Low-Carb Menu Plan with Breakfast Burritos

Just 45 grams of Carbohydrate for an Entire Day

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​Having a little guidance is good when you first start a low-carb diet. Rather than struggle for ideas, it's a good move to look for low-carb menus while you're still new to a diet because all the work is done for you. 

For example, this low-carb menu begins with a breakfast burrito and finishes up with unstuffed cabbage. It is a good menu for most low-carb diets (beyond an ultra-low-carb phase). It has 45 grams of effective carbohydrate and 27 grams of fiber and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with an afternoon snack.


We'll start the day off with a good, healthy breakfast burrito and a side of melon. Be sure to look for low-carb tortillas, which are great to have in stock all the time. These do vary in carb counts, but popular brands are available and these can have around 5 grams of usable carbohydrate and 7 grams fiber.

  • Breakfast Burrito: 2 eggs scrambled in 2 teaspoons of oil or butter, 1 ounce of ham, 1 low-carb tortilla
  • Cantaloupe Wedge: 1/8 of medium melon


Lunch today will be nice and light and few meals fit this better than a good salad. By adding a little chicken, you add bulk to fill you up. Also, be sure that you choose wisely on the dressing because some have sugars added to them.

  • A large salad with, for example, 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce, 1/3 cup raw mushrooms, 1/2 cup chopped red pepper, 1/4 cup shredded carrot, and 1/4 cup chopped broccoli
  • 4 ounces cooked chicken meat
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free Italian-type dressing


There's no reason to skip snacks, you just want to make sure they're good for your diet. If you cannot find sugar-free canned peaches, look for fresh fruit or rinse peaches that are canned in juice very well.

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free canned peaches, such as “Carb Clever” 


For dinner, we have a very interesting meal idea. Unstuffed cabbage is easy to make and includes the low-fat ground meat of your choice. It's delicious and something new to try so you don't get bored.

Nutritional Analysis: This menu provides 45 grams effective carbohydrate plus 27 grams fiber, 102 grams protein, and 1500 calories.

A Note About This Menu

Calories can be varied by adding and subtracting protein and fat. For instance, if you get hungry, add more calories or, if your particular carbohydrate needs vary from this, change the amounts of the carbohydrate foods

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