With Spring just around the corner, the pressure is on to finalize our bikini confident bodies and cooking healthily for yourself can definitely be a challenge sometimes. Carbs, sugar, saturated and trans fats are all things we should always be consuming in moderation, throughout the entire year, as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here is to making our lives slightly easier as the weather warms up. To get you through finals or busy work weeks, we have put together 10 deliciously low-carb dinner recipes for Spring, to keep you healthy, happy and Summer-ready!
1. Pan Shrimp With Brocollini And Tomatoes
The beauty of this recipe is that it’s all made in one sheet pan! With barely any cleanup, what more could we ask for from a yummy, low carb dinner? Super easy for when you’re low on time, deliciously ready in under 30 minutes, these baked shrimp will come out perfectly tender every time.
2. Mini Bell Pepper Loaded Turkey “Nachos”
Before trying this recipe I couldn’t even fathom the phrases “low-carb” and “nachos” going together- but oh my god was I pleasantly surprised! Vitamin C packed bell peppers replace the usually carb-heavy nacho chips and are the perfect size to eat with your hands.
Protein-packed turkey will curb your cravings and fill you up faster, making this dinner both low-carb and low calorie. Wow.
3. Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad
Creamy avocado, balsamic dressing that is low-carb, low-fat and doubles as a chicken marinade? This Chicken Avocado Caprese Salad will definitely become one of your personal favourites this Spring.
Perfect for dinner parties, to-go lunches and the first BBQ-Potluck of the year, this super simple recipe will be saving you time and inches off your waistline simultaneously.
4. Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi With Zucchini Noodles
Now, I know that for you pasta lovers the thought of Zucchini replacing your usually delicious carbs is probably unbearable, but hear me out. Zucchinis are notoriously low-carb and low-calorie, not to mention packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients your body will love.
Topped with garlic, lime Shrimp and cilantro garnish, you’ll soon forget that this recipe contains no pasta whatsoever. I promise that after trying these tasty Zucchini noodles, and feeling how light and un-bloated you will be after eating them, you will never feel like going back to regular spaghetti again!
5. Avocado and Egg Spaghetti Squash Boats
For those of you who haven’t tried the baked egg and avocado combo trend, you have definitely been missing out. This no-hassle, breakfast-for-dinner style Spring recipe will have you snapping Insta worthy pics of the finished product for sure.
Squash is an amazing low-carb alternative to say, a slice of toast, and makes for a great base in this recipe. Finish off with some spicy Sriracha sauce and you’ve got a complete dinner.
6. Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Arugula Spring Salad
Are you a fan of Poke bowls and sushi, but are tired of all the “white carbs” in the rice? Thankfully for you, we have found a great low-carb, easy to make at home alternative. This smoked salmon, avocado and arugula salad will leave you feeling so satisfied (thank you omega proteins and healthy fats), you won’t feel the need to pay for a real Poke bowl or sushi plate anytime soon.
7. Bunless Turkey and Zucchini Burgers
When trying to cut down on carbs, meals containing buns are usually the first to go. However, we have discovered an amazing hack to still enjoy a good burger here and there. Low-carb, paleo and gluten-free, this protein-packed turkey burger has everything going for it, complete with creamy avocado sauce. Light and refreshing for Spring this recipe can eve be carried over through Summer’s BBQ season and beyond.
8. Farmer’s Market Orzo Spring Salad
Orzo is a tiny pasta shaped like rice. Because of its size and shape, it provides a great low-carb alternative for those who still want a few carbs in their dinners. This recipe uses it as a base for Farmer’s Market veggies (a.k.a. any veggies in season) and its lemon-vinaigrette dressing is to die for. Try topping it with some low-carb cheese like Feta; the beauty of this recipe is that it leaves os much room to get creative. Sub-in any low-carb vegetables or protein you’d like, you can make different combinations for days!
9. Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? They’re creamy, buttery, garlicky and everything you could ask for from a starch. However, I could definitely name a few reasons why they’re are bad for your health and your pants size. Full of “white” carbs, potatoes are a villain in disguise. Even a sweet potato alternative isn’t as good for you as this recipe. Cauliflower deliciously creamed and garlicked like a real potato. You won’t even wan the real thing on Thanksgiving anymore.
10. Baked Lemon Salmon With Basil
Salmon is seriously a superfood. Full of antioxidants and Omega 3s that are great for our skin, hair, nails and gut health, everyone should be incorporating this fish into their diets more. Baked, not fried, is key here as this reduces calories and the lemon and basil are great de-bloaters. You will find this recipe so filling and packed with protein, light Spring veggies to compliment your salmon is all you’ll need for a complete dinner.