Order in a low-carbohydrate feast!
Just because you’re on a low-carbohydrate diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy food delivered to your front door.
Eating a low-carb diet - such as Atkins – shouldn’t leave you void of energy. In fact, if you're making sure you're getting fresh, healthy foods in your diet, then your energy should be maintained and your cravings virtually non-existent. The surefire way to stick to your low-carb diet when ordering take out is to steer clear of restaurants offering high-in-fat and highly processed foods.
Tips to low-carb delivery:
- Stay away from fast foods that come in boxes
- Stay away from any food or beverage that comes in a can
- Avoid menu items that list sugar, white flour, butter or hydrogenated oils as the first 3 ingredients
So you’re probably thinking, “If I can’t eat canned, boxed or deep fried foods, what the heck can I eat?” Don’t despair, folks. There are lots of restaurants that feature heart healthy dishes chock full of organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean cuts of meat. Just think of ethnic restaurants that feature grilled shrimp, scallops, skinless chicken breasts and soy on their menus.
When ordering low-carbohydrate meals for delivery, you need to stick to healthy foods in order to keep your energy up. Sure, stay away from empty carbohydrates found in baked goods, candy, deep fried burgers and fries, but don’t banish the following complex carbohydrates from your diet:
- Colorful raw and steamed vegetables – get these from stir-fried dishes and lean deli sandwiches jammed with green and red peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts and onions - just stay away from starchy potatoes
- Fill up on lean protein sources– try chicken breast, shellfish, seafood and even the rare cut of lean steak or pork
- Enjoy complex carbohydrates that are from the whole grain– look for whole wheat couscous and pasta, brown basmati rice and quinoa
- Fat free or low fat dairy products– such as skim milk sour cream, low fat yogurt, goat’s milk cheeses such as feta and cottage cheese
- Stick to good fats– Top your salads off with filling nuts like almonds and walnuts, order dressings made with flaxseed and olive oil, and enjoy fresh fatty fishes such as salmon