Because you are busy at work doesn’t mean you have to ruin your keto diet with fast foods. Should that become your norm, a low carb diet is not going to work out for you. To prevent that from happening, here are some low carb lunch ideas you can try tomorrow or next.
Remember, the responsibility to turn your health goals into accomplishment is yours alone. So if you don’t give it your best, you are likely to remain where you’ve always been.
What Is a Low Carb Diet?
In simple terms it is a diet with intentional restriction of carbohydrate intake. On a long term stretch it puts people in a body state that utilizes more fat for energy production instead of glucose from sugary foods. There are many different types of low carb diet, but that’s a topic for another day.
One thing about the diet that is difficult is that it is hard to grab something quick, like fast food. If you do, you are only able to eat bunless burgers and salads, which are blah. It’s important to keep making new things for lunch and keep things fresh. Here are some ideas on how you can do that.
Shrimp And Cauliflower Salad
Because of high carbohydrate nutrient, pasta can make you feel sluggish immediately after eating. Interestingly, this unique shrimp salad uses finely chopped and lightly cooked cauliflower in place off the orzo that you might normally use in a lunchtime salad.
Shrimp adds protein to the meal to keep you feeling full. Since cauliflower is so low in calories, you can eat as much of this salad as you want without feeling any of the guilt you’d feel over eating copious amounts of orzo salad.
Consider preparing the meal before leaving for work in the morning.
Paleo Burgers With Caramelized Balsamic Onions And Avocado
Generally, burgers are assumed not to be good enough for people on keto diet. However, by adding caramelized balsamic onions and avocado, you’ll achieve a balanced low carb diet that will be good and quick for lunch. With this option, low carb doesn’t have to be low fun. Plus, even without the bun it will still be very filling.
From per serving of this combination, you should expect 8 grams carb and 367 calories. Joyful Healthy Eats has the full recipe on this one.
Vegetable Stir Fry With Broccoli
For an interesting number of reasons, this one seems to be the easiest meal to make. This version uses healthy ingredients along with a secret ingredient – corn starch. That helps to thicken up the sauce to the right consistency.
With such a large helping of vegetables, you’ll definitely feel full. Keep this low-carb by eating it on its own, serving alongside “rice” made from cauliflower or with “noodles” made from zucchini.
Vegetable Beef Soup
Without inclusion of starch like noodles, rice and potatoes, most soup recipes can help produce a very low carb meal. There are a few low-carb canned soups but the vast majority are not. You have to read labels carefully. Make up a big pot of soup and freeze portions.
One good example here is the vegetable beef soup. This soup is a great way to use up leftover pot roast or brisket. It works best with cuts of meat that have a grain, including chuck, sirloin tips, or brisket, but any cooked beef will work. s
In terms of carbs contents, it stands at 6 grams with 125gram calories and 4g fat.
Further research will reveal additional low carb lunch ideas. But with this brief list, you have what it takes to get started. And it’s doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
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