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Top 5 Low-Carb Foods that Taste Really Good

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Let’s face it – nobody wants to cut carbohydrates during the winter holiday season. This is the time of year for bountiful feasts, frosting-laced cookies and cinnamon eggnog next to a roaring fire.

However, delicious low-carbohydrate foods can help you enjoy the best of both worlds. Cut loose on the holidays, but make up for the splurging with low-sugar, low-calorie foods for the rest of the fall and winter. Focus on healthy dietary staples such as fresh vegetables, lean meats, beans and legumes, but don’t forget to tantalize your taste buds with low-carb treats ranging from gourmet cheeses to dark chocolate.

Want to be naughty and nice this holiday season? Here are some tasty low-carb foods to accompany your sinful holiday goodies.

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon wrapped around anything is a recipe for success. Bacon wrapped around meatloaf is an absolute win. Meatloaf is synonymous with comfort food and home cooking, and the combination of sweet, smoky bacon makes this low-carb meal seem too good to be true. You don’t need many ingredients to prepare this dish, and with little prep time you’ll have something the whole family (and your friends) can enjoy.

Goat Cheese and Fig Salad

Although healthy and low in carbs, a standard green salad isn’t something to get excited about. Toss in some olive oil, goat cheese and figs, though, and you’ve got yourself a delicious dish. Goat cheese and fig salad can be readied quickly and easily with a minimal number of ingredients. Not only does this salad have protein, calcium and other vital nutrients, but the lettuce provides a good source of complex carbohydrates to provide energy with minimal calories.

Herb-Roasted Chicken

Lean meats are a focus of low-carbohydrate diets, and chicken is the leanest and most affordable meat of the bunch. While bland and boring if prepared without care, herb-roasted chicken drizzled with lemon juice will leave you begging for more. With a cooking time of less than an hour, this dish can be easily pared with salad, brown rice or grilled vegetables. This low-carb food can be cooked in volume to feed everyone in your household without breaking your grocery budget.

Hearty Chicken Tortilla Soup

Want a warm, low-carb dish with a little bit of zest? Hearty chicken tortilla soup is great for warming up on crisp fall or winter nights. Easily prepared on the stove or in a crock pot, you can serve tortilla soup with tortilla flakes or chips, or you can serve just the soup with a dollop of sour cream. Most people prefer chicken with their tortilla soup, but you can also experiment with pork or beef. More than just your average pot of soup, this low-carb dish could be a hit at your next holiday party.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has fewer carbs and less chocolate than milk chocolate. While it’s not carb free, it is a much better option than milk chocolate if you have a chocolate craving. The darker your chocolate, the fewer carbs it contains. Choose the darkest chocolate and have a square if you’re craving sweets. Indulging in just one square can keep you on track by preventing more severe indulgences.

As a freelance writer, Kyle enjoys writing and editing diverse content for several businesses across the United States. Find Kyle on LinkedIn!

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