Indulgent Weekend? Back Off Carbs With a 1-Day Meal Plan
If you’re looking to lose weight| cutting back on carbs can be part of an effective strategy. For those who want to shed a few pounds| Manhattan-based nutritionist and registered dietitian Shira Lenchewski recommends that the carb-heaviest meal should be breakfast| “”trending smaller as the day goes on”” u2014 and this plan does just that.
Most low-carb plans recommend eating between 50 and 150 grams of carbs per day| and this day of eating falls on the lower end of spectrum with 64.2 grams of carbohydrates| 1|236 calories| and a whopping 98 grams of protein. Try it out for yourself one day this week!
| Breakfast: Quinoa Egg Scramble
Start your day off right with your highest-carb meal of the day. This satisfying| vitamin-packed quinoa egg scramble offers a whopping 19.6 grams of protein per serving and takes less than 10 minutes to cook| making it a viable breakfast option before work.
Total carbs: 29.3 grams
Total calories: 365
| Morning Snack: Raw Almonds
High in protein| iron| and calcium| there’s no easier snack than a helping of tasty raw almonds. Whether they’re keeping you energized through a hectic day at the office or you’re grabbing them on the go before a midday workout| they’re a low-carb snack that supports a healthy diet.
Total carbs (per 1/2 cup): 10.2 grams
Total calories: 275
| Lunch: Thai Citrus Chicken Salad
This tangy| antioxidant-rich citrus chicken salad is a flavorful| filling lunch that’s high in protein and low in fat| carbs| and calories. Beyond your day of low-carb eating| you’ll have two more servings of this salad to enjoy.
Total carbs: 15.3 grams
Total calories: 223
| Snack: Prosciutto and Melon
For another quick high-protein| low-carb snack| the combination of honeydew wrapped in prosciutto is a filling option for any time of day. Keeping these two staples on hand in your fridge ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy a satisfying snack whenever you need it.
Total carbs (for 1/8 honeydew melon| two ounces of prosciutto): 2.4 grams
Total calories: 132
| Dinner: Italian-Style Stuffed Peppers
These Italian-style stuffed peppers require just a few ingredients and offer more than 30 grams of protein per serving. In less than 30 minutes from start to finish| you can create a fresh| low-carb| clean meal that’s well under 10 grams of carbs| making it your lowest carb meal for the day.
Total carbs: 7 grams
Total calories: 285