I love eggs and meat for breakfast as much as the next guy, but sometimes I have to mix it up a little. Based on my initial low carb goals, this meal would pack the highest amount of carbs for the day, which is why I have it for breakfast. I could eat it any time, but I prefer to have my highest carb meals for breakfast if those carbs are coming from sugary fruit. Not only does this give me a boost of energy for those days when I just don't feel motivated, but it also gives me a chance to workout afterward and go ahead and burn off that sugar, and spend the rest of the day burning fat. This is just personal preference, so feel free to eat this meal any time, but I do have bodybuilding friends who will not eat carbs past noon, so I think this practice is common.
The thing to remember about recipes like this is that you can always mix them up. I share nutrition info based on the exact items I use, but you could always find alternatives that meet your needs. Maybe you use a lower carb Greek yogurt (if so please share because 9g is the lowest I've seen) or maybe you use a different fruit blend with less sugar and carbs. I'm just using what I have on hand today. I haven't really done a lot of shopping around at this point because I just pick up what I need when I'm at Walmart. We don't have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods nearby, so I do the best I can with what I have. Oh, and honestly, sometimes I just want what I want, and I'm willing to sacrifice later in the day. The point is to eat what you love, without guilt, and be as healthy as you possibly can be. Don't let the way you eat become a "law" in your life. As the Bible says:
" Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence." Colossians 2:20-23
I say this because food and exercise can easily become a religion in themselves if we are not careful. You should never feel guilty about eating, especially when you are trying so hard to take care of your body. When you start to live like a slave, food becomes your master, and in turn, your desires become stronger than your will to resist.
At the same time you will also read:
"All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify." 1 Corinthians 10:23
So we are completely free under grace to do all things, but not all things are good for us.
It's all about balance. 🙂 With of that out of the way, I will now share this recipe!
Low Carb Berry Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 c Great Value Greek Yogurt (plain)
- 1/2 Great Value Cherry Berry Blend (no sugar added)
- 1-2 tsp Stevia (to taste)
- Allow fruit to thaw
- Mix fruit, yogurt, and stevia
- Enjoy it and dance around after eating!
Nutrition Information for Low Carb Berry Greek Yogurt:
Total Fat: 0
Carbohydrates: 14g - 2g Fiber = 12g Net Carbs
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars: 12g (all from natural sources)
Note: As you know, I generally keep all meals sugar free or very low in sugar content. When I am eating fruits, I am not as concerned with the sugar content. Clearly, I don't want to overindulge, but it is fruit, it is natural, and it is fine by me. I just watch my sugar content for the rest of the day very closely. I can go an entire day eating 0 grams, so once in a while eating 12g in one meal doesn't worry me. If you notice that you are very sensitive to fructose, then please leave it out of your diet, otherwise, enjoy a treat!
* We strive to make all of our recipes according to our own dietary standards. Our recipes have to meet the following criteria: Low Carb, High Fat, Moderate Protein, Sugar-Free (we only allow natural fruit, veggie, and dairy sugars in our diet, and very little stevia in the raw), and Gluten-Free. You can learn more about how we eat, and how to figure out the macro-nutrient amounts you need daily.