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Tips for Making Delicious Low Carb Sandwiches

Helpful Tips for Delicious Low Carb Sandwiches

It probably comes as no surprise that many low carb dieters shy away from sandwiches, simply due to the fact that their basic construction relies on some kind of bread product, whether it be regular sliced bread, a bagel, or some kind of wrap or tortilla shell. Nevertheless, low carb dieters can safely experiment with all kinds of sandwich recipes and still keep their carb counts low. All it takes is the right products, a few clever tips and tricks, and some creativity. In this article, we’ll give you all the advice you need to craft the perfect low carb sandwich, and become a true sandwich connoisseur. Let’s get right to it!

Start Your Sandwich with Great Low Carb Bread

The basic rule of any sandwich is that it always starts with some kind of bread. While some sandwich purists will tell you that this must mean two slices on either side of the main ingredients, it’s generally accepted that you can take any sandwich recipe and swap in a wrap or tortilla and it’ll still work just fine. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss a few different bread options including sliced breads, bagels, and wraps.

Sliced Low Carb Breads

The most traditional way to make a sandwich is to start with two slices of a loaf of bread. This could range from soft white bread, to flavourful whole wheat, or even a nice firm rye bread. There are all kinds of breads to choose from, and while most of them are completely interchangeable depending on your personal preference, there are a few classic recipes that call for a particular style of bread. For example, the world-renowned Reuben sandwich always calls for rye bread, and many fans agree that there’s no other way to truly enjoy it. Regardless of your personal preference, or what your specific sandwich recipe may call for, you can find delicious low carb versions of virtually any kinds of classic sliced bread.

For sliced bread, our customers simply love Dream Bread from Bakers Deluxe. You can find it in many varieties including plain white, rye with caraway seeds, superflax, and more. Check out the full selection of Dream Bread from Bakers Deluxe here.

Low Carb Bagels and Wraps

For those sandwich crafters who like to try something a little different, bagels or wraps are great options that add some variety to your sandwich creations. If you’re a fan of breakfast sandwiches, bagels are a tasty alternative to sliced breads, and come in several different flavours that add a bit more flair to your breakfast. We’re huge fans of Everything Dream Bagels from Bakers Deluxe. Alternatively, you could wrap up your sandwiches in a nice soft tortilla shell like these from Mama Lupe’s. Tortillas are fantastic for wrapping up the ingredients of your breakfast sandwich, or any other sandwich for that matter. Of course, if you’re making quesadillas, then a nice tortilla shell is essential.

Low Carb Sandwich Ingredients

Choosing great low carb sandwich ingredients is often really easy. For deli sandwiches, you can pretty much go with whatever meat you prefer. Roast beef, chicken, turkey, ham, pastrami, and many others are all fair game. Cheeses are also generally no problem for the low carb diet. The typical sandwich cheeses such as cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, and others are perfectly fine. Vegetable ingredients such as lettuce, spinach, onions, and others are all safe bets, too.

For some types of sandwiches, you’ll want to be sure to pick up low carb versions of their ingredients. One great example of this is the timeless peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Since normal peanut butter and jelly spreads are loaded with sugar, they need to be swapped for low carb alternatives. Fortunately, there are some great low carb spreads available to make your own, healthier version of peanut butter and jelly. For example, pick up a jar of Buff Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Spread for a new twist on the classic PB+J. Pair it with our customers favourite Strawberry Spread from Walden Farms, and prepare yourself for an amazing sandwich experience!

Finally, it’s not unusual for carbs to hide in some common condiments that we sometimes like to include in our sandwiches. Many people enjoy the sweet taste of honey mustard on their sandwiches, but several popular supermarket brands contain added sugar. We suggest trying this Honey Mustard Mayo from Walden Farms, which combines two great sandwich condiments in one low carb spread. Whatever condiment you require for your sandwich, make sure you do a quick scan of the ingredient and nutrition labels to make sure you’re not adding more carbs than you’re expecting.

Low Carb Sandwich Recipe to Try – Classic Reuben

Since we mentioned it earlier in this article, we can’t stop craving a nice Reuben sandwich, so we’ve decided to share this great recipe we’ve found for a fantastic low carb Reuben. There’s something about the tangy flavour of the sauerkraut combined with the saltiness of the warm corned beef that just works. Although we still prefer to make it on top of a nice low carb rye bread, this recipe will still work amazingly well even if you decide to skip the bread entirely. Lori over at CrabbyHousewife.com put her own spin on the classic Reuben in this sandwich recipe, and we are sure you’ll love it, too. Give it a try today!

Conclusion

As you can see, getting in to the groove with low carb sandwiches is actually pretty easy. You can still make all the classics, such as PB+J, or get really creative and invent your own sandwich concoction that will become a legend in your neighbourhood. Whichever way you prefer to craft your sandwiches, making them the low carb way is simple, and with a few great products at your disposal we’re sure that you’ll be working some new creations in to your meal plans very soon. Happy eating!

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Guide to Delicious Low Carb Salads & Dressings

Guide to Delicious Low Carb Salads & Dressings

It should come as no surprise that salads play a very important role in the low carb diet. By their very nature, most salads are inherently low carb and therefore are a perfect fit for any low carb meal plan. However, as with anything else you eat as part of your diet, a few tips and some helpful advice will equip you with the knowledge you need to take your low carb salads to the next level. In this article, we’ll talk about how some salads can have carbs in unexpected places, as well as run through some of the top ingredients for great salads. Lastly, we’ll talk about some amazing salad dressings that our customers just love, and cap it all off with a fantastic low carb salad recipe that you’ll want to try today. Let’s get to it!

Hidden Carbs in Salads

While it may seem obvious that salads are low carb, what many don’t realize is that there are certain ingredients that can lurk in the mix that contain hidden carbs. If you’re not paying close enough attention to them, their carbs can really add up fast and set your diet progress back. Sometimes these carbs are easier to see, such as croutons or tortilla crisps. In other cases, carb counts can increase in more subtle ways, such as dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries that can raise sugar levels.

Other times, the kind of salad also dictate how high in carbs it can be. For example, even though coleslaw is virtually made entirely of cabbage, many common coleslaw dressings are loaded with added sugars. Pasta salad, potato salad, and many types of bean salad also lie on the higher end of the carb spectrum. While they certainly can be made in low-carb versions, they are not very common at restaurants or supermarkets. Be sure to keep this in mind when browsing the salad bar and making your choices.

Great Ingredients for Tasty Low Carb Salads

Now that you know some of the common things to watch out for when crafting a great low carb salad, let’s dive in to some of the best ingredients you can select from. Let’s start with the foundation of any salad and examine the most popular greens that are available.

Lettuce

While many salads call for the classic iceberg lettuce, it tends to lack some of the flair and flavour of some other lettuce varieties. Romaine lettuce is the standard for Caesar salads, and has a great crunch and slightly bitter taste that works well with all kinds of other salad types and dressings. Green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce are popular options for many garden and chef salad creations, since they have a nice, mild flavour and a bit more colour to add some visual appeal to salads.

Spinach and Other Greens

Lettuce isn’t the only option as a base for your salad. Spinach is an extremely popular option for many salad eaters since it’s got a different flavour than lettuce, and is packed with great vitamins and nutrients. For those of us who like a little of everything, a spring mix is a great option that combines multiple types of greens in one salad to provide a colourful and unique taste that’s different from a typical lettuce or spinach salad.

Meat and Proteins

For low carb dieters, loading up their salad with their favourite meat is a great way to turn a side salad in to a satisfying and filling meal. The most common choice here is grilled chicken. It’s a great source of protein that works well with virtually any salad dressing and combination of vegetables, and can be served on top of a salad either hot and fresh off the grill or cold from the refrigerator.

Steak salads are very popular, too. Many restaurants have a steak salad option on their menus, and will cook the steak to the doneness of your liking. Steak can also be served cold, if that is what you prefer, much in the same way that chicken can be used.

Seafood salads are increasing in popularity, which is great news for those of us who crave crab, shrimp, and lobster. Making a cold seafood salad is a great way to add variety to your salad selections, and keep things from getting too repetitive and boring.

Other Vegetables and Ingredients

Once you’ve picked your base ingredients, it’s time to get creative with all the other stuff you want to include. Making a low carb Caesar salad is pretty simple, since you just need to use a low carb crouton, like these amazing low carb garlic parmesan croutons from Harper and Annissa at SimlySoHealthy.com. These are low carb and keto, and they taste amazing with a great crunch. Finish you Caesar with some mushrooms, bacon bits, low carb Caesar dressing, and some shredded parmesan and you’re ready to go.

Chef or garden salads are even easier to create, since they can really include any combination of ingredients that you prefer. Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers are tasty ways to add a flash of colour to your salads. Radishes are popular, as is red onion and shredded carrot. You can always add a Greek taste twist to your salad by throwing in some olives and feta cheese. Fresh strawberries or raspberries are also a nice addition to garden salads, since they add a little sweetness in to the mix. Just be cautious not to go too wild with sugary fruits, since this is a way to increase the carb counts if you’re not paying close enough attention.

Low Carb and Sugar Free Dressings

Choosing a salad dressing to go with your creation can be easy, such as with a Caesar salad, but sometimes the massive variety of dressings you’ll find on an average grocery store shelf can be hard to choose from. Oil-based dressings or vinaigrettes are generally pretty safe options for most low carb diets, just be sure to check the label to make sure there aren’t any hidden carbs that you may have missed. Things start to get a little trickier when looking at creamier or sweeter dressings, since these can often contain a great deal of sugar.

Fortunately for low carb dieters, there are many amazing salad dressings to choose from that are specifically crafted to be low carb and sugar free. For example, Walden Farms has a great selection of salad dressings of all kinds that are healthy and delicious, and are a favourite choice among our customers. You can choose from such flavours as Bacon Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, French, Italian, and more.

Browse the full range of Walden Farms salad dressings here.

Get Creative with Salads

Even though salads may seem boring at first, once you start to explore all the different options, try some new dressings, and experiment with some unusual ingredients, you’ll find that salads can really be a lot of fun. Making delicious and unusual salad creations can be an exciting part of your weekly meal plan, and since it’s so easy to customize your salad however you want, you’ll find that the whole family can get involved and have fun together. So, start experimenting with some new low carb salad ideas today, and enjoy!

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Great Tips for Delicious Low Carb Pizza

Great Tips for Delicious Low Carb Pizza

Pizza is one of those meals that can range from amazingly simple comfort food to a showcase of uber-fancy gourmet artistry. It’s the kind of meal that the whole family overwhelmingly votes in favour of, especially after a long and busy week. But when you’re living the low carb lifestyle, how do you work in pizza and not hurt your diet progress? It’s simple, really. With a few smart substitutions and a little planning ahead, you can have a fantastic low carb pizza that everyone will love. This article will show you how. Let’s get right to it!

Great Low Carb Pizza Crust

The biggest factor impacting the carb count of a pizza is, naturally, the wheat flour crust. This is also the biggest factor in why many low carb dieters opt to simply skip pizza altogether in their diet, since they’ve never been able to find a decent pizza dough recipe that actually tastes good and bakes up well. Fortunately, a lot of progress has been made in recent years to develop amazing recipes for low carb pizza dough so you can make your crust in any way you want, from super-thin and crispy, to thick deep-dish style.

The biggest difference in low carb pizza dough compared to regular pizza dough is that the low carb versions tend to use almond flour as the base in order to cut the carbs down. Most low carb pizza crusts are made from just a handful of ingredients, starting with almond flour, and adding some oil, eggs, and salt. Some recipes call for a wider range of ingredients, depending on the style of crust, in order to achieve different textures or tastes. Some recipes even work cheese right in to the crust!

Whether you like a thin-crust pizza or a deep-dish style, you’ll find recipes to suit your taste and the style you want for your meal. Here are two great recipes for low carb pizza crusts you can use as the basis for your creation!

Thin Low Carb Pizza Crust

If a thin, crispy pizza crust is what you’re looking for, give this recipe for thin low carb pizza crust a try from Maya over at WholesomeYum.com. It uses only 4 simple ingredients to make a tasty and delicious crispy pizza crust that fits low carb and paleo diets. It’s fast and easy to make, and makes a great base for a wide range of gourmet pizzas.

For an even easier and faster thin crust low carb pizza, you can pick up some pre-made pizza crusts from Golden Home Bakery here at The Low Carb Grocery. These crusts are very low in carbs, taste great, and our customers love them.

Thick Low Carb Pizza Crust

If a deeper, softer pizza crust is more your style, this amazing recipe for deep-dish low carb pizza crust from Lisa at LowCarbYum.com is exactly what you’ve been looking for. It starts by using the basic recipe for the world-famous ‘Fat Head’ pizza dough, and includes a few little tweaks to make it even better for a deep-dish style pizza. Pile your pepperoni, cheese, and other toppings on this crust for a scrumptious pizza you’ll devour every time.

Delicious Low Carb Pizza Sauce

Sauces are not quite as sensitive for low carb diets as the crust for a pizza, but there are still a few things to keep in mind. Generally, you’ll simply want to make sure the sauce you’re using doesn’t contain any added sugar. If the mood strikes you, it’s pretty simple to make your own pizza sauce from a combination of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and a variety of spices. Here’s a great low carb pizza sauce recipe from Kyndra at PeaceLoveAndLowCarb.com that sticks to the basics, and makes it easy for you to customize however you’d like. Otherwise, most prepared pizza sauces are perfectly fine to slather on to your crust however you’d like. Go heavy if you love a messy, saucy pizza or light if you’re focused more on the toppings and crust. It’s up to you!

Amazing Low Carb Pizza Toppings

Here’s where low carb dieters can really get creative with their pizzas. This is one meal where the rules go out the window and you can start experimenting with all kinds of toppings. For traditionalists, you can go the tried-and-true route of pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, and other classic toppings. For pizza chefs who are not timid about getting a little crazier with their pizza, you can try going for seafood like shrimp and scallops, or throw on some unusual vegetables like artichoke hearts and spinach. Don’t be afraid to throw on some different cheeses, too. One of the best things to ever make its way on to a pizza is feta cheese. As long as the toppings are low carb, and you love the taste of them, then we say it’s fair game!

Have Fun with Your Pizza

We hope that this collection of tips has inspired you to get cooking with some great low carb pizza ideas to try, but mostly we hope that you are excited to have some fun coming up with new flavours that are uniquely your own. That’s one of the great things about pizza; you can make it completely different every time and never run out of ideas! Pizza is a great addition to any low carb meal plan, and with these helpful tips, we’re sure that you’ll come up with lots of great creations that you can share with your family.

Now, we think that it’s about time to start planning your next pizza party!

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Product Insights: Smart Sweets: Kicking Sugar, Keeping Candy

Smart Sweets:  Kicking Sugar, Keeping Tasty Candy

As a health-conscious mother of 2 school-aged boys, I emphasize a healthy lifestyle and encourage whole foods. My boys, however, want to be “like the other kids” and they request candy in their school lunches. It’s a challenge. So when I discovered Smart Sweets gummy bears, the first gummy bear made with stevia, I was happy that I had found a healthy compromise: recognizable candy with just 2g of sugar per bag, 96% of one’s daily fibre, some protein, and no artificial ingredients. It’s win-win. And they are made here in Canada. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Tara Bosch, the 23-year-old founder of Smart Sweets, and her story is very inspiring.

Erin: Like most kids, my boys want to snack on junky candy. I do my best to educate them on the harmful effects of sugar and chemicals, but at this age, their taste buds prevail. So when I discovered Smart Sweets, I bought an entire case of the Fruity flavour Gummy Bears!

Tara: I get that. Many people don’t realize how sugar impact one’s health. A conversation with my grandmother just a few years ago had a considerable influence on me. I learned that she regretted consuming so much excess sugar over the years, especially from candy. She shared with me how the effects of sugar on her health have impacted her quality of life. It was this conversation, coupled with my personal journey, that sparked my exploration into the shocking reality of sugar and how it’s affecting society in a dramatic way.

Erin: Tell me about it! I educate people when I can, and when they will listen, about the harmful effects of sugar. It really impacts our health more than most people realize.

Tara: That’s right. My firm belief is that when you kick sugar you are investing in your health in a tremendous way.

Erin: I agree. So what was the next step for you?

Tara: Standing by my belief that we should enjoy what we eat, and feel good about eating it, I bought a gummy bear mould from Amazon and started to experiment in my own kitchen, on a quest to create the first candy that kicks sugar.

Erin: That is awesome. And you did it! It happened relatively quickly too – it’s been almost a year and a half since Smart Sweets launched, and the product is currently sold in more than 1,000 retailers across Canada, and online throughout North America. That’s amazing growth!

Tara: Yes, it really is very exciting. Know that I have received invaluable help from various mentors and programs along the way, I couldn’t have done it alone!

Erin: It really is important to ask for help or guidance when we need it. No one needs to go at things alone. And there are amazing people out there who are so willing to help when they are asked.

I have those same gummy bear moulds from Amazon that come with the mini dropper and I make healthy homemade gummies for my kids. Not everyone has the patience to make their own, though, and I am glad that there is now an option that can be purchased, that has real ingredients and nothing artificial.

Tara: And Smart Sweets contain no Sugar Alcohols, GMOs, Peanuts or Tree Nuts, Dairy/Soy/Gluten, or Corn Fibre.

Erin: That is so imperative these days, due to various allergens and sensitivities. Smart Sweets really are a great, guilt-free treat that taste good and that people can feel good about eating. I find that they are surprisingly filling, probably because of the fiber and the protein content. And they have a very satisfying chewy texture.

Tara: Thank you. Smart Sweets is on a mission to kick sugar, keep candy, and create a movement based on smaller, smarter choices. Our vision is to become the global leader in innovating smart confectionary products that kick sugar.

Erin: That is very commendable. So we can look forward to more healthy candy options that we can feel good about eating. I can’t wait. Thank you so much, Tara, for creating Smart Sweets and for taking the time to speak with me today.

Tara: Thank you, enjoy!

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Product Insights: KZ Clean Eating Low Carb Products

Product Insights: KZ Clean Eating

As a Real Food Advocate, I prefer to avoid processed foods. When I do purchase packaged food products, I opt for those with clean and simple ingredients, and preferably low carb. It’s difficult to find packaged products that meet these criteria. So when I came across the line of KZ Clean Eating products, I was impressed and very pleased. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Louisa, the Managing Director of KZ Clean Eating here in Toronto, and I’d love to share it with you.

Erin: Like many of us, I grew up eating lots of bread, cereal, crackers, and especially chocolate. But most of those that I used to eat are full of additives and preservatives and, basically, chemical fillers. There is not much to them nutrient-wise. If I had the time, I’d make them myself so that I know exactly what is in them, but I don’t have that kind of time.

Louisa: Sounds familiar! That is one of the reasons that KZ Clean Eating came about: we wanted to create clean, great-tasting versions of those products for people who enjoy them but don’t want to eat the processed ones that are on the market.

Erin: Tell me more about the story.

Louisa: It all started in the kitchen when a team of health food nerds got together! We started selling the products in our own retail store and online. When we started getting demand from other retail stores we knew we had something unique that people wanted.

Erin: No surprise there was such demand! I know that I love all of the products, and especially the Grain-Free Protein Bread Mix. I really don’t know of any other low-carb breads or bread mixes on the market that have such clean ingredients. It’s so easy that all you need to do is to add water and mix. And I love that it even comes with the foil pan to bake it in.

Louisa: We wanted to make it foolproof! Have you tried spreading the KZ Nougatcreme on the bread? I do it all the time….

Erin: Foolproof it is! And Yes, I do spread the Nougatcreme on the bread! I also really love using the Parmesan crackers as a pizza crust – I melt cheese on top in the broiler until it bubbles, and eat it like that.

Louisa: Oh yes, the crackers and crisp bread are great when used as a pizza crust.

Erin: What other ways can the products be used that are not necessarily so obvious?

Louisa: The cereal can be used as a baking ingredient, for example to add some crunch to chocolate brownies, or sprinkled on top of healthy desserts such as a healthy mousse. The bread mix makes great bread sticks, buns or garlic bread. The chocolate bars can be melted and used for hot chocolate. Or broken up and used as chocolate chunks in chocolate chunk cookies. Our Nougatcreme is lovely to mix in with yogurt for a delicious treat and, of course, in baking; like a Nougat Cheesecake!

Erin: That all sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try some of those ideas. And because of the ingredient profile, there’s no guilt! All of the ingredients are clean and real. I love it.

Louisa: Yes! All of our products are great for those who are watching what they eat in order to lose some weight, or for those who have diabetes, or are on a gluten free/low sugar diet or simply just enjoy good, clean food.

Erin: I’ve been putting a few squares of the chocolates in my kids’ school lunches for a snack; their favorite is the white chocolate vanilla bar, and they are thrilled to find the chocolate surprises. I’m happy that it has no sugar and again that the ingredients are so clean!  How else are the KZ Clean Eating products different from similar products on the market?

Louisa: Our products are handmade in our own production facility. We carefully choose ingredients with the highest quality possible. The ingredients are very clean and naturally low in carbohydrates. And there is no sugar added.

Erin: What is the criteria in selecting the ingredients?

Louisa: Our ingredients are always non-GMO, organic as much as possible, without any added sugars and gluten free (except for the wheat bran we use in our crisp bread, which will soon be replaced).

Erin: That is all so amazing. Thank you, Louisa, for being part of an amazing team, and for taking the time to talk to me today.

Louisa: You’re welcome. Enjoy!

 

 

About the Author: A Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Erin is a proponent for holistic and natural living. Her passion is guiding people to live healthier, happier lives: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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Tips for Great Low Carb Breakfasts

Tips for Great Low Carb Breakfasts

Since it’s the most important meal of the day, planning tasty and healthy low carb breakfasts is a big part of the low carb lifestyle. Sure, a simple plate full of bacon and eggs is a great choice, but having the same thing every day can get boring really fast. Plus, if you’re more a fan of a nice light bowl of cereal, finding a low carb option that has the taste and crunch you’re looking for can be tricky. For low carb dieters, breakfasts are a meal that can either be easy and simple, or very frustrating. That’s why we’ve gathered together a collection of our favourite breakfast tips to help you make better choices in the morning, and plan a fast and easy set of meals that the whole family will love.

Here, we will take a look at a handful of different kinds of breakfasts, including options for people who prefer either hot or cold breakfast items, and some recommendations for people who are short on time and need something fast and easy they can grab as they head out the door. Let’s get started with some classic breakfasts that have been updated for the low carb lifestyle!

Cereals, Toast, and Bagels

It’s tough to find any breakfast that’s as simple and easy as a bowl of cereal. They’re a favourite choice for people of all ages, and with the wide variety of tastes and styles that are available, everyone has their preference when it comes to cereals. For low carb dieters, your typical supermarket brands aren’t going to cut it when it comes to meeting your dietary needs. Fortunately, there are plenty of low carb brands making very tasty cereals to choose from. Our customers just love Hi-Lo cereals from Nutritious Living, which are available in delicious flavours like Maple Pecan or Vanilla Almond.

It’s not just cold cereals that you can find in low carb varieties, however. There are lots of delicious hot cereals, as well. For low carbers who love the warmth of a nice bowl of oatmeal, this Peaches n Cream Hot Cereal from Dixie Diner should satisfy those cravings! It’s got a nice sweetness to it, which our customers love, and is fast and easy to prepare in just a few minutes.

For people who love a nice warm piece of toast with fruit spread or a bagel with cream cheese, check out the wide range of products from Bakers Deluxe. Their low carb breads and bagels always get rave reviews, and there are lots of different flavours to choose from. Some of their most popular products include this amazing Rye bread, and their classic Everything bagels. Spread a little fruit on them, like these delicious spreads from Walden Farms, and you’ve got the perfect combo of warm crunch and cool sweetness that works so well as part of your breakfast menu.

Eggs, Bacon, and Cooked Breakfasts

Low carb dieters really can’t go wrong with a nice hot plate of eggs and a side of bacon. Eggs are ideal no matter how you choose to prepare them, and bacon is a great source of protein that we all know simply tastes amazing! However, there are many great additions you can choose make your breakfast even better. Instead of a side of fried potatoes or hashbrowns to go with your bacon and eggs, why not substitute a nice bowl of fresh fruit? Make sure you choose fruits that are lower in natural sugar content like raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries, or some melon like honeydew or cantaloupe. Try to steer clear of bananas and grapes, as they contain higher levels of sugar. Check out our guide to the best fruits and vegetables for the low carb diet for even more recommendations.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit fancier for breakfast, why not cook up some Eggs Benedict as a special treat? It’s easy to make a low carb version by changing out a few things to help bring the carb count down. Check out our article on The Low Carb Brunch for more info on how to make a great low carb Eggs Benny.

Pancakes and waffles might not seem like a great fit for low carb diets, but Big Train has come to the rescue by creating a fantastic low carb pancake and waffle mix. Why not plan a family pancake or waffle making party this weekend and have some fun preparing a tasty and delicious breakfast together?

On-the-Go Breakfast Options

If time is of the essence and you don’t even have time for a quick bowl of cereal, there are still things you can do to get some nourishment above and beyond just a cup of coffee. Yogurts are a great option to take on the go with you, but low carb dieters need to be careful which ones they choose. Some yogurts are high in sugar, and should be avoided. Over at VeryWell.com, there’s a handy article by Laura Dolson that you can use as your guide to Choosing the Right Yogurt for a Low Carb Diet. Add some low carb granola like this Cinnamon-flavoured Nut and Flax Granola from Sensato if you love a little crunch to go with the cool, creamy taste of your yogurt.

For an even easier and faster option, consider breakfast bars that are high in protein to help sustain your energy. Quest has a wide range of flavours in their protein bars, including delicious Banana Nut Muffin. With 20g of protein in each bar, they are great for an emergency breakfast or for a midday snack to help get you through the workday.

Conclusion

As you can see, there’s no need to settle in to the same old routine for your breakfasts day after day and week after week. There are lots of ways to add some variety to your breakfasts and keep things low in carbs. A little planning, preparation, and forethought goes a long way in to making sure you’ve got plenty of choices in the mornings that suit your tastes and give you a great start to the day. We hope that you’ve found this information helpful. Have a great low carb day!