February 4, 2023

Low carb diets may offer many health benefits, such as weight loss and better blood sugar control, but prepping low carb meals may seem daunting at first — especially if you have a busy schedule (1).
However, numerous tasty low carb meals require minimal prep and only a handful of ingredients.
Here are 12 simple, healthy low carb recipes, along with a few meal-prep tips.
Here are some strategies to help you succeed with your low carb eating plan.
Check this table for easy low carb substitutes for some of your favorite foods:
Eating low carb can be an adjustment and may limit your options for dining out or ordering in. Here are some ways to make low carb meal prep easy:
Some foods contain hidden carbs that may sabotage your low carb diet.
In particular, many condiments are loaded with sugar, even though they may not taste particularly sweet. You may want to avoid or limit the following (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10):
This dish makes a great breakfast that you can enjoy every day. It’s rich in protein and vegetables to help keep you full for a long time.
Although bacon is highly processed and may not be appropriate for your everyday breakfast, it’s an excellent treat every once in a while.
Overnight oats are easy and flavorful but loaded with carbs. One alternative is chia pudding, which is much lower in carbs. Tiny, fiber-rich chia seeds absorb liquid and swell overnight to form a jelly-like texture.
It doesn’t get much easier than a bunless burger that you can dress however you’d like.
Avocado serves as a fiber-rich alternative to mayo in this take on a Waldorf chicken salad. To reduce the carbs even further — for instance, to make it keto-friendly — you can exclude the apple and grapes.
For an easy meal or irresistible party appetizer, make a snack board with your favorite low carb ingredients and dips.
Keep in mind that firm cheeses or individually wrapped soft cheese wedges are easiest to deal with.
These wings take very little prep and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This quick low carb meal uses shredded rotisserie chicken.
If you don’t have fajita seasoning, combine chili, garlic, and onion powders.
Using an easy breading mixture and an air fryer, you can make healthy, low carb chicken nuggets to rival those from your favorite restaurant.
If you miss pizza on your low carb diet, you’ll love this crustless “meatza.”
This recipe is easy to modify, and you can add any low carb ingredients you want — veggies, mushrooms, cheeses, and so on.
If you want a less greasy, less messy dish, use a leaner sausage, such as chicken sausage. Alternatively, you can season any type of ground meat to make your own sausage.
Tacos are still possible on a low carb diet — just opt for taco bowls loaded with low carb ingredients instead of using taco shells.
Using a premade no-sugar-added pasta sauce, you can easily make a low carb zucchini spaghetti.
Low carb diets have been shown to offer various health benefits, including weight loss and reduced blood sugar levels. However, it can be tough to stick to a low carb diet without some planning.
That’s where these easy recipes come in. They require relatively few ingredients, and some take just a few minutes to prep — perfect for those with busy schedules.
Try this today: Looking for more tips to help you stick to your low carb diet? Check out our list of 13 easy ways to reduce your carb intake.
Don’t worry about making all these changes at the same time. Instead, focus on making one change at a time until it becomes a habit.
Last medically reviewed on February 11, 2022



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