If you’re following a lower carbohydrate eating plan, the good news is that cutting down on carbs doesn’t mean skimping on flavor. Go for balanced meals with with lean meats, chicken, fish, whole-grains, and fresh fruits and veggies to keep the carbohydrates at bay. Spice up your lunch routine with these satisfying low-carb lunches, all for less than 350 calories and 15 grams carbohydrates per serving!
1. 20 Minute Zesty Shrimp Lettuce Wraps | MyFitnessPal’s Original Recipes
Fresh and flavorful, these simple lettuce wraps have got it all—crisp veggies, lean shrimp, and a zesty Mexican-inspired marinade. Use pre-cooked shrimp to make this recipe even quicker. Garnish with cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 filled lettuce wraps each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 115mg; Sodium: 436mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 15g
2. Sweet Potato Egg Casserole | The Honour System
Sweet potatoes, spinach, rosemary and shredded cheese come together for an oh-so-flavorful egg dish packed with nutrition. For a salty, tangy bite, try feta cheese (though whatever cheese you have on hand will also work). For an extra nutrient punch, toss in a handful of mushrooms or tomatoes. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 slice each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 454mg; Sodium: 564mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 32g; Protein: 21g
3. Low–Carb Tuna Salad with Dressing| Uproot Kitchen
Canned tuna is a super convenient and versatile pantry staple that’s packed with protein and low in carbohydrates—a win win! The sweet sesame dressing pairs beautifully with the crisp Napa cabbage, sliced cucumber, and toasty peanuts. Garnish with sesame seeds and freshly ground black pepper if desired. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 salad + 1/4 cup salad dressing each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 328; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Sodium: 414mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 24g
4. Kale & Broccoli Salmon Burgers | Hummusapien
What makes this scrumptious salmon burger unique is that addition of broccoli and kale. Enjoy a patty on a bed of greens with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a simple, satisfying lunch. An added bonus is that they freeze well, so feel free to make a double batch! Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 burger each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 231; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 111; Sodium: 595mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 23g
5. Spicy Bacon Egg Salad | Kim’s Cravings
We love the kick that Sriracha (or whatever hot sauce you have on hand) gives this cool and creamy egg salad. Swap out traditional mayonnaise for non-fat Greek yogurt to slash the fat and try lettuce wraps to reduce the carb count. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and dig in! Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 155; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 29mg; Sodium: 247mg; Carbohydrate: 3g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 11g
6. Everyday Frittata | Cooking Light
This tasty recipe makes it easy to enjoy eggs any meal of the week, lunch included! For a seasonal touch, add sautéed asparagus. Cow’s milk or almond milk can be substituted for the evaporated milk. You can even assemble it the night before and bake the next day just in time for lunch! Serve with a light mixed greens salad. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 212mg; Sodium: 511mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 15g
7. Turkey Club Lettuce Wraps | Organize Yourself Skinny
There are five ingredients standing between you and this lunch. Yes, please! This no-fuss lettuce wrap recipe features ingredients you likely already have on hand, like romaine, turkey, tomatoes, and bacon. Lighten it up by substituting the mayo for avocado or hummus. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 116; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 12mg; Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 9g
8. Springtime Chicken Salad | Clean Eating
Sweet apricots, crunchy almonds, and lemony Greek yogurt dressing make this seasonal chicken salad a lunch you won’t forget. Serve in lettuce wraps or straight up in a bowl with sliced cucumbers on the side. Garnish with paprika. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 293; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 100mg; Sodium: 224mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 37g
9. Portobello Mushroom Pizzas | Dietitian Debbie Dishes
Who needs pizza crust when there’s meaty portobellos ready to be stuffed with all your favorite fixings? Start with a simple tomato sauce then sprinkle the mushrooms with shredded mozzarella cheese, basil and banana peppers. These crowd-pleasing, personalized pizzas in less than thirty minutes. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 mushrooms each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 290; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 13g; Cholesterol: 36mg; Sodium: 542mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 13g
10. Grilled Steak with Baby Arugula and Parmesan Salad | Cooking Light
Enjoy the goodness of juicy steak atop a bed of lemony arugula for a fresh twist on lunch! The best part is that this beefy salad with be on the table in 20 minutes. If peppery arugula isn’t your favorite, try baby spinach or mixed greens instead. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 steak + 1 cup arugula salad + 1 lemon half each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 258; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 75mg; Sodium: 360mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 25g