietary needs without a lot of hassle.

Crustless Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Here’s an interesting way to prepare a delicious low carb pumpkin pie that is a bit more like a custard and skips the crust entirely. This sugar free pumpkin pie recipe offers tips on how to make it with fresh home-roasted pumpkin, so if you’re feeling particularly ambitious in making your pumpkin pie dessert entirely from scratch, this recipe is what you need. Of course, you can always use canned pumpkin as well, so if you’re in a bit more of a hurry you’re still good to go with this pie recipe.

Sugar Free Whipped Cream

If you ask us, pumpkin pie just isn’t the same without a big dollop of rich, smooth whipped cream on top. You can easily make your own sugar free whipped cream using this recipe and the taste and texture are absolutely perfect, so you can have your Thanksgiving dessert exactly the way you want it.

Happy Thanksgiving to All

Now that you’ve got all the info on how to make a perfect low carb pumpkin pie, we want to wish you and your family all the best for this Thanksgiving holiday. We certainly hope that your weekend is filled with good food, loving family, and wonderful memories.

Happy Thanksgiving from the team here at The Low Carb Grocery!

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What’s New in Healthy Living? Interesting Health Related Stories

Read Up with these 5 Fascinating Healthy Living News Stories

It always amazes us how much knowledge is gained every year by doctors and scientists that are engaged in research projects around the world, and how this knowledge changes our approach to so many aspects of our health. Every now and then, we like to pull together some of the most interesting stories that we come across in to a digest post and share these with you.

“Canada’s artificial trans fats ban comes into effect — with a phase-out period” – CBC News

Health Canada scored a win in September 2018 when they officially added partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of artificial trans fats, to their “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances”. This move comes after a lengthy struggle by doctors and health professionals who have pushed for tighter regulations on these types of oils due to their well-documented negative health impacts.

Artificial trans fats are known for their heart-clogging properties and Canadians have long been warned to avoid them by nutritionists, doctors, and fitness professionals across the country. Canada joins an increasing number of countries that are taking an aggressive stance on artificial trans fats in hopes of protecting the health of citizens and reducing the risks associated with these substances.

“App developers are using artificial intelligence to advise teens about their health” – The Globe and Mail

It’s almost impossible to find a teen without a smartphone or connected device in their possession these days. While the majority of their use may be centered around communicating with their friends and family, more and more teens are using these devices to get information related to their health in a private and discreet way. Recognizing a need for a tool that can help teens get accurate information about their health in a way that makes them comfortable, a team of teen app developers at the Toronto startup EmojiHealth is working to provide just that.

Leveraging advanced AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms, EmojiHealth allows teens to ask questions to an automated bot program that will provide accurate answers and direct them to the best way to get additional information. Written with familiar language and with answers vetted by professional health care providers, EmojiHealth aims to better inform teens about their health and well-being and encourage them to take a more prominent role in their own healthcare.

“Eating fiber can delay brain aging” – Medical New Today 

Fiber is an essential part of our diets and helps to keep our digestive tract working efficiently. However, recent studies have shown that the health benefits of fiber go beyond our digestive system and actually helps our brain health, too. Fiber-rich foods helps to stimulate the production of a type of short-chain fatty acid that researchers say has anti-inflammatory properties. This study conducted at the University of Illinois demonstrated that there are certain types of immune cells in the brain that become inflamed as patients age. It is this inflammation that scientists say can be reduced by a higher level of short-chain fatty acids in the blood, such as those produced by a high fiber diet.

Although still in the early stages of research, these findings are further reinforcement that our diets can significantly affect our health in ways we previously did not understand. The benefits of a well-rounded diet rich in protein, vitamins and nutrients, including dietary fiber, are too strong to be ignored and should be a top priority for all of us to help ensure we live long and healthy lives.

“Cardio exercise and strength training affect hormones differently” – Science Daily

You’re probably already familiar with the fact that exercise causes your body to produce hormones that affect our mood, stimulate muscle growth, and have many other effects on your overall well-being. But, did you know that different types of exercise will affect your hormones in different ways? The University of Copenhagen is undertaking a study in to this aspect of human health and fitness and has observed some fascinating results.

Specifically, the study looks at how strength training and cardio exercise differ in their influence on the hormones in the body. Initial results showed interesting changes in the hormone FGF21 following intense cardiovascular exercise, with patients showing a substantially elevated level of this hormone. Strength training however does not demonstrate the same drastic elevation of FGF21. This study is still underway, with other links between hormones and metabolism to be examined more closely.

“Humans are natural runners – and this ancient gene mutation might have helped” – Popular Science

While you may not think that you’ve got the physical fitness level to compete in a long-distance marathon, scientists have recently discovered that you’ve at least got the basic genetic material that you would need, thanks to a mutation that occurred about 2 or 3 million years ago. This particular mutation resulted in a boosted level of oxygen to our working muscles, allowing us to go farther, faster, and longer than before.

It should be noted that there is some controversy about whether this mutation is causation or simply correlation, but there is no doubt that its appearance certainly helped us increase our endurance and boosted our ability to run long distances. Studies like this help us to better understand how our bodies are affected by exercise, and how we can use it to our advantage in maintaining a healthy body and increasing our longevity.

Live Better & Stay Healthy

We certainly hope that these articles have proven to be interesting for you, and that they’ve encouraged you to learn more about these topics in an effort to help improve your overall health and well-being as a result.

Check back again for more fascinating news stories from the worlds of medical science, physical fitness, nutrition, and general health & well-being.

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Activity Trackers & Wearable Fitness Tech

Quick Buyer’s Guide for Smart Watches & Fitness Trackers

You’ve probably seen those fancy digital bracelets and little clip-on tech devices all over the place, from the gym to the grocery store and everywhere else. But if you’ve never used an activity tracker, you may be wondering exactly how they work, and what the differences are between all the different styles and types. With so many makes and models to choose from, it can be quite a daunting experience to choose the right one for what you need.

In this article, we’re going to run down all the essential info that you need to know to understand more about activity and fitness trackers, and how to choose the right one for your lifestyle and preferred types of physical activities. Let’s start by taking a quick look in to the technology that allows these types of activity and fitness trackers to work.

How Do Activity Trackers Work?

There’s a lot of technology packed in to such a small device, but that’s what is needed in order to accurately track your movements and actions. When it comes to the inner workings of a fitness tracker, it’s all about the sensors. There are several different types of sensors used in activity trackers, and the more advanced ones will have multiple sensors all working together to gather and transmit a wide range of different data points.

The most essential sensor in a fitness tracker is known as an accelerometer. These sensors are engineered to measure movement speed and movement direction. The accelerometer gathers data such as how fast you move, the pattern and intensity of your movements, and how long each movement lasts.

Another type of sensor commonly used in activity and fitness trackers is a gyroscope. These sensors differ from accelerometers as they are designed to measure the orientation of the device as well as rotation movements. Gyroscopes are particularly useful in measuring certain types of fluid motions such as tennis or golf swings, or other aspects of your movement that require an additional layer of analysis beyond what can be gauged with an accelerometer alone.

Some activity trackers also include a built-in GPS to track precise location and travel routes, which are particularly useful for runners and cyclists who don’t wish to carry any extra or unnecessary equipment on their adventures.

Of course, the data gathered by these sensors isn’t much use if you can’t transmit it to a device capable of analyzing the information. That’s why activity trackers will also have built-in transfer technology to download the information to other devices such as mobile devices and laptops.

While this can easily be done by a physical connection like a USB cable, most modern activity trackers use some form of wireless technology, such as Bluetooth, to automatically send the data seamlessly to the Cloud or directly to your device.

Different Styles of Activity Tracker

There are several different styles and types of activity and fitness trackers to choose from, each with their own set of advantages that make them better suited to certain types of activities or to fit with the individual preferences of the user.

The most basic type of activity tracker is the small, clip-on style. These are very minimal in form and offer the most compact solution for tracking movements. Clip-on activity trackers have a built-in hook or fastener so that they may be easily attached to the users clothing or shoes.

Activity and fitness trackers are also available in styles to be worn on the wrist. This style of tracker tends to offer more options in terms of appearance and style, as well as more functions and capability due to their larger form factor. Most people opt for this style of activity tracker since they are convenient and comfortable to wear and offer greater usability.

Essential Features & Functions

Virtually all types of activity trackers will gather a similar set of basic data points. These include things like speed, distance, and duration. Many also include additional details such as number of steps taken and estimated calories burned. Think about the types of activity you want to track, and what you intend to use the information for before you buy. If you’re using the tracker as part of your weight loss regimen, you will likely want more features than a simple step counter can offer.

Water resistance is a nice feature to look for, even if you’re not intending to use it for swimming or other watersports, as you never know when you’ll get caught in an unexpected rain shower. Having protection against water offers some nice peace of mind that your activity tracker won’t get damaged by an accidental splash.

Battery life should be considered as well, since your activity tracker isn’t much good if the batter dies. Most activity trackers have long battery life, and if you remember to charge them at night every day, you should never have to worry about running out of power.

Popular Brands & Top-Rated Trackers

Misfit Shine 2

This excellent little tracker has tons of great features packed in to a very compact design. It’s simple use of LEDs on the face of the tracker gives you at-a-glance progress updates, and its sleek minimalist design is available in many different colour options. The Misfit Shine 2 can be worn on the wrist or removed from its strap and clipped on to your clothing using the included clasp. If you’re looking for a simple tracker that has great fashion appeal, this is a fantastic choice.

Garmin Vivosport

This next one comes from one of the leading names in GPS electronics, so you can be sure it will be loaded with advanced features and top-of-the-line technology. The Garmin Vivosport activity tracker is designed with runners in mind, but offers so much capability you’ll find that it’s perfect for monitoring every move you make all day long. The Garmin Vivosport includes built-in GPS, heart rate tracking, and a beautiful digital display all in a comfortable and lightweight wrist band.

Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit is one of the most popular and well-known brands of fitness tracker, and it’s easy to see why. They’ve got lots of features and cool style, and their latest design adds even more capabilities for you to benefit from. The Fitbit Charge 3 has an elegant strap and digital display, is water resistant to 50m, has a 7-day battery life, and will track everything from your heart rate to your sleep patterns, and more.

Get Moving & Feel Better

Fitness trackers are extremely useful tools as part of the low carb lifestyle. Managing your dietary intake is critically important, but equally important is making sure that you’re getting enough exercise throughout your day to help maintain a healthy body and improve your overall feeling of well-being.

We certainly hope that you’ve found this article helpful in your search for an activity tracker, and that you use it to help boost your fitness regime to reach a new level of health and vitality.