Tips for Making a Low-Carb Lunch
What should be added for a little healthy fat?
Hi, I'm Nutrition & Fitness Expert JJ Virgin of JJVirgin.com and I'm here at About.com to show you a few of my favorite low-carb lunches. And the best thing of all is they are really easy to prepare because I'm not big into cooking.So the first one I'm going to show you is a wrap. All you have to do here is take your favorite meat – either sliced turkey or sliced roast beef, and then add in some vegetables. I love to use red pepper. You can use celery, you can use broccoli, you can use some roasted vegetables left over from the night before. Add a little avocado for healthy fat, and I put a little Dijon mustard in, it gives it a little zip. Now you've got your clean, lean protein, you've got some slow, low carbs with the vegetables and lots of fiber and a little bit of healthy fat. And together, when you eat that way, it gives you nice steady, sustained energy. And you can also top this up with a little cup of veggie soup. Right, even more filling, and I love vegetable soup because it takes a long time to eat.Now the other easy lunch to do, and again, something that you can have with a cup of veggie soup, is a salad, and I'm going to show you how to make the perfect salad. Of course, you're going to start with some great greens. I love Romaine, other great ones are spinach, and some of the different wild micro-greens. Make sure you're getting organic here – very important – and avoid the iceberg. I call iceberg a pesticide receptacle. Next thing you're going to do is add in some veggies. Again, I love red pepper because it's got lots of Vitamin C, I threw in some celery and some cucumber. And, toss in a little bit of healthy fats – avocado is a great choice, some different nuts and seeds work well there too. I added a little bit of a high fiber slow release carbohydrate.Now, if you're really going low, you might want to skip this, but I love lentils because they are very low-glycemic and they've got a lot of protein. So you can throw in a little spoonful of lentils if you'd like. I find that gets you even better steady, sustained energy. And then top it with your favorite clean, lean protein of choice. This could be some wild salmon, it could be some grass-fed beef, I just added in some simple little chicken. I always keep some roast chicken in the refrigerator because it makes it easy to make a healthy lunch.Then top it with your favorite dressings. Now, I don't like to use bottled dressings – they've got a lot of extra stuff in them. Easiest thing to do is start with your favorite oil. I use an organic, extra virgin olive oil, you can also use Malaysian palm fruit oil or sesame oil or almond oil. And then pick your favorite vinegar, a balsamic, a red wine, I used a pomegranate red wine. And then a little sea salt and pepper, and you toss it up and you're good to go. And again, this is another easy one you can enjoy with a cup of soup if you'd like.Those are my easy, low-carb lunches and for more great tips be sure to visit About.com.