This treat was born out of necessity. I found Pumpkin Spice Almonds at my local Wegman's, but then discovered they have dairy. Ugh. Milk allergy here. Sadly, I brought them home to my punkin' lovin' husband, because I couldn't eat a single one.
Carbs aren't everything.
Woah, woah, woah - hang on. I can explain!
Some of our Fat Loss Foodie Online Tribe members (our coaching clients) are currently eating a lower carb/higher fat diet, because that's what they need to lose fat. When this is the hand you've been dealt, it's easy to look at other people's meals and be envious.
Enter: Food FOMO. Fear of Missing Out.
"It's so unfair. She eats whatever she wants. I look at carbs and gain fat!"
I wanted to make a dinner to show some love to our lower carb clients and make a dinner that was high protein, higher fat, and contained no starchy carbohydrates. There are still some carbohydrates here because all vegetables are carbs. BUT, non-starchy vegetables like kale and tomatoes are still very low-carbohydrate foods.
You guys. This salad was BOMB.
Just because you can't eat a ton of starch does NOT mean your meals have to be miserable. You will need to eat more fats to make up for the reduced carbs in your diet, and you're in luck because FAT IS FLAVOR. You should be *excited* because this means eating good full-fat dressings made from olive oil, and adding toppings like raw nuts or maybe a little bit of good cheese.
If you're on a lower carb diet for fat loss and you're having FOMO around your starch-eating friends, I hope this gives you a little inspiration for how to bring some happiness back to your meals.
Note: not everyone can lose fat and keep it off on a lower carb/higher fat diet. Everyone is different, and fat loss nutrition is highly individualized, especially when it comes to carb intake.
4 cups of kale, massaged for 2-3 minutes in some lemon juice to soften
1 c. roasted grape tomatoes
240 grams of seared New York Strip (about 8 ounces)
1/4 c. raw walnuts, toasted
2 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola
4 Tbs. Balsamic Vinaigrette
Macros: 18 g. carbs, 34 g. protein, 40 g. fat