So you want to lose weight, feel good, and still enjoy your meals on a low carb lifestyle? Here are 9 must-have items to stock when you’re eating low carb.
*Meat. Buy the best meat you can afford-grass-fed beef, free range poultry, maybe even meat from a local farm or co-op. Since a big part of your low-carb lifestyle includes eating meat, spend the money you’re saving on chips and fatty carb snacks toward improving the quality of your staples. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t be discouraged. It is possible to go low-carb without breaking the bank.
*Eggs. Likewise, buy fresh free-range eggs if you can. They taste better, they’re better for you, and you’ll feel good inside knowing they come from happy chickens.
*Salad stuff. I prefer crisp Romaine or red leaf lettuce to iceberg. Experiment! If you’re pressed for time, try one of the prepared bagged salads in the grocery store, but also try making your own salad mix using the low-carb veggies you like best-succulent red peppers, crisp celery for added crunch, additional types of lettuce, a few crunchy nuts on the top. Real bacon bits? Sure! You can always slice some cooked beef or chicken into your salad. Salads also make wonderful brown-bag alternatives for lunches.
*Low-carb vegetables. Consult the list of vegetables that are suggested for the low-carb diet you follow. You can dress them up by sautéing them in butter or by steaming them with herbs. Fresh vegetables bring variety to your diet and give you rich rewards by giving you valuable micronutrients with every bite. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new vegetables. Enjoy yourself at the farmer’s market on Saturday morning and don’t be afraid to ask about good ways to prepare your harvest.
*Seafood. Forget the breading! You can enjoy amazing taste adventures with rich low-carb sauces based on butter or cream. You can grill, sauté, steam, or bake your seafood. Want to serve an elegant dinner for someone you love? Seafood is a natural. Tender filet of fish with a fresh salad on the side is easy to make, quick, and good for you.
*Cream, sour cream, and butter. Not everything you eat should be loaded with these rich elements, but they can make a huge difference in your food prep. You don’t want to use flour or cornstarch to thicken gravy, but how about seasoning your beef with a rich sauce of beef bouillion with some sour cream to taste?
*Nuts. Used sparingly, nuts pack nutritional benefits with great taste. The key word here is “sparingly”-it’s easy to go overboard on the crunchy stuff.
*Lower carb fruits. Some fruits are far better than others when you’re living the low-carb lifestyle. Sample strawberries and watermelon, for example. Watch your portions carefully, but fruit with a lower glycemic impact can be a healthy addition to your diet.