Low-carb diets have gained widespread popularity within the last decade. The diets basically limit your carbohydrate intake, and substitute it with foods that contain a higher percentage of proteins and fats. Some proponents of the low-carb diet claim that the benefits include weight loss, increased energy, improved mood and a reduction in cravings for sweet foods. There are many variations of this diet available, so it is important to find the carb diet plan that is right for you.
Low-carb foods to add to your grocery list
The first step in starting a low-carb diet is to determine what are low carb foods, and which ones you would like to incorporate into your diet. Below is a brief list of foods that are low in carbs:
- Seafood such as Halibut, Mackerel and Trout
- Poultry such as chicken and turkey
- Green leafy vegetables
- Blueberries and strawberries
If you are allowing yourself some flexibility with your carb intake, you can add more items such as different fruits to this list.
Popular low carb recipes
A quick search on the internet will yield many great low carb recipes. However, one popular dish is the Low carb Italian meatballs.
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup breadcrumbs (or use enough to hold the meat together
1 -2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 -2 teaspoon salt (or to taste, I use 2 teaspoons seasoned salt)
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tablespoons dried parsley)
Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl before forming them into small balls. Bake the meatballs at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 25 minutes.
Although you may be tempted to enjoy this dish with pasta, there are many low carb alternatives that you can enjoy instead. Low carb Asian noodles or tofu noodles are an excellent substitute because they taste very familiar to traditional noodles. In addition, you can also use certain vegetables as a bed for your meatballs and pasta sauce. Some popular vegetable alternatives include Zucchini, Cauliflower rice, cabbage or bean sprouts.