Monday, January 10, 2011

Suggested Low Carb Diet Menu for the Beginner

Welcome to low carb eating. Also known as Primal, Paleo, Atkins, and South Beach. Whatever the name, they are all the same; a low carb diet.

If you have never been on a low carb diet before, you may be wondering what you should eat. Maybe you are a little stumped about how to make a low carb menu plan.

Well here is a basic menu plan that will keep you satisfied and away from carbs.

Eggs-scrambled, fried, hardboiled or poached--topped with a very small amount of cheese and served with bacon or sausage.

For mornings on the go, hardboiled seems to be easiest. Set the water to boil and go do something else to get ready to leave. Pop the eggs in for 10 minutes, do something else. Let cool and then crack and eat just before you're out the door. (Also cut in half and put a smidge of butter on top, delish!)

After you've done a week or two with eggs, you can switch to the low carb chocolate muffins for breakfast.

There are also low carb pancakes. But these are for after you've done a strict low carb diet for a while.

Tip: If you get bored with eggs, try scrambled eggs with a bit of cheese melted on top served with fresh salsa.

Lunch: Salad with protein
-Taco Salad
-Bacon Spinach Salad
-Greek Salad
-Chicken Cesar salad
-Cobb salad
-Tex Mex Flank Steak salad with roasted jalapeno onion chutney

Tip: Low carb dressings include; ranch, bleu cheese and cesar.

Dinner: Protein with green vegetable
-Roasted chicken with green beans
-Steak and asparagus...with butter
-Low Carb Chicken wings with celery and dip on the side
-Bunless burgers topped with swiss and sauteed mushrooms and onions
-Spaghetti meatballs with no pasta (use parmesan cheese instead of bread crumbs in the meatballs) and broccoli on the side
-Green bean casserole with chicken
-Pork with gravy and mashed cauliflower
-Ground Turkey Moussaka

-Celery with bleu cheese dressing
-Swiss Miss Diet Hot Chocolate
-Pepper Poppers
-Lunch meat wrapped around cheese

If you are on a specific plan it is best to follow your plan, but I well remember how overwhelming the learning curve was. This menu will keep you out of trouble until you assimilate all the ins and outs of your low carb diet.

Also, see this link on Low Carb treats and snacks which will give you even more ideas.

Good luck!

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