Eating a low-carb diet can seem very tedious at certain points. You may find yourself getting into a rut and eating the same old thing day after day or week after week. When you start to notice that you are planning the same meal over and over you may wonder how to change it up and still keep superfoods as a vital part of your plan. Here are some foods you may not be using, or using often, that can help you boost your low-carb diet.
Pumpkin, canned or fresh, is an ideal superfood for your low-carb diet. It can be used at breakfast as a two-ingredient pancake with eggs. It can also be used as a mix in with applesauce for a fruit puree option or topping for other foods. You can use it roasted as a side dish at lunch or dinner and you can add it in steamed chunks or puree in different foods as well. It can literally be used at any meal or snack. You can even use the seeds as a superfood option as well. Pumpkin can help with vision issues, sleep problems, and offer you fiber into your diet that you may be missing.
Leafy greens are something you may think of when you think of salad. If you are on a low-carb diet, you may be interested to find out the different ways you can use leafy greens in other meals. Spinach for example, which provides a large amount of iron, can be used in low-carb egg-based breakfast dishes. You can use kale in many forms including chips that you can easily make in the oven with a little salt. You can add other leafy greens to your meat-based dinner meals as part of the vegetable sauté. Most of these greens are superfoods that pack a punch with iron and in some cases fiber and various folic acid benefits.
Garlic is something that you may know has some benefits, but you may not think of it as a superfood that can benefit your low carb diet. The aspect to remember is that some foods on low-carb have little to no flavor. The items we usually add to help with the flavor profiles may be either fattening or not low-carb friendly. Garlic can help with that. You can add it as a minced option, whole, or another form. Garlic is ideal to help boost your immune system, metabolism, and to help your body adjust if you are doing a complete lifestyle change including exercise.
These foods are fairly easy to find, but the reason they make the cut for low-carb diets is that they can be used in almost any meal and in several ways. Most of the superfoods can only be used a few ways, making them easy to mix into your diet but not as versatile as these options.
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To your health!