I’ve told you before: I’m a bread girl. I’m powerless against a fluffy dinner roll. I could eat an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting. I’ll steal all of the crackers off the cheese plate. I don’t know why I love carbohydrates so much but I do. It’s part of the reason it’s easy for me to be a vegetarian (pass on the hamburger, hand me the french fries) and it’s also the reason it’s hard to be healthy as a vegetarian. I’m not saying carbs themselves are bad but they don’t really keep you full like fat does and they don’t help you build lean muscle like protein does.
The basic principle of the Tone It Up plan is eat lots of protein, some healthy fat, and less carbs. That plan would be a whole lot easier if I ate meat… but since I don’t, I’ve had to come up with meal ideas beyond just veggie burgers. (I mean, I love veggie burgers, but I can’t eat them every day without going crazy.) So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite low carb (or, lower carb… vegetables do have carbs in them) meals that I’ve been enjoying a lot lately:
Cauliflower is another trendy “lower carb” option and I love it because it’s so versatile! I’m sure you’ve seen cauliflower pizza crusts but I’m currently loving them chopped up like rice or roasted for tacos.
A stir fry is an easy way to use up some leftover vegetables and this broccoli + tempeh recipe is loaded with protein!
Here are a few other easy ingredients to add to your recipes which will fill you up on protein and/or healthy fats but leave you room to spare in the carb department. (That means you have room for a dinner roll and some cake, right?)