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Guide to the Low Carb Brunch

Guide to the Low Carb Brunch

Planning the perfect brunch menu can be easy, even when you’re on the low carb diet. Traditional brunch dishes cover a wide range of foods and flavours, many of which are inherently low carb already, and those that may contain higher amounts of carbs are easy to alter or swap out to better fit your diet needs. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to plan a great brunch menu that checks off all the essentials, and keeps the carb count low. Let’s get right to it!

What exactly is brunch?

Brunch is not simply just a late breakfast or an early lunch, and it’s certainly not a modern invention. Brunch traditions date back as far as the 19th century, and the typical foods served at brunch have changed significantly with the times. The standard cuisine that was originally popular at brunch has evolved as it became known around the world, adding in new dishes as different cultures adopted the meal to fit their lifestyles.

Traditional Brunch Dishes

Brunch menus span a very wide range, with some being extremely simple and others quite complex. Depending on formality, the size of the group, or the tastes of the culture, brunch can be a very different experience from one day to the next. Generally, however, most brunches include the following types of dishes:

Breads and Pastries

Most of the carbs found at brunch menus come in the form of breads and pastries, such as bagels, coffee cakes, waffles, pancakes, blintzes, crepes, muffins, and others. Breads and pastries are popular elements of brunch due to their wide range of flavours and tendency to be customizable for the unique taste of the individual. For example, a Belgian waffle can be topped with everything from maple syrup to a pile of fresh fruit or whipped cream, and in any combination.

Low carb dieters are in luck, as there are many options available for low carb mixes that taste great and make perfect, fluffy pancakes and waffles. This pancake and waffle mix from Big Train is one of our customers favourites! Combine them with a sugar-free maple flavoured syrup from Joseph’s, and you’ve got your brunch menu off to a fantastic start.

Meats and Eggs

You’ll find a wide variety of meats and seafood suitable for a brunch menu, which is perfect for low carb dieters. Prosciutto, smoked salmon, shrimp, bacon, sausage, and eggs of all kinds are great additions to any brunch feast. In fact, smoked salmon served on a Thinables Fiber Gourmet low carb cracker with a touch of dill and some cream cheese is always a smash hit with brunch guests. An array of bite-sized salted and cured meats, along with assorted cheeses to accompany them, will give guests lots of flavours to explore, and will help keep the carb count low.

Another standard menu item you’ll find at nearly every brunch is the classic Eggs Benedict, which is a delicious combination of a poached egg, thick cut back bacon, a fluffy toasted English muffin, and rich hollandaise sauce. It’s a scrumptious dish that is simply essential to serve at brunch. Fortunately, Eggs Benny is easy to make the low carb way by substituting in a low carb English muffin or swapping out the muffin entirely for something unique, like a fresh slice of tomato. This great idea comes from Brenda over at SugarFreeMom.com. The cool, fresh taste of the tomato is a great contrast to the warm, rich flavours of the egg and the sauce. Here’s a link to the recipe Lightened Up Eggs Benedict (Low Cal & Low Carb).

Hollandaise sauce has a reputation of being a tricky one to make, but you can simplify things a lot by going with a mix like this one from Mayacamas. This gluten-free hollandaise sauce tastes great, and only needs a little milk and butter. Even better is that it’s ready in just 5 minutes, giving you more time to perfect your egg poaching technique.

For those brunch goers who are fans of bold, southwest foods, putting huevos rancheros on the menu is a surefire way to get rave reviews. Huevos rancheros are a delicious combination of scrambled or fried eggs, sautéed peppers and onions, Mexican rice, and a tomato-chili sauce all wrapped in a corn tortilla. Serve these up with some fresh guacamole and you’ll fall in love with this dish. Making low carb huevos rancheros can be as simple as skipping the rice and swapping in a low carb wrap like these from Mama Lupe’s, keeping all the amazing flavours but ditching the carbs.

Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruit of all kinds can be found at brunch tables, and often times this is when you will see some more unusual fruit choices to select from. In addition to the common breakfast fruits of berries, oranges, grapefruits, and apples, you will likely see a wide variety of melons, as well as pineapple, papaya, and other tropical fruits. As a good rule of thumb, we recommend that you simply stick to the fruits that you know will be lower on the sugar spectrum, such as berries and melons. Avoid those fruits very high in sugars, such as grapes, bananas, and mango.

Brunch Beverages

Another way that brunch tends to differentiate itself from breakfast or lunch menus is that it typically includes some type of alcoholic beverage on the menu. Common alcoholic drinks served at brunch include champagne and mixed drinks such as a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Irish coffee. Treat these drinks the same as you would any other alcoholic offering, and stick to your diet plan accordingly. Brunch always has many non-alcoholic drinks to choose from as well, including fresh juices, coffee, tea, and more, so don’t feel obligated to grab a glass of champagne if it’s not ideal for your diet.

Conclusion

Brunch is a great meal for trying out new and creative food options, and since the entire menu usually has such a variety of dishes, brunch fans are usually excited to try something different and unusual. Brunch is great for low carb dieters, and it really allows you to let loose and try some new flavour combos that you’ve always wondered about, as well as put new spins on old recipes to make them your own exciting creations. We hope that this article has given you some inspiration and some new ideas for your next brunch.

Tips for the Best Low Carb Tacos and Burritos

Tips for the Best Low Carb Tacos and Burritos

If you’re a fan of the big, bold flavour of Mexican cuisine, then you’ll be glad to learn how easy it is to fit Mexican food in to a low carb diet, including burritos, tacos, and all your other favourites. Fortunately, Mexican cuisine starts off with a heavy emphasis on meats and vegetables, which is exactly the kind of base ingredients that works so well with a low carb diet. From there, most Mexican dishes are then easily customized for the individual tastes of each person, and that includes substituting or subtracting any ingredients that may be higher in carbs.

Let’s take a look at the different kinds of ingredients that are typically found in two of the most common Mexican dishes. Tacos and burritos have a lot of similarities, but there are also some key differences to be aware of, and making sure that your meal stays low carb hinges on a couple of handy tricks that we are going to share with you. Let’s get started with the essentials!

Essential Low Carb Taco and Burrito Ingredients

Low Carb Tortillas

The basis of any taco or burrito recipe is a good quality tortilla. Since most tortillas are made with wheat flour or corn flour, this is where a bit of research really pays off for low carb dieters. Regular tortilla shells should be substituted right from the start with a low carb version, such as these amazing tortilla shells form Mama Lupe’s. These are one of our customers’ all-time favourite products, and they are absolutely perfect for a huge variety of Mexican recipes.

The key characteristics of a good tortilla are that you want one that is soft, and a little bit flexible, so that they don’t rip or tear easily when you wrap them up. Also, the size of a tortilla shell is critical as well, since you want to make sure the one you use is going to be big enough to hold all your fillings with enough room so that it doesn’t explode all over you. You’ll also want to avoid choosing a shell that’s way bigger than necessary, or else you’ll end up with a taco or burrito that is more shell than anything else.

Once you’ve chosen your tortillas, the next ingredient to look for is a seasoning that suits your taste, and the type of meat you intend to cook up.

Low Carb Taco and Burrito Seasonings

There is a wide variety of different dishes to choose from in Mexican cuisine, however the vast majority of them rely on a small but key set of spices and seasonings in different arrangements to give them their own unique tastes. Virtually every Mexican recipe will require some combination of garlic, oregano, cumin, and some variety of chili pepper powder. The type of pepper used will determine how ‘hot’ the food is, and many of them have distinct flavours, too. For example, the most standard chili pepper powder used is Cayenne, but if you’re interested in slightly milder heat and smokier flavour, you may want to choose Chipotle pepper powder instead. We recommend trying a few different types of chili pepper powder to find the ones that suit your tastes best, and deliver just the right amount of heat that you’re looking for.

To keep things fast and easy, many people will go for a packet of pre-mixed Mexican seasonings. There are seasonings available for every kind of dish that you can think of, including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chili, and more. Be sure you choose a seasoning that doesn’t have any high-carb ingredients added. We recommend checking out products such as this taco seasoning from Mayacamas, or this enchilada sauce from Frontera Mexican Gourmet. They help simplify your Mexican meals with great tastes and low carb counts.

Other Taco and Burrito Ingredients

As far as meat goes, you can pretty much choose anything you’d like. Beef, chicken, and pork are all perfect fits, and most Mexican dishes are commonly served with any of those meats. Seafood is also fair game, and fish tacos or shrimp burritos are a great way to change up the typical recipes with a new twist to try.

Vegetables commonly found in Mexican recipes include bell peppers, onions, corn, tomatoes, and avocados. For low carb dieters, you may want to skip the corn as it does tend to have a higher carb count than some other vegetables. Pile on a few more peppers or tomatoes instead.

Burritos traditionally come with rice as one of their basic ingredients, but low carb dieters should find an alternative, or skip the rice altogether. Refried beans are also a common side dish with many Mexican foods, but are not something that should be included in a low carb meal. Instead, try some fresh salsa and sour cream on the side, or go for an extra serving of guacamole to keep the carbs down.

More Low Carb Mexican Ideas

For even more inspiration on low carb tacos and burritos, check out this great collection of 11 low carb taco recipes from Rozelle over at LivingChirpy.com. There’s lots of different flavour combos to choose from, and these recipes really keep the carb counts low. Give some of these a try and we’re sure that you’ll be making taco night part of your regular meal plan.

Conclusion

Although at first glance Mexican foods might look high in carbs, you can see just how easy they are to fit in to a low carb diet. Many of them are already low in carbs, and the others just require a few small, but simple, substitutions and adjustments to bring the carbs under control. Tacos and burritos are great additions to any low carb diet, and are a fantastic way to work in some exciting new flavours to your weekly meal plan that your family will just love. We hope that you find these ideas helpful, and that you’re inspired to give them a try!

Tips for Great Low Carb Stir Fry Cooking

Tips for Great Low Carb Stir Fry Cooking

Of all the wonderful things that Asian cuisine has to offer, stir fry has to be one of the absolute best, especially for the low carb lifestyle. Not only are stir fry meals delicious, but they also are very easy to prepare and have nearly limitless ability to be customized to your preferences. If there’s a vegetable you love, throw it in. If there’s a sauce you don’t like, swap it out for another one. The flexibility of the stir fry method means that no matter what your tastes or your dietary concerns, you’ll always find a way to create something amazing.

Stir fry is particularly well suited to the low carb diet, as its heavy emphasis on vegetables and protein make it a perfect meal option with a very low carb count. Of course, just as with any other style of cuisine, there are certain things that low carb dieters need to watch for. Some recipes may call for particular ingredients that are higher in carbs, and some styles of sauces can have high sugar content. Fortunately, there are many low carb and low sugar products available that can be substituted for these ingredients, and nearly every stir fry recipe can be made low carb quite easily.

Tips for Preparing Meats and Seafood

When it comes to stir fry, fresh is always best, especially when it comes to your meats and seafood. Whether you’re working with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, scallops, or fish, you’ll always want to choose fresh over frozen for the best results. Cooking from frozen in a stir fry meal can result in meats that aren’t as tender, and will detract from the taste of the recipe.

Since wok temperatures tend to be higher than other frying methods, foods will cook quickly and require frequent attention in order to achieve the best results, especially when it comes to meat. The last thing you want in your meal is chewy or tough meat, so be wary of overcooking to ensure your meat stays tender and delicious. This is especially true with many types of seafood, such as shrimp and scallops, as they cook extremely quickly.

Regarding beef, you have a couple of different choices when choosing how you want to prepare it. Some people prefer very thinly sliced beef strips, which cook quickly and are perfect for many types of stir fry dishes that include some type of noodle. For stir fry dishes that involve mostly fresh vegetables cut in to large pieces, many people choose to cut their beef in to larger cubes in order to better suit the style and presentation of the dish. By doing this, you are also able to achieve different levels of ‘doneness’ to your beef that can’t easily be achieved with thin strips. Larger cubes allow you to prepare your beef to be a little bit pink in the middle, if that’s what you prefer. Keep this in mind when deciding what style of stir fry you are making, and what your personal preferences are.

Choosing the Best Vegetables

Now, your vegetables are where you can really indulge your personal preferences in a stir fry. While there are many vegetables that are considered to be pretty standard, and sometimes even essential in many stir fry recipes, there are no rules set in stone here. You can easily add, subtract, or substitute any vegetables for ones that better suit your taste and dietary concerns. Fortunatley for low carb dieters, many of the vegetables found in stir frys are already low in carbs, but there are a few that you may choose to avoid in order to keep the carb count as low as possible.

Bell peppers are an ideal vegetable for many stir fry recipes, as they are low in carbs, commonly found and also add a nice variety of colour to your meal. You should always have a selection of bell peppers handy to incorporate in to your stir fry creations. Bamboo shoots are another low carb veggie that is perfect for stir frying. Broccoli, celery, mushrooms, zucchini, and bok choy are all great choices too, and are all easy to find at most fresh food stores. Just as with choosing meats, fresher is always better in a stir fry!

There are a few vegetables that tend to be higher in carbs though, and should either be avoided or limited when you see them listed in a recipe. For example, it may seem like virtually every stir fry recipe you see has onions listed as an ingredient, but they are a type of vegetable that can bring the carb count up if used in excess. When it comes to onions, don’t be afraid to reduce the amount or simply leave them out altogether. Carrots, leeks, and ginger also have higher carb counts, and should be used sparingly or substituted for alternatives.

Getting Saucy

Choosing a great sauce for your stir fry can really take the taste to a whole new level. Most people will be familiar with the most popular sauces like Teriyaki or Szechuan, there are many more exciting flavours that you can try. Stir fry sauces cover a huge range of tastes, with some being mild and gentle and others being bold and spicy. Depending on your tastes, you might opt for a lighter sauce like a lemon or soy sesame sauce. If you’re looking for something with more of a kick, check out sauces made with chili pepper, or perhaps a bold tasting sauce like Hoisin.

Regardless of the type of sauce, or how spicy it may be, be on the lookout for the sugar and carb count. This is where a lot of traditional stir fry recipes will get their carbs from, so a simple substitution here for a low carb version of your sauce, or crafting your own, will help keep the carbs under control.

Here’s a collection of stir fry sauce recipes from Yummly that has lots to choose from. We’re sure that no matter what you plan on cooking up in your wok, you’ll find a sauce that works on this list.

For a great tasting stir fry sauce that is really low in carbs, we recommend trying Yai’s Thai Almond Sauce. It’s a creamy curry sauce that works really well with a lot of different stir fry combinations. Try it with chicken or shrimp to create a unique spin on traditional Pad Thai.

Noodles and Rice

Even though many stir fry recipes recommend serving over rice or noodles, the reality is that you can skip these entirely and not be missing much at all. If you do decide to serve your stir fry over noodles or rice, it’s a good idea to make sure you’ve chosen a low carb version to make sure your carb count doesn’t go up too high. There are lots of options available for low carb noodles, such as our customer’s favourite Miracle Noodles. You can find Miracle Noodles in a wide range of styles to suit your preference. If rice is more your style, you should pick up some Miracle Rice to go with your meal. Made from the same ingredients as Miracle Noodles, it has almost no carbs or calories, and is perfect for a wide array of Asian dishes, including stir fry meals.

Start Experimenting Today

Once you start getting creative with your stir fry combinations, you’re bound to have a lot of fun discovering new tastes. Don’t be afraid to try different varieties of ingredients, sauces, meats, and vegetables. The very nature of stir fry cooking is all about experimentation and discovery of new things, so take some chances and you could discover something original and amazing. For low carb dieters, stir fry cooking is a blessing for meal planning, since it’s so fast, easy, and flexible. Start working in some wok time this week, and have fun exploring a whole new world of low carb cooking!

Low Carb Myths: Busted

Low Carb Myths: Busted

With any special diet or healthy lifestyle method, it’s easy for misconceptions and half-truths to get spread around and make it difficult for people to truly evaluate whether the changes would be beneficial for them. It’s no secret that the low carb diet has its fair share of myths, too. Many of these are simply the result of incomplete information, assumptions, or just misunderstandings. We’re here to help clear the air around these common low carb myths and shed some light on the truth, so you can get the whole story on what the low carb lifestyle is really about.

Read a quick overview of the basics of the low carb diet.

Myth #1

“The low carb diet is just a fad diet.”

The Truth

This one is definitely the most common, and fortunately, it’s also the easiest to prove wrong. The low carb diet is in essence a structured way to monitor and moderate our intake of the types of foods that are closely related to weight gain and a multitude of other health concerns. Even though the term ‘low carb diet’ may be somewhat new to mainstream culture, people have been put on a variety of low carb diets by their doctors and nutritionists for decades, and the results are proven and effective.

Low carb diets are proven in a wide variety of scientific studies to be an effective way to lose weight and improve general health and well-being. Even the most widely-recognized low carb diet plan, created by Dr. Atkins, has its origins trace back as far as the early 1970’s. In addition, there are many instances of low carb meal plans appearing in health and nutrition journals even earlier, with some even appearing in the late 1800’s.

We’re quite certain that any diet with that kind of authority is the furthest thing from a ‘fad’.

Myth #2

“All you are allowed to eat is meat and vegetables.”

The Truth

There is a reason that it’s called the ‘low carb diet’, and not the ‘no carb diet’. While meat and vegetables are a huge part of the low carb lifestyle, there is nothing stopping you from still having grains, fruits, and other food groups. The low carb diet is built around moderating and adjusting the quantities and types of foods we eat, and understanding how our daily intake stacks up across all the nutrients that our body needs so that we stop taking in too much of the things that are making us unhealthy.

Most low carb diet approaches are just common sense, when you think about it. For example, you might not be able to have a bagel for breakfast, a foot-long sub for lunch, and then a giant bowl of pasta for dinner. That’s three out of three meals delivering a huge pile of carbs. Making sensible substitutions throughout your daily food routines, like having a grilled chicken salad instead of that foot-long sub, or scrambled eggs instead of your bagel, are where you will see the biggest changes.

In a nutshell, the low carb diet works by carefully reducing our carb intake and substituting healthier options, not eliminating all carbs forever.

Myth #3

“It’s a really complicated diet to follow.”

The Truth

There is a bit of a learning curve at the start of the low carb diet, but it’s not at all complicated or difficult to adopt. As we’ve mentioned, the main components of a low carb diet are counting the carbs we eat, making smart substitutions and changes in our meal plans, and living a generally healthy lifestyle including exercise. In fact, counting carbs is easier today than it’s ever been. We now have many tools available to help make carb counting fast and easy.

Nutrition labels on the food we buy is more detailed now than ever, and make it crystal clear how many carbs are in each serving. We also have health and nutrition apps on our smartphones that can quickly track and sum up our carb counts every day, as well as provide us all the information we need on how to make smart choices when dining out or searching for a new recipe. Low carb dieters have never had it better, or easier, than they do today.

Low carb specialty stores, like The Low Carb Grocery, make it easy to shop for a wide range of low carb products of all kinds. You can visit one of our many Low Carb Grocery locations, or shop online any time and have your order shipped right to your door. Going low carb is not that hard at all!

Myth #4

“You end up eating way too much meat and fat.”

The Truth

Just because the low carb diet places more emphasis on protein from meat, it doesn’t mean you get to eat all the bacon in the world. Too much of anything can be unhealthy for us, and that goes for protein, too. The secret to a successful low carb diet is proper moderation and adjustment of the quantities of all the different foods we eat every day. Carbs need to be reduced, and protein needs to be increased, but it’s not a zero-sum game, and shouldn’t be treated as such.

A large portion of the carbs in a typical North American diet are found in foods that have been processed, and therefore have had additional ingredients added as part of those processes. Going low carb means veering away from large amounts of processed foods and sticking to fresh, natural products instead. This means you can still have a hamburger, but the ingredients that go in to it will all be healthier versions with fewer carbs and more nutrients.

Myth #5

“Our brains need glucose to work, and glucose comes from carbs.”

The Truth

Certain parts of our brains do need glucose as fuel, that is true. Carbs produce glucose in our blood, that is true, too. But what this myth conveniently leaves out is that our bodies can synthesize glucose out of protein and other chemicals in our bloodstream, and that many parts our brains can also function by using ketones as fuel.

As carbs are gradually reduced in our diets, we eventually reach a point that is called ‘ketosis’, where ketones are produced as a result of the breakdown of fatty acids by the liver. The liver is also where a process called gluconeogenesis occurs, where protein and fat metabolism byproducts are converted in to the glucose needed to fuel the necessary parts of the brain not powered by ketones.

The Myths Go On

Myths about the low carb diet are so prevalent, there are dozens of other blogs that have also tackled this topic in order to provide clarity and facts to low carb dieters, including this one from TheFitHousewife.com that addresses myths about energy levels, saturated fats, and more.

Conclusion

So, as you can see, the truth about the low carb diet is that it’s not a fad, it’s not all about meat, and it’s not that complicated. Making the switch to a low carb diet can result in many significant health benefits, including weight loss and increased energy levels.

If these myths prove anything, it’s that no matter what healthy lifestyle change you may be considering, it’s important to always seek out trusted and reliable resources to make sure you’re getting accurate facts before making any changes to diet or exercise regimes.

Good luck with your low carb diet!

Introduction to Walden Farms Low Carb Products

Introduction to Walden Farms Low Carb Products

Walden Farms is one of North America’s most popular and innovative health food manufacturers, and with good reason. Walden Farms products are top quality and made with only the finest ingredients, to achieve a wide variety of healthy foods perfectly suited to diets requiring controlled amounts of carbs, sugars, fats, gluten, or calories.

History of Walden Farms

Founded in 1972, Walden Farms was one of the first companies to develop salad dressings that had reduced calories and reduced fat in an effort to improve the health and well-being of their customers, without making sacrifices to taste or flavour.

As the success of Walden Farms grew, their product line expanded to include a broader range of categories for an increasingly diverse customer base. Products were introduced that were designed to help customers control their intake of carbohydrates, sugar, and gluten in addition to fat and calories.

Popular Walden Farms Product Categories

Dressings

Delicious salad dressings are the secret to Walden Farms’ success story. Since day 1, Walden Farms dressings have been praised for their great taste and texture, and are available in all the classic varieties, as well as some special creations that are exclusive to Walden Farms. Some of the most popular dressings available are the classic Italian with Sun Dried Tomato, the sweet Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette, and the zesty Thousand Island. Browse our entire selection of Walden Farms dressings here for even more delicious options.

Spreads, Jams, and Jellies

If you’ve been looking for a peanut butter alternative or something new and different to spread on your morning toast, you’ve got to check out Walden Farms spreads, jams, and jellies. Our customers agree that these products are simply delicious, and the huge selection of flavours mean that there’s bound to be something for everyone. Some of the most popular spreads from Walden Farms are their delicious Apple Butter Spread, Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Spread, and their Strawberry Fruit Spread. Browse the full range of Walden Farms spread products.

Dips

Traditional dips that you’d find at your regular supermarket are loaded with calories, carbs, sugars, and fats. Walden Farms dips, however, are healthy options that are loaded with only one thing; taste. From big bold flavours like blue cheese, to sweeter varieties like chocolate and caramel, Walden Farms dips are a tasty way to enjoy your chips or veggies with a bit of extra flavour and zest. We recommend the Bacon Dip and the French Onion Dip. Our customers just love them! Browse our entire selection of Walden Farms dips.

Sauces & Condiments

Walden Farms products also include a wide range of sauces and condiments for all kinds of cuisine and food types. If you’re mixing up some pancakes or making waffles this weekend, you’ll want to make sure you have a bottle of Walden Farms Sugar Free Pancake Syrup on hand to top them off. And your next turkey sandwich won’t be complete without the creamy taste of Walden Farms Honey Mustard Mayo. Lastly, make your next shrimp cocktail even better with the tangy taste of Walden Farms Seafood Sauce. There’s plenty of other sauces and condiments to choose from, including pasta sauces, dessert toppings, barbecue sauce, and more.

Even More from Walden Farms

There’s always something new to discover from Walden Farms. We’re sure that once you start exploring the huge selection of Walden Farms products at The Low Carb Grocery, you’ll be inspired to try some of these new tastes with your salads, desserts, sandwiches, breakfasts, and dinners. With Walden Farms, you can be sure you’re getting the best quality low carb products with a taste that’s tough to beat.

Shop the entire selection of Walden Farms products here at The Low Carb Grocery.

Cool Tech and Essential Apps for the Low Carb Lifestyle

Helpful Tech for the Low Carb Lifestyle

Adopting the low carb lifestyle requires you to learn some new techniques for tracking and measuring the foods you eat, and incorporating more exercise in to a routine that’s probably already very busy can be a daunting task. Fortunately, these tasks can be made much easier with a little help from some modern technology.

There are dozens of apps available for smartphones that are geared towards healthy living, including meal planners, recipe guides, fitness trackers, and more. Sorting through this mountain of apps to find the really good ones can take time, so we’ve decided to help you out with some top recommendations you should download to your smartphone today.

We’ve also gathered a couple of examples of some cool tech gadgets that can really help you with your healthy living efforts. If you’re ready to start, let’s dive in with a selection of great smartphone apps!

Apps

Carb Manager

This app was created specifically for people on the low carb diet, and includes a ton of utility to enhance the low carb lifestyle. In addition to a beautifully simple carb counter, this app also features helpful resources and educational information so you can stay informed and up to date. It has a massive recipe archive which you can search and sort by ingredients or your personal preferences, and has really handy meal planning and shopping list tools so you can save time and make sure you never miss a product ever again.

Carb Manager also includes in-depth reporting and analysis of your progress, and helps make sure that you know precisely how your food choices add up, and the impact that you are having towards your goals. It’s been proven that people to diligently track their food intake achieve better results, and this app makes it easy to do just that.

Virtuagym Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter

This app from Virtuagym is available for iOS and Android devices, and includes a huge database of foods that is validated by professional nutritionists. Using this app, you can save custom configurations for meals you eat regularly, add in your own foods, get regular reports that are easy to read and understand, plan your own nutrition goals, and track your progress.

This app also comes pre-loaded with a variety of diet plans, including high protein and low carb, as well as fitness-specific versions like cardio or muscle building. Virtuagym’s Calorie, Carb & Fat Counter apps is one of the top-rated apps in the health category. If you’re looking for a simple and effective carb counting tool, this app is a great choice.

MyFitnessPal by Under Armour

This app from Under Armour includes a complete set of tools for tracking food intake, weight changes, exercise progress, and even water consumption. This app has dozens of features in it, such as the ability to select from dozens of exercise types, set and monitor goals, engage with other users in the community section, and more. MyFitnessPal is very easy to use, and it acts as a complete food and fitness journal that you can use to track your progress right from the start.

Download it today on your iOS or Android smartphone and start logging your food intake and daily activity. You may be surprised at just how fast everything adds up, and it will become quite clear whether you’re lagging behind, or are staying on track with your healthy living goals.

MyFitnessPal also has a great blog that is updated regularly, and contains a ton of awesome tips and information to help keep you motivated. Check out their Fitness blog for great tips for your next workout, and to explore new exercise routines that you may want to incorporate into your fitness regime.

In addition to the utility provided by these apps, you can also enhance your healthy living activities with high-tech gadgets. Here are a few of the most popular ones you should consider.

Tech Devices

FitBit Activity Trackers

These awesome little gadgets from FitBit are incredibly popular, and with good reason. Available in several different styles and colours, FitBit activity trackers are just as much of a fashion accessory as they are a healthy living tool. These little devices are packed with sensors that monitor your every movement, keeping a precise tally of just how much activity you are getting every day. They transmit the data wirelessly directly to your smartphone, and you can see it all from the FitBit app.

FitBit trackers are available in many different styles, including tiny clip-on trackers, wristbands, and some even double as wristwatches. Once you start keeping track of your movement using an activity tracker, you start to think of new ways to beat your high score. This can be great encouragement for you to get out more and explore new types of exercises and activities.

Once you start using tech like your smartphone and activity trackers like the FitBit, you’ll really have some eye-opening moments on how your fitness routine and food intake really stack up day after day. As WorkingMother.com blogger Ellenore Angelidis wrote in this great blog post about her FitBit experience, you learn a lot about yourself and how your lifestyle needs to change to achieve your goals.

iHealthSmart Wireless Blood Sugar Monitor

Low carb diets are often recommended for people who suffer from diabetes, as the diet affects the level of glucose in the blood. This clever device from iHealthSmart makes monitoring blood sugar levels easy, and provides a simple way to track your blood sugar data, set reminders, and can even generate reports that you can digitally send to your healthcare providers and family members. Its compact design makes it easy to keep in your pocket or purse, and allows you to test anywhere, any time.

Conclusion

The key to success on any diet is consistency and dedication, both of which are made much easier with the right tools. By equipping yourself with the right apps and tech, you can help make sure that your low carb diet not only stays on track, but also accelerates your results and helps you achieve your goals.

We hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and that you enjoy exploring the benefits that these apps and devices can deliver!