A lot of people use popular diets to lose weight and help them live healthier lifestyles. Two very popular options are low-carb and low-fat diets. All though these diets seem to be at odds with each other, they do have some common ground with healthy lo- carb vegetables and low-fat meats.
Here are my Top Ten Good for You and Your Diet Foods that can be staples for either low-carb or low-fat dieters. I've also picked out recipes from our Guides to Low-Fat Cooking, Low-Carb Diets, and Busy Cooks to get you started in the kitchen.
1. Greens and Lettuces
The best way to fill up a diet plate is to start with a generous portion of greens and lettuces. They add volume to the meal without adding many calories.
Darker greens and lettuces are wise choices, as they pack extra vitamins and minerals.
Enjoy your salad with a bleu cheese, Italian or vinaigrette dressing.
Add lemon juice or your favorite low-fat dressing.
This beautiful low-carb vegetable can be a centerpiece of low-carb or low-fat dishes. Asparagus is low in calories and adds vitamins like folate and vitamin A.
Seafood Salad With Asparagus
Farfalle with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Zucchini is another low-calorie, low-carb vegetable. Actually, it is a squash. Zucchini is a great when added to salads or stir-fry dishes, or sautéed alone or with other vegetables.
Tomatoes are a staple for sauces and have lots of uses in the kitchen. Tomatoes are delicious in a tasty tomato soup, or sliced raw on a salad.
Stuffed Tomato With Shrimp
Red Lentil and Tomato Soup
Salmon is a fatty, though healthy, fish. The fat it has contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your cardiovascular system. Salmon is also a great source of protein.
Crock Pot Poached Salmon
Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups
6. Chicken and Turkey
Chicken and turkey are both great choices because, when prepared properly, they are both low-fat and excellent protein sources. Organically raised chickens and turkey make even better selections.
Low-Carb Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry
7. Game Meats
Game meats, such as venison and elk, are very lean. They are healthy substitutes for fatter, hormone-tainted beef. The low-fat recipe below calls for beef, but elk, venison, or bison would make healthier replacement ingredients.
Venison Pot Roast
Game Day Chili
8. Broth or Soup Stock
Broth or stock can be used as a base for soups, stews and sauces. Stocks and soups can also be used in other recipes to keep meats moist during cooking.
Black Bean Soup In a Hurry
Eating berries can be a healthy way to reign in a sweet tooth. Berries are high in vitamins and antioxidants, so they make a great dessert or nice addition to salads.
Serve blueberries and strawberries with a dollop of heavy whipped cream, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds.
Serve berries with low-fat yogurt and sliced almonds.
There are studies that show a correlation between wine consumption and good health. Remember that one serving of wine is only 4 ounces. Wine is also used as a key ingredient to several recipes.
Simply Scrumptious Spinach
Red Wine Gravy