The Living Low-Carb Diet: Sample Meal Plans

The Living Low-Carb Diet was created by cookbook editor Fran McCullough. McCullough put together the diet when she herself struggled with weight. The Living Low-Carb Diet is not just an ordinary diet, but a lifestyle plan. It shows you how you can achieve weight loss by adapting a diet that is low in carbohydrates. In the book, McCullough also seeks to show how you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods without straying from the diet.

Breakfast: Fruits

Fruit is one of the most highly recommended foods under the diet. McCullough suggests enjoying fruits that are low in carbs such as berries, melons, kiwis and peaches. If your mornings usually mean running around, rushing to get ready for work and get the kids to school, then you probably don’t have a lot of time to spare to prepare breakfast. This makes fruit an ideal breakfast item. Not only are they very nutritious but they only take a little time to prepare. One recipe you can try is a quick fruit salad. All you need are some sliced strawberries, halved seedless grapes, sliced bananas, sliced kiwis and a can of peaches. Simply combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill before serving. You can prepare the salad the night before, so it’s chilled and ready in the morning.

Lunch: Vegetables

Vegetables, especially those that are green and leafy, are also emphasized under the Living Low-Carb Diet. Like fruits, vegetables can also be prepared quickly by simply making a salad. A classic Greek salad makes a low-carb and tasty lunch. Start by preparing the vegetable ingredients like chopped plum tomatoes, chopped cucumber, crumbled Feta cheese, thin slices of red onion, romaine lettuce leaves, Kalamata olives and baby greens. Toss these ingredients in a salad bowl. In a separate bowl, prepare the vinaigrette dressing by whisking together some garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, olive oil, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice.

Dinner: Chicken or Fish

The Living Low-Carb Diet also promotes regular consumption of protein. Rich sources of protein that are low in fat are best, such as chicken or fish. Moroccan-Style Chicken is a good dinner recipe. To make this dish, put the chicken pieces in a baking dish. Combine the chicken with some olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cayenne and salt. Make sure that the chicken pieces are covered with the mixture. Marinade in the refrigerator overnight or for at least four hours.

Heat a wok and coat with olive oil. Place the marinated chicken pieces in the wok and stir-fry until the chicken takes on a golden color. Then place the chicken in a baking dish. Put garlic, bell pepper, onions and more olive oil in the wok. Stir for a couple of minutes before adding chicken stock and tomatoes. Place the chicken pieces back in the wok and cover for about 20 minutes. Add lemon slices, honey and prunes. Simmer for another 20 minutes or until the chicken meat is tender. Once cooked, placed the pieces of chicken in a serving dish and sprinkle with parsley or almonds.


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