A low-carbohydrate diet is one of the most famous diets for the summer bod prep. It's a go-to for many who are trying to shed the layers of warmth gained over winter. However, that is not why I'm writing this post. Following a low carb diet has been a life-saving diabetes hack for me, but I certainly don't like to restrict myself. The golden rule I stick to is keeping carbohydrates under 30g per meal and the foods I've listed below allow me to do that without even realising! Keep reading to find out how satisfy those carbohydrate cravings without jeopardising your sugar levels.
I'm always a bit wary of taking a large dose of insulin for one meal in case I have a low afterwards. So, once I found this low-carb, high protein & fibre soybean spaghetti, I obviously bought ten packs. It doesn't stop there, another brand called Explore cuisine have so many delicious low-carb pasta options, such as this Edamame version, that are high in fibre and protein! Another good brand to check out is Pro Fusion. They have a low-carb bread that I unfortunately can't review as it has gluten in it. However, I can definitely vouch for their red lentil and chickpea pastas.
The BFREE brand is amazing for both coeliacs and diabetics and one of their products I genuinely wouldn't survive without is their seeded brown bread. I haven't managed to find it in the shops here in America, but it is available on Amazon here. Each slice has only 10g of carbohydrate, 3.5g of which is fibre! Comparing it to the Tesco brand white bread, this is nearly half of the carbohydrate and triple the fibre. In the picture I've used a slice and a half which equals to 15g, keeping well under the 30g rule. So this means even if you're going on a low-carb diet, you don't have to cut out a good old slice of bread. People tend to avoid gluten-free foods if they're not a coeliac. However, this bread is made with wholegrain flours and packed with nutrients and fibre so anyone can eat it.
For those in America, this paleo coconut bread from Julian Bakery is a great option. I found it in Wholefoods! They also have an almond flour version but due to my almond allergy I can't try it.
I have sweet potato BFREE wraps on a daily basis. Each wrap only has 17.5g of carbohydrate, 4.6g of which come from fibre, so again, it's keeping way below the rule. They also have chia seed and quinoa wraps which have even less carbohydrate at 15g per wrap. However, my personal preference is the sweet potato ones. Compared to the Tesco brand white tortilla wraps, this is half the carbohydrate and double the fibre. A diet high in fibre is great for anyone, but especially diabetics because it slows down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. That basically means no sugar spikes. Something I can honestly say is that these wraps aren't dry and hold together very well. Again, I haven't managed to find them in the shops here in America but they are available on Amazon here.
I feel like any diabetic should know about the No Dough Pizza company. Pizza with 22g OF CARBS. When I first came across the brand I quite literally couldn't believe my eyes. They are only available in Sainsbury's, Asda and Co-op at the moment, but I am genuinely considering taking a trip to London just to get my hands on one. I have read and heard fantastic things, but for now I am patiently waiting for them to arrive at a store in Ireland. In this post I explain how I manage to eat a pizza and still maintain a controlled sugar level, but this pizza really eliminates that issue completely.
I also have a recipe to a low-carb pizza here which you can make from either the Califlour pizza crust, Green Giant's pizza crust or a home-made version if you'd like a look!
Green Isle Cauliflower Rice- This rice substitute only has 3g of carbs per bag!!!! Not only this, but it's 2 of your 5 a day and 86% less calories than white rice and to me, put in a pan with vegetables and gluten-free soy sauce, it tastes the same! There is also Green Isle Broccoli Rice and Green Isle Super Greens Rice which I haven't tried yet. This rice alternative is a great way of cutting calories on a diet.
A bit apprehensive over a crackers and cheese night? No need, these crackers by Nairns only have 3g of carbs per cracker! The Origin Earth Crispybread Crackers are another great option with 30% reduced carbohydrate, high in fibre and are low in saturated fat. These are snacks I always go for in the evenings or to keep me going between meals.
On this post here I've listed breakfast ideas that are all under 30g of carbs. They include healthy pancakes and porridge that are easy to make and a great alternative to shop-bought pancake mix and ready-made porridge. What I mainly focus on is halving the carbohydrate portion and filling the recipe up with other nutritious ingredients filled with protein and healthy fats that make up for it.
Hope you found this post useful!