During the summertime, you don’t want a lot of heavy food, and you certainly don’t want there to be a lot of fat or carbs. Maybe you want to drop a few pounds, or maybe you are just tired of all of those carbohydrates.
Why should you consider going low-carb? You will find that doing so is going to reduce the number of useless calories that you are ingesting each day. While you don’t need to eliminate all carbohydrates, keeping them at a minimum can often make you feel better. Those who follow this lifestyle tend to report fewer bloated feelings. They are also able to burn fat relatively quickly in many cases.
If you are seeking a more lower carbohydrate meal plan or a Mediterranean type of dietary lifestyle, reducing carbs is essential. Fortunately, it also happens to be tasty and easier than you might imagine. Below, we will be looking at a few easy-to-make recipes that can keep the carbs to a minimum.
Yogurt, Nuts, and Berry Breakfast
You want to start your day right, and you want some added protein and nutrients with a minimal amount of carbs. This is one of the easiest breakfasts you can make. It takes just minutes, and you could take it or even make it on the go. Let’s look at the ingredients.
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Four chopped almonds
- Eight blueberries (or berries of your choice)
It doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to making a breakfast that can give you protein and just enough carbs to get your day going right without overloading you. It’s nice and cool, too, which is perfect for the summer. It’s going to be better for you than having a big, greasy breakfast of an omelet, sizzling bacon, etc.
One of the other benefits of this breakfast will be the probiotics in Greek yogurt. They are going to be great for your gut health.
Tuna Wraps Sans Bread
Tuna sandwiches are great, but bread, even pita, can often add more carbs than you want. You can have a great taste of tuna without worrying about the bread.
- 1 can tuna
- Low-fat mayo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Diced onion, to taste
- Butter Lettuce
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to making tuna for sandwiches. Some keep it simple, and others like it to be a bit more complex. The ingredients above can keep it low-calorie, but you should feel free to make the tuna the way you prefer, as long as it’s still relatively healthy and low-carb.
Add some garlic if you like, remove the onions, and add a little relish… find what works for you. One caveat, though, is don’t add too much mayo, as it will add a lot of useless calories.
The biggest difference here is how you are going to eat the tuna once it is done. Instead of putting it in a pita or any other type of bread, you are simply going to spoon some out onto a lettuce leaf. Roll it up and eat it that way. Simple, tasty, and low-carb.
There is also an alternative option for your tuna if you don’t want to make lettuce wraps. Make the tuna fish as normal, and then simply cut up some celery into four to six-inch pieces spread the tuna onto the celery, or dip it into the tuna if you prefer.
Shrimp and Broccoli Foil Packs
Here is a simple meal that could work for lunch or dinner. It’s easy to make and it tastes great. This low-carb, paleo meal doesn’t require too many ingredients either.
- 1 lb. medium-sized raw shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. chicken stock, powdered
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets
- Salt and pepper to taste
You will start by preheating your oven to 425F. Then, you will prepare the two foil packets. Each sheet of foil should be 14” x 12”. Make sure you are using heavy-duty aluminum foil for these. Place the foil sheets onto the countertop.
Next, you are going to mix up the seasoning. You will mix the onion powders, salt, pepper, and the powdered chicken stock. Mix these and then use the mixture to coat your shrimp.
Divide the shrimp evenly onto the aluminum foil near the center of each sheet. You can then add the broccoli to the side of the shrimp.
Add the garlic, lemon juice, butter, and more salt and pepper to the top of the shrimp and broccoli. You could also add a slice of real lemon to each if you would like. Then, wrap up the foil around the food to create packets. Place them in the oven and then bake for between 15 and 20 minutes.
Take it out, let it cool for a few minutes, and serve. Be careful when you are opening up those foil packets, though, as the hot air and steam that escape could injure you.
Keep Looking for New Easy Recipes
The recipes above have a few things in common. They are easy to make, even if you don’t have a lot of experience in the kitchen. They also tend to be quick and can be made in a matter of minutes up to about half an hour at most.
Of course, these are just a few of the countless low-carb recipes that are available today. If you want to continue following a low-carb routine throughout the summer, you should make it a point to keep looking for more and more recipes you can add to your list. The more options you have, the easier it will be to stick to a healthy dietary lifestyle.
Today, you can find no-carb options for just about anything that you might want, too, including pancakes, cookies, and so many other treats that you may have thought you would have to give up when going low-carb.