Low Carb Lunch Ideas
Low carb lunch ideas that are fast, healthy and easy to prepare at the office or home. Make your lunch minimally disturbing of your blood glucose control.
Whilst not everyone with diabetes chooses to follow a low carb diet, and a variety of diet options do exist, there is no doubt that restricting carbs helps a lot of people with diabetes to control their blood sugar.
The following low carb ideas are details some of the foods you could eat for lunch.
Tuna & Seafood
Tuna makes a wonderful, inexpensive and healthy low-carb lunch.
There are a variety of ways to make tuna more delicious, such as adding extra virgin oil, vinegar, capers or spices.
Other seafood such as shrimp and salmon really add diversity to your diet.
Sliced deli meats such as chicken, turkey and roast beef are low-carb and really tasty.
Wrapping meat around fresh sliced cheese, adding in mayo or mustard, creates a really tasty low-carb lunchtime snack. Ideal with olives.
Furthermore, cheeseburgers, hamburgers and chicken burgers may all be eaten as part of a low-carb lunch. However, always be sure to remove the bread or bun to make it low carb.
A low carb diet is an effective way of helping to keep diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, under control. We provide some low carb lunch ideas that are good for having at home or taking to work.
Tuna and seafood, such as prawns, make for good salads. We recommend making your own salads so you can be sure that it only contains healthy ingredients. Sweetcorn, lettuce, cannellini beans and spring onions are commonly included in tuna salads.
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado make good ingredients for prawn salads. Mayonnaise or natural yoghurt can be used to bind the salad.
Soups tend to be very good for filling you up and it’s easy to make a soup that can last for 2 to 3 days. Many store bought soups tend to use flour or potato to thicken them. If you make your own soup, you can choose how much carbohydrate you include. There are hundreds of soups that can be made, tomato, mushroom, chicken, broccoli and stilton. Try out different soups and see which works best for your taste buds and sugar levels.
Low carb meat based lunches, are filling and provide energy through the afternoon more gradually than higher carbohydrate lunches.
This can be useful for people with type 2 diabetes to give your pancreas a chance to keep on top of your sugar levels. Sliced meat can be used as a substitute for a bread wrap.
Chicken and turkey are popular options and make for good simple workplace lunches with fresh vegetables. We recommend buying fresh cuts of meat where possible and keep processed meats, which are less healthy, for one off occasions.
Eggs are another good way to get protein energy. Omelettes and scrambled eggs can be very versatile. Hard boiled eggs are useful ingredients in salads.
Vegetable salads can be cold or hot. An enjoyable low carb cold salad is greek salad with olives and feta cheese. Warm salads are very nice for winter. Tomato, mushrooms, asparagus and aubergine are useful ingredients for warm salads.
Vegetables and salad
Vegetables such as peppers, celery, cucumber, broccoli and carrots can be combined with a (low carb) dipping sauce for an incredible rewarding snack.
Although salads may feel really boring, on a low-carb diet it’s possible to add in whichever veggies strike your mood as well as meat such as chicken, steak or ham.
Olives and cheese, with capers, oil and vinegar really make a difference.
Adding hard boiled eggs to your salad makes a great low-carb alternative to mopping up sauce with bread.
You can cook eggs in numerous ways and even eat them as a snack, let your imagination run riot.
Low carb soup
Many soup recipes are low-carb lunchtime snacks, and are quickly and easily prepared for when you need to eat.
Top tips for low-carb lunches
Other than just the food itself, there are other ways you can spice up your lunch.
Leftovers make a real difference when you are eating fresh. A lot of foods you cook will taste even better the next day.
Bringing delicious treats into your office is a sure way to win favour with your colleagues and avoid rushed, fast-food lunches.
Variety is the key – try regular recipe combinations and avoid getting bored with your low-carb lunches.
Do some internet research, there are plenty of low-carb lunchtime recipes out there.
Drink lots and lots of water to stay healthy. Water helps to drain your system of toxins, so drink regularly to flush yourself out.
Mix it up!
Get out more, mix it up. Food eaten in the same location (at your desk) can be a rush job that starts to feel stale. Go out more, find beautiful places to eat, enjoy any good weather.