Low Carb Diet Menus For The Super Time-Strapped

Low Carb Diet Menu For Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so the cliché goes. For low carbers, however, breakfast can be a time of great frustration. Non-low carbers can easily find quick fix options, such as cereal, toasted bagels, pop tarts, instant waffles, muffins, donuts, croissants, and so forth. But low carbers often must make due with foods like sausages, eggs, and quiche – foods that take seemingly forever to prepare and leave a big mess in the sink. Here are some cost/time/research saving ideas:

  • Fry up (or bake) an entire package of bacon. Save any remaining slices for future breakfasts (or to use to augment foods like steak or chicken).
  • Hard boil a dozen eggs, and store them in the fridge for weeklong eating.
  • Stock up on low carb shakes and bars for a super quick nosh. Atkins Nutritionals, for instance, makes snack bars with only 2 or 3 net grams of carbs.

Super Quick And Cheap Low Carb Lunches

Lunchtime is often no picnic for low carbers, either. Whereas non-low carbers can scarf down sandwiches, burgers, Chinese takeout, and potato salad; low carbers again must make due essentially with green vegetables, meat foods, and some non-sugary fruits. Here are some ideas:

  • Mix (non-low fat) yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, with low carb fruits, such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
  • Buy canned tuna fish. Mix with curry powder, mayonnaise, and nuts. Don’t add raisins to the curry dish, since raisins contain lots of sugar and thus could bust one’s carb count.
  • Buy a high carb lunch food and then remove the carbs. For instance, grab a burger and then eat it without the bun. Or order a salad without starchy vegetables or sugary dressing.

Low Carb Dinner Options For The Time Starved And Penny Pinching

Most low carb diet menus are tailored for dinner-makers. That’s because dinner is the traditional time to eat meaty, proteinaceous, fat-rich foods. However, after a busy day at the office or taking care of the kids, a low carb dieter may not have the strength or finesse to prepare something extensive. Here are some ideas for cheap, fast, and fun dishes:

  • Sauté chicken breast with vegetables and serve over low carb pasta, such as Dreamfields pasta, and use low sugar sauce.
  • Boil hot dogs, chop them into coins, and serve with mustard and low carb ketchup.
  • Boil chicken stock with pre-sliced low carb veggies (e.g., celery, kale, broccoli, etc.). Toss in some cut up chicken or beef for extra protein and fat.

Low Carb Diet Menus Need Not Be Complicated, Expensive, Or Tedious

Creativity is the low carb dieter’s best friend. It takes time, patience, and a bit of experimenting to develop recipes and habits to eat low carb without breaking the bank or consuming lots of time. The above-mentioned breakfast, lunch, and dinner options can hopefully jumpstart creative thinking about how to eat right, quickly and cheaply.