We’ve been experimenting with different recipes and low-carb meal ideas, and we’ve discovered some really fun and yummy things to eat that our whole family enjoys. I’ve often served spinach salad with a variety of added toppings, including strawberries, so this wasn’t really anything “new” but it was an opportunity to whip up something that was relatively keto-friendly and we already knew we liked. When I was working on this week’s post for the Home Matters Linky Party #198 and looking for some cool salads, this immediately came to mind!
As I’ve been reading about low-carb and keto-friendly lifestyle ideas, I noticed that there are not a lot of fruits that work well with keto. Because most fruits have a lot of natural sugar, that translates into carbs, so if you are going to include fruit in your diet (so I’ve read) it needs to be in small quantities and just the ones that are lower on the carb count list. Strawberries are included because they are relatively low in carbs at 9 NET per 1 cup halved berries. For this salad, 1/2 cup of halved strawberries then would be around 4.5 carbs, added to the fresh spinach at 1 carb / 1 cup, and since my favorite dressing on this salad is Poppy Seed, I splurged and had a couple of tablespoons of dressing at 5 carbs / TBSP. And then, the best part was that I added a broiled chicken breast, cut in slices, to the top of my salad and that was more than enough dinner that night.
I’m not actually on a strict low-carb diet, just trying to pay attention and cut back where I can, so this worked out pretty good for our family . . . and me!
Of course, there are lots of other good additions to a spinach and strawberry salad, such as pecans or other nuts, feta cheese, or even bacon, which is another perfect food for a low-carb lifestyle.
Here are a few other recipes for spinach and strawberry salad, but if you are working towards a low-carb lifestyle, be sure to count the carbs before you load it up with all the other yummy stuff. I’m experimenting with a few other low-carb recipes these days, and some of them turn out pretty good, others turn out GREAT, and some others not so much. But all in all, I’m still feeling much more energetic, and definitely can feel the difference in how my clothes are fitting. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, I hope you can catch up with us at this week’s Home Matters Linky Party where you’ll find a TON of great ideas, you’ll meet some new blogging friends, and you’ll just have fun! See you there!
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