When you start eating low carb, bread is probably one of the things you miss the most. I know I sure did. While you can indulge in regular bread on occasion, it tends to take up a lot of your carb allotment without adding much in the way of nutritional value. Fortunately, companies are hearing our pleas and more and more low carb bread options are becoming available.
This guide will show you some of the best options for store bought low carb bread, as well as give you links to low carb bread mixes you can make yourself. Continue reading
In the quest for the best diabetic food, I recently came across perhaps one of the most powerful, natural diabetic super foods: yacon. Yacon syrup, in particular, is a great sweetener that can be used in cooking just like molasses or honey. Research suggests that yacon can not only help manage blood sugar, but also significantly reduce body weight. Not only that, but it can also lower cholesterol and is indicated in studies to be particularly effective as an antioxidant to help fight diabetes. If all that weren’t enough, yacon also contains a prebiotic, encouraging growth of beneficial bacteria to help improve gut function.
What is Yacon?
Like many things we give up on a diabetic diet, pasta seems to be a difficult one to overcome. Many people are looking to replace traditional noodles with low carb noodles that they can eat without fear of blood sugar spikes. Fortunately, manufacturers are answering the call and there are many more options on the market than ever before. Continue reading
We have become so conditioned to eat sugar that going without it is not only painful, but also extremely challenging. Go down the processed food aisle, and you would be hard pressed to find processed foods that don’t contain some form of sugar, whether it is plain cane sugar or any of the other sugars ending in “-ose.” When you start a low carb diet, many sweet foods can be eliminated or healthier fruit options substituted, but if you’re like me there are just some things you aren’t willing to forego, such as coffee. There is a reason sugar substitutes are so popular, but with health concerns arising about products such as sucralose, there must be another low carb sugar option. Continue reading
You know what I love? Simplicity. And fast food. When you’re on a low carb diet, those things are not really great options anymore, but if you shift your priorities a bit, you will find the simplicity and fast food you need in low carb shakes. Low carb shakes are so good for breakfast when you’re crabby and not in the mood to deal with cooking, or when you’re on the go at lunch. Keep a few in the fridge at work and at home, and you can avoid a big slip when you’re craving a quick meal and don’t want the hassle of cooking. Continue reading
Who has the time to go shopping at specialty stores in the hopes that they carry low carb food that tastes good? Thankfully, Amazon has a staggering variety of low carb products online, so you can shop from the comfort of your home. Many of their items are available with Subscribe & Save, which means you can get a discount by signing up to receive them at regular intervals. This can be a huge money saver if you choose your low carb products carefully.
One of the things I miss on a low carb diet is a big, fat bowl of spaghetti. Pasta is really not an option, unless you buy low carb pasta, which can be expensive and still doesn’t add much nutritional value to a meal. So for quite a while, I have foregone any kind of pasta meal, even though my pantry is full of delicious spaghetti sauce. Talk about torment! And then it occurred to me: spaghetti squash would make an excellent alternative to low carb pasta! Continue reading
Low carb eating out can be tricky, but sometimes you just have to have something on the go. There are quite a few possibilities at large chain restaurants, so low carb isn’t entirely impossible, just difficult. If you are craving fast food or an evening out, the following guide to low carb eating out can get you some ideas and help you prepare for some good eats that won’t break your diet.
General Low Carb Eating Out Tips
If you’re headed to a new restaurant and are not sure what’s on the menu, there are a couple of ways you can keep a lower carb count while still enjoying the food. Continue reading
One of the foods I miss most on my gestational diabetes diet is burritos. Nothing says comfort and easy cooking like burritos, but with more than 30 grams of carbs per traditional flour tortilla, burritos are a thing of the past for most people on a low carb diet.
I was so happy to discover low carb tortillas and a return to my wayward eating habits! Surprisingly, they are inexpensive too, so even low carb dieters on a budget can enjoy burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas again. I have researched several brands of low carb tortillas and have summarized the different brands available. If you have found a brand not listed here or would like to share other ideas, please feel free to leave a comment below – I would love your input! Continue reading