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20 Incredibly Delicious Low-Carb Recipes That Will Make You Healthier

20 Incredibly Delicious Low-Carb Recipes That Will Make You Healthier

While the idea of eating healthy sounds delicious already, a lot of people find it tough to stick with a dietary plan where nearly every component should be of the “reduced” version. The “nonfat,” “low-fat,” “fat-free,” and “lite” versions of ingredients may help you maintain your desired weight, but there are products and meals that forego taste just to make room for all the elements that promise to keep you in good shape.

The great news is you don’t have to settle for bland and colorless food just to remain faithful to your diet and your vow to keep yourself in shape. The healthy-eating hype has become so pervasive that a lot of chefs, nutritionists and fitness enthusiasts have started coming up with ways for weight-watchers to enjoy their food while not feeling deprived.

Sticking to a health regimen doesn’t have to be death-by-boredom. Here we present 20 low-carb recipes that will not only make you healthier, but will also ensure you enjoy your food more—minus the guilt.

Appetizers

If you’re pledging to eat the healthy way, you need to regularly eat meals that follow your dietary recommendations. By doing so, you can easily make your body accustomed to the types of food that will help you achieve your goal—whether that’s to lose weight or to gain some. The best way to begin this is by preparing some low-carb appetizers. Got any ideas on what to prepare? Because we do.

1. Enchilada Chicken and Mango Salad

Enchilada Chicken and Mango Salad

    This is an appetizer that you can pull off using leftovers in your fridge. The Enchilada Chicken and Mango Salad can be a nice starter to any meal. All you need are some shredded romaine lettuce, diced mango, enchilada-style chicken, and diced avocado. Just layer the ingredients on top of each other with the romaine as the base and add a dash of salt and pepper. Prep time only takes five minutes, making it an ideal snack to bring to work too.

    2. Chunky Greek Salad

    Chunky Greek Salad

      If you’re partial to Greek cuisine, this Chunky Greek Salad is an appetizer you must try. This starter dish only requires dicing some cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onions, and then combining everything with feta cheese. Once everything is evenly mixed, that’s when you add the Caesar salad dressing and then you’re done. This salad is best served chilled, too.

      3. Shrimp Avocado Salad

      Shrimp Avocado Salad
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        Seafood lovers rejoice, for this appetizer has the potential to become one of your favorite starters. The Shrimp Avocado Salad is a refreshing alternative to your usual chicken salad dish and it’s definitely low in carbs. It’s prepared in two parts: one for the dressing and the other for the salad itself. As for the meat, you will need cooked and deveined shrimp. Simply add avocado and lettuce, and complete the salad with the dressing by mixing lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, chopped cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and you’re ready to eat!

        4. Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

        Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil

          Concocted by renowned celebrity chef Cat Cora, this appetizer can be filling enough while helping you evade carbs. As its name implies, the Halibut with Pepitas, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes, and Basil is a medley of healthful options, from the choice of protein down to the garnishing. Preparing this involves searing the halibut and using white wine, lemon juice, and butter as its sauce base. The capers and tomatoes are added when the fish is done simmering. Once it’s simmered, cook it in the oven for about seven to ten minutes, and then toss in the pepitas and basil.

          5. Bacon, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

          Bacon, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato Salad

            If there is one food that you can never go wrong with, it’s bacon. What’s even better is that you can still enjoy this heaven-sent ingredient if you’re following a low-carb diet by putting some on your salad, just like this Bacon, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato Salad. All you need to do is dice an avocado, some hardboiled eggs, and tomatoes, and then mix them with crumbled bacon. Once these are combined, sprinkle on some juice from a lemon wedge and adjust the taste with salt and pepper.

            Main Dishes

            Now that you’ve had your fill of sumptuous salads and starters, let’s move on to the main event. Here are five different main courses you can try for lunch or dinner.

            1. Honey Mustard Cuban Pork Burgers

            Honey Mustard Cuban Pork Burgers

              Just because you’re cutting back on carbs, it doesn’t automatically mean you should also curtail your meat craving. With the Honey Mustard Cuban Pork Burgers you can have your fill of ground pork breakfast sausage and plantain chips. Pack it in with avocados, Dijon mustard, and yellow mustard, and you’re all set.

              2. Mahi Mahi with Cauliflower

              Mahi Mahi with Cauliflower
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                If you’re more into fish, the Mahi Mahi with Cauliflower can be a great addition to your diet. All you need is to sear the fillets and let the oven do the rest of the cooking. As for the vegetables, this dish calls for cauliflower, raisins, almonds, and coriander. Preparation and cooking time takes only half an hour, so you can enjoy low-carb goodness without slaving so much in the kitchen.

                3. Grilled Chicken Wings With Greens and Salsa

                Grilled Chicken Wings With Greens and Salsa

                  Another lean dish that will help you stay faithful to your diet, the Grilled Chicken Wings with Greens and Salsa is easy on your digestion while giving you enough energy—minus the carbs you don’t want. Just rub some chicken wings with your favorite spice mix and grill them in the oven for about 40 minutes. While waiting, toss in some of your favorite greens to make a salad; just make sure that you use low-carb dressing.

                  4. Lamb Sliders with Ginger Cilantro Aioli

                  Lamb Sliders with Ginger Cilantro Aioli

                    If you want to reward yourself with a sumptuous meal without having to worry about ruining your diet, Lamb Sliders with Ginger Cilantro Aioli is the perfect dish to do just that. Instead of using the usual buns, you can substitute your carb source with sweet potatoes. Just slice them thinly and bake them. Use the ginger cilantro aioli mixture as the spread, then sandwich the lamb (along with greens, onions, and tomatoes) between the slices of baked sweet potatoes.

                    5. Broiled Fish with Summer Grape Tomato Sauce

                    Broiled Fish with Summer Grape Tomato Sauce

                      A perfect dish for summer, Broiled Fish with Summer Grape Tomato Sauce will remind you of your mother’s cooking, only this version’s low carb. You can use any white meat fish, such as flounder, sole, or tilapia, which you will broil (or grill) on medium heat. While you’re cooking the fish, toss grape tomatoes, chopped basil, and garlic in olive oil and let simmer. Pour the sauce on the grilled fish when ready and enjoy!

                      Desserts

                      A meal is never complete without a delectable dessert. The good thing is, you can have some even if you’ve vowed to reduce your carb intake. Here are some ideas you can whip up in your own kitchen.

                      1. 3-Minute Chocolate Cake

                      3-Minute Chocolate Cake
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                        Chocolate is the sweets department equivalent of bacon—you can never go wrong with it. With the 3-Minute Chocolate Cake, you can enjoy a fantastic dessert without breaking a sweat. This dish makes use of almond flour and you can replace regular sugar with Splenda. But if you want to indulge yourself a little, you can put frosting on the cake or add some whipped cream before serving.

                        2. Almond Coconut Bars

                        Almond Coconut Bars

                          If you’re not too much of a sweet tooth, these Almond Coconut Bars might be the treat that you’re looking for. Made of shredded coconut, almonds, coconut flour, and unsweetened chocolate, this piece of heaven is a welcome change from the usual confectionery delights.

                          3. Valentine’s Day Mousse

                          Valentine’s Day Mousse

                            Who says you can only have chocolate on Valentine’s Day? This sweet course proves that you can have dessert anytime you want, as long as you consume the amount recommended by your diet. The Valentine’s Day Mousse’s base is loads of dark chocolate topped with a whipped “cream” made of coconut milk and vanilla extract. Even if you don’t eat it every day, a serving is good enough to last you until the next time.

                            4. Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

                            Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

                              No oven? No problem! The Low-Carb No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake is the answer to your cake cravings that are being trumped by the absence of an oven in your kitchen. This dessert relies heavily on cream cheese, but you’ll also need heavy cream, sour cream, and low-sugar graham crackers for the base. You’ll also need some cherry pie filling and alternative sweeteners like Splenda or Equal. After combining the cheese and the creams, spread some on top of crushed graham crackers pressed against the base of a dessert dish or a ramekin. Chill this in the fridge for an hour, and then pour some cherry pie filling on top.

                              5. Jayne’s Jello Cake

                              Jayne’s Jello Cake

                                Another dessert that is easy to make, Jayne’s Jello Cake is a gelatin-based pastry where you’ll combined the batter with Jello, bake it, and chill it. You also have the freedom to use Splenda or another sweetening substitute that is allowed by your diet, so you don’t have to worry about your carbs and sugar intake.

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                                Beverages

                                The whole point of following a strict diet is that you need to do it religiously so that you can achieve your nutritional goal without compromising on the food’s taste and quality. But sometimes it seems like frappuccinos, sodas, and milkshakes are too ubiquitous to ignore. You can put an end to this torture now as we give you five delicious drinks that will help you quench that thirst and keep yourself in healthy shape.

                                1. Frosty Chocolate Mint Shake

                                An equally sweet and refreshing drink for your palate, the Frosty Chocolate Mint Shake is prepared using Herbalife’s Formula 1 Chocolate, low-fat milk, and peppermint extract. Simply mix everything in a blender until it’s evenly combined, and garnish the smoothie with mint leaves on top. You can also substitute low-fat milk with soy milk, if desired.

                                2. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

                                A favorite among foodies, whether weight-watching or otherwise, the Banana Strawberry Smoothie is practically a household name in every diner. The good thing is you can make your own low-carb version with this recipe by simply replacing the usual whole milk with low-fat yogurt. And aside from the banana and strawberries, you can also add some kiwis to give this beverage a more tangy twist.

                                3. Lemon Meringue Smoothie

                                Lemon Meringue Smoothie

                                  If you’re partial to the sweet and sour tastes of lemon, the Lemon Meringue Smoothie is something you should try. This beverage makes use of plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, lemon, and lemon-flavored stevia. You can also serve it with slices of the citrusy fruit for a more refreshing experience.

                                  4. Sunrise Smoothie

                                  Sunrise Smoothie

                                    If you’re looking for a better drink to go with your low-carb breakfast, the Sunrise Smoothie would be the perfect answer. This smoothie is all about watermelons, cantaloupes, orange juice, and plain, low-fat yogurt. Mix these delights in a blender until smooth. You can also serve these with slices of the fruits you used if you’re looking for a more filling meal.

                                    5. Banana Fruit Shake

                                    Another staple on any smoothie list, this Banana Fruit Shake can be prepared by using Formula 1 Vanilla, nonfat yogurt, bananas, and peaches. Combine all the ingredients using a blender until it’s all smooth.

                                    With these 20 recipes, there is no way for you not to stick with your diet, much less achieve your dream shape and weight. If you have any low-carb recipes that you want to share too, let’s talk about them in the comments section below.

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                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                    1. Work on the small tasks.

                                    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                    2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                    3. Upgrade yourself

                                    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                    4. Talk to a friend.

                                    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                    7. Read a book (or blog).

                                    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                    8. Have a quick nap.

                                    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                    9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                    10. Find some competition.

                                    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                    11. Go exercise.

                                    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                    12. Take a good break.

                                    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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