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What Can You Eat on a Low Carb Diet?

What Can You Eat on a Low Carb Diet?

Meat, fish and dairy products like cheese and milk are encouraged. Fruit and vegetables are limited depending on which plan you follow.

Typical menu
In general, low-carb diets focus on meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs and some nonstarchy vegetables. Some low-carb diet plans allow fruits, vegetables and whole-grains.

Pancakes Whey Protein powder can be cooked up to make pancakes. Potatoes A great substitute for mashed potatoes can be made by steaming or boiling cauliflower and pureeing it in a food processor and then adding some cream or half and half, butter or salt. Rolls If you can eat gluten, you can make delicious rolls that are very similar to popovers. Make extra and freeze in a plastic bag. Veggies Here’s a list of some very healthy very low carb vegetables you should eat as much as possible. Romaine Lettuce, Boston Lettuce, Red Lettuce, Mesclun mix, green beans, artichokes, avocado, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, olives, spaghetti squash, acorn or butternut squash (small amounts), zucchini. Pasta Instead of pasta with its 50 gm per tiny 2 ounce serving, put sauces over lightly steamed zucchini strips you make with a vegetable peeler. Sugar Substitute When baking, instead of using Splenda powder which contains maltodextrin, a sugar in baking quantities that can become significant, use DaVinci sugar free syrup which can be bought at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx in the specialty food section. I cook with the Caramel or Vanilla and use the White Chocolate for things like Cocoa. Do not do this for recipes which depend on sugar to hold everything together.  Cookies You can make delicious very low carb macaroons Snack Food Sunflower seeds in the shell make a good “finger food” snack that are low carb and take the place of chips while watching the game, etc. Candy Low carb cream cheese fudge makes a nice chocolate candy treat Pizza When it’s pizza time, get a meat/veggie combo and just eat the toppings.   Chinese At Chinese restaurants, Hot and Sour soup works. So do barbecued spareribs and teriyaki strips, though they have some sugar. Some places do a crispy duck that works. There are some carbs in all of these, so don’t eat there every day! Other restaurants Besides the obvious “chunk o’ meat” entries try the steak “bistro” salads or Caeser salads with grilled chicken or shrimp (not fried!). Stick with blue cheese , Parmesan pepper corn, or classic Italian dressing. Many Steak House chains sprinkle MSG on their steaks which may improve flavor but leaves you ravenously hungry an hour later.  Avoid those restaurants if you’re trying to lose weight! Nuts Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are low carb in reasonable quantity and full of very healthy oils that lower cholesterol.  Sinful Desserts For a fancy dessert try making a low carb cheese cake. Instead of graham crackers, use a crushed nut crust made by chopping walnuts or almonds and pressing them into the pan. LOTS OF GREAT RECIPES HERE Google Groups Advanced Search for “REC” on alt.support.diet.low-carb. If you are looking for something in particular, search the newsgroup for “REC” and the name of the food. BREAKFAST Most “low carb” cereals are full of soy, which may not be good for your thyroid.  Instead of using milk, which is full of fast carbs, try using a little half and half or else stir in some plain yogurt. Use the lower carb Rye Vita Dark Rye or Sesame Rye crackers instead of toast. AVOID PRODUCTS LABELED “LOW CARB!” Most of them aren’t. Using a variety of bogus tricks food manufacturers sell a lot of products, like Atkins Advantage bars that are full of sugar alchohols that WILL raise blood sugar. The only sugar alcohol that is reliably low carb is Erythritol. Sadly, the good candies that used to be available with erythritol have disappeared. AVOID ALL “SUGAR FREE” OR “DIABETIC” FOODS. Again, they may be free of sucrose, but they are full of sugar alcohols that will raise blood sugar and many of them are full of flour which turns into glucose as soon as it hits your digestive tract.

I lost 30 pounds in three months. I’m not an expert, but I do speak from experience. Most of this, I learned on my own or through close friends and family members. Low Carb Diet

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