Super easy low-carb meals
If you search the internet for low-carb recipes, you’ll find no shortage of super delicious ideas that demonstrate how truly delicious and satisfying low-carb living can be. There are some truly genius people out there who are able to do amazingly creative things with food.
But. I am not one of them. Nor do I usually have the time or inclination to experiment with a new recipe. That sort of thing is usually reserved for the weekends when I have more time and am feeling a bit more adventurous.
So during the week, I typically keep things super simple. Because like all of you, I have work to do, and laundry, and kids to pick up from school, and creative projects to tend to, and books to read, and all the other things, and I need meals to be easy.
Here are some of my go-to, super easy and satisfying low-carb meals that have allowed me to get into ketosis and stay there.
Low-carb breakfast ideas
Avocado-spinach ketogenic smoothie. This is my go-to breakfast so that I can get my day started off with lots of nourishing greens. Get the recipe here.
Eggs and bacon. If you have time to whip up a hot breakfast, this is about as basic as you can get when it comes to keto. I’d still recommend a smaller smoothie on the side to get your greens, or throw some spinach into your eggs. Also, make extra bacon. You’ll thank me later.
Greek yogurt. A bowl of plain, full-fat yogurt with a packet of stevia is absolutely delicious. If you’re already fat adapted, you can throw in a few berries. Yummmmmm.
Leftovers. I love leftovers. Sometimes they even taste better the next day. (It’s science.) When you cook dinner, always make a little bit extra. It doesn’t take any extra time, and you have lunch ready to go for the next day. Pack it up in a glass storage container if it’s something that needs to be reheated (don’t ever microwave plastic containers). Even salad usually keeps fine until the next day if it isn’t drenched in dressing. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
Super quick salad. Get a bagged salad kit. Romaine or mixed greens are best (stay away from iceberg lettuce, it has the lowest nutritional value). Make sure to check the ingredients on the dressing and pick one that doesn’t contain any crap like high-fructose corn syrup (or use a different organic dressing or even just olive oil). Leave out any croutons or things like tortilla strips. Cut up that extra bacon you saved from breakfast and toss it in with some avocado. Delicious. (This is enough for 2 meals for me.)
Salmon cucumber bites. Slice up a cucumber and top off each slice with smoked salmon (no cooking required) and avocado slices. If you eat dairy, a little garden vegetable cream cheese will add some extra flavor.
Chicken and veggies. If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll grab a rotisserie chicken, steam some broccoli or cauliflower, and make a bagged salad. This is about as easy as it gets.
Hamburger patties. Get some pre-made grass-fed hamburger patties (you may be able to find them fresh or frozen) and cook them up with some asparagus. Add a bagged salad. (Can you tell we are big fans of bagged salad in our house?) I like to top mine off with avocado slices. No buns, obviously.
Taco salads. Brown up some ground beef (we get grass-fed whenever possible, but it is more expensive, so do whatever your budget allows). Fill up some bowls with lots of romaine (you can get pre-cut to make it even easier). Add all the fixings: cheese, sour cream, salsa (check the label for carb count), black olives, and avocado. Always avocado.
Once you’re fat adapted, you likely won’t get too hungry between meals. But if you find yourself in need of a little something, here are some low-carb, high-fat snacks you can grab.
Hard-boiled eggs. Cook up a batch on Sunday and they’ll last you all week. Side note: eggs are a common cause of gastrointestinal distress. If this is the case for you, don’t feel like you have to include eggs in your diet just because they’re a classic keto food.
Flax crackers. These flaxseed crackers are super tasty, filling, and a good source of omega-3s. (I found them at Sprouts.)
Kale chips. Yummy and satisfies the urge for something crunchy. I found these at Sprouts also, but it’s easy to make your own.
Cheese sticks. I ate a lot of cheese during my adaptation phase, but I’m cutting back on dairy now because it contributes to inflammation. Dairy is also difficult for many people to digest, so listen to your body and do what’s best for you.
Once you’re passed the induction phase, you can have 50 grams of carbs per day, and these meals will easily keep you there. Eating this way, my carbs typically amount to right around 25 grams or less, which was my goal during adaptation.
What do you think? How different is this from your current diet? Could you eat this way and stick with it? Let me know your thoughts!