Healthy Low-Carb Lunch Ideas
A tasty lunch is the best part of a busy day. People who need to stick to a low-carb diet often worry about the diversity of their lunches. In reality, the need to reduce the carb content doesn’t limit your options that much. It simply changes the way you approach your meals.
If you have a list of healthy low-carb lunch ideas ready, it’s easier to plan your day and enjoy each meal. It can be hard to be creative every day. When you can’t think of a good lunch option, you can take advantage of the below recipes.
Don’t hesitate to try them all and diversify your low-carb lunches without losing food quality and enjoyment.
Forget about lunch sandwiches. Salads are much healthier and tastier. In fact, a salad is a sandwich without bread but with benefits. The true taste of ingredients isn’t upstaged by the high-carb elements.
Here are a few low-carb salads that are healthy, tasty, and keto-friendly.
A long time ago, BLT was a sandwich everyone loved. Today, it’s not as popular anymore. Meet BLT salad.
- Ground cheese
Mix everything together and add some low-carb ranch dressing. Here is a simple way to make it.
In a bowl, mix avocado mayonnaise, sour cream, heavy cream, minced ill and parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and wine vinegar. Shake it well and store in the fridge for further use.
Of course, if you aren’t a fan of ranch dressing or need to whip up something fast, you can always use olive oil.
Chicken salad isn’t just tasty. It’s healthy. You get a big portion of protein without filling up on the carbs. Lean chicken is a great addition to any diet. To add some zest to your chicken salad, prepare the chicken any way you like.
The all-time favorite is soy sauce. Leave boneless chicken breasts in soy sauce for three hours, cut them into strips, and cook them in a slow cooker. You can also fry them in olive oil. This can add taste but take the healthy part away from the recipe.
Another way to prep the chicken is to mix it with any sauce of your choice and steam it.
The rest of the ingredients are:
- Cheese (blue cheese works great)
- Boiled eggs
- Ranch dressing (low-carb, of course)
Chop all the ingredients and mix them together. Pour some ranch sauce on top, and voila! If you want to add some aesthetic appeal to the salad, you can layer the ingredients.
Salmon is another vitamin-packed ingredient that can contribute to your healthy diet. The best part about this salad is that you can cook salmon any way you like.
Of course, steaming it is the healthiest option. However, lox works great too! Smoked salmon tastes better but contains plenty of salt. Keep this in mind, if you have blood pressure problems.
Ingredients that complement the salmon include:
- Lettuce (any kind)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans (steamed)
- Hard-boiled eggs
Chop all the ingredients and mix them together. You can also create a tasty dressing. Here is how. Mix a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper to taste, two tablespoons of olive oil, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
You can keep the dressing in the fridge for up to seven days. It works great with other low-carb salads too!
If you are a fan of Caesar salad, you’ll love its low-carb version. Some people don’t mind eating this salad every day. To prep this tasty meal, you’ll need:
- Half a cup of avocado mayo
- 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
- ½ lemon
- A cup of shredded Parmesan
- 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- 4 oz of bacon
- 4 cups of Romaine lettuce
Here come the simple cooking instructions for the dressing. Mix mayo, Dijon, lemon zest, lemon juice, a quarter cup of Parmesan, and garlic in a blender. You can keep this dressing in the fridge for up to seven days.
Next up is the chicken:
- Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and olive oil and put it into a preheated (350 ⁰F) oven for 20 minutes.
- Fry bacon in olive oil until it becomes crispy
- Put lettuce on a large plate, place chicken and bacon on top of it
- Pour the dressing on top and sprinkle with the rest of the grated Parmesan.
Caesar salad isn’t just a tasty source of protein. It can really fill you up and provide energy for the rest of your day.
Bonus: Low-Carb Cauliflower Bowl
If you aren’t a fan of salads or get tired of them, try bowls. Bowls usually contain more calories and make hearty and filling lunches. Here is a recipe to try:
Cauliflower is a wonderful source of vitamins and minerals. Adding it to your meal can boost your health and introduce a variety of tastes to your midday meal.
You will need:
- A chopped head of cauliflower
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons of butter
- 4 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 1 cup of dry quinoa
- 2 cups of water
- 1 diced onion
- 1.5 cup of canned chickpeas
- 1 diced avocado
- Chopped parsley
Here is what to do:
- Preheat the oven to 350 ⁰F.
- Chop cauliflower into florets and put olive oil, salt, and pepper on top,
- Put the cauliflower on the baking sheet and cook it in the oven for 30 minutes.
- While cauliflower is cooking, you can prep the quinoa. Cook it in two cups of hot water for 20 minutes or until the water disappears.
- In a sauce pan, melt the butter, add coconut milk and salt and pepper. Cook for two minutes.
- Fry the onion using olive oil until it becomes translucent.
- Add cauliflower pieces to the onion and cover the dish with sauce.
Finally, create a bowl with quinoa, chickpeas, and cauliflower. Garnish the bowl with chopped parsley.
Low-carb lunches can be tasty, filling, and unique. Keeping carbohydrates out of your diet doesn’t have to be hard. With so many other options available, you can diversify your meals and enjoy a new taste every day.