Thinking about going on a low-carb diet may seem hard in the beginning, as it seems restricting for those who are not familiar with it. But when you have the fundamentals down you’ll find that it’s actually pretty easy. Just think 20-100 grams of carbs a day depending on how strict you want to go on yourself and the rest of your normal intake be substituted with food items that are high in fat instead. If you still don’t know how to proceed with that guide, you will be able to find thousands of recipes online and you surely will not be able to go wrong. Here are a few ones to start with:
As eggs are a good source of protein, you can certainly eat as much of it as you like when you go on a low-carb diet.
Depending on what you enjoy eating, you can add as many different types of cheeses, meats, and vegetables to your omelet as you like. The trick is to whisk the eggs into a batter with a fork, as well as add salt and spices to taste. It is best to melt butter or use olive oil in a frying pan and pour in the batter. When the omelet begins to cook and get firm, sprinkle the mushroom and cheese on top. You can then ease around the edges of the omelet using a spatula to fold it in half. Wait until it starts to turn golden brown, before you take it out of the fire. Omelets are fairly easy to make and you can amend the recipe with whatever you want to put in your eggs, be it bacon or mushrooms if you like!
Another way to enjoy your eggs in the morning is to bake them. Making use of a baking ramekin with a capacity of 4 ounces, simply coat it with butter and place 2 tablespoons of cream. Crack 2 eggs into it and season with salt and spices to taste. Bake in a preheated oven at 425°F until whites are set. This normally takes about 10-12 minutes and doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare either.
Lunch or Dinner
Just because you’re doing a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you have to remove all carbohydrate sources from your diet completely. You can definitely still enjoy a hearty pizza, as long as you are mindful about the portions you eat. To make your own pizza at home, simply whisk four eggs together and blend in six ounces of mozzarella cheese. On a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the batter and form into whatever shape you which for your pizza. Bake for 15 minutes at 400°F, until you see it turn golden. This will serve as the crust of your pizza. Let the crust cool and then spread at least four tablespoons of tomato paste on the crust, sprinkle Italian herbs, add four ounces of mozzarella cheese, as well as add all your desired toppings such as pepperoni, bacon, olives, and spinach. Bake for 5-10 mins at 450°F until the pizza has turned golden brown.
Instead of your regular pasta noodles, you’re going to be using zucchinis instead. To make your own zucchini noodles, you can use a spiralizer or a potato peeler. For the sauce, use 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream and pour it into a saucepan in order to bring it to a boil. Lower the fire and allow it to boil until only 3/4 of the cream is left. Mix in two tablespoons of mayonnaise with the heavy cream, as well as salt and pepper to taste. On a separate frying pan, fry 1/3 pounds of bacon in butter until crispy. Save the fat for use later. Once your sauce is ready and the bacon is cooked, add the zucchini into the warm cream sauce and top with the bacon, drizzle with 1 1/2 ounces of Parmesan cheese and drizzle with the excess bacon fat.
Asian Cabbage Stir Fry
For two servings, you will need 3/4 pounds of green cabbage shredded finely. Using a wok or a large frying pan, fry the cabbage in two ounces of butter, until the cabbage is soft but not brown. Add 1/2 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder and tablespoon of black pepper. Stir and fry for a few more minutes and transfer to a bowl. In the same pan, melt 2 ounces of butter and fry a clove of garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh ginger and 1/2 tablespoon of chili flakes. Sautéé for a few minutes and add 2/3 pounds of ground beef, until the meat is cooked and the juices have evaporated. Add 1 and 1/2 sliced scallions to the cooked beef and add the cooked cabbage as well. Stir everything together until it is hot and add salt and pepper to taste. When everything tastes as good as you want, add 1/2 tablespoon of sesame oil. If you like to include wasabi mayonnaise to the dish, you can do so by using 1/2 cup of mayonnaise and mixing 1/4 – 1/2 tablespoon of wasabi paste into it. The amount of wasabi to use depends on you entirely, but the key is to start mixing a small amount of it to the mayonnaise and adding more until you are happy with how it tastes. Serve this along with stir-fry cabbage.
Before you start making this, note that this recipe goes under the liberal low carb category, which means this contains more carbs than you may wish to have with six grams per serving. For a recipe for six servings, start with letting two cans of coconut milk sit in the fridge for four hours or longer to separate the cream from the coconut water. Open the can carefully and scoop out the thick cream and transfer to a bowl. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract and one tablespoon of honey and whisk until it thickens. Next, add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and continue whisking until the cocoa powder has been mixed into it thoroughly. Voila, you have dessert to serve! And if you’re actually craving for chocolate ice cream, putting this in the freezer for an hour will turn it into ice cream!
These are only a few of the many things you can eat even on a low carb diet. The possibilities of making fun and absolutely tasty meals are endless and it’s just all up to you!