I bet you’ve heard all the talk about what makes up a high protein, low carbohydrate diet on the Internet and in books. While there may be much confusion about what makes a healthy diet, and how a high protein diet may be unhealthy, there is equal evidence that supports why a high protein diet is healthy.
For one, if you are eating according the paleo diet, you are for the most part eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. The nature of the diet is that because you are eating unrefined, non processed foods, there will be a low amount of carbohydrates. This is a normal way of eating.
With reference to the way we as humans used to eat when we were rocking it out in caves, fighting for our food and eating what we could find. We would have had access to meats and vegetables for the most part, with seasonal fruits and other foods like nuts every now and then. We most certainly would not have eaten rice or grains and grain products like bread. This is the confusion I think that affects many opinions on what a healthy diet should be. Media and in fact most of the world still thinks that bread is a “healthy” food. You, obviously have your doubts. And you should. Read my other post on what grains do the body by clicking here.
So, onward with some high protein, low carbohydrate recipe goodness.
High Protein Low Carb Breakfast Recipe:
This is my all time favourite breakfast. In fact, I recently went cycling and ate the following diet before I went. Wow, what a supporting meal. Calorie dense and low carb with super high protein, it’s a winner.
Three Egg, Vegetable and Steak Frittata
What you’ll need/what I used:
I’m big on using leftovers to make as many meals as possible. So the ingredients mentioned here were readily available and pre-cooked.
- Three eggs. Don’t be afraid of eggs. If you are worried, remove one and only use two to make the mixture.
- Steak: I had some from the previous evening’s meal. This worked great after I chopped it up into steak fingers.
- Vegetables. I had some steamed veggies from the previous evening’s meal. Just throw them into the egg and steak mixture.
How to prepare:
- Just mix all the ingredients up in a bowl.
How to cook:
- Medium heat stove in a pan. You can cover it with a pot lid to speed up the cooking process.
- By cooking on a low heat you’ll make sure it doesn’t burn.
Serve on a plate or if you don’t mind it, eat right out of the pan. One less thing to clean up! Check out my previous post on this meal!
High Protein Low Carb Lunch Recipe:
I love salads, and it just so happens that they fit right into the context of this post.
What you’ll need:
- Chicken breasts
- Thai sweet chili sauce
- Cos lettuce
- Tomatoes/cherry tomatoes
- Black pepper
How to prepare/cook:
- Cook the chicken breasts on a griddle pan or in the oven after soaking them quite heavily in the thai sweet chili sauce.
- Prepare a bed of cos lettuce, chopped tomatoes or whole cherry tomatoes, and either julienne the cucumber or make rings, whatever you like.
- Break the mushrooms up over the leaves or just cut them up.
- Once the chicken has been cooked, cut it up into medallions and toss with the salad. Sprinkle black pepper where needed.
- For something different, add some nuts to the meal!
I like this meal for lunch because it’s light and easy to eat. I like one-bowl foods, that is, meals which are contained in a single bowl.
High Protein Low Carb Dinner Recipe:
Soup is awesome, and chicken soup is possibly the best all round soup there is. It’s delicious, light, and has heaps of nutrition in it. Chicken soup is for the soul!
What you’ll need:
The beauty of this message is its simplicity. Best enjoyed with something crunchy, perhaps try some nuts? I love nuts!
- Chicken: Any sort really, a whole chicken gives you more variety of meat, and also you get to eat some crunchy skin. Delicious, better still, why not roast your own first?
- Broccoli, a whole head will do.
- Spring onions.
How to prepare:
- Pre-cook the chicken and pull it apart.
- Cut up the vegetables so that they are bite size.
How to cook:
- Boil the water, add the celery and spring onions.
- After around 2 minutes, add the broccoli and the mushrooms.
- After a further 5 minutes, add the chicken, and leave it to brew in all it’s juices.
- Add some salt and black pepper to the whole mix.
Serve hot in a bowl. It’s really a simple and delicate flavour, it’s delicious and the amount of water you choose to add will determine how thick the soup is. I like mine pretty thick.
So there is another day’s worth of paleo recipes for you add to your lifestyle of great, healthy grain free paleo living. I hope you can apply these high protein low carb recipes to your life often!