List of Low Carb Foods and Recipies

It seems these days that everyone you know is living the low carb lifestyle. You may be starting your own low carb lifestyle (because it is a lifestyle and not really a diet at all), or are already eating this way and are getting tired of the foods you are eating and want to see if you can find something different. Either way, this article will provide a list of low carb foods you can eat without thought. Use it as a reference anytime for planning new recipes or when you want a snack and can't decide what you can reach for. Foods are divided into several groups – meat, oils, beverages, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and dressings. As you can see, there is a large variety of foods and ingredients for a healthy menu and filling, tasty, and nutritious recipes. You can use the list to modify classic recipes and make your own low carb versions. There is a large selection of diet-friendly recipes for your lunch, dinner, breakfast, and brunch. You are free to experiment with different products and low carb recipes to prepare quiches, soups, casseroles, stir fries, appetizers, dips and spreads, salads, dressings, and even cocktails. Below are three sample recipes for a refreshing, healthy, and colorful brunch, dinner, or lunch menu.

Here are some recipes to try out:



Mini Spinach Omelets

1 tsp vegetable Oil
1 white onion (chopped)
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained through cheesecloth
5 beaten eggs
3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a muffin tin lightly with vegetable oil. Heat your oil in a skillet and add your chopped onion. Sauté until the onions are tender and add the spinach. Continue to sauté until the spinach has lost all extra moisture. Mix your eggs, Muenster cheese, and salt and pepper in a large bowl, then add your spinach onion mixture. Spoon into the muffin tin about 3/4 from the top. Top with the Cheddar cheese and bake for about 30 minutes, or until the eggs are done. This recipe is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Cobb Salad

5 slices cooked bacon
2 boiled eggs
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1/2 cup radishes, sliced
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1//2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
2 scallions, sliced
Blue cheese dressing

Layer the ingredients and top with dressing. Serves 4.


No Chips Taco Salad

1 pound ground beef, chicken, or turkey
1 packet of Taco Seasoning
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup black olives
2 tbsp sour cream

Brown your meat thoroughly, then add the taco seasoning according to the directions on the package. Set aside and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place your lettuce on a large serving platter. Top with your meat mixture, then top with your cheese. Dollop your sour cream on top and sprinkle with the olives. Serves 4.



List of low carb foods:


MEAT
Sausage
Bacon
Hot Dogs (beef, pork, or chicken)
Vienna Sausage
Potted Meat
Lunch Meat
Pork
Beef
Chicken
Turkey
Duck
Lamb
Fish
Veal
Crab
Shrimp
Clams
Tofu
Eggs

OILS
Sunflower Oil
Butter
Soybean Oil
Vegetable Oil
Lard
Margarine
Peanut Oil
Safflower Oil
Olive Oil
Corn Oil

BEVERAGES
Tea (unsweetened)
Coffee (unsweetened)
Diet Soda

DAIRY PRODUCTS
Camembert Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Pasteurized Processed Cheese
Muenster Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Provolone Cheese
Swiss Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Feta Cheese
Cream Cheese
Blue Cheese

VEGETABLES
Lettuce
Alfalfa Sprouts
Parsley
Olives
Cucumber
Pickles
Oregano
Radishes
Celery
Asparagus
Broccoli
Endive
Cabbage
Onions
Spinach
Mushrooms
Sweet Peppers
Seaweed

FRUITS
Strawberries
Blackberries
Lemons
Limes
Raspberries
Cranberries

DRESSINGS
Mustard
Mayonnaise
Tartar Sauce
Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
French Salad Dressing
Italian Salad Dressing
Sour Cream
Vinegar
Barbecue Sauce
Soy Sauce

What Foods Have No Carbs?



There are foods that actually have zero carbohydrates and help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Products that are high in protein or fat are also carb-free or very low in content. Poultry, pork, veal, margarine, and butter are good examples. Eggs, fish, and seafood are also good sources. Animal organs such as liver, brain, kidneys, and tongue are virtually carb-free. The list also includes meats such as lamb, beef, and fowl, including quail, hen, goose, and duck. Packaged and processed foods contain preservatives and some carbohydrates. Avoid sausages, hot dogs, deli meat, and other processed meats. There are beverages and condiments that contain zero carbs. Coffee and water are good examples. The list of condiments includes vegetable shortening, yellow mustard, salt, vinegar, and different hot sauces. Cheeses such as camembert, muenster, parmesan, and cheddar also contain no carbs. While there are many products to choose from, others have some carbohydrate, including grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products. Avoid products with added sugar and flavorings as well as pastas and breads.

How to Find Zero Carb Foods



Meat markets and butchers shops are good places to find zero carb products such as veal, pork, and beef. Shop at seafood and fish markets to find fresh fish such as tuna, salmon, trout, and tuna. Many stores also offer seafood and even advertise home delivery. Some products can be found in health food stores as well. Another option is to buy zero carb protein shakes and powders. Products like butter, cream, seasonings and condiments are available at supermarkets and grocery stores.

Low Carb Diets vs. No Carb Diets



One problem with no carb diets is that they are associated with a higher risk of dehydration. This is one reason why nutrition experts recommend drinking plenty of water. Consumers who start this diet often use vitamin and other dietary supplements. Cutting carbs completely also means that you consume fewer minerals and other nutrients. In particular, cutting grains, fruits, and vegetables completely leads to folic acid deficiency. This may increase the risk for cardiovascular problems, especially if you are at risk already. A low-carb diet may be a better choice because consumers are allowed to consume vegetables and whole grain products. Popular diets feature a balanced combination of dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. Unlike crash diets, low carbing offers plenty of benefits such as healthy menu and steady weight loss. Other benefits for dieters include stable blood sugar levels, higher levels of good cholesterol, and lower triglyceride levels. Dieters with high blood pressure also see their pressure go down. Another benefit is that there are many popular plans so consumers can choose a diet that best fits their lifestyle, personality, eating habits, and food preferences. Some dieters exclude fruits during the first phase while others focus on glycemic values.





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