While most stress on the importance of breakfast to stay healthy and in shape, lunch has just as much of a big role in keeping you fit. In our daily fast paced lives, most of us opt for easy, fast and ready solution, picking up high-fat fast food or carb-heavy foods.
While these foods will give you a quick energy boost, your high will soon come crushing down. You'll hit the mid-afternoon slump and go hunting for the vending machine for a sugary snack.
It doesn't matter if you're on a strict low-carb diet or just looking to limit your carbohydrates intake, it's always smart to plan a healthy low-carb lunch.
While most people believe going low-carb means sticking to meat based meals alone, well just let me tell you that it's not the case.
Here are 10 low-carb lunches that would make your mouth water, stun your taste buds, give you the energy you need, and keep you healthy all at the same time!
Chicken & Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry
There's just something about chicken, garlic, lemon and veggies that makes your mouth water!
Chicken, Hearts of Palm & Avocado Chopped Salad
This amazing, healthy, fresh, tasty, unusual chopped salad–is a Salad for lazy veggy-loving people.
If looking at it doesn't make you hungry, I don't know what will.
Shrimp & Cauliflower Salad
Pasta is high in carbohydrates and can make you feel sluggish soon after you eat. This unique shrimp salad uses cauliflower in place off the orzo that you might normally crave 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.
Guilt free deliciousness here.
Vegetable Stir Fry with Broccoli, Carrots, and Cauliflower
Like any sane person out there, you probably are ravenous about Chinese food.
We're not so crazy though on the fat and calories that come in the typical take-out box.
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.
Light Eggplant Parmesan with Salsa
If you're a fan of Italian cuisine, this old classic will surely make you happy!
Shawarma Chicken Bowls with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette
If a salad doesn’t seem like a hearty enough low-carb lunch, think about this chicken bowl instead.
It has all of the ingredients you’d typically expect in a salad: lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, but with lots and lots of chicken.
Basil-lemon vinaigrette gives the dish an unexpected flavor, while the chicken provides a lot of protein and the veggies provide the fiber your body needs. Serving the chicken warm on a bed of cold vegetables will make everything wrong in your life right again.
Barbacoa is one of the popular dishes at Chipotle, but you can easily make it at home.
While it’s traditionally made by roasting over an open fire, this recipe makes use of the much more practical slow cooker. Simply toss all of the ingredients into the cooker in the evening and by morning you’ll have a basic meat that can go with many different low-Carb Lunch Ideas.
Wrap it in lettuce, serve over cauliflower rice or quinoa, or put it in some low-carb soft tacos.
Leftover Roast Beef Salad
One of the best ways to stick with the low-carb lifestyle is to find new ways to use up your leftovers.
A roast beef dinner can generate a lot of leftovers, but you won’t necessarily want to eat the same old thing. Consider this salad. Use fresh mushrooms rather than the reheated ones for the best taste, and pile the beef on top of your greens.
This recipe doesn’t even use dressing, just a dash of balsamic vinegar. What could be healthier and easier than this?
Veggie “Sushi” Rolls
When you start trying to eat primarily low-carb foods, you often find that there are certain foods you miss more than others.
Though it’s a fairly healthy dish in general, sushi is off limits to those following the low-carb diet. However, you can recreate the experience with this veggie version of it.
Don’t skip the “special sauce,” which serves to add flavor and makes the nori easier to roll the right way.
Eggs are one of the best low-carb foods because they’re cheap and easy to cook.
If you love eggs but are feeling a little tired of eating them hard-boiled and scrambled, it’s time to try this shakshuka recipe.
Not familiar with it? Consisting of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, shakshuka is a staple food in Tunisian, Libyan, Moroccan, and Egyptian households, and it’s sure to become a favorite in yours as well.
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