Are you jumping on the low-carb bandwagon and need low carb meals on a budget?
My husband and I tried this way of eating a few years ago. We lost quite a bit of weight, but tragedy struck our lives, and the next thing we knew we started eating a traditional American diet again.
This year, we’ve decided to get back to where we were. I feel better eating a low carb diet, and I love losing weight while still eating delicious foods.
My friend tried the low carb way of life a few years ago too. When she heard I was going back to it she said, “I want to, but I wish someone would meal plan for me.”
Well, Jennifer, here you go. (No, I’m not talking to myself. My friend is named Jennifer ,too.) I’m going to give you seven days worth of low carb meals on a budget.
I’m also giving you a few tips to help you adjust to this way of eating. Ready? Let’s get started:
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional and different ways of eating may have varied results. Please speak with your doctor before trying any diet. I’m not liable for your experience. This is meant for informational purposes only.
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Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Breakfast Ideas
I include intermittent fasting with my low carb diet. It makes me feel better, and I find I lose weight faster.
However, if you prefer to start your day off with solid food, eggs and bacon are an inexpensive way to launch the day.
A few other breakfast options are:
- Fried bacon and avocado (you can fry them alongside each other for a great flavor)
- Scrambled eggs whipped with heavy cream, cheese, and cubed ham
- Boiled eggs with sausage patties
- Scrambled eggs cooked with crumbled sausage and cheese
- Keto yogurt
Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Lunch Ideas
I’m a basic lunch type of girl. I stay busy and need something I can either prep ahead of time or fix quickly. This is where inside-out-sandwiches come into play.
These sandwiches consist of lettuce as the bread, a sandwich meat in the middle, along with cheese, and finished with vegetables or a low carb condiment.
Wrap it all up and enjoy! Prepping your meals ahead of time can help you stay the course. Try using handy containers to easily store your prepped meals in the fridge.
Other lunch options are:
- Low carb salads
- Skillet Pizza
- Chicken Salad lettuce wraps
- Egg salad lettuce wraps
- Eggs and bacon
- Low carb broccoli salad
Here are a few more meal prep lunch options which might help you stick to this way of eating.
Low Carb Meals on a Budget: Dinner Ideas
Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, if you’re looking for low carb meals on a budget, they usually won’t be.
A great low carb budget-friendly meal is grilled chicken with a side of broccoli topped with cheese and butter.
It’s a well-rounded meal, easy to fix, and contains the protein, fiber, and fat you need with a low carb diet. Plus, it’s inexpensive.
Additional dinner ideas are:
- Chicken Casserole- Use leftover cooked chicken, cooked vegetables, cream cheese, and top it off with additional shredded cheese before baking. Make sure the ingredients are heated through and the cheese is bubbly and golden brown
- Hamburgers (no bun) with cheese, keto ketchup, and mustard. Put a slice of dill pickle on the side, and a side of green beans to finish the meal
- Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
- Skillet Pizzas- Place shredded cheese in a hot skillet, top with pepperonis, and let cook until the cheese has formed a solid crust. Once the crust has formed, gently remove from skillet, slice, and enjoy
- Polish sausage cooked with sauteed bell peppers and onions
- Chili Cheese Hot Dog Bake- cook hot dogs or polish sausages, place in a casserole dish, top with low-carb chili and shredded cheese. Bake until cheese is bubbly and all ingredients are heated through
One of my favorite snacks is pepperoni and cheese. It doesn’t need to be as boring as it sounds.
You can take the basic approach and wrap pepperoni around a cheese stick to enjoy cold.
However, you can spice it up a little by placing it in a skillet to melt it all together. It’s a delicious pick-me-up to carry you through the late afternoon hours.
Additional snack ideas are:
A Few Extra Tips
If you’re new to leading a low carb lifestyle there are a few things you can do to make your life easier. Try the following tips to help you stick to this way of eating:
1. Check Ingredients
One of the most important things you must do when leading a low carb lifestyle is check the labels of the foods you plan on eating before you eat them.
You’ll be surprised how many hidden carbohydrates and sugars are in the foods we eat most frequently.
Tomato based products are some of the most common items to have hidden sugars. Be extra diligent when eating these items.
2. Plan Ahead
You can eat out on a low carb diet, but you must use even more diligence because you’ll be astonished to see how many carbohydrates and sugars are tucked into foods we commonly eat at restaurants.
Therefore, it’s vital you plan ahead. Either prep your meals ahead of time (because we all get busy) or check the nutritional information of what you plan to eat at a restaurant to make sure you avoid foods outside of the low carb range.
3. Prep Your Meals
Prepping your meals is a big step in finding success with this way of eating. I work from home, but my husband does not.
Therefore, I spend Sunday nights prepping his breakfasts and lunches for the week. This way, he can wake up, place these two meals in his lunch box, and hit the road. He doesn’t have to worry about what he’ll eat while he’s gone or if it’s low carb friendly.
4. Be Creative
Last but not least, be prepared to get creative when following a low carb diet. You’ll miss certain foods you once loved that no longer fall into this way of eating.
However, you can get creative and figure out how to make low carb versions of your favorite foods. This will keep you from getting bored or feeling as though you’re being deprived of the foods you enjoy.
Needing some tips? Follow me on Pinterest where I have boards designed for those following low carb diets. They’re filled with recipes from all over the web to keep you inspired and on track!
If you’ve been struggling to figure out how to launch a low-carb way of eating, maybe this will give you a few ideas of how you can get started without breaking the bank.
Be sure to download and/or print your FREE 7-day low carb meal plan. It’s great to keep on your phone or even stick in your purse/ wallet when you’re headed to the store or need a quick idea of what to eat.
I hope this encourages and inspires you as you tackle your health goals and try to enjoy more low carb meals on a budget. Best of luck to you!