Studies have shown that low-carb diets are one of the most efficient ways to lose weight and improve your health, which is why we’ve decided here at TWC that it is the ideal nutrition during this pre-Christmas season.
Not only does cutting down your carb intake mean you won’t need to count your calories but it will also decrease any common issues such as bloating, low energy and will overall increase your well-being. By eating less carbohydrates you’ll also minimise your intake of sugar and starches (both with high percentages of calories), and eat much healthier nutrients such as proteins, natural fats and vegetables.
Not entirely sure how to get started with this diet? Why not try one of these 4 options below to start your Christmas dinner dress fitting:
CREAM CHEESE & SPINACH STUFFED CHICKEN
This recipe is my favorite one by far . We didn’t say our recipes wouldn’t be delicious, did we? We just said it would be low carb! So instead of having your chicken breast with some pasta, you’ll be having it with a treat (cream cheese) and one of the world’s healthiest food: spinach, which is full of vitamin. For you mothers out there, this meal is also a great way to get some vegetables in your child’s plate without them really noticing.
As you might have already guessed, this dish is on the easy side. All you’ll need to do is mix the cream cheese with some spinach, a crushed garlic clove, salt, pepper and a tad of olive oil. Once you’ve mixed it all together, season the chicken with some spices and cut a little pocket in your breast where you can fill in the cream cheese mix. Place the chicken in the oven for 25 mins until the chicken is cooked, enjoy and thank us later!
SALMON STIR FRY
Meaty fish and particularly salmon is the perfect fish to introduce into your new diet, as well as to try Asian flavors (yum). Just note that the noodles are optional, I usually have it without especially if I feel like being very strict with my diet, but you can also add brown rice if you feel like it’s missing something.
First, heat a large wok over medium-high heat and add some oil (coconut oil is preferable). When the oil is warm enough add some curry paste and wait 30 seconds before you add your salmon. Once you’ve gently stir-fried the salmon, add some peppers, peas, noodles and coconut milk and cook for 2 minutes and ta-da ! Feel free to season it as you wish with lemon, salt, and pepper.
SWEET POTATO SALAD WITH ARUGULA
I’m not one to like salads but this super-food salad isn’t exactly usual. Let’s face it, for active girls like ourselves a simple salad would definitely not be enough, but sweet potatoes have all the nutritional values you need to keep your body strong and healthy.
Your first step is to cook the quinoa in a medium saucepan with some barley. Bring the mix to a boil and cover it until the quinoa is tender. Meanwhile, toss the sweet potato on a baking sheet with oil, cumin, salt, pepper and roast them until they are brown (and tender). Once the potatoes and the quinoa are ready, mix it all together and add the arugula, mint and a bit of feta. Enjoy!
CHICKEN FAJITA ROLL UPS
If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m all about easy recipes and this is one of the quickest yet most delicious meal I’ve tried on this new diet. What is it that makes it low-carb you ask? Mostly because there are no tortillas, but also thanks to the great chicken-to-pepper ratio.
For this recipe, all you’ll need is a nice piece of chicken, some colorful peppers, onions, cheese, cumin, cilantro and some spices. Mix some olive oil, cumin, salt, and cilantro in a bowl and set this mix on the side. Pre-slice the chicken and place the cut peppers inside along with some onions. Brush the top of your chicken with the cumin mix along with some cheese and place it in the oven for a good 30mins. You won’t need a side for this once but a good option is to have it with a side of guacamole to bring those nice Mexican flavours…
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