Wellness

17 Low Carb Recipes That Are Fresh, Light And Positively Delicious

06/23/2015 07:00am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Low carb doesn't necessarily mean healthy, but as today's snack aisles get stuffed with chips, cookies and sweetened drinks, it becomes all too easy to overdo it in the carbohydrate and sugar departments.

Because the body processes refined carbohydrates quickly, eating a high balance of this type of carb could lead to a cycle of quick spikes in blood sugar (read: energy) followed by insulin-induced crashes. This isn't just bad for your pep levels, it's also potentially damaging to your body: quickly cycling through blood sugar and insulin secretion can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and being overweight, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The recipes below focus more on vegetables and meats than pastas and grains. Although pastas and grains can have their place in a balanced diet, there's no worry of overdoing it with balanced meals that use complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats -- we think you'll discover they're positively delicious.

1
Hot Italian Sausage And Broccoli
Food Fash
2
Lemon Tahini Cucumber Noodles With Shrimp
Inspiralized
3
Spanish Cauliflower 'Rice'
Hummusapien
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4
Beet And Goat Cheese Pizza With Cauliflower Crust
The Spiffy Cookie
5
Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon
Cupcakes And Kale Chips
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6
Chipotle Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
The Creative Bite
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7
Paleo Savory Italian Tart
Great Food And Lifestyle
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8
Zucchini Noodles With Tuna And Green Olives
Kayln's Kitchen
9
Chopped BLT Salad
The Iron You
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10
Easy Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries
The Iron You
11
Vietnamese Chicken Summer Rolls
I Heart Umami
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12
Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings
Casa De Crews
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13
Summer Kale Rolls
Omnivore's Cook Book
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14
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken And Blue Cheese Cabbage Bowl
Kalyn's Kitchen
15
Mahi Mahi With Chili Lime Butter
Tastes Lovely
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16
Sriracha Honey Spareribs
Ghee Whizz
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17
Lemon-Herb Salmon Patties
Audrey's Apron
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Summer Salads