Tasty No Carb Recipes!

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If you’re like me, you can’t get enough carbs. Potatoes, pasta, and bread; you name it and I probably love it. What I don’t love is what consuming too many carbohydrates does to your body. And while I’m not a fan of diets that advocate eliminating all carbs from your daily diet, I do understand the need once in awhile to enjoy a few days of carb-free eating.

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[No carb lunch recipes are simple: chicken breast with mustard vinaigrette and you're ready to nourish your body!]

No carb recipes are supposed to help with fat loss because it helps burn fat instead of the sugars found in carbohydrates. That is true, but not realistic unless you eat handfuls of bread and pasta by the pound on a regular basis. You shouldn’t go crazy eating bad carbs with every meal, but you should know that carbohydrates are found in healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and even oatmeal.

Before we begin however, it’s important to understand that living without carbs is unrealistic and unhealthy. Complex carbohydrates are healthy and you should focus on eliminating simple carbs like white sugar and processed foods. A no carb diet may result in decreased energy, which makes it difficult to perform everyday functions. On a positive side note, a diet low in carbohydrates will also help treat diabetes, chronic fatigue and even epilepsy.r

**Ask your doctor if a no carb diet is for you before you begin.**

Chicken Salad w/Mustard Vinaigrette

1 chicken breast
1 cup arugula
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 cucumber, sliced
salt & pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 bay leaf

Directions: Add garlic and bay leaf to medium pot of water and bring to a boil. Trim excess fat from chicken and place in water until done, about 20 minutes. Remove chicken and let rest for 10 minutes or until you can touch with hands. When chicken cooks, run a fork against the grain and shred the chicken. Meanwhile, add vinegar, oil, mustard, salt and pepper to bowl and whisk until blended. Add arugula, cucumbers, chicken and mix well. Enjoy!

Egg White Scramble

2 egg whites
1/2 cup spinach
pepper
1 slice gruyere cheese, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. olive oil

egg white and spinach scramble_no carb recipes[Scramble it up or make an omelet, just keep the carbs low. Tomatoes optional!]

Directions: Add pepper and garlic to egg whites and mix. In skillet over medium heat add egg whites and garlic mixture to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Add in spinach and cook until slightly wilted, 1 minute. Add cheese and cook until done, 1 minute. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and enjoy!

Rosemary Halibut with Fried Eggs

1 tbsp. rosemary, chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 eggs
pepper to taste
4 oz. Halibut
1 tsp. thyme, chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub halibut with oil, rosemary, pepper, and thyme. Place on baking sheet and cook until done, 7-10 minutes. In skillet over medium-high heat add 2 eggs and sprinkle with pepper. Cook until sunny-side eggs reach desired doneness.

Flank Steak w/Zucchini Gratin

1 lb. Flank Steak
1 lb. Zucchini, thick sliced
2 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tsp. black Pepper
1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
2 tbsp. Rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Directions: Heat broiler on high. Rub steak with olive oil, black & cayenne peppers and rosemary on both sides. Broil about 5 minutes on each side or until it reaches desired doneness. Boil zucchini for 2 minutes, then drain. Meanwhile grease pie plate and arrange zucchini in a circle, slightly overlapping them. Season with pepper, melted butter and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, then at 475 for 10 additional minutes.

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[Maximize no carb recipes with things you don't get to always enjoy...like cheese!]

Dijon Chicken Vegetables

1 chicken breast, halved
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 oz. Romano cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups chopped asparagus
1 tbsp. unsalted butter

dijon chicken and asparagus_no carb recipes{Dijon chicken adds a nice kick for a mild flavored meal with out a lot of carbs!}

Directions:  Combine mustard, salt & pepper, red pepper flakes and cheese into medium bowl. Toss chicken with mixture in bowl until coated. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until done. Melt butter over medium-high heat and add chopped asparagus. Cook 8 minutes or until tender.

Looking for a tasty way to wash down these delicious no carb meals? Consider water as an alternative to soda, fake juices and other drinks packed with sugar and carbs. Not only is water a no carb beverage, but it helps with digestion, hydration, and overall appearance. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day, but 10 would be ideal.

While these are no carb recipes, it is crucial that you understand that even no carb recipes have a few carbohydrates in them. Any carbs in the meals above have less than 1% of your daily value of carbs, but these are common no carb foods.

Many fruits and vegetables have carbohydrates so before you consider a no carb diet, ask yourself if its more important to eliminate carbs altogether or experience effective weight loss. However if you’d like to spend a week or so eating no carb recipes just to help you get used to eating smaller portions, I support that. Just remember that low or no carb diets are just as effective as a diet that includes carbohydrates in terms of weight loss. A 2006 study did conclude that ketogenic low carb diets have more adverse effects to the metabolism and emotional state that diets that don’t restrict carb intake.

Losing weight intelligently means knowing your options. Find out about more weight loss options by reading our review of Turbulence Training. Learn how to eat carbs and burn them effectively for weight loss.

2 Comments

  1. Laura says:

    No carbs? Hmmm….I believe I do see vegetables in the ingredients…..sigh*. All vegetables have carbs. The right amounts. Complex carbs are High…too high. So, choose low carb vegetables…that is why low carb diets are called low carb…not so you eat low amounts of vegetables…..I realize not everyone will ever get that straight without learning….but a recipe poster should know better and not contribute to this fallacy.

  2. MCecchin says:

    Laura- You’re completely correct, but we are trying to address what most people will classify as carbs in their diets, mostly white carbs or complex carbs like oatmeal. When someone thinks of a No Carb Meal, they will mostly think of meat, fish and vegetables.

    But again, with that being said you are completely right… vegetables and fruits also have carbs.

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