Low Carb Foods and Fast Meals


 

Keto SnacksWe’re six weeks into the 2018 Low Carb Challenge already and it’s time to weigh-in again…

It’s never too late to join us by the way, so feel free to jump in now if you haven’t already. πŸ˜‰

You’ll find the Week Six Weigh In at that link in the Facebook Challenge Group, or you can comment here on this post if you’re not participating in our Facebook group.

In the last weigh-in post we talked about Motivation to Stay on Track & ENJOY Your Low Carb Lifestyle. That was a fun discussion! πŸ™‚

This week I want to give you a quick photo tour of easy low carb foods and fast meals I’ve been eating lately, for ideas & inspiration. It’s always good to see examples that help you mix things up a little in your own kitchen – or on the go.;)

Simple Low Carb Foods and Fast Meals

When I was at the grocery store last week I spotted this Kraft Chipotle Aioli and grabbed it up, because I knew it would make GREAT parmesan chicken, or could be used to make a low carb dip – with a little kick!

Low Carb Groceries

It’s zero carbs, and it’s similar to Primal Foods Chipotle Lime Mayo except the Kraft brand has some questionable ingredients, and Primal Foods is Paleo and Whole30 Approved (all GOOD high quality ingredients).

It did make great parmesan chicken. πŸ™‚

You just coat your chicken in dressing (ranch, mayo, one of the two above, etc). Then coat/cover it in finely shredded parmesan and bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – or less time if it’s smaller pieces like drumsticks or tenders.

Low Carb Parmesan Chicken - Keto Meals

That plus “steamables” frozen broccoli (broccoli florets you can steam in the microwave right in the bag) makes a quick & easy delicious low carb dinner!

More cool finds: low carb snacks at Walgreens. πŸ™‚

Believe it or not, I’ve never tried Babybel cheeses. Those little babies are addictive! lol – yum.:) The Panino hard salami & cheese wraps are great too.

Low Carb Snacks at Walgreens

They also had the Blue Diamond almonds on sale at Walgreens while I was there last week, so I grabbed a bag of those.

It’s great to keep low carb snacks or easy-grab foods on hand.

Keto Snacks - Blue Diamond Almonds, Low Carb and Atkins Friendly Snack Foods

I don’t eat low carb bars often, but when I do I like the Peanut Butter Granola Atkins Bar – as far as anything you can get on the shelf at the local grocery store, at least.

Low Carb Diet Snacks

But more often than not I’ll just eat pecans and an ounce of colby jack cheese off the block, or something simple like that. πŸ˜‰

Simple LCHF Snacks

Publix vs Aldi

I don’t have either of these stores near me, but both of them have GREAT chicken sausage in a variety of flavors – and most are VERY low carb.

Aldi is cheaper, by about half the price. πŸ˜‰

This Cilantro & Lime chicken sausage came from Publix, and was not nearly as strong as I expected it to be. The flavor was PERFECT.

Greenwise Chicken Sausage at Publix - Super Low Carb and Keto Friendly

You can just fry it up hot & fast for a quick meal. Served over fresh raw baby spinach leaves, my dinner was on the table in about 10 minutes:

10 Minute Low Carb Meal

I’ve been making my Spinach Biscuit Recipe at least once a week lately, because half a batch makes 6 pieces – and flattened out more, that’s good for 3 sandwiches. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Sandwich on Keto Spinach Bread

I used Oscar Mayer Rotisserie Chicken Deli Slices and Duke’s Mayo – and had a couple of those yummy Babybel cheeses on the side. Yum!

My spinach biscuits are FULL of spinach. I use Pictsweet Steamables Cut Leaf Spinach and use half the bag – or a whole bag for a full recipe.

You can use less if you prefer of course.

Keto Spinach Bread - Low Carb Recipes

In addition to easy low carb meals at home, I’ve had some great keto-friendly take-out meals lately too…

Like these “nekkid wings” (plain Smoked Wings) from the local BBQ restaurant. I just ordered them with no sauce, and dipped them in ranch dressing.

Keto BBQ Take-Out, Smoked Wings with No Sauce - Easy Low Carb!

This low carb take-out came from a local bistro that delivers: a bacon cheeseburger (no bun please) with roasted vegetables instead of fries:

Low Carb Take-Out Ideas

One of my favorite low carb take-out meals is from the Mexican restaurant.

I get a taco salad with no taco, avocado instead of guacomole, and cheese sauce to pour over it all. πŸ™‚

Keto Mexican Restaurant Meal - Low Carb Take Out Ideas

They really hooked me up on the avocado this time!:)

Of course there’s always the classic bunless burger when you’re on the go, too.

And in this case I ordered it “plain with cheese” so it wouldn’t drip on my dress while I was driving.

It’s a Low Carb Thickburger from Hardee’s (that’s on the menu).

Low Carb Fast Food : Lettuce Wrapped Cheeseburger from Hardee's

My breakfasts are usually pretty simple.

I’ll often have snack foods at my desk like the pecans & cheese, or berries & cream cheese.

And if I have time to cook: just cheesy eggs.

Simple Keto Breakfast Ideas - Super Low Carb

Another delicious but fast/easy low carb dinner from the last week:

Marinated chicken over cauliflower rice.

The chicken was marinated in just a small amount of soy sauce, lemon juice, ginger & cinnamon with a dash of black pepper.

Cauliflower Rice Dinners, Keto Friendly and Low Carb

I like to add Spicy Chili Pili Nuts and cook those in with the cauliflower rice to give it a nice buttery crunch – with a kick. πŸ˜‰

The chicken sausages make such a fast & easy meal that I’ve had those several times lately. They are great fried up hot & fast with steamed spinach too – which is easy when I make my spinach biscuits (above) and have half the bag of steamed spinach leftover!

That plus steamed broccoli with butter & cheese makes a quick meal.

Easy Keto Dinner Ideas

I’m loving the Green Giant cauliflower rice you can find in the freezer section at most grocery stores to whip up FAST but healthy low carb meals.

You can just add spinach & chicken for a quick one-skillet meal. Especially quick if you use Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken Fajita Strips, or even leftover chicken.

Low Carb One-Skillet Meal

 

I hope that gives you some ideas & inspiration…

I don’t do any complicated low carb meal planning or meal prep, but I do try to keep my favorite snacks on hand for a quick grab – and my freezer stocked in case I want to whip up a super fast meal at home. πŸ˜‰

How are things going with you this week?

Don’t forget to weigh-in here, or in your comment below…

Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

 

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4 Responses to Low Carb Foods and Fast Meals

  1. Debi Hardy says:

    I have been struggling w low carb and up and down 10-15 lbs for the past year. I get so discouraged bec I just can’t seem to lose weight as fast as I read others are losing. I just bought Almost Zero Carbs meal plan to try to take the guesswork out of Keto. I’m at a confused state. I’d appreciate some feedback. I really need some encouragement. I’m 61, 50lbs overweight, and on BP, Collestral, and Acid Refux meds. I need help.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Debi,

      I lose weight very slowly myself, but the key is not to compare yourself to others – and simply change over to a healthier lifestyle and way of eating.

      Losing a pound a week on average, or a few pounds a month, is actually great progress. I’m just happy when I’m not gaining rapidly! πŸ™‚ lol

      But more than losing consistently, or losing “fast enough” it’s important to stay focused on feeding your body with healthy food.

      Especially when you have health issues. For me it’s how I stay out of chronic pain, but with blood pressure and cholesterol and other issues – you definitely want to “eat for your health” – and let your body follow suit with weight loss at it’s own pace. With the focus on feeling better and being healthier. πŸ˜‰

      What confuses you most, or what do you struggle with most? Is it staying on track, knowing what to eat or how to track, or what exactly? I’m happy to help if I can. πŸ™‚

      • Debi Hardy says:

        I know how to eat, but I’m a little confused about tracking. I just watched your video on Ketogenics. I can’t afford that right now, but I do plan to try those products. When I just eat healthy, don’t worry about micros so much, and drink my water, I do sooo much better. I guess my downfall is comparing myself to others: (. I’m gonna weigh in the morning and start your challenge, concentrate on eating low carb, and go with it.

        • Lynn Terry says:

          It’s best to just keep it super simple for now: meat & greens + healthy fats. If you eat suiper low carb (20 net carbs max) you definitely want to heat high fat: at least 70% of your daily calories in healthy fats.

          Here’s a simple explanation & illustration, about tracking macros: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/7006/macronutrients/

          Your journey is your own, as we are all at different places, so just stay focused on taking control of your health and staying consistent – until it becomes second nature. πŸ˜‰ You’ll be so glad you did!!!

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