Carbohydrate impaired? By choice? Well then… I might just have exactly what you have been asking for! In response to your e-mail requests for some low-carb meal options— I’m at your service! There are many reasons that people may choose to eat low carbohydrates, whether it be they are following a total low-carbohydrate/ketogenic diet plan or just choose to lower or avoid carbs at select meals of the day.
Low-carbohydrate diet advocates in general recommend reducing nutritive carbohydrates (commonly referred to as “net carbs,” i.e. grams of total carbohydrates reduced by the non-nutritive carbohydrates) to very low levels. Some recommend levels less than 20 grams of “net carbs” per day, at least in the early stages of dieting. By contrast, the U.S. Institute of Medicine recommends a minimum intake of 130 grams of carbohydrate per day.
While low-carbohydrate diets are popular weight-loss options, limiting carbohydrates does have potential risks. If you replace the carbohydrates in your diet with protein and fat, you risk increasing your saturated fat and cholesterol consumption, limiting fiber sources, and potential muscle loss due to inadequate glucose stores.
However, some people do benefit from lowering their carbohydrate intake, whether it is to promote fat loss, better manage blood sugar levels or improve blood cholesterol levels. The best way to find out what works best for you is to change your carbohydrate intake, by either increasing or decreasing it, until you find the level that helps you feel energized while helping you reach your weight-loss and health goals.
With that said, unless under the guise of a medical expert, I believe that choosing to eat low/no carbs at only certain meals, be it before bedtime, seems like a healthier option (that’s just my humble opinion)… but, you’re the boss!! Soooo, let’s get to cooking some scrumptious food, sans the carbs! What’s up first? A tasty and very filling Low-Carb Western Scramble wrap! You ready? I am! So let’s get to it, my carb-restricted friend. It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information (inc. net carb count), and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Let’s make it happen…
LOW-CARB WESTERN SCRAMBLE…that’s a WRAP
5 egg whites
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 TB real bacon bits
¼ cup low-fat cheddar cheese
¼ tsp. cumin
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp. olive oil<
¼ cup each: red/green peppers – diced, red onion – chopped
1 low-carb wrap
How to Prepare
- Add 1 tsp. oil to large non-stick skillet. Add peppers and onions and sauté on medium-high heat until browned, stirring occasionally – approximately 7 minutes.
- In the meantime, put whites, almond milk, cumin, bacon bits, cheese, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and beat with a whisk (or a fork will do) for 1 minute until fluffy. Set aside.
- Once the pepper and onion mixture is browned, add the egg mixture to the skillet. Let cook for approximately 3 minutes, and then stir with a spatula to scramble the mixture.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until eggs are crumbly and firm.
- Scoop onto your low-carb wrap and, well…er…wrap it up!
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT
Per serving (serves 1): 312 calories, 37 grams protein, 14 grams net carbohydrates, 12 grams fat
If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.