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Eat plenty of lean protein and vegetables on a low-carb diet.
Choosing what you are having for dinner can always be challenging, especially if you are trying to follow a low carbohydrate and low sugar diet. Sticking to a low carbohydrate diet, however, is simple as long as you practice portion control, include lean protein with plenty of vegetables and plan your meals.
When we think of Italian food, we may think of pizza and pasta but there are many other dishes to enjoy from this cuisine. When dining at home, marinate your protein foods in oil and balsamic vinegar with Italian spices such as parsley, oregano and garlic instead of breading them. Instead of pasta, julienne zucchini and yellow squash and saute with marinara sauce, include plenty of flavorful vegetables like roasted broccoli and eggplant with fresh garlic or a simple salad of arugula, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with drizzled balsamic.
Thai dishes can be low in carbohydrates but you need to avoid noodles, such as pad Thai. Order fresh summer rolls as an appetizer with peanut dipping sauce -- ask about the sugar content -- instead of a fried spring roll. Include a large salad of shredded papaya, carrots, cucumber and mint with a light lemon dressing. Get a curry of chicken or fish with vegetables as your main dish. When preparing foods at home, marinate your protein foods in fresh ingredients such as low sodium soy sauce, lemongrass, ginger and orange instead of sugar or prepared marinades with added sugar.
Steer clear of high-carbohydrate foods when dining with Mexican cuisine by sticking to fajitas. Get a chicken or steak fajita with vegetables, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, but use the accompanying tortillas sparingly. Order a side of roasted vegetables rather than rice and beans. Dip carrots and cucumbers in your guacamole and skip the chips.
Chinese food can be deceiving as even a simple beef and broccoli dish can contain carbs. When you choose thinner broth based sauces, you take out the likelihood that the sauce has added cornstarch or flour. Choose from low-carb options such as chicken or beef and broccoli and steamed shrimp with mixed vegetables in broth based brown and garlic sauces. These sauces may also have added sugar, so ask for the sauce on the side. Avoid steamed or fried dumplings and lo-mein and chow-fun noodles.