Low Carb diet updates

It’s been almost two months since I started the carb-free diet for 6 days a week. I will still have a cheat day on Sunday, but I try not to overdo it with carbs on that day. I have not lost a lot of weight yet in terms of kgs, but I do fit better into my old clothes now. Apart from that I do feel less lethargic after meals, and not as tired in the evenings. Here are some of the things I have been consuming to replace my carb filled meals.

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Almond Lemon Curd Tarts. Recipe here

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Corn Beef, Beans and Zucchini

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Oopsie Bread. Recipe here

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Lettuce tacos with beef and avocado salsa

Cornbeef, beans and ‘Zucchini Pasta’

1 Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
Cornbeef in a can (or you can make your own from scratch)
Canelli Beans (cooked till soft or from a can)
Chopped tomato sauce
Yellow Zucchini
Olive oil
Dried Mixed italian herbs
Salt, pepper

Finely chop onion and garlic and saute on some olive oil till lightly brown. Add corn beef and canelli beans and cook for few minutes. Add tomato sauce, half a teaspoon of dried italian herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 15 minutes, add water if the sauce is too thick. Slice zucchini very thin and cook with a sauce for 1 minute till slightly softened. You can add some parmesan cheese when serving. I find that zucchini are a great substitute for all the sauces I used to serve with pasta. I still get occasional cravings for pasta, but I got quite used to this combination. So you can use them with any of your usual pasta sauces.

Lettuce Tacos with Beef and Avocado Salsa

1 Onion
2 Cloves of garlic
Minced Beef (or any other minced meat)
Tomato paste
1/2 tea spoon Cumin
Chili powder
Salt, pepper

Avocado Salsa:

2 ripe avocados
1 lime
1/2 red onion
Cherry tomatoes
Salt, pepper
Coriander leaves

Saute onion and garlic till lightly brown, add beef, cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until beef turns brown color, add  tomato paste and a 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 20-30 minutes on low fire, stirring occasionally. Mash the avocado and add finely chopped onion, cherry tomatoes, coriander leaves. Squeeze lime and add salt and pepper to taste.

Magic Smoothie

When I don’t have time for proper lunch as I’m on a run, I will make this really yummy smoothie which keeps me full for a few hours. This also makes me reduce my calorie intake.

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Blend together:
 2 Jia Hor Soya Protein
 2 Jia Hor Fibre
 1 Shuang Hor Lacto- berry  (probiotic)
 Any fruit (can be  frozen)
 Almond Milk
 Plain Yoghurt

Make sure you choose good quality soya protein, without any added chemicals. This Jia Hor Instant Soya Protein Powder is isolates and plant-base proteins that can be readily absorbed (up to 95%) by the human body for utilization, thus reducing the intake of fats and cholesterols. The great thing is that the Jia Hor Fibre contains both soluble and insoluble fibre which greatly adds to digestions by assisting the food to move down the intestines for healthy bowl movements. I also add Shuang Hor Lacto-berry which is a really great probiotic, adds digestion after meal and promotes good bacteria in the colon. It promotes healthy flora in the GI track in order to avoid constipation or diarrhea.

Home-made Granola Bars Ok this is not exactly by the Low-carb diet book as there is oatmeal inside, but I do include some oatmeal in the diet so I decided to make these yummy granola bars. For the first time they didn’t come out too bad, but I guess the only mistake I made is that I replaced dates with raisins so all the ingredients didn’t stick together so well. I also replaced honey with organic agave to make it a bit more healthy.

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Home-made Granola Bars

I got the recipe from this site, but I modified it and added some other ingredients, such as: cinnamon, organic sunflower kernel, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa flakes

Frozen Banana Ice-cream

Another great healthy snack which I’ve learnt a while back is to make ice-cream from frozen bananas. I always have 1 or 2 bananas which are over ripe so I chop them up, place them in a zip bag and put them in a freezer. Whenever I feel like a healthy ice cream I blend it up using the food processor. Great to serve kids as well. You can also add other ingredients such as nutella, peanut butter, chocolate or cream, but then it’s not as healthy of course 🙂 Note, this ice-cream melts rather quickly so you can’t leave it out too long. Also you might need to take out the bananas from the freezer for a few minutes before blending them, unless you have a super powerful food processor. You can do this with other fruits such as apricots, any red berries, and even durian (haven’t tried, but for the durian lovers it should be quite nice)   🙂

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Frozen Banana Ice-cream

All in all, it’s been rather easy sticking to the low-carb diet, I guess the only time the problem arises when going out to eat. The temptation or ordering a plate of pasta or yummy pizza is always there, but once you get used to eat you can always choose a meat dish and request for vegetable side instead of potatoes or pasta. I will post more recipes as I go along.

Stay Healthy,

Dina

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