May 18, 2015

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

Low-Carb Diets are NOT Deficient in Vitamin B
Low-Carb Diet Rich
in Vitamin B Complex
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
  • 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 bread and other 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:

May 02, 2015

Cinco de Mayo: 12 Super-Tasty Cal-Mex Dishes

Fresh Salsa: tomato, onion, jalapeno, garlic
Cal-Mex Cuisine
Fresh Vegetables, Herbs, Whole Foods
(Photo Credit: Armando Maynez,
CC BY 2.0)
Mexican food is very popular in the southwestern portion of the United States as well as other areas that have a large Mexican population. For us, Cinco de Mayo was a big deal. Mexican restaurants existed in every major city in Southern California, and they offered a large variety of Cal-Mex and Tex-Mex cuisine. Mexican traditions like flavorful tacos, spicy enchiladas, and wet burritos were found on the menu of even budget-minded folks like us every single week.

It's culture there. It's how I grew up.

In fact, when I was still married to my ex and funds were short, we simply got through the rough spots by eating tacos or enchiladas every single night. Mexican food was cheap, filling, and tasty. It worked much better when raising my sons than Kraft mac-and-cheese or Top Ramen soup. Although, we did eat those things too.

Even when the current hubby and I first moved to Utah and we were struggling to survive financially, that's how we ate. Enchiladas, Spanish rice, and refried beans were a staple. Tacos with various fillings showed up on the plate twice a week. It was a given.

But what do you do when you're on a low-carb diet?

What do you do when traditional forms of tacos, burritos and enchiladas no longer work? How do you satisfy that craving for Mexican cuisine or enjoy a nice Cinco de Mayo celebration once restricting carbohydrates has become a lifestyle?

The answer to that depends on what you want to accomplish, but we can also take a few pointers from what's called Cal-Mex instead of Tex-Mex cuisine.