Posts in Low carb
BLT Salad Bowls

There’s way more to salads than just lettuce, tomato and cucumber - that’s just a garnish!

This recipe brings you a salad that will serve as a lunch or dinner option and keep you going for ages. It features some of your favourite ingredients but in salad form. And if you’re not a meat eater, you can easily swap tempeh or tofu for the bacon. Plus you can add in any other ingredients you love or are lurking in the back of the fridge. Go on! Be imaginative and make your summer salads a riot of colour and flavour.

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Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are having their moment just now and rightly so! They are power houses of nutrition, including protein, fibre, omega 3 and anti-oxidants. This means they’re great at breakfast to see you through to lunch without the munchies or to stop the evening snacking. This recipe is quick to whip up with only three ingredients and it keeps well in the fridge so I make a batch on a Sunday evening so that my weekday breakfasts are sorted all in one go. Don’t be put off by the word ‘pudding’ in the title - that just describes the texture, although I admit that some people find the texture a little bit ‘gelatinous’!! It’s also lovely warmed up like porridge when the temperatures start to fall again.

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Easy cheesy mushrooms

With just three ingredients and cooked in 15 minutes, these tasty mushrooms are a regular standby for me if I need to rustle something up quickly. Plus you can vary what you use as a topping depending on what’s in the cupboard or needs using up in the fridge. And they’re very forgiving with the oven temperature if you’ve got something already in the oven cooking.

Serve them with sweet potato wedges and salad and if there’s any left over you can slice them up as a filling for a pitta or on top of a salad with a dollop of hummus for lunch the next day.

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Sweet potato toast with avocado and poached egg

I was late to the party with sweet potato toast! I convinced myself that it wouldn’t really cook and that it was a bit of a faff. But I’m converted :) It’s dead easy to do, taste great and is a fab alternative to bread. The flavour is quite sweet though so we tend to mix lemon juice and fresh coriander through the avocado (like a simplified guacamole) and a grind of black pepper. Super yummy and will keep you full right through until lunch.

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Kale Crisps

These are a regular occurrence in our household! They’re crunchy and crispy and you can adjust the flavour to be salty or spicy or a bit of both. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a packet of salt and vinegar, then give these a try. It might take a couple of goes to get the crispiness just right without burning them, but it will be worth it!

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Low sugar granola

Breakfast tends to be a very high carb meal, traditionally cereal or toast. While these taste great, they won’t keep you full for long and they can put you on the blood sugar rollercoaster for the rest of the day. But some of my clients struggle with giving up their cereal for breakfast so this granola recipe keeps the usual granola ingredients but with less sugar to reduce any blood sugar spikes and dips.

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Veggie breakfast egg muffins

These are super useful, and tasty, breakfast muffins that can be prepped and frozen at the weekend and then defrosted and heated up in the microwave each morning or when you get to work. I find people really struggle with breakfast alternatives to toast and cereal which seem so convenient. Here’s your breakfast alternative!

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Toasted Nuts & Soy Seeds

These snacks are super easy to prep if you’ve already got the oven on for something else, like your dinner. The temperature doesn’t have to be exact as you can toast them for longer or shorter time depending on the temperature. I always make sure we’ve got a tub of both these snacks on hand. The nuts are great with fruit as a snack. The seeds can be used as snacks but also sprinkled on any dish that needs a salty hit or a crunchy texture, such as soups and salads. They’re great as part of your weekend prep to have in the cupboard for quick snacks during the week.

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Cauliflower mash

I’ve been a bit slow to embrace the cauliflower alternatives. This was mainly because I was only trying cauliflower rice and not adding any spices to zing it up a bit (check out the cauliflower rice ideas). I found it all a bit bland. But now I’m a convert - flavour it up a bit and it’s great, especially as per this picture where I’ve put it on top of a shepherd’s pie mix.

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