Going Low Carb With Seafood is Now Easier Than Ever! Find lip-smacking yet healthy seafood recipes here.
Going low carb is all the rage these days. Here we take a look at why this system works, dispel a few popular myths and provide you with seafood recipes that are delectable yet easy on your waistline!
Why Going Low Carb Works
Most of us have grown up thinking that consuming fats in our diet is what primarily leads to weight gain. However, there is more to the story than just that. To cut a long story short, it is the consumption of fats combined with excessive carbohydrates that have led to you gaining those extra pounds you’ve been wanting to shed forever. If you are curious about how the biology of this works, go on and read the following paragraph. If you, well, aren’t, feel free to skip the rest of this section and move on to the next.
Carbohydrates get converted to glucose in your body. The glucose levels in the blood are then reduced by the secretion of the hormone insulin by the pancreas. Now, point of note, insulin is the fat storing hormone of the body and prevents fat burning. This leads to the pile up of stored fat in your body. If, on the other hand, carbohydrate consumption is reduced, there is a lesser amount of insulin in the blood. This means that, consequently, you will store lesser amounts of fat and instead burn more.
The Benefits of Going Low Carb
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Stabilizes insulin release
- Prevents insulin spikes that can lead to crashes in sugar levels in the blood, leading to insatiable hunger.
- Optimizes hunger signaling and allows the body to recognize real hunger
Increases good cholesterol and reduces the amount of lower and bad triglycerides.
- Better nutrient intake.
- Aids in the prevention of the development of Type 2 diabetes as insulin levels are lower.
- Reduces inflammation in veins and arteries which can contribute to heart disease and loss of memory
Delicious and Healthy Low Carb Recipes to Get You Going!
a) Prawn Stir Fry
We bring you not only a low carb but also gluten free recipe that is superbly easy to follow. Brimming over with proteins and vegetables as it is, it is literally health on a plate!
10 prawns, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
8 asparagus, cut into 5cm bits
1/4 head of cabbage, sliced
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
1 teaspoon fish sauce
celery salt, to taste
white pepper, to taste
Note:Asparagus is optional
Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok. Stir in the onion, mushroom, carrot and asparagus. Stir fry for about 2 minutes then stir in the cabbage.
Season to taste with garlic, soy sauce, celery salt and white pepper while stirring until the cabbage begins to wilt. Stir in the prawns and continue stirring until cooked, about 4 minutes.
b) Easy Ginger, Chilli and Lemon Salmon
The delightfully intense flavours of ginger, garlic and lemon of this dish waft through the air to give your olfactory senses just the treat they’ve been craving! It is as easy to make as it is impressive in its taste and visual appeal.
– 680 grams salmon fillets, skin on or off
– Juice of 2 lemons
– 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
– 2 – 3 green chillis (or jalapenos), seeded and chopped
– 4 cloves garlic, minced
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1. In a bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, chili peppers, garlic and salt. This is your marinade.
2. Place salmon fillets (skin side up) in a shallow dish and pour marinade over it. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and place a rack in the middle.
4. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and lightly grease it with olive oil (alternatively you can use a cast iron skillet).
5. Place salmon fillets onto the prepared baking sheet, skin side down, and drizzle some of the marinade over them.
6. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 15 minutes, turn on the broiler, remove foil, and broil for further 3 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
7. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.
Serves four. One serving yields 388 calories, 23 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs and 42 grams of protein.
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