Low carb diets include all natural unprocessed foods with less of carbohydrates. A lot of evidences are available that this kind of diet is a best alternative for people who want to lose extra pounds, optimize health and reduce the risk of diseases. Here are some basic ideas and suggestions how you can make it your regular diet without feeling craved. For more low carb diets check this out.
What You Should Eat: Eggs – Omega-3 enriched or pastured
Fish – Trout, salmon, haddock and many more.
Meat – Lamb, chicken, beef, pork and many more. Grass-fed are the best.
Fruits – Oranges, apples, blueberries, pears, strawberries.
Vegetables – Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and many more.
Legumes – Black beans, lentils, and others.
Nuts – Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and more.
Dairy products – Yogurt, cheese, heavy cream, butter.
Healthy oils – Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, cod liver oil, lard.
You can even have some tubers like potatoes and sweet potatoes and non-gluten grains like rice, quinoa, oats and more.
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You can eat dark chocolate which should be 70% cocoa, because it is rich in antioxidants and if eaten in moderation, can be utmost healthy.
You can also drink wines in moderation which should be dry with no added carbs or sugar.
What You Shouldn’t Eat: Refined Sugar – Candy, ice creams, agave, soft drinks, juices and many others.
Gluten Grains – Wheat, barley, rye, spelt. These include pastas and breads.
Artificial Sweeteners – Saccharin, Sucralose, Acesulfame potassium, Aspartame and Cyclamates.
Trans Fats – Hydrogenated and partly hydrogenated oils.
Seed Oils – Oils with high omega-6 fatty acids and vegetable oils, like cottonseed, sunflower, corn, canola, soybean, safflower and grapeseed oils.
Highly Processed Foods – Factory made products
“Diet” and Low-fat Foods – Several dairy products, crackers, cereals.
How to Plan Menus?
The menu should provide less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. However, it is not a hard-and-fast rule. If you are healthy and active, you can have a little more than that.
Here are two sample low-carb recipes to show you how you can combine your healthy foods to create a meal which will satisfy your taste buds too.
Ingredients: 4 eggs, 2 cups of almond meal/flour, ½ cup butter (melted), 1/3 cup water, 2 tsp baking powder, sweetener (liquid zero-carb sweetener).
Method: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease muffin tins with butter. Mix all the dry ingredients well. Add wet ones and mix well again. Put in the muffin tins and bake for around 15 minutes. You can make variations in this by adding apricots, blueberries, etc.
Paleo Crockpot Chili
Ingredients: 2 pounds ground beef, 1 cup of finely diced carrot, 1 cup minced jalapeno, 1 cup diced celery, 1 diced onion, 1green and 1 red bell pepper diced, 15-oz can of tomato sauce, 14-oz can of diced tomatoes, 28-oz can of stewed tomatoes, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 tablespoon oregano, 2 teaspoons cumin, ½ teaspoon cayenne, 3 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 4 pieces of fried and crumbled bacon and 1-2 diced avocadoes for garnishing.
Method: Sauté garlic and onions together in a big saucepan on medium flame. Add ground beef and brown. Remove excess fat. Take the mixture in a crockpot and add vegetables and spices. Stir well. Slow cook for approximately 6 hours. Spoon into bowls and garnish with avocado slices and crumbled bacon and enjoy.
You can make such savory meals and snacks, and desserts in a healthy way to enjoy a healthy life and feast yourself too at the same time.