Here is a list of 10 low-carb staples to help you plan ahead and stay on your low-carb or keto plan. This list covers everything, so make sure and adjust based on your preferences and sensitivities.
For those just starting out and even for you long-timers, sticking to your healthy low-carb lifestyle can be difficult. There are carbohydrates, sugar, and sneaky anti-foods in everything. Sometimes it's hard to figure out what's 'safe' and what's not. Eating low-carb takes a bit of rewiring your brain to look for certain things to avoid.
You should start by reading labels. Pay attention to carbohydrate count, sugar count, and fiber count. You should also check out the ingredients list under the white Nutrition Facts box. This is where the really important information is. If you're trying to stay away from sneaky ingredients like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), hydrogenated fats, hydrolyzed fats, trans fats, and other scary chemicals, this is where they will be listed.
Eggs are one of nature's amazing foods that come prepackaged for our enjoyment. Boil a few up and you can easily transport them anywhere with you for a great snack on the go. You can also make all kinds of great things with them. One of my favorites is the timeless deviled egg.
Everyone loves bacon, right? You can cook it ahead of time and snack on it throughout the day. It's great crumbled on a salad, wrapped around a jalapeño popper, or alongside some eggs.
Flax meal is an amazing replacement for flour in all kinds of recipes. You can use it to make pancakes, muffins, bread, and crackers. Full of healthy fat and fiber, this staple is a must in any low-carb lifestyle.
The most versatile meat you'll find. Ground beef can be done taco-style for chip-less taco salads, hamburgers, and chili, it's great for so many things!
Cheese is one of my favorite snacks, I always have a block of cheddar or Gouda in the fridge for a grab-and-go snack. Everything is better with cheese!
Cauliflower is THE low-carb veggie. Subbing in for starches like mashed potatoes, rice, potato salad, twice-baked potatoes, and pizza crust the sky is the limit with cauliflower.
Romain lettuce is a great substitute for bread and tortillas. Aside from the obvious salad, you can use the leaves of Romain lettuce in place of taco shells or bread on sandwiches. I love to wrap a cheeseburger in a Romain leaf, yummy! These lemon pepper romaine ribs are also a great fresh side dish.
The low-carb candy. Just be careful not to go overboard here. 😉
For the coffee drinkers out there this will become a staple. It's also great for making low-carb ice cream, whipped cream, and adding to diet root beer for a 'root beer float'.
Did I miss anything you use on a regular basis? Share your low-carb staples in the comments!