Here are some low carb basic recipes for staples such as bread, noodles, rice, pizza, waffles and more. Perfect for getting you started!
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Are you starting out on a low carb diet? I started eating this way in 2008, although I did stop for my pregnancy in 2010/2011, dabbled with an alternative point-scoring weight management system immediately afterwards, found that it didn’t work for me at all, and came straight back to low carbing. I’m not a dietician; I’m just a regular mom who finds the low carb way of eating the ONLY sustainable way of keeping the weight off.
When you first start out there is SO MUCH that you miss, that it almost seems impossible. While I recommend a positive attitude and focusing on what you CAN eat, I thought it would be useful to provide a list of some basic recipes that will help you out at the start. There are many variations and alternatives for most of these, and you will find your way over time.
Where possible, I have provided a commercially produced alternative to buy as well as a recipe – not everyone has all the time in the world! Any questions, please leave a comment at the end!
Low Carb Bread
The classic low carb alternative is cloud bread, also known as oopsie rolls.
They are great for burgers and snacks, and I’ve even used the recipe to make hot dog buns! If you prefer something more traditional, try this bread recipe from Low Carb Yum which uses coconut flour and almond flour.
Low Carb Pizza
The crust of course is the main issue, not the toppings. Try this cauliflower pizza base which is tasty and healthy.
Low Carb Waffles, Pancakes and more
Low Carb Wraps
Actually I don’t have a recipe for you here – although there are many around on Pinterest. I actually find them quite easy to buy in supermarkets and online. However, I do have a full review of low carb tortillas, and my current favorite is the 3g net carbs tortillas from Mission.
Low Carb Noodles
The classic alternative to pasta noodles is “zoodles” – strands of zucchini.
Spaghetti squash is another great noodle alternative and it is very versatile.
I’m a huge fan of Miracle Noodles who make all kinds of shirataki pasta and noodles – and most products are zero carb! Personally I stay clear of popular brands of low carb dried pasta – they look good but they have a manufacturing process that protects the carb from being digested, rather than being made from low carb ingredients. And that sounds kind of suspicious to me.
Low Carb Chips
Making your own Homemade Tortilla Chips is SO easy! Follow these simple instructions to make sure you never go without a low carb snack ever again!
Low Carb Rice
There are, of course many low carb alternatives and substitutions for all kinds of food. I’ve covered some of the basic savory options above, but I do just want to mention one more.
Low Carb Sweeteners
There are SO MANY sweeteners out there, it is a complete minefield. I’d like to refer you to this excellent article from Low Carb Maven who compares them all for you. If you’ve got any sort of sweet tooth at all, finding the right low carb sweetener is absolutely essential!
Personally I use different kinds, as they have different carb counts and properties. I often use granulated Splenda, which is available in most grocery stores and is very low in carbs. I also use xylitol and Swerve. If I’m making drinks or sauces then I’ll use zero carb Da Vinci Sweetening Syrup.
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