Chicken Avocado Salad

high protein low carb recipes for weight lossYou can’t consider changing your diet without letting a salad or two slide into your new regime. Salads are very easy to prepare and can taste fantastic. They don’t just need to be lettuce, cucumber, and tomato!

Ingredients:

  • 4 lean chicken fillets with no skin
  • 5 cups lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup mozzarella – you can choose the mini balls or break this up into small pieces yourself.
  • Basil, salt, and pepper, if required

You’ll also need the following to make your marinade:

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic – minced
  • Pinch basil, if desired

Start by placing all the marinade ingredients in one bowl and lightly whisking them together. Now place your chicken fillets onto a baking tray and pour a tablespoon of the marinade over each one. The rest of the marinade is your dressing.

Put a teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and heat it on medium heat. Add your chicken fillets and sear them on both sides. Make sure they are cooked right the way through.

Remove the chicken and allow it to cool before slicing it into small strips.

Now cube the avocado and combine it with the tomatoes, lettuce, mozzarella, and chicken strips. Drizzle some, or all of the remaining marinade over this and serve.

Macros Per Serving:

  • Fat – 32g
  • Protein – 22g
  • Carbs – 10g
  • Calories – 426

This is another meal that will give you a healthy vitamin boost. In fact, it will give you 113.4% of the vitamin A you need daily and 15.9% of the vitamin C. You’ll also get 9.5% of your calcium and 11.6% of your daily iron needs.

Steak Fajitas

steak high protein low carb recipesFajitas are generally high in carbs, but you can swap them for thinly sliced sirloin steak and get a high protein, low carb recipe that tastes fantastic.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thinly sliced sirloin steak
  • 3 red peppers, you can use other colors if you wish.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Parsley, if desired

Before you start you’ll need to make your seasoning. To do this, mix together 1 teaspoon of each of the following ingredients:

  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • You can also add a pinch of oregano, salt, and pepper, if desired.

This seasoning can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 months.

Now cut your steak into 2 inch wide strips; they should be approximately 6 inches long. Rub these strips in the seasoning mix and leave to one side.

Place your olive oil in a pan and put over medium heat. Once warmed, add the sliced peppers, diced onion, and any spices you desire. These should be tender within 3-5 minutes.

Place a spoonful of these vegetables on top of each sirloin slice, then roll them up and hold them shut with a toothpick. Pop the rolled up pieces back in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, ensuring the meat browns nicely.

To serve, add a little lime juice, the parsley, and any other herbs you want. You can also mix up a quick salad to accompany them.

Per Serving (one rollup fajita):

  • Fat – 1g
  • Protein – 6g
  • Carbs – 2g
  • Calories – 50
  • Points to Consider

    In general, high protein low carb recipes for weight loss actually work. However, you may not want or be able to sustain this type of diet indefinitely.

    That’s why it’s essential you choose menu options and exercises that fit with your lifestyle. This will increase your chances of sticking to a healthy eating plan for the long term.

    You should also note the following points:

    • It is possible that fatty meats, whole dairy products, and other high-fat foods can raise your cholesterol levels. Be careful not to consume too much fat.
    • High consumption of protein can place extra strain on your kidneys, which could be an issue if you already have a kidney issue.
    • Some research suggests more frequent urination on a high protein diet with increased disposal of calcium. This has been linked with osteoporosis and kidney stones, although more research is needed.

    In short, if you’re ready to try these high protein low carb recipes for weight loss, and you have a pre-existing medical condition, it may be worth checking with your doctor first. At least one study found a low-carbohydrate diet resulted in similar or greater improvement in inflammation among obese persons, but reported adipocyte dysfunction.

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