best low carb meals

Best low carb meals

Definition: A "low-carb meal" is low in net carbs. It is not possible to put an absolute limit on it because it depends on the size of the meal. For most people a low carb meal would be one with less than about 60g of net carbs. A good low carb meal is a lot more than simply one that avoids carbs. "Low carb" has gotten a really bad reputation. Not because there is anything wrong with the low-carb nutritional philosophy but rather because of the horrible way that most people tend to implement it. There is no dispute, with low carb diets, people lose weight – LOTS of it. The question is, is it healthy and what exactly are they losing – fat, muscle or both. As with most things, the devil is in the details. Low-carb by itself is neither good nor bad, its how you implement it that determines if its healthy and if you lose just fat or lose muscle too. The meals below are not only low-carb but are high in protein and really healthy too. If you are trying to gain muscle then the protein content of the meal is very important. If you are trying to lose fat then its important to pack a maximum of protein, vitamins, anti-oxidants, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids into a minimum of calories. Where most low carb meals fail is that they lack non-starchy vegetables which contain lots of fiber and vitamins while only having a minimum of carbs.

The mistake most people make when googling "best low-carb meals" is that they are only getting a dangerous half answer. You cannot simply say that "baked chicken, spinach, and nuts" is a good low-carb meal because its NOT unless you eat just the right amount. Eat too much and you will GAIN fat, not lose it. Eat too little and you cause your body to burn off muscle. Not only do you need to know what meals to eat but what the proper portion size is! This is where CustomMealPlanner shines, you can find the right meals with portion sizes perfect for YOU in under two minutes!

When you create a free account and enter your desired caloric goal, the system will automatically choose optimal meals for you AND tell you the proper portion sizes. You can also build your own meal plan by choosing your low-carb meals, to do this, click on the button labeled "Create Custom Meal Plan" and then click on the link which says "add low-carb meal" and you will be able to choose one of the best low-carb meals shown below.
Meals with under 45g net carbs per 500 calorie serving sorted by health rating.
Note that each meal is shown with a 500 calorie serving size but when you build a free custom meal plan, the recipe will be adapted to meet your metabolic needs.
 
Bodybuilder Scramble and orange
Pro 41% | Carb 37% | Fat 20%
Tasty high protein egg scramble fills you up with a minimum of calories.
Ingredients: egg white, cauliflower, hot sauce, no sugar, oil, olive, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:82/100
 
Faux meal loaf and spinach
Pro 66% | Carb 29% | Fat 4%
Healthy and high protein meal that tastes great!
Ingredients: faux meat loaf, spinach, boiled,
muscle:48/100   health:82/100
 
Tofu scramble and spinach
Pro 40% | Carb 33% | Fat 26%
A delicious high protein meal!
Ingredients: tofu scramble, spinach, boiled,
muscle:100/100   health:80/100
 
Egg whites, spinach, avocado
Pro 36% | Carb 13% | Fat 50%
A healthy low carb meal.
Ingredients: egg white, spinach, boiled, avocado,
muscle:100/100   health:78/100
 
Baked chicken, broccoli, nuts, orange
Pro 38% | Carb 29% | Fat 31%
A healthy and tasty low carb meal that is easy to make.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, broccoli, nuts, mixed, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:77/100
 
ground turkey hash and orange
Pro 55% | Carb 37% | Fat 7%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, ground turkey, fat free, raw, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:77/100
 
ground chicken hash and orange
Pro 46% | Carb 37% | Fat 16%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, chicken, ground, 95pct fat free, raw, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:77/100
 
low carb beef hash and orange
Pro 29% | Carb 24% | Fat 46%
A delicious and healthy beef hash that is very low in carbs!
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, onion, fresh, black pepper, ground, thyme, salt, oil, olive, seed, celery, cauliflower, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:74/100
 
Bulking chicken breast, boiled spinach, avocad
Pro 37% | Carb 12% | Fat 49%
A tasty and relatively healthy keto meal.
Ingredients: lemon juice, spinach, boiled, avocado, chicken breast, boneless, skinless,
muscle:100/100   health:74/100
 
Sprouty egg scramble
Pro 35% | Carb 25% | Fat 38%
Healthy, high protein and great taste ... even if you hate brussel sprouts!
Ingredients: brussel sprouts, egg white, oil, olive,
muscle:100/100   health:74/100
 
ground turkey hash and pear
Pro 48% | Carb 44% | Fat 6%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, ground turkey, fat free, raw, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, pear, fresh,
muscle:100/100   health:74/100
 
Chicken, spinach, avocado, and orange
Pro 44% | Carb 23% | Fat 31%
A simple, healthy, and high protein meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, lemon juice, orange, avocado,
muscle:100/100   health:74/100
 
ground turkey hash and apple
Pro 49% | Carb 43% | Fat 7%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, ground turkey, fat free, raw, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, apple,
muscle:100/100   health:73/100
 
Faux meal loaf spinach and carrots
Pro 61% | Carb 34% | Fat 3%
Tastes to good you wont realize its healthy!
Ingredients: faux meat loaf, spinach, boiled, carrots,
muscle:46/100   health:73/100
 
ground chicken hash and apple
Pro 41% | Carb 43% | Fat 14%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, chicken, ground, 95pct fat free, raw, apple,
muscle:100/100   health:73/100
 
Baked chicken, broccoli, nuts, apple
Pro 35% | Carb 35% | Fat 28%
A healthy and tasty low carb meal that is easy to make.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, broccoli, nuts, mixed, apple,
muscle:100/100   health:73/100
 
Chicken, spinach, sweet potato
Pro 46% | Carb 42% | Fat 10%
A simple healthy meal
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, potato, sweet,
muscle:100/100   health:72/100
 
Chicken breast, boiled spinach, and avocado
Pro 49% | Carb 12% | Fat 37%
A tasty and relatively healthy keto meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, lemon juice, avocado,
muscle:100/100   health:72/100
 
Cauliflower egg white scramble w nuts
Pro 45% | Carb 26% | Fat 28%
Tasty, high in protein and fiber but salty.
Ingredients: egg white, cauliflower, nuts, mixed, soy sauce, low sodium,
muscle:100/100   health:72/100
 
Chicken with boiled spinach and avocado
Pro 50% | Carb 11% | Fat 37%
A healthy keto meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, avocado,
muscle:100/100   health:71/100
 
Bodybuilder Scramble
Pro 48% | Carb 27% | Fat 24%
Tasty high protein egg scramble fills you up with a minimum of calories.
Ingredients: cauliflower, hot sauce, no sugar, oil, olive, egg white,
muscle:100/100   health:71/100
 
Hamburger, spinach, sweet potato
Pro 32% | Carb 29% | Fat 37%
A basic healthy meal
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, spinach, boiled, potato, sweet,
muscle:100/100   health:69/100
 
Chicken, rice, spinach
Pro 47% | Carb 41% | Fat 10%
A simple healthy meal
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, rice, brown,
muscle:100/100   health:69/100
 
Bulking egg, spinach, salmon scramble
Pro 30% | Carb 18% | Fat 51%
Ingredients: egg, whole, spinach, boiled, fish, smoked salmon, raspberries, oil, olive, garlic, fresh, red pepper flakes,
muscle:100/100   health:69/100
 
Faux meat and spinach
Pro 67% | Carb 29% | Fat 3%
A cheap and healthy meal.
Ingredients: faux lunch meat, spinach, boiled, lemon juice,
muscle:49/100   health:68/100
 
Spicy cutting scramble
Pro 48% | Carb 31% | Fat 19%
Easy to make and fills you up with hardly any calories
Ingredients: cauliflower, egg, white, carton, past, red pepper flakes, garlic, fresh, soy sauce, low sodium, ginger, raw, grated, oil, olive,
muscle:100/100   health:68/100
 
Spinach salad with salmon, and avocado
Pro 32% | Carb 14% | Fat 53%
A high protein, healthy salad that is keto friendly as well!
Ingredients: spinach, fresh leaves, fish, grilled salmon, vinegar, balsamic, avocado,
muscle:100/100   health:68/100
 
Bulking turkey hash and apple
Pro 34% | Carb 29% | Fat 35%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, apple, cauliflower, oil, olive, turkey, ground, 99pct fat free, raw,
muscle:100/100   health:67/100
 
Hamburger and coleslaw
Pro 34% | Carb 27% | Fat 38%
A healthy low carb lunch
Ingredients: fat burner coleslaw, beef, ground, 5 percent fat,
muscle:100/100   health:67/100
 
Hamburger, rice, spinach
Pro 32% | Carb 30% | Fat 37%
An easy to prepare and healthy meal.
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, spinach, boiled, rice, brown,
muscle:100/100   health:66/100
 
Bulking beef hash and orange
Pro 28% | Carb 21% | Fat 50%
A delicious and healthy beef hash that is very low in carbs!
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, onion, fresh, black pepper, ground, thyme, salt, oil, olive, seed, celery, orange, cauliflower,
muscle:100/100   health:66/100
 
Baked chicken, broccoli, nuts
Pro 43% | Carb 21% | Fat 35%
A healthy and tasty low carb meal that is easy to make.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, broccoli, nuts, mixed,
muscle:100/100   health:66/100
 
Chicken breast, boiled spinach, and nuts
Pro 51% | Carb 11% | Fat 36%
Easy to make and relatively healthy keto meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, lemon juice, nuts, mixed,
muscle:100/100   health:66/100
 
Spinach salad with chicken
Pro 40% | Carb 26% | Fat 32%
A refreshing, filling, and high protein meal you can whip up in a minute.
Ingredients: spinach, fresh leaves, chicken breast, boneless, skinless, seed, sunflower, craisins, vinegar, balsamic,
muscle:100/100   health:65/100
 
Baked chicken, quinoa, and broccoli
Pro 43% | Carb 40% | Fat 16%
A delicious, healthy, and easy to make meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, broccoli, quinoa, ckd,
muscle:100/100   health:65/100
 
ground turkey hash
Pro 63% | Carb 27% | Fat 9%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, ground turkey, fat free, raw, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt,
muscle:100/100   health:65/100
 
ground chicken hash
Pro 53% | Carb 27% | Fat 19%
Delicious low carb hash you can whip up in 10 minutes!
Ingredients: cauliflower, onion, dried, garlic powder, paprika, ground, salt, chicken, ground, 95pct fat free, raw,
muscle:100/100   health:65/100
 
Black beans and shelled hemp
Pro 26% | Carb 45% | Fat 28%
Delicious quick meal high in protein, fiber, and omega-3s. Delicious, nutty flavor.
Ingredients: beans, black, cooked, seed, shelled hemp,
muscle:32/100   health:63/100
 
Bulking yogurt, nuts, and blackberries
Pro 31% | Carb 27% | Fat 40%
A quick, flavorful, high protein breakfast.
Ingredients: seed, flaxseed, blackberries, nuts, mixed, yogurt, greek nonfat,
muscle:100/100   health:63/100
 
Bulking cauliflower egg white scramble w nuts
Pro 35% | Carb 12% | Fat 52%
Tasty, high in protein and fiber but salty.
Ingredients: cauliflower, nuts, mixed, soy sauce, low sodium, egg white,
muscle:100/100   health:63/100
 
Bulking tofu scramble, orange, and berries
Pro 31% | Carb 42% | Fat 25%
Healthy meal with some protein.
Ingredients: tofu scramble, orange, blackberries,
muscle:100/100   health:62/100
 
Faux meat and coleslaw
Pro 53% | Carb 32% | Fat 13%
A healthy, cheap meal you can batch cook on weekends and make fast on work nights.
Ingredients: faux lunch meat, fat burner coleslaw,
muscle:41/100   health:61/100
 
Fish Taco and apple
Pro 35% | Carb 38% | Fat 26%
Savory tilapia fish taco high in protein and tasty!
Ingredients: tortilla, whole wheat, fish, tilapia, raw, oil, olive, onion, fresh, pepper, red bell, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, ground, black pepper, ground, lime juice, salt, apple,
muscle:100/100   health:61/100
 
yogurt, nuts, and flaxseed
Pro 28% | Carb 16% | Fat 54%
High in protein and low in carbs.
Ingredients: yogurt, greek nonfat, nuts, mixed, seed, flaxseed,
muscle:100/100   health:59/100
 
Hamburger, sweet potato, green beans, and orange
Pro 24% | Carb 43% | Fat 31%
This is a healthy meal for those maintaining weight or bulking.
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, beans, green frozen, potato, sweet, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:59/100
 
low carb beef hash
Pro 31% | Carb 15% | Fat 52%
A delicious and healthy beef hash that is very low in carbs!
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, onion, fresh, black pepper, ground, thyme, salt, oil, olive, seed, celery, cauliflower,
muscle:100/100   health:59/100
 
Salmon and asparagus with orange
Pro 44% | Carb 29% | Fat 25%
Healthy and simple!
Ingredients: fish, grilled salmon, thyme, black pepper, ground, salt, asparagus, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:58/100
 
Hamburger, sweet potato, green beans
Pro 26% | Carb 38% | Fat 34%
A healthy, high protein meal that even most finicky people will love.
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, beans, green frozen, potato, sweet,
muscle:100/100   health:58/100
 
Fish Taco and orange
Pro 38% | Carb 33% | Fat 28%
Savory tilapia fish taco high in protein and tasty!
Ingredients: tortilla, whole wheat, fish, tilapia, raw, oil, olive, onion, fresh, pepper, red bell, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, ground, black pepper, ground, lime juice, salt, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:57/100
 
Faux meat loaf and carrots
Pro 58% | Carb 36% | Fat 4%
Faux meat loaf is delicious and cheap protein
Ingredients: faux meat loaf, carrots,
muscle:46/100   health:57/100
 
Hamburger, sweet potato, asparagus
Pro 30% | Carb 31% | Fat 38%
A good basic healthy meal.
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, asparagus, potato, sweet,
muscle:100/100   health:57/100
 
Frosty protein breakfast cup
Pro 51% | Carb 19% | Fat 28%
High protein breakfast cup with acceptable taste considering its pea protein.
Ingredients: protein powder, pea, cereal, oat bran, seed, flaxseed, stevia, nuts, defatted peanut, water,
muscle:100/100   health:56/100
 
Chicken and cheesy spinach
Pro 59% | Carb 9% | Fat 30%
A quick and easy low carb meal for the work week that is healthy too.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, spinach, boiled, cheese, cheddar,
muscle:100/100   health:56/100
 
Yogurt with flax and an orange
Pro 49% | Carb 35% | Fat 15%
About as healthy and high protein a breakfast as you can get!
Ingredients: orange, yogurt, greek nonfat, seed, flaxseed,
muscle:100/100   health:55/100
 
Chicken taco and orange
Pro 24% | Carb 35% | Fat 39%
A simple, healthy, and zesty taco you can make in 15 minutes.
Ingredients: tortilla, whole wheat, chicken, breast, boneless, raw, oil, olive, onion, fresh, pepper, red bell, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, ground, black pepper, ground, lime juice, salt, orange,
muscle:47/100   health:55/100
 
Chicken and green beans stir fry
Pro 30% | Carb 47% | Fat 22%
Super easy to make and delicious too.
Ingredients: oil, peanut, garlic, fresh, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, low sodium, honey, ginger, ground, corn starch, water, chicken breast, skinless, boneless, raw, beans, green frozen,
muscle:100/100   health:52/100
 
Bulking chocolate peanut protein shake
Pro 28% | Carb 19% | Fat 52%
This healthy shake helps motivate as well as give a big dose of high quality protein.
Ingredients: banana, cocoa powder, stevia, water, protein powder, whey, oil, flaxseed, nuts, peanut butter,
muscle:100/100   health:51/100
 
Tofu scramble and an orange
Pro 33% | Carb 39% | Fat 26%
Healthy meal with some protein.
Ingredients: tofu scramble, orange,
muscle:100/100   health:51/100
 
Chocolate vegan protein shake
Pro 59% | Carb 31% | Fat 9%
A good meal to help vegans boost their protein.
Ingredients: protein powder, pea, protein powder, rice, banana, cocoa powder, stevia, water,
muscle:100/100   health:49/100
 
Chicken and coleslaw
Pro 48% | Carb 22% | Fat 29%
Healthy and tasty meal that you can batch cook on the weekend for use all week.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, fat burner coleslaw,
muscle:100/100   health:49/100
 
Chicken, rice, green beans
Pro 40% | Carb 48% | Fat 10%
A healthy meal that will please even picky eaters
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, beans, green frozen, rice, brown,
muscle:100/100   health:48/100
 
Yogurt and goji berries
Pro 48% | Carb 42% | Fat 8%
A quick high protein breakfast that tastes great.
Ingredients: yogurt, greek nonfat, goji berries, dried, seed, flaxseed,
muscle:100/100   health:48/100
 
Fish Tacos
Pro 42% | Carb 25% | Fat 31%
Savory tilapia fish taco high in protein and tasty!
Ingredients: tortilla, whole wheat, fish, tilapia, raw, oil, olive, onion, fresh, pepper, red bell, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, ground, black pepper, ground, lime juice, salt,
muscle:100/100   health:48/100
 
Hamburger and spinach
Pro 39% | Carb 6% | Fat 54%
A simple and healthy keto meal
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, spinach, boiled,
muscle:100/100   health:47/100
 
Spinach salad with salmon
Pro 49% | Carb 16% | Fat 33%
A high protein, healthy salad that is keto friendly as well!
Ingredients: spinach, fresh leaves, fish, grilled salmon, vinegar, balsamic,
muscle:100/100   health:46/100
 
Chicken taco
Pro 27% | Carb 27% | Fat 44%
A simple, healthy, and zesty taco you can make in 15 minutes.
Ingredients: tortilla, whole wheat, chicken, breast, boneless, raw, oil, olive, onion, fresh, pepper, red bell, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, ground, black pepper, ground, lime juice, salt,
muscle:100/100   health:45/100
 
yogurt and blackberries
Pro 57% | Carb 31% | Fat 10%
A quick, flavorful, high protein breakfast.
Ingredients: yogurt, greek nonfat, seed, flaxseed, blackberries,
muscle:100/100   health:44/100
 
Faux meat loaf, watermelon
Pro 57% | Carb 36% | Fat 5%
Delicious and inexpensive plant based meal.
Ingredients: faux meat loaf, watermelon,
muscle:44/100   health:42/100
 
Hamburger, rice, asparagus
Pro 30% | Carb 31% | Fat 37%
A basic healthy, high protein meal.
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, asparagus, rice, brown,
muscle:100/100   health:42/100
 
Chicken and mixed vegetables
Pro 49% | Carb 38% | Fat 12%
A bodybuilder staple, high in protein, easy to make, and healthy.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, vegetables, mixed,
muscle:100/100   health:40/100
 
yogurt and flaxseed
Pro 56% | Carb 25% | Fat 18%
Breakfast that is high in protein and low in carbs
Ingredients: yogurt, greek nonfat, seed, flaxseed,
muscle:100/100   health:39/100
 
yogurt and nuts
Pro 44% | Carb 19% | Fat 36%
High in protein and low in carbs.
Ingredients: yogurt, greek nonfat, nuts, mixed,
muscle:100/100   health:35/100
 
Tofu scramble
Pro 38% | Carb 30% | Fat 31%
Ingredients: tofu scramble,
muscle:100/100   health:34/100
 
Pre-workout protein shake
Pro 48% | Carb 34% | Fat 16%
This healthy shake helps motivate as well as give a big dose of high quality protein.
Ingredients: coffee, instant powder, protein powder, whey, banana, cocoa powder, stevia, water,
muscle:100/100   health:34/100
 
Salmon and asparagus
Pro 53% | Carb 11% | Fat 35%
Healthy and simple!
Ingredients: fish, grilled salmon, thyme, black pepper, ground, salt, asparagus,
muscle:100/100   health:32/100
 
Hamburger and asparagus
Pro 38% | Carb 8% | Fat 53%
A perfect keto meal
Ingredients: beef, ground 20% fat, asparagus,
muscle:100/100   health:32/100
 
Chicken and asparagus
Pro 70% | Carb 9% | Fat 19%
A simple and healthy low carb meal.
Ingredients: chicken breast, boneless, skinless, asparagus,
muscle:100/100   health:30/100
 
Pizza and Beer Cheat Meal
Pro 13% | Carb 53% | Fat 33%
Domino's thin crust cheese pizza slice(s) and beer(s)
Ingredients: domino's 14, beer,
muscle:15/100   health:20/100
 
Burger King Cheat Meal
Pro 14% | Carb 35% | Fat 50%
Whopped with cheese and medium fries.
Ingredients: burger king, whopper, w/ chs, burger king, french fr,
muscle:17/100   health:14/100