These 20 low-carb side dish recipes will work great in a pinch and can be served solo or with beef, chicken, or fish.
Many weight loss plans have a low or no-carb component. It is important to remember that not all carbohydrates are created equal. Carbohydrates like oats, fruits, and veggies are essential to a healthy diet.
Reducing carbs also helps your body regulate blood sugar and interestingly, reduces your appetite so you naturally eat less. This fact is one thing I discovered during my weight loss journey, and it has helped me keep the weight off for over a decade!
During all that time, I have developed many low-carb recipes that are flavorful and satisfying. I actually found that I stopped craving simple carbs when I started eating a protein and vegetable-rich diet full of flavor.
Besides creating recipes for meals that are low-carb, I’ve also been creating and compiling my favorite side dish recipes. This round up of side dishes does the hard work for you by choosing great low-carb options.
While it may feel complicated to pick which main dish you want to pair with one of these low-carb sides, many of them are versatile enough to go with anything. My Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken goes well with most of these sides, cauliflower. I also love to pair the grilled green veggie sides in this list with Teriyaki Flank Steak or Lemon Garlic Salmon.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, in fact, they’re a vital part of your diet. Carbs are not just grains like bread or pasta, they’re also in fruits and vegetables. There’s also a major difference between refined carbs and complex, whole grains.
Refined carbs, also known as simple or white carbs, are stripped of nutrients and fiber. Eating refined carbs is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Many whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are also high in complex carbs with nutrients, protein, and fiber your body needs.
This is a great question for your doctor. You should always consult your doctor when making any significant diet changes.
Well, that often depends on which side you choose, but generally, I like to add a protein (or two!). Some of my favorite chicken dishes include Honey Chipotle Grilled Chicken or Lebanese Shish Tawook Chicken. I also enjoy fish as a lean protein main like the ever-popular Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon or Lemon Butter Baked Whitefish.
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