Raise your hand if these questions pop into mind when you hear the words low carb”: What can I actually eat? Will I have to give up allll my carbs? 🙋🏻
We totally get it: going low carb sounds a little intimidating at first, but trust – we’ve got you on this. We offer low carb as one of our dietitian-curated meal plan choices because healthy eating looks different for everyone. No matter what, we love supporting you in choosing the best option to fit your lifestyle. Here are all the details about our low carb meal plan so you can determine if it’s right for you.
What does a low carb meal plan mean?
Low carb doesn’t mean no carb – our bodies still need some type of complex carbohydrates to function properly, but swapping some higher (and often processed) carbohydrate foods to focus on healthy fats and high-quality proteins can have several benefits. Our low carb meal plan might help you cut back on sources of empty nutrients from added sugars and processed starchy carbs to focus more on wholesome, real foods like fresh vegetables and proteins. Options like the Parmesan Chicken with Spiralized Butternut Squash Noodles or our Over Easy Burger with Sweet Potato Wedges focus on healthy fats and protein with justtt the right amount of carbohydrates to keep you properly fueled. Yes, you read everything right (#drooling #same #noodles 🙌), because hello – low carb meals can still be delicious, flavorful, and 100% enjoyable!
What can I eat?
High quality sources of protein, healthy fats, and wholesome low carb veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and greens of all kinds are a total go. Our low carb meal plans provide 25-35% calories from carbohydrates and they all come from nutrient-dense vegetables that have a lower starch content but are still high in fiber, nutrients, and water (filling you up while making you feel great!).
What should I expect or notice?
While our individual carbohydrate needs vary depending on health goals (i.e. you’ll most likely require more carbs if you are very active), studies have shown that eating a variety of wholesome foods that are naturally lower in carbs can improve mood, energy, and sleep. When we eat more carbohydrates than we need in one sitting (especially the starchy, highly processed kind), it can cause our blood sugar to rise and then fall fast – leaving us tired and cranky. Balancing the right amount of good carbs with healthy fats and protein can help our blood sugar stabilize, giving us steady energy. In addition, many people on lower carbohydrate meal plans have seen greater weight loss – most likely due to a higher intake of protein and healthy fats that help keep them full and satisfied.
Bottom line: living a low carb lifestyle should NEVER feel like a sacrifice, and we’re here to make it as easy, nutritious, and delicious as possible (helloooo Buffalo Style Chicken Bowl and Chicken Sausage Breakfast Tacos 😍).