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Easy Carb Free Dinners

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author image ShaeLee Chatterton
ShaeLee Chatterton began writing professionally in 2007. She has written articles for "Women's Health" magazine online and edited for LA Splash Magazine. She is a fitness nutrition coach through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association and is certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise. Chatterton earned a Bachelor of Arts in exercise science and communications at Boise State University.
Easy Carb Free Dinners
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If you are following a low-carbohydrate diet and wish to avoid carbs altogether at dinner, there are easy dinners you can make at home that are filling. Most low-carbohydrate diets recommend eating complete proteins, which come mostly from animal protein and healthy monounsaturated fats, so your body is nourished and doesn't feel deprived. You should limit sugary foods and simple carbohydrates because they can cause quick increases in blood glucose and insulin levels.

Lean Meat Dinner

Easy Carb Free Dinners
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Lean meats make excellent main courses for dinner because they are carb-free and packed with complete protein -- a protein that contains all the amino acids your body cannot make on its own. Reduced-fat cheese is popular on low-carb diets as well because it adds flavor and protein without carbs. Make an easy dinner using these two sources by grilling your favorite lean meat, such as skinless, boneless chicken breast in extra-virgin olive oil and topping it with reduced-fat, melted Swiss cheese. Then place it on a bed of spinach, which you can warm up in the microwave. Season this dinner with salt, pepper and oregano and you have a carb-free, tasty meal. Other lean meats that you can substitute for the chicken breast include turkey, ham, duck, veal, sirloin steak and Angus beef.

Seafood Dinner

Easy Carb Free Dinners
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Seafood is free of carbs and you don't have to look for lean options because fish provides healthy fats, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Make a quick shrimp salad for dinner by cooking medium shrimp in canola oil and placing them on a bed of lettuce and sprouts. Add reduced-fat, crumbled feta cheese and drizzle red wine vinaigrette dressing on the top for added flavor. Other seafood choices for a healthy, carb-free dinner include salmon steaks, tuna, herring, cod, perch, halibut and pollock.

Breakfast for Dinner

Easy Carb Free Dinners
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Eggs are popular in low-carb diets because they are free of carbs and provide complete protein. For dinner, you can prepare your eggs in a variety of ways including scrambled, poached, hard boiled or in an omelet. You can also make a baked egg casserole with ham, extra-virgin olive oil, onion slices, smoked ham strips, eggs, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook the onion slices on a skillet in the extra-virgin olive oil, then add the ham. Next whisk the eggs, salt and pepper together in a separate bowl and pour half into a baking dish, then spread the ham and onion mix on top. Pour the remaining half of your eggs on the onion and ham and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the eggs are lightly browned.

Warning

Easy Carb Free Dinners
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Make sure to obtain some complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, whole wheat pasta and brown rice, throughout the day because if you are deficient in carbohydrates it can lead to malnutrition, according to MedlinePlus. Carbohydrates are also your body's main source of energy, so if you limit carbs too much, you may notice a drop in energy and continuous fatigue. Ketosis is another risk associated with low carbohydrate diets, which occurs when your body does not have enough carbohydrates and glucose for energy and begins to inefficiently break down fat stores. This leads to an unhealthy level of ketones and acid in your body and can result in weakness, dehydration, nausea, dizziness and irritability.

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