Summer is here and it’s time to get out those shorts and flip flops, put on some sunscreen, and get outside!
You wear that gear to the pool party cookout or beach and you can’t stop thinking that it’s the perfect time to get healthy. And hey – how amazing would it be to do so by following a lifestyle that allows you to have amazing cookouts with your family and friends?
We’re talking about the low-carb diet. It’s the trend that’s all the rage this summer and easy to get into – without the compromise. And the best part is: it’s the perfect lifestyle for griddle lovers! Hey, we’re not saying by any means that you need a diet, but if you want to anyway, why not choose one that allows you to eat your favorite griddled meals?
Low-carb means eating less foods with carbs and more foods with proteins and fats. Avocado, bacon, broccoli, cheese, chicken, eggs, nuts, salmon, tomatoes. These are all low-carb and delicious! See how you can lose weight without sacrificing flavor?
And on the griddle you cook up those ingredients in a flash – bacon in the morning, salmon at noon, avocados for dinner. Mix and match – there’s a lot of variety and it all tastes nice seared up on the flat top.
So, read up and start cooking some healthy meals this summer!
What is Low-Carb?
Low-carb is a way of eating. It’s a diet that cuts down carbohydrates to a minimum. That means you eat more proteins, and in most cases you chow down on a lot of fat. Many famous diets – like Atkins, Dukan, Keto, and Paleo are actually low carb diets, even if they have different rules between them.
This sounds confusing, right? A diet to lose weight and stay healthy, but it has fat?
The deal is, carbs are sugars that stock up in your body. If you don’t burn them all, they become stored as fat – this can increase your weight.
When you eat low-carb, you train your body to stop relying on carbs for energy. Instead, you use your own body fat. It’s a more stable energy source than carbs, which means you snack less and spend it all during the day. It doesn’t build up as body weight!
Why Cook up Low-Carb Meals on a Blackstone Griddle?
Griddles are versatile cooking machines. If they cook up a triple cheeseburger and stuffed french toast, you can cook low-carb too.
And it cooks as if it were made for it. Imagine starting off your day – it’s a lazy Monday, you hit the snooze button a couple of times, you tumble out of bed and can’t wait to just eat. Problem is, you don’t want the compromise. But you also can’t ditch the low-carb diet.
So, you turn on the griddle and cook up eggs with bacon – it’s low-carb and takes only a few minutes. You’re satisfied and ready to tackle the day.
And it doesn’t stop there – griddles cook up every single low-carb ingredient with no need for fancy tools or effort. All you need is to oil up the surface and cook. From beef to brussel sprouts all the way to a cocoa dessert. It’s the best investment to lose weight and even forget you’re on a diet – the flavor’s just too good!
With small griddles like the 17” Tabletop Griddle all the way to the 36” Griddle with 4 burners fit for a crowd, you can cook low-carb easily for every situation. Be it a breakfast just for you or a birthday party with family, griddles got you covered!
The Best Oils For Low-Carb Griddle Cooking
When it comes to low-carb griddle cooking, you should be careful with the oil you use. The best oils have a high smoke-point to handle the heat and contain nutrients for overall health.
Here are some picks:
- Avocado oil: rich in vitamin E and omega-9, this fatty acid can boost the immune system and soothe inflammation
- Canola oil: rich in omega-3, which can improve memorization and even avoid anxiety and depression
- Grapeseed oil: rich in vitamin E, which can prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer
- Peanut oil: has low cholesterol and can prevent cancer thanks to its phytosterols
If you want to start cooking up low-carb dishes on the griddle, it’s great to know the best, healthy ingredients. Mix and match the foods below for meals that are nutritious – rich in proteins, vitamins, and fat (that’s not bad)!
- Eggs: Contain all essential proteins for the body, and vitamins B and D. Important for strong bones and mental health
- Beef: Protein, iron, and vitamin B12. Iron boosts the immune system and avoids chronic disease.
- Chicken: Rich in protein, contains nutrients like retinol that improve eyesight. Also has iron to boost the immune system.
- Bacon: Besides being processed meat, bacon is rich in vitamin B to lend strength to bones and improve your mental health. Also has a lot of protein and fat.
- Salmon: Rich on omega-3 that can prevent anxiety and depression.
- Sardines: These fish are loaded with nutrients and minerals, such as calcium, proteins, omega-3 fats, phosphorus, vitamins B and D. With so much in so little, these fish improve your mental health, reduce inflammation, and prevent heart disease.
- Broccoli: Rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, and potassium. Improves digestive functions and skin health
- Tomatoes: Contains vitamin C and potassium, have the same benefits as broccoli, but also lycopene that can prevent cancer.
- Onions: Rich in fiber and antioxidants, onions clean the digestive tract and can prevent cancer
- Brussel Sprouts: Loaded with vitamins C and K that improve mental, bone and skin health.
- Mushrooms: Contain several nutrients, such as vitamins B, C, D, proteins, fiber, iron, and potassium. Great for mental health, skin, bones, and the immune system.
- Avocado: Rich in fiber and potassium for a clean digestive tract and helps regulate blood pressure.
- Olives: Iron to boost the immune system and vitamin E to prevent heart disease
- Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, and peanuts contain fiber, vitamin E, and omega-3 fats to improve digestive functions, mental health, and prevent heart disease.
- Cheeses: Rich in calcium for healthy bones, proteins, and magnesium. Cheeses can reduce stress, risk of cancer, and boost the immune system.
Low-Carb Griddle Meal Ideas
There are several low-carb dishes you can griddle up for every meal. And if you’re in the mood for a snack or a dessert, the griddle can soothe your cravings!
For low-carb cooking, the tools you need are just like any other cooking on the griddle. Spatulas, dispenser bottles, and a basting cover do the trick for most meals. But check our griddle tool guide to upgrade your outdoor cooking with unique accessories!
Start off the day low-carb with a delicious meal rich in proteins and fat. Breakfast for many is the most important meal of the day – the dish to kick off a whole day of work.
So, get energized and satiated with these dishes:
- Eggs and Bacon: protein in a flash. Easy to cook and delicious!
- Egg and Veggie Mix: carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and eggs. A dish rich in vitamins and protein.
- Cream Cheese Pancakes: make a pancake mix with 2 oz. of cream cheese, 2 eggs, and ½ tsp. Cinnamon. Yum!
- Mushroom Omelet: Whisk 3 eggs with salt and pepper in a bowl. Then, oil up the griddle and pour the egg mix. When it starts to cook, sprinkle 1 oz. of shredded cheese, 3 sliced mushrooms, and ¼ of yellow onion. Done! You’ve got a delicious, healthy omelet!
Power up at noon with a low-carb dish that will keep you full till nighttime!
Here are some meal ideas:
- Low-Carb Philly Cheesesteak: Delicious like the original, but low-carb. Simply cook up 10 oz. of chicken breasts on the griddle with onion and garlic powder. Add in ground pepper, diced bell pepper, and finish off with provolone cheese. Done – just ditch the buns to stay low-carb!
- Low-Carb Quesadillas: Make the batter with 2 eggs, 6 oz. of cream cheese, 1 ½ tsp. of ground psyllium husk powder, and 1 tbsp. of coconut flour. Then, cook it up on the griddle with a 5 oz. Mexican cheese and 1 oz. spinach filling.
- Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce: this dish from Argentina is low-carb and a mix of flavors. It’s got peppers, wine vinegar, parsley, and garlic with a whole pound of meat. Get the Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce recipe.
- Zucchini and Walnut Salad: Cook up 2 zucchinis seasoned with salt and pepper on the griddle, then toast ¾ cup of walnuts. Then to bring in more flavor, prepare a dressing with 2 tsp. lemon juice, ¼ tsp. chilli powder, ¾ cup mayonnaise, and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Use it with 4 oz. of arugula lettuce and 1 head of romaine lettuce.
- Salmon and Avocados: This is a quick lunch that mixes the fresh from fish with the fruity of ripe avocados. Simply cut 2 avocados in half and remove the pits. Then, cook up 6 oz. of salmon on the griddle with salt and pepper. Then, serve on a plate with a drizzle of lemon on the ingredients!
- Garlic Parmesan Zucchini: parmesan, garlic powder, and zucchinis cooked in olive oil. A delicious salad for lunch – get the Garlic Parmesan Zucchini recipe.
- Shrimp Scampi: delicious shrimp seasoned with black and red pepper and white wine. A great seafood dish to tackle the rest of the day. Check out the Shrimp Scampi recipe.
Finish off the day with a low-carb dinner to replenish all that lost energy. And it’ll help you sleep gently too.
Here are some delicious night time meals:
- Sausage and Eggs: A delicious and lazy dinner. Perfect for when you just want to eat and call it a day. Turn on the griddle and cook up 1 lb. breakfast sausage, 6 eggs, 1 green onion, and salt to taste.
- Low-carb Meatballs: these meatballs are packed with protein and a great family meal. You can add a marinara sauce to enhance the flavor. Grab a cutting board and cut into small chunks ½ lb. of ground beef and ½ lb. of ground pork. Then, throw the ingredients in a large bowl and add ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 egg, 2 tbsp. minced parsley, 1 tbsp. grated onion, 1 garlic clove, ½ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. Pepper. Use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients. Now, roll the mix into meatballs and griddle them up while turning sides for 10-15 minutes.
- Chicken Caesar Salad: Chicken with lettuce, anchovy paste, and parmesan cheese. Read up the Chicken Caesar Salad recipe – just ditch the croutons to stay low-carb.
- Shrimp Stir-Fry: a Mediterranean-style dish that’s fresh and healthy. Heat up the griddle, oil it, and put sliced garlic root and garlic cloves. Then, add 16 oz. shrimp, 6 oz. cauliflower, and 6 oz. of broccoli and cook for 2-5 minutes. Now all you have to do is season with chili flakes to taste and eat up!
- Thanksgiving Turkey Breast: it doesn’t matter if it’s not thanksgiving – turkey breast is highly nutritious and packed with protein and flavor too, thanks to the stock with a dash of parsley and lemon. Get the Thanksgiving Turkey Breast recipe.
- Low-Carb Griddled Cheese Sandwich: bread is full of carbs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a loaf with coconut flour! Simply whisk 2 eggs with 2 tbsps. water in a bowl. Then add 2 tbsps. coconut flour, ½ tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. garlic powder, ½ tsp. black pepper, and 1 tsp. oregano. Now, put the mix into a square microwave dish and cook for 2 minutes. You’ve got your bread, now just toast them up on the griddle with a cheese filling!
- Steam Ranch Carrots: petite carrots with ranch dressing. A simple and nutritious way to call it a day. Check out the Steam Ranch Carrots recipe
When you eat low-carb you feel less cravings, since fat is a more stable energy source. That means you might not even feel like snacking. But, if you do – or just want a change with a healthy snack – cook up these on the griddle in a flash!
- Scrambled Eggs: Quick and totally low-carb. Just heat up the griddle and season with salt and pepper.
- Toasted Nuts: Heat up on the griddle Brazil nuts, macadamias, pecans, peanuts, and walnuts. Season with paprika and cumin.
- Griddled Bacon: Cook up some bacon strips for a snack any time of the day. You can even take them to work.
- Griddled Sardines: Just open a can, toss it on the griddle and season with lemon, garlic, and paprika.
3-Day Meal Plan
Now, if you want to give low-carb a try, it’s not that tricky. We already told you the ingredients and recipes to griddle up.
But here’s a meal plan for three whole days. All the food you need to give low-carb a spin and check out how you feel. From sunrise to sunset, so you don’t need to worry – you won’t feel hungry. Instead, you’ll feel healthy!
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