5 Redditors Share Their Favorite Low-Carb Meals That Don't Involve Zoodles
3 months ago, 7 Dec 21:11
Low-carb meals are huge right now, and there's a good reason for it: For many women, cutting back on the carbs is an easy way to lose weight. For starters, most of us consume way more carbs than we actually need for energy, which means many of them end up being stored as fat, explains Beth Warren, R.D.N., founder of Beth Warren Nutrition and author of Living a Real Life With Real Food. She also notes that a diet that's too-high in carbs can set you up for blood-sugar spikes, crashes, and lots of cravings—all with weight gain as a result. Plus, when it comes to the benefits of low-carb meals, there's the whole fullness factor to think about. "Foods that tend to be low in carbs are usually high in protein and fat, which can help you to feel fuller longer and reduce your overall caloric intake," says NYC-based certified dietitian nutritionist Gina Keatley, C.D.N. Your body also uses about 30 percent more energy to digest and absorb protein compared to carbs, so you end up burning more calories simply by eating lean proteins, she says. #science That said, it can be tough to find low-carb meals that aren’t just veggies dressed up as carbs. (We're looking at you, zoodles and cauliflower pizza crust!) Luckily, people are sharing their best low-carb meals on Reddit, and there are actually some good options in there. Here are our favorites. This recipe, courtesy of fountainpenuserhere, takes your plain ol' chicken breast to the next level. Stuff the raw chicken breast with diced jalapeño and mozarella cheese. Then, wrap your breasts in bacon, add asparagus to a pan, and pop it in the oven for up to 50 minutes. “You can modify it any way you like!” fountainpenuserhere says. Add more veggies, spices, or swap out the mozarella cheese for your favorite blend. Baking is a great option since it doesn't add any oil or butter to the meal, Keatley says. To lower the fat content, she recommends changing the bacon to a garnish and sprinkling it over the chicken instead of wrapping a whole slice around the breast. Adding some low-starch vegetables as a side like a cucumber salad or grilled eggplant can help pack the meal with even more nutrients, she says. (Kick-start your new, healthy routine with Women's Health's 12-Week Total-Body Transformation!) Eggs are a great option for any time of day, writes BITmixit. “Omelettes are fine for dinner, just add some prawns and herbs or some sh*t like that and it's perfect.” You can also throw cheese into the mix if you want to kick things up a notch. Expert tip: "This can work for a low-carb meal plan because it’s made up of protein and fat," Warren says. Try adding nutrient-rich veggies like broccoli or Brussels sprouts to your omelette to get more vitamins in your meal, Keatley says. Chicken parm doesn't have to be loaded with pasta. Luna L recommends cooking chicken, adding marinara sauce on top, and then putting string cheese, pepperoni, and Parmesan cheese on top. Expert tip: Make it lower in fat by ditching the pepperoni and string cheese, Keatley says. Sprinkle Pecorino Romano cheese on top for flavor and a little hit of calcium. Bored of meatballs? Try this Mediterranean-inspired variation: Not a fan of cauliflower pizza crusts? You can still enjoy pizza without tons of carb-loaded crust—just sub in a tortilla. Grill the tortilla in the stove for a minute or two so it crisps up on one side, advises Coriacea. Then, take it out and, on the other side, put your veggies and cheese. Put it back under the grill for another minute or two. “Some veggies, especially depending on how chunky you cut them, will need a bit of precooking,” the poster says. “This is also best with stuff such as mushrooms, so that the tortilla doesn't go soggy.” Expert tip: Try using a corn tortilla for plenty of filling fiber, Warren says. Take butter, onion, cauliflower, chicken stock, heavy whipping cream, and shredded cheddar cheese, mix it all together, and you’ve got one delicious soup, says jfundala59. “It’s amazing,” the poster writes. Expert tip: You can actually get the same amazing taste for less calories with a few subs. Keatley recommends switching high-fat heavy whipping cream for a lower-fat milk. Adding a handful of chickpeas to the mix before you blend the soup can also add a creamy texture, she says.
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