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What are some good low-carb dinner ideas? I am trying to limit my carb intake after 5 p.m., but I am only able to eat dinner after 7:30 p.m., so I need low-carb options.

 Antonio

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Don’t limit yourself nutritionally just because you’re limiting carbohydrates, but instead put a twist on the entrées you normally like to omit the starches from. Granted, tamales or mac & cheese won’t work, but there are endless healthy ways that you can combine protein and vegetables depending on your taste preferences and the prep time.

Fajitas (onion, bell pepper, chicken strips) can easily be tossed in a skillet with a little oil and seasoning – just eliminate the tortillas and feel free to add a little avocado for extra flavor. Vegetable beef soup (green beans, onion, celery, peas, carrots, sirloin cubes) can be prepped in a small crockpot with broth and herbs and enjoyed when you return home late. A basic stir-fry containing broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, onion, mushrooms, bean sprouts and shrimp can be tossed in a wok with oil and a light sauce. The key to these suggestions is for the ingredients to be washed, pre-cut and ready to add.

Should I eat dinner before or after I go to the gym if I workout late at night?

A late evening meal doesn’t have to be a traditionally sized dinner, either. A substantial lunch, afternoon snack, then a protein shake after 7:30 p.m. might suffice. If you need a little more substance, you can also try scrambling a couple of eggs into an omelet with salsa or combining a couple of tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad for a small meal.

– Debbie J., MS, RD
Debbie James is a registered dietitian. Any views or opinions presented in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of Fitness International, LLC.

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