High-protein, low-carb diets like the Atkins diet is popular and effective ways for people to lose weight. Although low-carb diets present potential health risks, such as lower fiber levels, high fat diets and sometimes dangerously low carbohydrate level, high levels of protein helps the mind stay active. If you are just getting started on a high-protein, low-carb diet, it may seem that all meals consisting of piles of hamburger meat and little else. With a little creativity, you can create a balanced, healthy, high-protein, low-carb diet plan.
Meat dishes Protein
The typical image of a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet of meat, meat and more meat. Beef, pork chops and bacon are all permanent parts of the low-carb diet. But all that meat will overload the body with saturated fats. To reduce the fat content, incorporate poultry such as chicken and turkey in your diet.
Italian food lovers will enjoy a low-carb chicken carbonara dish. Only Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While the oven heats up, saute the chicken in olive oil until slightly brown. Then place the chicken in a greased casserole dish. Pour a low-carb (or homemade) spaghetti sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle chicken with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan and bake for 40 minutes.
For red meat dishes, stick to leaner cuts of beef. If you can find it, bison meat is high in protein and surprisingly low in fat. You can do some low-carb beef dish healthier with bison meat. Bison Pot Roast is especially good. Pour a small amount of oil in a Dutch oven and brown your bison. Place the bison aside and add a chopped onion. Saute for transparent and slightly brown. Return bison, along with 2 cans of beef broth, 3 tablespoons minced garlic, 1 cup red wine, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons oregano and 1/8 teaspoon freshly crushed black pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 3-4 hours or until meat is incredibly tender. The same recipe can be made with beef pot roast too.
Meal with Seafood Protein
If you are a fish lover, you have many options for healthy high-protein, low-carb meals. Grilled or baked fish gives a powerful blow for both protein and healthy fats. Try whipping together a sauce of Dijon mustard, parmesan, salt and pepper. Preheat your broiler, then broil the fish for 12 minutes. Coat the fish in the sauce and cook for another 5 minutes. Serve the fish with steamed broccoli or cauliflower.
If shellfish are more to your liking, try a delicious shrimp scampi dish. To prepare shrimp scampi, melt 4 tablespoons. of olive oil and 4 tbsp. an olive-oil-derived butter substitute (such as Smart Balance) in a pan. When the butter melts, add 3 minced garlic cloves. Cook garlic for 30 to 60 seconds. Add a few squeezes of lemon juice and half a kilo of raw de-veined, de-shell shrimp. Cook until whitish-pink. Serve with low-carb imitation rice or pasta.
As you marinate the fish, be sure to avoid sauces that have high carbohydrate counts. Many pre-made marinades are high in carbs, so make your own sauce when possible.
Meals with Vegetable Protein
Unfortunately, vegetarian friendly meals are not often low in carbohydrates. Vegetable protein sources such as soy beans and products can contain high levels of carbohydrates. But some vegetable protein products, such as extra-firm tofu, actually contains zero carbohydrates. You can prepare tofu with just about anything. For a quick and easy dinner, milling starch-free vegetables like broccoli and turnips in a little oil. Add some of your favorite low-carb sauce, garlic, onions and tofu. Saute until vegetables are tender.
Cauliflower is a good low-carb vegetable that can replicate potatoes in some cases. For cauliflower home fries, cut fresh cauliflower in fry shapes and sizzling with onions, salt, pepper and paprika. Add a little extra firm tofu for a protein boost.