Blasting on a Low Carb Diet

Editor's Note: This is a contribution by Krista Haynes, R.D.
 
Are you trying to Blast on a low-carb diet? It can be tough to do - all plant-based foods contain carbohydrates, so it's a bit difficult to make a NutriBlast that is extremely low or void of carbohydrates. If you think about it, even the higher protein foods like beans, quinoa, nuts, and seeds all contain carbs as well. So how might one on a low carbohydrate diet plan build a NutriBlast?
 
First, focus on veggies!
Vegetables contain fewer simple carbs than fruits and grains, so building a Blast with mostly vegetables is a great start. Nuts and seeds have the smallest percentage of calories from carbohydrates, so those are great choices for boosts. A pure plant-based protein powder could also help lessen the percentage of calories from carbs. 
 
However, don't be afraid of fruit – while its sugar content is higher (hence the higher amount of carbs), there are some lower glycemic options that shouldn't derail your weight loss efforts and can help keep your blood sugar stable while sweetening up your NutriBlast! In addition, the fiber, protein and fat found in some of your ingredients can help blunt the rapid influx of sugar to the blood stream. 
Check out these articles for more information about sugars found in fruit and how to balance your blood sugar levels. 
 
 
A few ingredient options lending to a lower carb NutriBlast are listed in the table below. Notice that those ingredients with a high percentage of calories from carbs are not calorically dense. These don’t contain too many total carbohydrates per serving, so they may still be good choices in building your Blast. 
 
Remember that 15g of carbohydrate count as one carb serving and those diagnosed with diabetes may need to regulate their intake of carbs for medical reasons. Luckily, these suggestions also work for those following a regular low-carb diet. Keep min mind, however, that your body needs carbohydrates for energy and brain function. You can still ingest a low amount of carbs while aiding your weight loss efforts. By focusing on whole food ingredients like those listed here, your body will obtain the nutrients it needs to thrive! 
 
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Low Carb NutriBlast Recipes
These NutriBlasts contain about 15g of carbohydrate, which equals one carbohydrate serving according to the American Diabetes Association. 
 
Blueberry Bliss
1 cup spinach 
¼ cup organic blueberries 
1 Tbsp raw walnuts
1 Tbsp hemp seeds 
4oz coconut water 
Water to the max line 
 
Total Carbohydrate: 12.75g
 
Veggie Carb Steady
1 cup spinach
5 cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup broccoli florets
2 small carrots 
Water to the max line 
 
Total Carbohydrate: 14.5g 
 
Sippin’  Sweet Low Carb Treat 
½ cup kale
1 Tbsp raw almond butter
½ cup frozen strawberries 
2 tsp raw cacao powder
1 cup Unsweetened vanilla almond milk 
 
Total Carbohydrate: 15