No Starch Diet Recipes for People Who Need More Energy In Their Day

SkinnyMs.SkinnyMs. Have you been considering going on a no starch diet? The diet, which is meant to provide your body


Have you been considering going on a no starch diet? The diet, which is meant to provide your body with the nutrition it needs while eliminating empty carbohydrates, is actually way more accessible than you might imagine. Yes, you’ll have to say sayonara to cereal and a heaping bowl of pasta, but there is so much goodness out there for you to indulge in.

Let’s get something straight about starch. When chosen carefully, starches can be a part of a healthy, balanced diet. They are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. But not all starches are created equal.

An easy way to avoid starches is to cut out grains and their flours, which are found in such things as cookies, baked potatoes, breads, pasta, rice, and French fries, which, when over consumed (which they typically are in the American diet), can cause weight gain. Starches are also found in high concentrations in winter squash such as butternut or acorn, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, sweet corn, peas, and parsnips.

However, just cutting out starches and not knowing what to fill in its place for energy isn’t a smart idea. If you want to go on a no starch diet, without crashing, it’s important to get enough protein and other healthy carbs, as well as increase your fat intake.

Here’s a guide of what to eat from breakfast to dessert.

For Breakfast

1. 5-Ingredient Baked Egg Mushrooms


Mushrooms have that meaty, chewy texture that will make any dish feel indulgent. Combined with the creaminess of an egg yolk, this is one mouth watering recipe that’s good for anyone looking to avoid starch but fill up on energy-boosting foods.

2. No-Bake Fruit Energy Bars


When you’re trying to make it out the door in time for work but are starving, things like a muffin might be the easiest grab-and-go option. But if you know you often run late, take time to whip up some energy bars on a Sunday night. Not only are they great for a no starch diet, but they are packed with super healthy and energizing ingredients, hence the name!

3. Cinnamon Bun Pancakes


Pancakes are a guilty pleasure, whether you’re trying to avoid starch or not. But anyone looking to have their pancakes and eat them too with enjoy this recipe. Using coconut flour allows for a no starch decadent breakfast dish. The Greek yogurt and egg whites will give you a healthy dose of energizing protein.

For a Snack

4. 3-Ingredient Parmesan Kale Chips


Whether it’s a mid-morning hunger pang or that afternoon slump, sometimes a bag of chips are just calling your name. For a no-starch (and way healthier option), try these crunchy kale chips that are busting with flavor, plus vitamins and minerals for a surefire way to fuel your body.

5.  Avocado Dip and Veggies


Whether or not crackers, potato chips, or tortilla chips are an option, this super delicious, filling, and energizing combination of avocado dip and veggies is a healthy and delicious snack.

6. Meaty Veggie Roll-Ups


Sometimes you just don’t have the time to even snack! When that happens, grab some deli meat and cheese, chop up some vegetables and roll it all up to refuel on the go.

For Lunch

7. Grilled Shrimp and Radish Chopped Salad


Salads are a great way to avoid starch. This colorful concoction will keep you satisfied for hours. From the shrimp to the kale, you’ll get lots of energy-boosting ingredients.

8. Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado


Just because there’s no bread in this recipe doesn’t mean you won’t feel full and satisfied after eating this delicious dish. Fresh seared tuna salad is packed into an avocado bowl, with lemon and Greek yogurt providing a tangy, creamy complement to the fattiness of the avocado.

9. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups


A nice and conventional swap to starchy bread is lettuce. From the crunch to the sturdiness, lettuce cups can pack in a whole lot of ingredients and flavor. This recipe really kicks it up a notch, however, with a sour and spicy warm stir-fried meat folded in for a protein punch.

For Dinner

10. Raw Spiralized Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes and Pesto


When you think of pasta, one word comes to mind: starch. Well, delicious and comforting also come to mind, but you get where I’m going. This dish fulfills that craving for a big bowl of noodles by using no starch zucchini noodles. Combined with zesty tomatoes and creamy pesto, it’s a delightful light dinner for when you need a boost of energy before getting back to work or going out for an event.

11. Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash


Lasagna can bring on the food coma, but if you have things to do, that’s the last thing you want! A great no starch alternative that will fuel you up is this lasagna made with spaghetti squash instead of noodles. Still comforting, packed with protein from the ground turkey, and oozing with delicious Italian flavors, you’ll be hard-pressed to take breaths between each bite!

12. Grilled Pork Chops with Asparagus and Pesto


Pork chops are the star in this dish with juicy, protein goodness, while the asparagus is a delightful complement. The pesto really takes the dish to a new level. Save some for leftover lunch the following day for a no starch energy boost the whole office will be drooling over.

For Dessert

13. Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Bites


Cheesecake is one indulgent and delicious dessert, but if starch is off limits, you should know that some recipes contain a small amount of starch, like flour or cornstarch. To keep your dessert healthy and starch-free, try this recipe that can easily follow up your light lunch. Sweet, fresh strawberries are topped with banana cheesecake creme. The result is simple, stunning, and oh so irresistible.

14. Coconut Banana Paleo Cookies


In the mood for a cookie after lunch? Maybe it’s 3 and you can barely keep your eyes open and you just need a distraction. If you’re following a no starch diet, this recipe will allow you to healthily satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your energy levels.

Following a no starch diet may seem tricky, especially if you are trying to keep yourself fueled up for a workout or to stay productive throughout the day, but by incorporating more protein and vegetables, and making simple swaps like using almond flour or coconut flour in your sweet treats and snacks, you’ll be able to navigate the diet easily, while avoiding energy crashes.

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