Keep it #LowCarb with the Right Carbs!

 

Carbohydrates are not bad. They are necessary.  Don’t fall for the carb trap and trick your body to get the good stuff in!

1. Get your crunch on!

Crunchy greens are as loud in texture as chips and crisps. Get creative with new flavors and colors, mixing them with sweet, dried fruit.

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 Add flavored almonds to your favorite green, crunchy salad!                                  PHOTO: Tricolor Crunch Salad©thedietblogchic

2. “Lace” good, veggie carbs in fun, cool foods!

Like with pinchos (kabobs)! Lace each juicy, pork piece with a string of non-starchy veggies for a perfect combo.

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Tomatoes, peppers, red onions, and even fresh pineapple go together beautifully. PHOTO: Gabe’s birthday pinchos ©thedietblogchic                              

3. Rubbed, not sauced!

Use dry rubs to season your meat, rather than sauces. You get the same punch for way less carbs and calories. Plus, they do not really count against you.

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Use fruity, semi-sweet and smoky flavors. PHOTO: The Diet Chica’s Molasses Wings ©thedietblogchic

 **I just dipped these wings in egg whites and added the molasses rub on top. Baked them until they cooked, then broiled them a bit. This was the result. #legit.

4. Eat bread: The Right Bread!

Get bread that will not float around your body deciding how to metabolize itself. Ezekiel, Paleo, and a myriad of new choices are all everywhere! Look at the nutrition facts!

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PHOTO:  This is TheDietChica’s “Better than Yo Momma’s Ham Sammich” 

5. An Apple a Day...

The one thing I AM good at, is eating fruit. That they were banned from #lowcarb #diets made me insane. EAT fruit.

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PHOTO: Fresh Market apples ©thedietblogchic

Do not juice them, puree them, or stew them. Eat them raw. Fruits will not “fatten” you up and it certainly is a good practice to eat them.

6. TRICK YOUR CASSEROLE

Get your crunchy veggies in right before you start baking your casserole. Hide them, if you must, but stuff them in. Get your veggie serving in with complex carbs that will digest slowly with your yummy, cheesy dish.

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PHOTO: Shiritaki casserole spice by the DIET BLOG CHIC

7. FINALLY: MEXICAN IS NOT JUST NACHOS!

Really! Enjoy a traditional Mexican meal without the fluff of tortilla chips, rice and refried beans. Instead, eat half a tamale, which is a corn patty stuffed with meat. Eat a stuffed pepper and guac salad with it. It will make you feel great!

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Tamales Mejicanos ©thedietblogchic

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Ultra Low Carb “Mac and Cheese”! The cauliflower power!

You bet! And it has never been easier and more delicious.

But before you say that you would “NEVER” eat a cauliflower in your life, try this recipe FIRST.

1. Put all the ingredients together

I picked the florets already frozen to save time. Use the whole bag (around 4 cups), 1/2 c sour cream, 1/2 cup shredded cheese (any). Each cup of cauli is 25 calories and less than 5 net grams of carbs. Use your portions accordingly. 

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2. Add veggies (optional)

Just to kick up the flavor and add crunch, I added red onions and peppers. Cook those along with any meats you want to add.  Let them absorb each other’s flavor and then focus on the florets.

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3. Fuse the florets

Steam the florets with bouillon powder in the microwave for about 10 minutes until they get flavorful and soft enough to shred. Do not boil or over-cook them. You want them to keep the consistency. After they are ready, shred them and mix them with a bit of cheese and sour cream in the same skillet where the other mix is. 

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4. Quick Bake

Get all the mix into a baking pan (spray bottoms and tops), and bake for about 20 minutes. This is so that the edges crisp like macaroni and cheese does. Then, add cheese on top and let it melt. 

SERVE, AND ENJOY!

Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 8.59.56 PM3 cups cauliflower- 75 calories. 1/2 cup sour cream-125 calories. 1/2 cup shredded cheese- 120 calories. 1/2 cup chopped ham- 90 calories. Veggies- 40 calories- Entire recipe: 450 calories, 7 net carbs.

Paleo- Curious?

HI, FRIENDS!

This post is about what I have learned (and I am still learning) about this totally cool #Paleo lifestyle!

LESSON 1: IT IS NOT A DIET. IT IS A LIFESTYLE.PALEOLIST

Dr. Loren Cordain, founder:

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Stone Age ancestors led more energized and healthier lives by eating what their bodies were genetically meant to eat. NOT: bread, donuts, pasta, processed meats, and ridiculous tons of sugar…but real foods found in the environment.

NOTE: The list changes all the time, but not by much–check it as many times as u can!

LESSON 2. NO SUGAR, GRAINS, BREADS, DAIRY…AND SOME NUTS. BUT THAT’S COOL!

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I tested Paleo for a while and shed TONS of water weight really quick. I was not eating preservatives nor excess water-retaining salt! Sugar cravings? Paleo uses raw honey. Bread-aholic? Check out this cinnamon raisin bread TO DIE FOR.

LESSON 3. SUBSTITUTIONS ARE EVERYTHING- AND WORTH IT!

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No bread? Use paleo crumbs! No dairy? Use coconut milk-based creams. No pasta? Use SOY noodles (they have nearly zero calories anyway). Honestly, #Paleo makes a lot of sense.

LESSON 4. EGGS, MEAT, FISH, FRUIT AND VEGGIES ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

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Yep. Chicken wings, too!

And pinchos!

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And Mexican camarones!

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And Guac and Pollo!

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LESSON 5. THERE ARE TONS OF WEBPAGES DEDICATED TO FOOD SWAPS AND PALEO SUBSTITUTIONS

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This meal is not a broccoli pasta casserole with friend chicken. Nope. It is its PALEO version. The noodles are #shirataki soy noodles. The chicken has been coated with gluten-free seasonings and arrowroot powder, then oven-baked. The whole thing is nearly junk-free and less than 650 calories, btw—and 10 net carbs!

LESSON 6. YOU CAN EAT DESSERT!

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Check the coolest Paleo site at myeasypaleomeals. This is one of there scrumptious recipes! Go, Gray!

LESSON 7. CASSEROLES ARE ENCOURAGED!

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This casserole I made with butternut squash, cauliflower, arrow root powder, and lots of meaty goodness. Egg whites, too! The thing is, it can still taste very good even though I added no packaged foods to it!

LESSON 8. YES, BOOZE IS ALLOWED

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Ok, this one is totally on me, but…come on! Last I heard, grapes were made by Madre nature.

LESSON 9. GET A CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR HUMAN EATING SIDE AGAIN!

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Seriously! Can YOU BELIVE how much FAKE STUFF we eat on a daily basis? I do it, too! This casserole was made with leftover chopped chicken, celery, loads of veggies, egg whites, and coconut flakes. And SPROUTS! I love sprouts!

LESSON 10. DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE

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(it IS sideways)

Great news: You eat A LOT in Paleo. Even greater news: You lose a lot of junk weight on Paleo. BEST NEWS: You lose weight fast and without trying if you eat natural. BAD NEWS: You have to wash that whole mess down with something! Coconut water is definitely one of those delicious things made by mother nature to make you smile, without it being a cheesecake.

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Zero Carb Pizza. For real!

I got this recipe from the #NewYorkTimes cooking section, to which I give the #shoutout, so check out Robert Farrar’s recipe below, and tell him that the Diet Chic digs it. http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/2552-crustless-pizza

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MINE IS DIFFERENT, though. My version is for ONE person who is not that terribly into cheese but still wants a taste of pizza without carbs.

The end result was all mine. It works.

1. PRACTICE FIRST

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Start with a regular skillet, spray butter or oil, seasonings (look at mine), and 1/4 or 1/2 cheese. This will be a test for you. You will test which cheese melts how, at what temp, and for how long.

I sprinkle Parmesan at the bottom because I want to ensure some sort of crunch and flavor. It works!

2. THIS PIC ADDS SAUCE TO THE ORIGINAL, SO HEAR ME OUT…

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If you are testing it out, go EASY on the sauce. Use 1 tbsp first, and see how it cooks. All skillets are different these days, which is why I do not dig people just saying “get a skillet”. Porcelain, cast iron, teflon, caflaflon, teflaflon, flonflanflin, who knows?

This pic is found in http:// mysteryloverskitchen.com – GO, GIRL!!!!

3. THE EDGES WILL TELL YOU

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Do not worry about the bubbling. The moment you see the edges turning brown, play with your heat “volume” and wait until it gets an even brown around.

BTW: This pic is from the blog that was easiest for me to follow

http://healthylowcarbliving.com/weight-loss/my-dinner-tonight-skillet-pizza/

4. BEFORE U CUT: GET A VERY CLEAN AND SHARP PIZZA CUTTER, SPRAY IT, THEN CUT

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YAY! Finally MY PIC!!! I followed EVERY direction I’ve told you, and made this for my son. He had the nerve to say: So, this is fried cheese? I did not answer, and continued to celebrate my #WIN!

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15 Low-Carb Delicious Ideas!

In a world infested with carbs and hidden sugars, FIGHT BACK! Protein has never been more creatively delicious to eat!

1. ZERO CARB THIRTY

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Cali Cobb

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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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Lettuce Cups!

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.

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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!

10. ASPARAG-IT

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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…

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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

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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

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Flavory Savory Salad

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

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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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CARB OVERLOAD BEWARE! (They’re everywhere)

FACT: Sugar is a preservative used in many of the foods that we eat. But sugar and other simple (bad) carbs come in many shapes. Watch out for carb overloads in all your food options.

1. HOLY CARB CRASH, BATMAN

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Here’s the thing. Pita and hummus? Good. Hummus alone? Better. Hummus and veggies MINUS so many pita tips? BEST.

Hummus has a lot of good, complex carbs that digest slowly. However, PITA CHIPS can add up nearly 400 extra calories AND 35g of carbs! These are the quick carbs that make you crash. Moderation is key, Split a plate like this among 4 or 5 people!

2. LITTLE CARB, BIG CARBS, WHAT DO YOU SEE?

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I see a carb crash looking at me!

Pasta salads are a common side dish for sandwiches. But a hoagie roll alone (no toppings) is 210 cals & 33 g of simple carbs. Add to this a side of pasta salad (4oz) at 300 cals and 25g of simple carbs. One lunch, 58g of carbs (not counting the toppings on the sandwich). Try soup! Soup fills you up and certainly has less simple carbs than pasta salad.

3. CHIPS APLENTY, CARBS GALORE

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This one got me. Just check out the carbs and the ingredients on each choice. You be the judge! For a few more calories , ZERO carbs, and less preservatives, I’d say go with the pork skins. What’s Tocopherol? Do you eat that?! (Shoutout to bitoff.wordpress and MrPringleslaystome.blogspot for the pics)

4. FEEL LIKE PIZZA?

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Pizza is too easy to eat, mindlessly. Get back to using eating tools and try a low-carb tomato bisque loaded with cheese and goodness. Skip the crackers, and enjoy ALL the flavor of 2 slices of pizza at 1/3 of the calories and 90% less carbs.

5. CHECK OUT THE GOOD CHOICE CHART.

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IT IS ALL ABOUT KEEPING “GOOD COMPANY”. Pair up with less starch and more protein and fresh veggies. You will see the difference as you EAT MORE and LOSE MORE!

Snack Hack Series: Eat more, lose more!

SMART SNACKS ARE BETTER THAN DIETING. CHECK OUT THESE IDEAS AND COMPARE FOR YOURSELF: WHAT WOULD U RATHER?

1. HEARTY AND FILLING VS. LIGHT AND….HALF EMPTY

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DIET CHICA’S QUICK QUICHE             VS.                           2 BAGS OF DIET CHIPS

I. Quick quiche                                                                                II. 2 bags dry chips

1 cup of egg whites- 50 calories                                            FREE ADDS: Hunger

1/4 c cottage cheese- 55 calories

1/4 c sour cream- 123 calories

FREE ADDS- paprika, veggies, salt,

pepper, Worcestershire sauce.

TOTAL: 227 CALORIES                                                                   TOTAL: 220 CALORIES

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SCALLOP SALAD (Rice optional)         VS.                                       REPLACEMENT BAR

BREAKDOWN:

Scallop Salad                                                                                             Meal Replacement Bar

1 cup arugula or spinach- 7 calories                                                    FREE ADDS: No clue

1 cup scallops seasoned to taste- 100

1/2 cup rice seasoned to taste- 121 cals

FREE ADDS: Hot sauce, soy sauce,

veggies, and even a bit of dressing!

TOTAL: 228 calories                                                                                          TOTAL: 220 calories

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Asian Food Diet Hacks

Even if you do not eat any type of ethnic food, think about this. A lot of true Asian dishes are super flavorful and cooked with tons of legumes and veggies. Some are even vegan or vegetarian! Read on give it a try!. You may never see “dieting” the same way again.

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Spaghetti Squash: A huge meal for zilch carbs and > 300 calories (that’s less than a lean frozen meal)

BASICALLY- YOU GET A SPAGHETTI SQUASH, COOK IT, AND REPLACE IT FOR NOODLES. DON’T KNOW HOW TO? I GOT UR BACK! Click for the article!

 

Best #Healthy #Breakfasts (that taste better than junk food)

You think there’s no time to eat a good, filling breakfast? Think twice, boo! Just one thing: Ditch the cereal, toss the granola bar, and PLEASE do not substitute breakfast with a soda. Click here for some great ideas!