In my “Ask Away” post earlier this week, Peggy from Texas asked for a soup or stew recipe that is low in carbs. I have to admit that with all my dietary restrictions I eat a lot of carbs from beans, potatoes, corn, rice, etc. So, this stumped me at first. I read up a little on low carb diets. So, here’s some really basic info on low carb diets and then a recipe per Peggy’s request.
What is a low carb diet?
A low carb diet generally allows anywhere from 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day. Low carb diets include South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, the Zone, Suzanne Summers, and Protein Power. Each of these diets varies in the amount of carbs they allow with Atkins allowing less than 20 grams and the Zone allowing up to 30% of your daily caloric intake to be from carbs.
How a low carb diet works?
I found this great explanation of how the low carb diet works at www.low-carb-diet-recipes.com/how_low_carb_work.htm,
“When a high-carbohydrate meal is consumed, the increased blood sugar stimulates insulin production by the pancreas. Insulin is the hormone that allows blood sugar to be used by the cells. However, a side effect of insulin is that it causes fat to be deposited, and it stimulates the brain to produce hunger signals. As a result more carbohydrates are consumed, and the cycle repeats.”
Low Carb Soup Recipe: Beef Vegetable Soup
I have to admit I haven’t personally tried this recipe yet, but it really sounds great! Peggy from Texas, hope this is a great solution for warm, comfort food that follows your diet plan! Recipe source www.lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/soupsandsalads/r/beefvegetablesoup.htm
1. Fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside to cool.
Recipe yields about 10 one-cup servings. I suggest freezing in individual serving portions for a quick heat up meal.
Nutritional Information: Each serving has 7 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 16 grams protein, and 162 calories.