When you start a new diet, it’s hard to know what items to buy at the store. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite low carb pantry items that I think are a must have for low carb eating!
My husband and I have been on the low carb bandwagon since April of 2017. Together we have lost an impressive 130lbs! That is an ENTIRE adult. But we aren’t done yet. We both have a goal of losing 10 more pounds this year and also keeping it off! Of course, it’s coming off a lot quicker for my husband, but I am determined to get down to my goal weight.
Since we have been eating this way for almost a year, I feel like I can call myself a “seasoned pro” at the low carb lifestyle. People ask me all the time what kind of foods we can eat, and I usually respond with just about anything! Of course the obvious items like potatoes, rice and beans are off limits, but there are so many alternatives that we really don’t miss them. So with that being said, let’s dive in to my favorite low carb pantry items.
My Favorite Low Carb Pantry Items
- Coconut Flour— This is a must have staple to help replace all-purpose flour. Although there are carbs in high amounts, recipes generally require very little when it comes to baking. Coconut flour absorbs moisture really well, and if used in too high of quantity in baking can cause a dry, crumbly mess. I like Bob’s Red Mill best, but have found that Hyvee’s Health Market coconut flour is also nice.
- Almond Flour— This is the main flour I use in low carb baking. While almond flour still has a higher carb count than I’d like, it doesn’t take as much of it in a recipe. It’s also much higher in fiber bringing the net carb count in a final recipe down.
- Low Carb Baking Mix–While this is “low carb” the count is still high so be careful how much you use. With that being said I do love making pancakes with this mix!
- Psyllium Husk Powder–I’ve used this in some low carb bread recipes. It helps add fiber and bulk
- Carbquik (like Bisquik!)–Pricey but so worth it for the occasion you are craving a buttery biscuit, or some fluffy waffles.
- Swerve–This is the best sugar substitute for baking that I’ve used. It caramelizes better than other Erythritol sweeteners and doesn’t leave that gritty texture.
- Powdered Swerve–Same with the above, it’s a great substitute for powdered sugar in recipes.
- SweetLeaf Sweet Drops–This is a nice addition to tea if you like a little sweetness. It’s a liquid stevia concentrate so the sweetness is very potent. Just a little bit goes a long way! Plus it comes in different flavors like Vanilla Creme and Orange.
- Torani Sugar Free Syrup–I use these in my coffee with heavy cream in the mornings. My favorite is the french vanilla!
- Xylitol–This is another great sugar substitute in baking. A lot of people prefer the flavor to Erythritol sweeteners, and seem to experience less stomach upset. Personally I can’t tell a difference and prefer to stick with Swerve. I still keep Xylitol in my pantry though.
- Nectevia--I love using a bit of this in smoothies and shakes. It has some agave nectar in it, but is also sweetened with stevia so it takes much less of it for the desired sweetness. It does come in different flavors as well, but I’ve only tried the regular
- Heavy Whipping Cream–This is a must have for me for coffee, as well as in creamy soups during the cold season.
- Unsweetened Cashew Milk–My husband uses this daily in smoothies and protein shakes.
- Carbmaster Yogurt–If you have Kroger stores around you, try this yogurt! When we go home to IL, we always stock up because there are no Kroger stores around us. There are only 5 net carbs per cup of yogurt and they make a delicious treat when you are craving something sweet!
- Low Carb Tortillas –I’ve tried a few low carb tortillas and these are hands down my favorite.
They taste just like regular tortillas to me and only have 3 net carbs.
- Isolate Whey Protein Powder –This is the protein powder I use because of the low carb count. It’s hard to find a 100% whey protein powder that isn’t high in sugar and this one fits the bill
- Lily’s Sugar Free Chocolate –I’ve used the chocolate chips in baking, and can’t wait to try some of the chocolate bars!
Are you living the low carb lifestyle? What are some of your favorite low carb pantry items?
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