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50+ Low-Carb Recipes That Can Help You Lose Weight – IT All About Times

 If you’re looking to shed pounds, cutting back on carbs can be an effective part of your weight-loss strategy. Most low-carb plans recommend eating between 50 and 150 gramsof carbs per day, and all the following breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes fall between one and 20 grams of carbs per serving. Let these delicious recipes help you hit that magic number you’re aiming for!

Overnight Breakfast Casserole
Softened ghee, for greasing the slow cooker
1/2 pound bulk breakfast sausage, crumbled
6 ounces bacon, chopped
1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
1 pound white sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
16 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Green onions, for garnish

Take 20 minutes for prep the night before, set your slow cooker to low while you sleep, and wake up to the smell of eggs and bacon cooking in the kitchen. This hearty low-carb breakfast casserole will energize you with its high protein content and keep you full until lunchtime rolls around.

Carbs per serving: 8.2 grams
Calories per serving: 375

Egg White Frittata
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/4 yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
8 egg whites (either separated or in a carton)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 cups fresh spinach

Classic Mediterranean ingredients like peppers, onion, and spinach bring texture, flavor, and nutrition to actress Lea Michele’s frittata recipe, while egg whites and feta provide over 20 grams of protein. This low-calorie frittata is quick enough to come together on a weekday morning but elegant enough to serve to friends at a special weekend brunch.

Carbs per serving: 11.2 grams
Calories per serving: 300

Low-Carb Hotcakes
3 cups almond meal
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, light coconut milk, or milk
2 tablespoons extra-light olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, or butter, melted

Even if you’re cutting back on carbs, you can enjoy a stack of hotcakes! These wheat-free pancakes use almond meal and flaxseed instead. They’re high in fiber and protein with nearly no sugar whatsoever.

Carbs per serving: 5.4 grams
Calories per serving: 162

Yogurt-Filled Cantaloupe
1/2 cantaloupe
6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon raw pepita seeds

Greek yogurt is one of the best ways to enjoy plenty of protein without any eggs or meat. Instead of topping off your morning bowl of yogurt with sugary granola, serve it up in a fresh cantaloupe bowl that kicks out carbs. Be sure to add your favorite fresh berries to the mix for extra color and flavor.

Turkey Sausage Muffins
For the sausage
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

At 150 calories and 12 grams of protein, these gluten-free turkey sausage muffins are smarter than any fast-food egg option you’ll find before work. This is another recipe that’s easy to bake ahead of time and grab when you head out the door.

Carbs per serving: 2.3 grams
Calories per serving: 150

Baked Eggs in Ham Cups
12 slices of ham (free of preservatives)
12 eggs
Salt, pepper, and paprika

Pop in a batch of these protein-heavy eggs in ham shells when you wake up, and enjoy a hot, hearty, and quick breakfast before you leave for work. They’re tasty during the workweek but special enough to serve at a healthy weekend brunch where you’d like a low-carb option available.

Carbs per serving: Less than 1 gram
Calories per serving: 109

Paleo Breakfast Bowl
1 teaspoon ghee
2 fresh eggs
2 ounces wild smoked salmon (roughly 2 thin slices)
1/2 cup arugula
1/4 avocado, diced
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Pinch of freshly ground pepper

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein, this low-carb, 335-calorie breakfast bowl takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and feels like you’ve treated yourself to a beautiful brunch at a neighborhood hot spot. It will fill you up, fuel your morning, and keep you satisfied.

Carbs per serving: 5.4 grams
Calories per serving: 335

Quinoa Egg Bake
1 teaspoon butter or butter substitute
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
8 eggs
1 1/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup finely shredded romano or parmesan cheese

Bake up this quinoa egg casserole on Sunday night, and cut a slice the following morning for a gluten-free breakfast. In addition to plenty of protein and fiber, you’ll up your iron and calcium intake while enjoying this recipe.

Carbs per serving: 13.4
Calories per serving: 247

Tomato Frittata
4 ripe tomatoes
2 pieces of bacon, cooked and diced
4 eggs
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
Salt and pepper to taste

Scrambled egg, a sprinkle of diced bacon, and a drop of ghee (clarified butter) all bake right into a tiny tomato “ramekin” for a savory Paleo breakfast treat with just the right hint of sweetness. With more than 10 grams of protein, this tomato frittata is the perfect way to fuel your body after a tough morning workout.

Carbs per serving: 5.3 grams
Calories per serving: 164

Prosciutto and Melon

For a high-protein, low-carb breakfast when you’re in a bind for time, the sweet and savory combination of honeydew wrapped in prosciutto can’t be beat. Keeping these two staples on hand in your fridge will make it so you can always enjoy a breakfast that supports your low-carb plan.

Calories for 1/8 honeydew melon and 2 oz. prosciutto: 2.4 grams
Calories per serving: 132

Italian Baked Egg and Vegetables
1 pound plum tomatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch chunks
1 onion, halved lengthwise, sliced
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 large eggs
1/4 cup grated fat-free parmesan cheese

This baked egg dish is Jessica Simpson’s go-to Weight Watchers breakfast. If you’re worried about roasting vegetables in the morning, simply roast a big batch of vegetables on Sunday night so you can easily add them to this dish all week long.

Carbs per serving: 12.9 grams
Calories per serving: 149

Southwestern Tofu Scramble
2 14-ounce blocks extra-firm tofu
2 tablespoons grape seed oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
4-6 whole wheat tortillas, warmed
Garnishes: salsa, chopped avocado, grated cheddar, sliced scallions, and hot pepper sauce (optional)

With flavors like cumin, coriander, onion, pepper, and cilantro mingling together, you get a surprise in every bite of this Southwestern tofu scramble. And unlike eggs, you can prepare this low-carb breakfast ahead of time and keep it in your fridge for days.

Carbs per serving: 14.3 grams
Calories per serving: 135

Tortilla-Less Soup
1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 large yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 fresh jalapeño peppers, diced (and seeded, if you wish)
2 quarts chicken stock
1 28-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 pound of chicken breast, cooked and diced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of two limes
Avocado slices, lime pinwheels, or minced fresh cilantro, for garnish

Anyone who loves Mexican-inspired flavors will find a new favorite lunch in this oh-so-easy low-carb recipe. This fresh and spicy tortilla-less soup is high in vitamin C and protein. Cook up a big pot of soup on Sunday, and you’ll have a satisfying lunch for the next few days — you won’t miss the tortilla chips at all!

Carbs per serving: 17.3 grams
Calories per serving: 291

Eggless Kale Caesar Salad
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 anchovies, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish (about 1 ounce total)
1 (3-pound) bunch dino kale, stems and tough ribs removed, leaves thinly sliced

In the grand spectrum of salads, caesar isn’t exactly the healthiest choice, but for the same addictive taste with an added bonus — vitamin-A-rich superfood kale — opt for this lighter caesar salad dressing that tastes just like the classic. And adding lean chicken breast to this dish brings on even more protein without adding any carbs.

Carbs per serving: 12.6 grams
Calories per serving: 175

Indian-Spiced Chard With Tofu
1 large bunch of red Swiss chard or rainbow chard (around 16 to 18 leaves)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tomato, chopped
1 block extrafirm tofu, cubed
1 cup water
1/4 cup roasted cashews, for garnish
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

For a tasty, vitamin-packed meal that’s even better as leftovers, try Indian-spiced chard and tofu, a delicious main dish that’s the perfect after-yoga, low-carb dinner.

Carbs per serving: 17 grams
Calories per serving: 222

Healthy Chicken Salad
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, poached
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup celery, diced
1/3 cup apple, diced
1/3 cup grapes, halved
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Sub in nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the same texture and tang of chicken salad you love while cutting the calories and fat of the traditional in half. Skip the bread and serve your salad over a bed of lettuce for a light and satisfying lunch.

Carbs per serving: 3.9 grams
Calories per serving: 139

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