Thanks to all the fitness and yoga campaigns, health has become a priority for people as it should have been long ago. Many people are taking small but sure steps towards the fitness zone, and many are already on the road to a healthy heart. Food plays an important role in maintaining your health. People now prefer food with low carbs and fat, such as the ketogenic diet, to escape the few extra Kgs. Let’s take a look at what you can eat if you want both taste and health. All these foods are low in carbs and you will not put on weight by eating these.
Onions -You must be surprised to see this name on the list, but you must know that onions have only 9% carbs in them. Apart from it, onions are also high in fiber. Onions work in many ways, as an antioxidant, improves flavor and has various anti-inflammatory compounds. Try to add in most meals.
Seafood – Rich in taste, low in carbs, Seafood is the perfect combination of taste and health. Seafood is also high in Iodine, B-12, and Omega 3 acids. The nutritional value of fish is world famous. Fish is also recommended by doctors for people with eye problems. You can also consume them grilled.
Chicken – You can add chicken to your diet, rest assured of its being low in carbs. Thighs and wings are a better option. All the meats, especially chicken is high in nutrients and proteins. In order to get its proper nutrition, you should have meat once a week.
Tomatoes – Though counted as vegetables, tomatoes are actually fruits with only 4% carbs. In a big tomato, you will only find 7 grams of carbs. They are also high in potassium and vitamin C and are great for summer.
Olives – Olives only have 6% that is 2 grams per ounces of carbs. It is high in iron and copper and also provides Vitamin E to your body.
Other low carb foods you can adjust to your diet are full-fat yogurt, carrots, boiled eggs but not more than two. Include various veggies in your omelet at breakfast to make it healthy and low carb. In fruits, you can have apples, oranges, strawberries, pears. If you are interested in eating dairy product then you can have cheese buttercream. Eggs are low in carbs and are a source of Omega 3, so you can eat it daily. You can have all kinds of meat – chicken, pork, lamb, etc. Most of the vegetables are low in carbs with lots of benefits – cabbage, broccoli, carrot, spinach, lady finger but minimize your consumption of potatoes. They do more harm than good to your body.
Other than this you can include a lot of things in your low carb ration like olive oil, sour cream, nuts, blueberry, butter, coconut, fresh vegetables, sea salt, garlic. You can also consume dark chocolates and dry wine at long gaps. Make sure your wine has no added sugar.
Sample Low-Carb Recipes
Eggs and Vegetables Fried in Coconut Oil
This meal makes for a great breakfast that you can enjoy every day. Despite being rich in protein and healthy vegetables, it will keep you full for a long time.
Ingredients: Coconut oil, fresh vegetables or frozen vegetable mix (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans), eggs, spices, spinach (optional).
- Add coconut oil to your frying pan and turn up the heat.
- Add vegetables. If you use a frozen mix, let the vegetables thaw in the heat for a few minutes.
- Add 3–4 eggs.
- Add spices — either a blend or simply salt and pepper.
- Add spinach (optional).
- Stir-fry until ready.
Bacon and Eggs
Although bacon is a processed meat and not exactly healthy, it is low in carbs.
You can eat it on a low-carb diet and still lose weight.
If you keep your bacon intake in moderation and don’t eat it more than once or twice per week, there’s nothing wrong with adding it to your diet.
Ingredients: Bacon, eggs, spices (optional).
- Add bacon to a pan and fry until ready.
- Put the bacon on a plate and fry 3–4 eggs in the bacon fat.
- If you want to add some flavor to your eggs, put a bit of sea salt, garlic powder, and onion powder on them while frying.
Fried Chicken Breasts
If you’re worried about ending up with tasteless, dry chicken, adding some butter may do the trick.
Ingredients: Chicken breast, butter, salt, pepper, curry, garlic powder, and leafy greens.
- Cut the chicken breast into small pieces.
- Add butter to a pan and turn up the heat.
- Add chicken pieces, as well as salt, pepper, curry, and garlic powder.
- Brown the chicken until it reaches a crunchy texture.
- Serve with some leafy greens.
Meat-Based Pizza (Meatza)
If you miss pizza on your low-carb diet, then you’re going to love this.
You may just find it tastes even better — without the unhealthy ingredients many pizza varieties include.
This recipe is easy to modify, and you can add any low-carb ingredients you want — vegetables, mushrooms, different cheeses, and so on.
Ingredients: Onions, bacon, ground beef, salsa, spices, garlic powder, and shredded cheese.
- Finely chop your onions and cut some of the bacon into small slices.
- Mix the ground beef, salsa, onions, spices, and garlic powder at the bottom of a baking dish.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top and cover with additional bacon slices
- Place in the oven and heat at 360–395°F (180–200°C) for 30–40 minutes, until the bacon and cheese look crunchy.