Sunday, July 19, 2015

12 Tasty Ideas for Eating Low Carb on a Budget

Salad Topped with Low Carb Chicken Strips
Eating Low-Carb on a Budget Takes Creativity

At first glance, a low-carb diet can look quite expensive. Especially, since the focus is on meat and other high-cost proteins like cheese. Vegetables and leafy salads make up the bulk of your meals, taking the place of lower priced potatoes, white rice, and pasta on your plate. Bread and tortillas are also gone unless you have enough room in your budget for a few low-carb products. However, many low carbers do not.

The good news is that you can definitely eat low-carb on a budget. It just takes a little thought and planning. The key is to start with the cheapest basics available in your area, find recipes that make good use of those basics, and then branch out with whatever you can afford from there. That might sound easy, but it will take a bit of legwork and planning to pull it all together.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa

Fresh Salsa Ingredients: Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Onions, Peppers
Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa Ingredients

It's been really hot here in Utah for the past few days, over 100-degrees, so I've been experimenting with recipes that don't require a lot of cooking. On the days when hubby has to work out in the heat, I've also been serving food that can be eaten at room temperature.

When you're on a low-carb diet, summer meals can be quite a challenge. Not only does meat speed up your metabolism, making you uncomfortable in the summer heat, but typical low-carb stir fries, roasted vegetables, soups, and stews will also heat up the kitchen.

To solve the problem, you might want to try perking up the flavor of your crockpot chicken, lettuce wraps, and taco salads with a nice batch of fresh homemade salsa. Fresh salsas are made with assorted vegetables, using tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers as the base, but ingredients can vary widely depending on what you already have on hand and what rung of the carbohydrate ladder you're on.

That's how this Fresh Cucumber and Tomato Salsa was born.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Atkins 40: the New Flexible Atkins Diet Plan

Bowl of Sausage and Cabbage Stew with Carrots
Atkins 40 Friendly: Sausage and Cabbage Stew with Carrots

Atkins Nutritionals has come up with a brand new Atkins Diet. Unlike the traditional program, this new flexible low-carb diet plan allows you to pick and choose from all food groups. Breads and starchy carbohydrates are no longer off limits.

The idea behind Atkins 40 is to curtail cravings and kick your feelings of deprivation to the curb while still keeping your daily carbohydrate level low enough to shed those unwanted pounds. That means that along with your typical protein sources, vegetables, essential fatty acids, and sugar-free condiments, you can also enjoy bread, pasta, tortillas, and even potatoes during the weight-loss phase.

You no longer have to wait until pre-maintenance to begin enjoying the carbohydrate foods you're missing when you use the new Atkins Diet.

That change in concept has a lot of low-carb dieters worried. However, Atkins 40 isn't a free-for-all. It's not a well-balanced low-fat diet. It's still Atkins. But Atkins Nutritionals has now decided to . . .

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Atkins 20: Understanding the New Atkins Diet Phase 1

Salad with Bacon Rolls Stuffed with Cream Cheese
Confused About Atkins 20?
This Guide Clears Up the Misunderstandings!

I was over at Low Carb Friends yesterday afternoon, and one of the members was seriously upset. She had just learned that Atkins Nutritionals has come out with a brand new set of Atkins diets.

They now have two different low-carb diet plans you can choose from, each with various phases. They have dropped the New Atkins for a New You and, instead, they are offering two different versions of the Atkins diet plan:
  1. Atkins 20, which includes a modified Atkins Diet Phase 1
  2. Atkins 40, which is a more flexible, low-glycemic diet

Atkins 20 is what they are calling the original Atkins diet.

In reality, it is a slight adaption to what most of us in the low-carb community know as Atkins 2002 or DANDR, but there are a lot of people over at Low Carb Friends who are very confused by the way this new diet is being presented on the Atkins Nutritionals website. Because of that, this post is going to clear up any misunderstanding you might have . . .

Monday, May 18, 2015

Best Grain-Free Sources of Vitamin B for a Low-Carb Diet

A Low-Carb Diet is Rich in Vitamin B Grain-Free Sources
A Low-Carb Diet is Rich in Vitamin B Complex Sources

Vitamin B is actually a group of different water-soluble vitamins that must be eaten daily since the body cannot store them. These vitamins are necessary to turn food into energy, create red blood cells, keep the nervous system and brain functioning normally, and even regulate appetite. Processing foods that contain natural B vitamins will destroy some of those nutrients, so grains and cereals are often enriched in order to replace the nutrients lost during processing.

When nutritionists claim that we should eat plenty of grains to be healthy, it is this artificial form of vitamins and minerals that manufacturers add to their stripped bread and over cooked products that they are suggesting we eat. In order to verify or destroy that claim, I recently did a little research on grains and grain-free sources of Vitamin B. Here is what I found out . . .

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