Spring & Summer Low Carb Living
Low Carb Recipes & Healthy Living Tips
Spring and summer is the time of year where we always seem to get fired up to make positive changes in our life. Inspired by the revival of nature, it’s the perfect opportunity to adopt a low carb lifestyle and gain benefits to health, fitness & nutrition through positive habits.
Forget about waiting until New Year’s Eve to make resolutions to live healthier. Summer is the best time to jump into positive living habits like getting more exercise, finding new ways to de-stress, and making a shift to better nutrition. Why is this? Well, after a long, cold Canadian winter, all we want to do is get outside, feel some warm sunshine on our faces, and get ourselves ready for what (we hope) will be a long summer full of adventure.
With this inspiration driving us, and more hospitable weather to enjoy, it’s much easier to keep moving forward with positive health choices and get to the point where they become firmly established habits in our regular routine. It generally takes about a month of consistency for something to become a habit. So, if you start simple healthy living changes sometime in April and stick with them, by the time the end of May rolls around you’ll have them ingrained in your regular routine and will find it much easier to keep going.
What kind of healthy living changes are we talking about? Well, there’s all kinds to choose from, and many of them are incredibly simple that anyone can adopt, regardless of their current level of fitness or health. Here’s some of the best tips for getting started with little lifestyle changes that can add up to make a big difference.
Spring Into Healthy Living with the Low Carb Lifestyle
One of the simplest ways to make a positive shift in your health is to choose low carb alternatives to some of the most common high carb foods in your kitchen and pantry. Swapping out food products like bread, noodles, sauces, sweeteners, and snacks for alternative versions that are lower in carbohydrates and have much better nutritional value has never been easier or more delicious.
Over the course of a single week, the number of carbs in your diet can be dramatically reduced just by switching your normal foods with low carb alternatives. Here are a few specific examples that you can start trying today:
- Make amazing sandwiches with Carbonaut Keto-Friendly White Bread
- Prepare hearty pasta using Al Dente Carba-Nada Fettucine Noodles
- Grill BBQ chicken with Crazy Mooskies Island Spice No-Sugar BBQ Sauce
- Sweeten your morning coffee with Swerve Granular Sugar Replacement
- Snack on zesty and crunchy Quest Chili Lime Protein Tortilla Chips
There are similar products to discover in all categories of groceries that you can use to improve your nutrition and cut out unnecessary carbs and sugars without missing a beat. Need proof? Just check out our entire list of low carb grocery categories and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about!
In addition to changing up your food choices to healthier options, there are plenty of easy ways to make positive shifts in your daily life you can start trying today. For example, the average Canadian spends just over 6 hours looking at some kind of digital screen each day. The bulk of these hours are also spent sitting, which makes this sedentary screen time all the more detrimental to our health. Being more aware of this and taking steps to cut back on screen time is a good idea for adults and kids alike.
For the sake of your physical and mental well-being, taking a break from technology is very beneficial. Even the smallest reduction is a step in the right direction, and makes it easier to cut back even more over time. Plus, when you combine tech-free time with activities like exercise, meditation, reading, or socializing with family and friends, your overall level of stress drops, particularly when these activities are done in the fresh air and warm sunshine of a beautiful summer day.
Get Up and Get Moving!
Adding more physical activity to your day to day routine also has the benefit of improving your overall state of health. This isn’t to say you need to wake up at the break of dawn for a 5k run every day, just that it’s important to get moving more often throughout the day. This can be done in many ways. Something as simple as getting up from your chair when you take a phone call helps reduce your time spent sitting, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a great way to quickly increase your heart rate and move your muscles.
Another way to get moving more are to park further away from the entrance to workplaces, stores, or recreational facilities. Anything you can do to increase the number of daily steps you take adds up, and gets the habit more established. Going on bike rides, swimming at the beach, hitting the golf course, hiking on local trails, and simply playing catch with a ball or frisbee are all great ways to move more and enjoy time with friends and family.
Engaging in more intense physical activity like joining a local cycling group, hitting the gym with a friend, becoming a member of a house league sports team, or signing up for an organized run are all easy and accessible options that don’t carry big price tags. Ultimately, whether taking part in an intense cardio spin class or adding more walking steps to your day, the key thing to remember is that even the smallest bit of progress is still progress, and you’re better for it. Setting simple achievable goals will keep you far more inspired than shooting for the moon and falling short. You can always add more later if you desire a bigger challenge!
Now, when you increase your level of physical activity, you’re certainly going to want to give your body the nutrition it needs to stay vibrant with lots of long-lasting energy. In the spirit of summertime, we’ve compiled a collection of delicious, colourful, and healthy low carb recipes that the whole family is sure to love.
Discover Light, Fresh & Delicious Low Carb Recipes for Spring & Summer
Herbed Feta Dip with Colourful Veggies – Bursting with fresh flavour and intense colours, this tasty dip and assorted veggies is the perfect appetizer for a summer luncheon with friends or a healthy snack for an afternoon of outdoor family games in the back yard.
Roasted Asparagus Salad with Eggs – Asparagus features prominently in many springtime recipes, and this simple yet robust recipe takes full advantage of the distinctive taste of this healthy vegetable. Ideal for brunches or casual dinners, it’s a very versatile dish.
Oven Roasted Shrimp & Cauliflower Salad – This recipe brings the lightness of a fresh cauliflower and mixed vegetable salad and combines it with delicately seasoned roasted shrimp for a side dish or light meal that will truly impress anyone seated at your table.
Yogurt & Dill Chicken Salad – We love a good chicken salad, and this one definitely delivers all kinds of great flavours. Healthy sautéed chicken breast is shredded and mixed with a creamy yogurt and mayo dill dressing. You’ll be the hit of the summer potluck with this salad!
Lemon Garlic Steak & Green Beans – The best steak recipes are often the simplest, and this one is so easy you’ll want to use it often. While the recipe calls for the steak to be cooked on the stovetop in a skillet, you can also grill it on the BBQ and enjoy more of that summer weather!
Bacon Curry Coleslaw – Cool and crisp coleslaw is a very popular summer side dish for lunches and dinners, as it goes just as well with healthy sandwiches as it does beside a hot burger fresh from the grill. This coleslaw adds unique elements like smoky bacon and bold curry.
Fire Up the Backyard Grill for Great Low Carb BBQ
One of the first things many Canadians feel compelled to do in the summer (if you haven’t kept using it all winter long) is get the backyard barbecue fired up for another season of preparing mouthwatering grilled meats and vegetables. Grilling is a great way to create healthy meals bursting with great flavour thanks to the wide array of incredible seasonings and sauces that can be used on all kinds of meats and vegetables.
Here at The Low Carb Grocery, we carry an expansive range of spices, seasonings, condiments and sauces that will elevate your grilling game and treat your taste buds with exciting new tastes. Of course, if you want to really get creative and experiment with your own flavour combinations, making your own marinades and BBQ sauces is actually really easy. Check out our Guide to Low Carb & Keto Marinades & BBQ Sauces to learn more and find out how to become the next great grill master!
What are you waiting for? Start shopping today and get moving with a healthier approach to food and nutrition at The Low Carb Grocery!
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