In a world infested with carbs and hidden sugars, FIGHT BACK! Protein has never been more creatively delicious to eat!
1. ZERO CARB THIRTY
Prepare a Cali Cobb with bacon, shrimp, shredded chicken, avocados, choice of cheese, and lots of crunchy veggies. No salad dressing needed. Eat one huge salad in small portions throughout the day. Flush with delicious water cocktails and your energy level will fly through the roof!
2. LEAN, MEAN, MEATY, AND GREEN
Get your favorite crunchy greens, cut up apple sausage or gourmet sausages. Top with sprouts, drizzle with balsamic or soy sauce…or Worcestershire or teriyaki! Or hot sauce. Approximately: 330 calories and 5g net carb at most.
3. PINCHOS! KABOBS! CALL IT CARB FREE!
Select your favorite protein, and chop into squares. Create kebab sticks using small onion pieces in between (for moisture) and peppers, cherry tomatoes, or any other crunchy veggie you want. Season with adobo, Worcester powder, or marinade overnight with a sugar-free liquid. Grill them and eat them.
4. ROCK THOSE RINDS!
Pork rinds are becoming quite popular, and are considered a gourmet delight in some restaurants. This recipe from an Atlanta chain called “The Pig and the Pearl” crumbles blue cheese and paprika on pork rinds with some celery sticks to add crunch. Carbs: 3g the most.
5. NO-BREAD CRUNCHY WINGS
Wet chicken wings on egg whiles and season them ONLY with powdered and ground up seasonings. I used molasses bacon for this one, but the carb content only went up by 2g. DELICIOUS and super satisfying. Crunch also, with no breading!
6. SNACK ON MEAT STICKS– GOURMET ONES!
Have you NOT tried OSTRIM yet??? 96% Fat Free, 80 calories per stick, SUPER MEATY, super deliciously awesome, and 2g net carbs. Find them at GNC or online. They come in other flavors such as maple sweet, regular, habanero, and pepper. A box of 10 sticks may run you anywhere from 12- 14$ They are THAT good!
7. EGG FEASTS WITH AVOCADO!
This breakfast may look decadent but is actually CARB FREE and loaded with good fats. It is no more than the calories contained in a chain breakfast sandwich, only this one, your body will actually metabolize into energy, and not fat.
8. LETTUCE CUPS ROCK
These eat better than tacos because they are so fresh and filling. Moreover, they do not leave an after smell of tacos and spices that will eventually give you heartburn. Lettuce- 50 cals. Tomatoes, 30. Chopped chicken or shrimp- approx 140 cals. Favorite low-carb dressing, 100 cals. Come on, now! 320 calories of awesomeness and nearly zero carbs!
9. WRAP IT UP.
Eggs and egg whites rock. Meat them up and cheese them up. Add salsa! Use a Flat Out wrap and keep it low carb at 5 net carbs. Better than the chain place!
ADVICE: If you want to FALL IN LOVE with asparagus, try them at a restaurant FIRST. You will go insane. Then, try the same flavors at home. Do not try it all the way around. Asparagus are not to be messed with. Once you learn to cook them, you will fall in love. Look–I don’t even order fries anymore.
11. QUINOA WITH CARE…
OK- Do NOT get all over me for advocating quinoa, but hear me out– Quinoa is not a grain-grain, as much as it is a cousin of the beetroot. Either way, half a cup gives you 17g net carbs which, to a low carber, may be a lot. Granted, I do the 50g a day option because I refuse to be deprived. BUT–When you feel deprived, THIS is the go-to substance to get a kick and still not suffer so much aftermath.
12. BISQUE IT, SOUP IT
Read my articles so you can check out squash, spaghetti squash, cauliflower and broccoli cheese bisques that will leave you speechless.
13. WHO SAID SALADS WERE BORING?
Dazzle them up with all things lowcarb! Cottage cheese, avocado, shrimp, cheese, salsa (low carb, no sugar), and even cheese straws as crispy options.
14. TRY OUT DIFFERENT GREENS AND OTHER VEGGIES, EVEN IF YOU ADD SOME CORN
Experiment with natural flavors, such as blue cheese crumbles, corn, and bacon bits. Sure, corn has carbs, but it will be a low carb salad if you use sparingly. You may or may not add dressing, but with these flavored toppings, you will not have the need.
15. BREAD? PIZZA DOUGH? USE CAULIFLOWER
YES! Cauliflower is the BOMB. This is an ACTUAL pizza dough I made using shredded cauliflower (in my magic bullet), mixed with oregano, cheese, butter, and other goodness. Mix it all, and just bake it as a cookie. Comes out CARB FREE, less than 150 calories (depending on how much of the rest you used), and super crunchy.
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