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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!

Introduction to Low Carb Bread

Introduction to Low Carb Bread

It’s no secret that most of us eat a lot of breads and grains. A typical North American diet is loaded with foods that fall in to this category, including sandwich bread, hamburger and hotdog buns, bagels, wraps, cereals, cookies, cakes, muffins and more. It seems like the list of foods we love that use some kind of wheat or grain is nearly endless, which can be discouraging for those who either need to switch to a low carb diet for medical reasons, or simply want to change their diet to a low carb plan for general health and well-being.

Whatever the reason you may have for going low carb, you need not fear about the loss of bread from your daily routine. The fact is, there are dozens of low carb alternatives out there that you can swap in to your diet seamlessly for the traditional high-carb products. You can still have all your favourite breads and grain products in a low carb version that delivers the taste, texture, and convenience that you know and love.

First off, let’s take a look at why traditional breads are so high in carbs. It begins with the fact that most of the carbohydrates in bread consist of starches, which are digestible carbs, and fibre, which is an Indigestible carb. Generally, the carbs you need to avoid are the digestible kind. Indigestible carbs are perfectly safe and are essential to having a healthy digestive system.

Digestible carbs are the ones that your body breaks down for energy, and if consumed in excess, they will eventually get stored as fat. Eat too much of these carbs, and it will cause weight gain and a host of other health issues. These are the types of carbs that we need to reduce in our meal plans if we want to switch to a low carb diet.

Regular white flour milled from wheat is the main ingredient that contributes the most carbs to traditional breads and grain products. The flours used in baking low carb versions of your favourite breads and other baked goods are different because they are usually made from a different base material, like flaxseed, almonds. These different types of flour each have their own texture when baked, and as such will be more suitable for different types of baked goods.

If you’re interested in making your own bread, and are looking for a great low carb bread recipe, we suggest taking a look at this low carb bread recipe using almond flour from WholesomeYum.com. It’s simple, low carb, gluten free, and paleo and uses only a small number of ingredients to produces tasty bread that has a great texture.

Flaxseed is particularly common in low carb versions of bread that comes in loaves for sandwiches. Almond meal is often found in baked goods such as muffins and bagels. Whatever type of bread you are looking for, you can be sure you’ll find it at The Low Carb Grocery. You can browse our entire selection of low carb breads.

Here are some of our customers’ favourite low carb breads and baked goods that you can work in to your new meal plan:

Mama Lupe’s Tortillas – Soft tortilla shells are such a universally handy bread to have on hand. You can use them as sandwich bread substitutes, tear them up and swap them for chips when you’re dipping, and are perfect for whatever you’ve cooked up for Taco Tuesdays.

Bakers Deluxe Dream Bagels (Everything) – Who doesn’t love a good, toasty bagel with cream cheese? Not only that, but Everything bagels have a great taste that works with sandwiches of all kinds. Swap some of these in for your normal bread, and you won’t be disappointed when you make your next turkey club sandwich.

Joseph’s Bakery Pita Bread – Pitas are very popular, and with good reason. The soft texture and delicious flavour of pita bread make them a perfect choice for all kinds of lunch and dinner options. You can use them as wraps or pizza crusts, and you can even cut them up in to little pieces, perfect for using with your favourite dips.

We’re sure you will be surprised and delighted with the huge selection of low carb breads that you will find here at The Low Carb Grocery!

Explore – find your favourite bread, flat-bread, and tortillas!  

Guide to Sugar-Free Sweeteners and Flavours

Guide to Sugar-Free Sweeteners and Flavours

Regular old sugar is one of the biggest sources of carbohydrates in the typical North American diet, and it’s easy to see why. Sugar is a common ingredient in many of our favourite drinks, like colas, juices, and we even put it in our coffee. Baked goods like cookies, donuts, and pastries are loaded with sugar. Sauces and marinades frequently use sugar to obtain sweet taste characteristics. Even when we opt for what we think are healthier options like fresh fruit, there can be large amounts of natural sugars in them that many people simply just don’t notice.

Given how widespread the presence of sugar is in a huge variety of foods, you’d think that there would be no way to escape from it. For low carb dieters especially, it is indeed a challenge to limit and manage sugar intake in our diets. Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to substitute regular sugar for a completely sugar-free alternative and still maintain the sweetness in the foods we love. Sugar alternatives are now available in many different types, and in forms that can be used in everything from sweetening our drinks to baking amazingly delicious cakes and cookies. In this guide, we’ll explain how to identify regular sugars that should be avoided, and list the most popular sugar substitutes. We’ll talk about what sugar substitutes are actually made from, what their most popular uses are, and where you can find them. Let’s get started!

About Real or Natural Sugars

Natural sugars come in many different types, but they generally all have names that end in –ose. Some examples that you’re probably already familiar with are glucose, dextrose, lactose, and fructose, to name a few. While these are all considered to be ‘simple sugars’, their names tend to indicate in which foods you will commonly find them. For example, lactose is commonly found in dairy and products made from milk, whereas fructose is usually found in fruit and related fruit products. Regardless of where it comes from or what the name is, common sugars are all carbs and need to be carefully managed as part of a low carb diet plan. This means limiting your intake of food products that contain these natural sugars and tracking the carb counts correctly for each portion. While these can be substituted in processed foods with sugar alternatives, there’s no way to take the fructose out of an apple or pear. Fresh foods should be tracked and moderated for their sugar content carefully as you track your daily carb count.

Sugar Substitutes and Sugar-Free Sweeteners

Sugar substitutes have been available for quite a long time, with the first being saccharin, which was discovered in 1879 and introduced to the public as a sweetener in the 1950’s. Use of saccharin has declined in favour of other superior artificial sweeteners that are far more common.

Popular and Common Sugar-Free Sweeteners

Aspartame

One of the most common artificial sweeteners in the world, and also one of the most intensely studied and tested, aspartame was introduced in the 1960’s and can be found in thousands of very popular products around the world. Aspartame is made from a combination of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine. It can be used as a table sweetener in powdered form, and acts just like normal sugar but has an approximately 200x stronger sweetening effect, so less is required to achieve the same level of sweetness. Aspartame is used in products ranging from frozen desserts and gelatins to soft drinks and chewing gum. Generally, it is not ideal as a baking ingredient, since aspartame will break down in to its component amino acid when it is heated.

Stevia

One of the newer artificial sweeteners to be introduced to the North American market, stevia has actually been popular in other countries around the world since the 1970’s. Stevia has zero calories, and is made from steviol glycoside, producing a sweetening effect similar in strength to aspartame. Stevia has been used as a sweetener by some of the biggest brands in the world, including Coca Cola and Pepsi, and is commonly found in drinks and sweetener drops used to add flavour to water and other foods. Common trade names for stevia sweeteners include Truvia and PureVia.

Sucralose

Sucralose is made from a base of either sucrose or raffinose that is chemically altered to produce a sugar-free sweetener approximately 600x sweeter than normal sugar. Introduced in the late 1990’s, sucralose found a great deal of success due to its ability to be effectively used as a substitute for sugar in baking and other cooking methods and not breaking down from the heat. Sucralose can be commonly found in everything from drinks, candy, and desserts to baked goods and other prepared foods. Sucralose is more commonly known in North America by its trade name, Splenda.

Sugar Alcohols

In addition to manufactured artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols are also popular sugar alternatives for low carb dieters. Sugar alcohols can be used much the same as regular table sugar, and their sweetening effects are milder and not nearly as potent in as other artificial sweeteners. Sugar alcohols do not count as carbs since they are digested differently than regular sugars, and do not affect the blood sugar. Some of the most common sugar alcohols used as substitute sweeteners are Xylitol, Erythritol, and Malitol.

Sweetening and Flavouring on the Low Carb Diet

Low carb dieters are fortunate to have such a wide range of sugar subtitutes to choose from. You’ll never need to worry about missing out on sweet treats because of a low carb lifestyle, and there’s no need to force yourself to drink black coffee if that’s not your preference. It’s easy to find great alternatives to regular sugar in your regular routine, or satisfy the occasional craving for something sweet, and here are some of our favourites.

Alternative Table Sweetener

Fill your sugar bowl with an alternative table sweetener like Swerve, which uses the sugar alcohol erythritol as its main ingredient. It’s perfect as a replacement for table sugar, and you can use it in coffee, tea, and many other things that require a little bit of sweetness.

Alternative Baking Sweetener

Not all artificial sweeteners are great for baking, but this brown sugar alternative from LC Foods is made from stevia and works wonderfully in a wide variety of baking recipes. It’s as simple as swapping LC Foods Sweet Brown at a 1 to 1 ratio, so there’s no complicated conversion required for your recipes.

Alternative Flavoured Sweeteners

Artificial sweetener drops and syrups are available in virtually any flavour that you can possibly imagine. Everything from banana and berry to chocolate and caramel flavours are available in convenient concentrated drops that you can use to add a delicious twist to your favourite hot beverages and other foods. Check out the wide range of sugar free flavour drops and sugar free syrups at The Low Carb Grocery.

Sugar Free Recipe Inspiration

If all this talk about sweeteners has you getting a bit hungry, check out this great collection of sugar free recipes over at SugarFreeMom.com. There’s a huge archive of recipes for all kinds of sugar free cooking and baking, and they’re all fantastic. You’ll find ideas for desserts, frozen treats, appetizers, snacks, and more. Start exploring, and we’re sure you’ll find lots of ideas to try for any occasion.

Conclusion

Managing your sugar intake is easier than ever with all these alternative sweeteners available to choose from. You’ll be able to enjoy all the different sweet treats and flavours that the world has to offer with this many options, and you’ll never have to worry about your carb count going off the rails. We hope that this article has encouraged you to explore a few new ways to sweeten up your weekly meal plan, and perhaps inspired you to try a few new baking projects that you’ve always wanted to experiment with.

Tips for Great Low Carb Appetizers

Tips for Great Low Carb Appetizers

We love appetizers! Appetizers come in so many different varieties, you can find one that’s perfect for any occasion, any season, and any reason. Whether you are a fan of something light, crisp and cold to nibble on, or if you prefer the savoury, warm and comforting tastes of a hot appetizer, these little bite sized delights are the perfect way to start off a big family holiday event, or a quiet evening with friends.

Many appetizers, however, can be high in carbs and might not be the best choice for low carb dieters. A lot of appetizers involve things like crackers, sweet dips, sauces, pastries, and breads. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to change up traditional appetizers to cut out the carbs while keeping all the delicious flavours that you love. Here, we will take a look at some tasty hot and cold low carb appetizers that you can try out at your next event. We’re sure that you’ll love to try them all!

Cold Low Carb Appetizers

These cold low carb appetizers are easy to make with just a few ingredients, and they are definitely delicious!

Antipasto

This appetizer is actually a traditional first course in Italian cuisine, but the simplicity of it, and the variety of tastes it delivers, makes it a perfect option for any occasion. Antipasto is simply a collection of various Italian cured meats, paired with vegetables, as well as soft and hard cheeses. Most antipasto plates consist of meats like capocollo, mortadella, prosciutto, and salami, sliced very thin. You may choose to opt for spicier versions if you feel in the mood for a bit of heat. Popular cheeses for antipasto include mozzarella and provolone, usually cut in to irregular chunks for variety. To complete the plate, add some artichoke hearts, olives, and mushrooms. Antipasto plates will often include an olive tapenade as well. Pretty much everything on an antipasto plate is low carb, but if you want to swap any of the main items for some others that you fancy, don’t be afraid to mix it up with new combinations.

Spinach, Feta and Artichoke Dip

This dip is absolutely scrumptious! The combination of flavours from the three main ingredients play off each other and simply taste great together. Most recipes for spinach, feta, and artichoke dips are low carb already, but just be sure to review all the ingredients for any that might be sneaking carbs in. The basic components of this dip, aside from the obvious three, include sour cream, garlic, mayo, parmesan cheese, shallots, red wine vinegar, and salt & pepper. That’s a pretty safe list for low carb dieters. Once you’ve found a dip recipe that you like, make sure you choose a selection of different low carb crackers for dipping to give your guests an extra bit of variety. Check out our wide range of low carb crackers, here.

Hot Low Carb Appetizers

Now that we’ve looked at fresh and cool low carb appetizers, let’s look at a couple examples of hot low carb appetizers.

Dry Cajun Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are an absolutely essential appetizer for big game parties, and this version is a unique twist that is big on taste! Most of the time, chicken wings are usually prepared by frying them and then drenching them in a variety of sauces. This time, we’re going to change things up a bit by baking instead of frying, and using a spicy Dry Cajun Rub from Hot Mamas. Simply toss the chicken wings in the rub, bake them up, and serve alongside a low calorie blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping. The spicy Cajun flavour goes great with the cool taste of the dressing. Once you try these, you’ll be coming back for more again and again!

Meatballs in Chili Sauce

This savoury appetizer is perfect for those occasions like potlucks or holiday parties where there is lots to choose from, but rest assured that these tasty little meatballs won’t last long! These are very simple to make, and you can use your preferred meatball recipe or make it even easier and get some pre-made meatballs. Just make sure that the ones you buy don’t have hidden carbs in them in the form of breadcrumbs or other extra ingredients. Try to select ones that are either pure beef or pure pork. Once you’ve got the meatballs cooked up, all you need to do is simmer them in your favourite low carb chili sauce, like this Chili Pepper Sauce from Jok’N’Al. Our customers love this sauce for its sweet and spicy flavour.

Conclusion

With this collection of appetizers, you’ll have something new to try at your next family gathering or potluck party, and by keeping things low carb, you’re also making sure that your diet stays on track. These are just a handful of suggestions, though. If you’re excited to explore more options for tasty low carb appetizers, check out this excellent list of low carb appetizer recipes from the blog at lowcarbmaven.com. It’s chock full of delicious recipes that are perfect for your next big sports game party! Don’t be afraid to try a low carb version of any appetizer you might find. Half the fun is trying new things and getting creative!

Introduction to Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Products

Featured Product – Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Tortillas

Tortilla shells are an extremely versatile bread product, and no low carb kitchen would be complete without them. For low carb dieters, finding a good quality tortilla that has a great taste and texture, along with a low carb count, can be a real struggle. Fortunately, Mama Lupe’s tortillas check off all the essentials that low carb dieters need, with all the great characteristics that you want in a wrap.

What makes a good tortilla?

Flour tortillas are defined by a few common characteristics. They need to be soft, so that they can easily be shaped and wrapped around a variety of food. Tortillas should also not be too dry, as a wrap that is too dry will tend to rip and tear when you start to work with it. A fresh tortilla has just a little bit of flexibility to it, so that it won’t fall apart once you wrap up your fillings and start to eat it. Tortillas also need to be big enough to fit your desired fillings in them, and still have enough overlap to effectively seal up the wrap and prevent it from making a big mess.

How are low carb tortillas different?

While many of the ingredients in a low carb tortilla are the same as their high carb counterparts, the biggest difference will be in the main ingredient, which is flour. Low carb tortillas typically use a reduced carb flour or other flour substitutes in order to reduce the total carb count without affecting the softness or flavour of the tortilla.

Tortilla Meals and Snacks

As you know, tortillas have dozens of different uses, and not just in Mexican or Southwest cuisine. Here are a couple of great uses for tortillas in the low carb diet that you’ve just got to try!

Low Carb Chicken Quesadillas

Quesadillas are one of the simplest of all Mexican dishes, but they’re also one of the tastiest! Making a low carb quesadilla is really easy, and needs just a few essential ingredients. Start with some fresh grilled chicken, seasoned with your favourite Mexican spices. Thinly slice the chicken and layer on one side of a Mama Lupe’s tortilla. Spread a cheese blend on top of the chicken, including shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Colby cheeses. Fold over the tortilla to cover the chicken and cheese blend like you’re closing a book, and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven at 350° for about 10 minutes, or until the tortilla starts to brown and the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting in to quarters. Now all that’s left to do is dip your hot chicken quesadilla in your favourite salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. Enjoy!

Warm Tortilla Chips

Making your own fresh, warm tortilla chips is so easy you’ll wonder why you never did it before! Starting with a fresh pack of Mama Lupe’s tortillas, cut them in to wedges about the same size as a standard tortilla chip, but you can make them as big or small as you want. Bigger chips will break easier, and smaller ones sometimes just don’t hold enough dip, so experiment with sizing to find what you prefer. Spread the chips out on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with your favourite seasoning salt. Bake at 350° for about 5-7 minutes, and then flip the chips over using some kitchen tongs, and lightly sprinkle with a bit more seasoning. Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until the chips are just starting to brown. Remove and let cool, then dip in anything you’d like. Guacamole and salsa are always great, but don’t be hesitant to try any of your favourite dips.

More Praise for Mama Lupe’s

Our customers simply love Mama Lupe’s tortillas. With over 100 stellar reviews, people just keep coming back to Mama Lupe’s tortillas because they are simply the best low carb tortillas they’ve ever tried.

“All the great taste of a regular tortilla with almost no carbs.” – Mary from Mississauga, ON

“Love these! I make wraps and pizzas with them with no impact on my low carb lifestyle!” – Barb from Bradford, ON

“These tortillas are amazing! We like them more than “regular” high-carb wraps or tortilla breads.” – Darlene from Chateauguay, QC

We’re sure that once you try Mama Lupe’s tortillas, you’ll be hooked! So, whether you’re stocking up for the next Taco Tuesday, or planning your lunches and breakfasts, these tortillas will be extremely handy to have in your kitchen.

Pick up a fresh pack of Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Tortillas here today at The Low Carb Grocery.

Delicious Low Carb Soups

Tips for Great Low Carb Soups

Who doesn’t love a good soup? Whether you’re looking for a nice, light soup to accompany your meal, or a rich, hearty chowder to warm you up on a cold day, there are soups for every taste and every occasion. As part of a low carb diet, soups are perfect to include in your weekly meal plans, since they can be easily made fast, healthy, and low carb. In this article, we’ll go through some handy tips you can use when it comes to soup, including what are the best ingredients to choose and which ones to avoid. We also provide a couple of amazing soup recipes that you’ve just got to try. Let’s get cooking!

Main Sources of Carbs in Soups

While on the surface, it might seem like soups would already be very low in carbs, there are many instances where this is not the case. There are certain ingredients that can really raise up the carb count in a soup, and when choosing a soup recipe or a packaged soup, these are the things you need to watch for to make sure the carb count stays low.

Sugar

This may surprise you, but it’s amazing just how many soups have more sugar than you’d expect. Tomato-based soups, especially prepared soups, can have as many as 15 grams of sugar per serving. This is also common with soups labeled with words like ‘bbq’ or ‘southwest’, since they often take much of their flavour from barbecue sauces and other sauces that can be very high in sugar. A quick scan over the nutrient label on packaged soups can let you know exactly whether the soup is a good choice. If you’re preparing your soup from scratch, be wary of those recipes that call for sweet ingredients or sauces, and swap them out for low-sugar or sugar-free alternatives.

Starches

It’s not just noodles that bring the starches and carbs in to soups. Things like potatoes and peas can bring up the carb count of a soup. For example, split pea soup, although it is also a good source of fiber, definitely carries a lot of carbs in it. If you’re looking for a hearty soup or a soup that has a creamier texture, there are plenty of alternatives to pick from, such as chowders and stews.

For soups that rely on noodles, you can simply swap in a low carb noodle alternative, or if they aren’t really critical, you can leave them out altogether. Potatoes are also easy to substitute to make soup recipes lower in carbs. Instead of potatoes, you could use things like cauliflower or turnip, both of which are much lower in carbs than potatoes and work very well in soups and stews.

Salt

One of the most common issues that people find when exploring soups as part of a healthy lifestyle, is that the salt content can be quite high. This is especially prevalent in prepared and packaged soups, which can be exceedingly high in salt. Fortunately, there are usually low-salt alternatives available from many big brands that are clearly marked on the labels. For homemade soups, reducing the salt is as simple as just adjusting the recipe so that you add salt to taste when it’s served instead of while it’s simmering. This way everyone can adjust to their own taste, or skip the salt entirely if they choose to.

Best Low Carb Soup Ingredients

Now that you know some of the common red-flags to look for when it comes to soups, let’s start exploring some of the best ingredients to include in low carb soup recipes.

Meats and Proteins

This should come as no surprise, but the best soups for low carb dieters tend to have a hefty serving of meat in them. Most commonly, the meats used in soups are chicken, beef, and seafood such as shrimp, clams, and lobster. These are all excellent choices for a wide variety of soups, and are perfectly at home in light, broth soups or hearty, creamy chowders.

Whichever meat best fits the type of soup you are making, feel free to prepare it however you’d like to suit your tastes. Some people prefer smaller pieces of meat in their soups, and others enjoy larger chunks, but there’s generally no right or wrong way to do this. Stick with the way you prefer, and your soup will come out just fine.

Vegetables

Low carb dieters have a wide array of vegetable options to choose from when preparing soups. Some of the most common vegetable ingredients that are perfect for low carb dieters include things like celery, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, and peppers. While there are countless recipes that feature tomatoes as a key ingredient, tomatoes tend to have much higher sugar and carb counts than other vegetables. If a tomato-based soup is part of your plan, it’s best to be very particular about the other ingredients that you include, and make every effort to keep the carb count as low as possible.

Seasonings & Sauces

As we mentioned earlier, many soups have a much higher amount of sugar than most people would expect, and a lot of this will come from sauces that are added as part of the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for bbq sauce, or some other sauce that is typically high in sugar, swap it out for one that is a sugar-free alternative, like this amazing sugar-free bbq sauce from Crazy Mooskies. The goal here is to keep the big, bold flavour you want, but cut the sugar out of the recipe.

So, keeping all these things in mind, you’re probably ready to start hunting for some great new recipes to try as part of your meal plan this week. Once you start scanning through an endless list of amazing soup recipes, you might find it hard to settle on just one or two. Let us help you out by recommending a couple of our favourite soup recipes that are great options for a low carb lifestyle.

For a Lighter Flavour

Asian-inspired soups are extremely popular for their wide range of tastes and unusual vegetable combinations. This recipe for Asian Beef Noodle Soup from Melissa over at IBreatheImHungry.com is loaded with protein and tasty vegetables, and features a lighter broth with a fresh flavour. We recommend using Miracle Noodles Shiratake Angel Hair noodles which keeps the carb count way down, and work great in soups like this.

For a Hearty Soup

Here’s a recipe for a hearty, creamy soup that is going to knock your socks off! This Cauliflower Chowder recipe from Chungah over at DamnDelicious.net is the perfect soup to try on a chilly day and will warm you up from head to toe. The nice thing about this recipe is that it can easily be altered however you like, such as adding chicken or swapping out the carrots for another of your favourite vegetables. And, although it calls for all-purpose flour in the recipe, this can easily be substituted with a low-carb flour like this one from LC Foods to help bring the carb count even lower.

Conclusion

Soups are such a great fit for the low carb diet, you’ll wonder why you didn’t include more of them in your meal plan right from the start. One of the best things about soup recipes is just how easy they are to customize to your own tastes and preferences. As we mentioned, if salt content is a concern for you, simply leave it out. If you think a recipe would be even better with some shrimp thrown in, then go for it! Getting creative with your soups is a good way to explore new flavours and tastes, as well as help bring the carb count down on some recipes that you’d otherwise avoid.

We certainly hope that these ideas have given you some inspiration to work some new soups in to your routine. Now, get out there and get cooking!