Eating low-carb is a great way to achieve your weight loss goals and start on a path to health. Many people think low-carb foods means low flavor, but there are many low-carb recipes that are big on taste. Cooking low-carb doesn't have to be difficult—often it can just mean a few tweaks to your existing meal plans and cooking methods.
One of the major saboteurs of a low-carb diet is desserts. Rather than banishing dessert altogether, you can learn to prepare desserts that either substitute sugars for low-carb sweeteners or simply reduce the overall amount of carbohydrates.
Low-Carb Meals and Desserts
Often, it's not so much the food itself that makes a meal low-carb, it's the way it's prepared and what it's served with. For proper low-carb cooking, try the two methods below and choose your sides carefully:
- Stir-fry. Stir-frying is a great way to go low-carb. Serve up a blend of low-carb veggies on a modest portion of whole-grain rice, or better yet, a bed of pinto or black beans.
- Grill. Lean grilled meats like fish and chicken are a delicious way to do low-carb. Combine healthy chicken recipes and fish recipes with low-carb sides like whole-grain pasta or rice and plenty of veggies.
Low-carb desserts are easy to do, if you're willing to substitute sugar for artificial sweeteners. If not, there are other options, such as berries and whipped cream (limit to 3 tablespoons), almonds dipped in dark chocolate, or apples and pears with a dab of cream cheese. These all make great low-carb desserts.
Low-carb bars are the latest trend, but some people prefer a more natural low-carb snack. Below are some great ideas for easy, low-carb snacks that are high in protein to keep you satisfied between meals:
- Eggs. Whether hardboiled or deviled, eggs are high in protein and low in carbs, making them a great snack any time of day.
- Cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is a very filling low-carb snack, especially when paired with berries and fruit.
- Nuts. Nuts are a very easy and satisfying snack to keep on hand, but be sure to dole out a specific portion to resist the temptation to overeat.
- Veggies and dip. Veggies are always a great snack, and when paired with a low-carb bean or spinach dip, they're also high in protein.