Your no carb diet has you feeling great about your bikini bod just in time for summer. Then grilling season starts and the endless array of burgers and hotdogs threatens to undo all of your hard work. First, stay strong and remember that research supports your carb-free lifestyle. A recent study from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University further backs it up. The study’s senior author and dean of the Friedman School, Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H. reports, “Our findings suggest we should not only emphasize specific protein-rich foods like fish, nuts, and yogurt to prevent weight gain, but also focus on avoiding refined grains, starches, and sugars in order to maximize the benefits of these healthful protein-rich foods, create new benefits for other foods like eggs and cheese, and reduce the weight gain associated with meats.”
Now push that image of a summer spent sitting on the sidelines with your fork and knife, eating boring burgers served on a bed of lettuce with all their fixings perched on top out of your head. There’s no reason for you to suffer for your paleo, no carb diet with all of the delectable bunless options, you just need to get creative with your grilling and think outside the bun!
If you can’t bear the thought of eating a bun-free burger, try whipping up a paleo, grain-free alternative made from almond meal, psyllium husk and egg whites. Give it a quick toast on the grill and you’ve got a delicious low carb meal.
Or why not make the burger or dog the bun? An Avocado & Spicy Mayo Stuffed Burger is perfectly portable and the toppings won’t end up on your shirt. Or try these Bunless Fajita Dogs that are piled high with goodies yet they’re a totally low carb meal.
One of the best things about losing the bread is that you can replace it with healthy veggies for guilt-free party fare. Lettuce Wrapped Cheeseburgers are a neat, kid-friendly option. For something with a little heartier and more bun-shaped try these picturesque Tomato Avocado Burgers. Cut the tomato in half, give it a quick grill and you’ve got a gorgeous red bun. What about a meatless and bunless option? Savory Portobello & Halloumi Burgers are packed with flavor and texture.
Now, we can’t forget about hotdogs—consider Zucchini Weenies—same concept, different shape and the kids will love them.
On the opposite end of the health spectrum, some extreme meat lovers enjoy wrapping everything, including burger and dogs, in bacon. Bacon Cheeseburger Cups make a deliciously greasy appetizer. Be sure to provide plenty of napkins!