Are you looking for a low carb and Keto friendly meal idea that you can serve to the whole family? It can be exhausting if you are making one dinner for yourself and another for the kids or your spouse. So, finding something the whole family can enjoy while eating a low carbohydrate diet is key.
Of course, fruits and vegetables are always great low carb diet food, so regardless of what your meal plans look like, you should always be stocked up on delicious and fresh fruits and vegetables to use either as side dishes or snacks throughout the day. Planning your meals, including your snacks, is a great strategy so you are not at a loss of what to eat and then most likely end up straying from your diet plan and eating the wrong foods. Research demonstrates people who frequent convenience stores are associated with chronic diseases and have a low quality diet. (1)
Your body uses carbohydrates as its main fuel source. Complex carbohydrates (starches) are broken down into simple sugars during digestion. Once they are broken down, then they are absorbed into your bloodstream, where they are known as blood sugar (glucose). In general, natural complex carbohydrates are digested more slowly and they have less effect on blood sugar. Natural complex carbohydrates provide bulk and serve other body functions beyond fuel. We will save that for another post.
However, there are benefits for following a low carb diet and some include the possible prevention or improvement of serious health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Very low carbohydrate diets or ketogenic diets have actually been around a very long time, since the 1920s as a type of therapy of epilepsy. (2)
Typical foods for a low-carb diet focuses on proteins, including meat, poultry, fish and eggs, and some non-starchy vegetables. A low-carb diet generally excludes or limits most grains, legumes, fruits, breads, sweets, pastas and starchy vegetables, and sometimes nuts and seeds. Some low-carb diet plans allow small amounts of certain fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Luckily, with this recipe for Low Carb Chicken in the Crock Pot, you can make one meal that the entire family will love. Even better, this meal requires almost no work thanks to the slow cooker.
First, here is the ingredient list.
Low Carb Chicken in the Crock Pot
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 ranch flavored seasoning packet
- 2 pounds of defrosted chicken breasts
- 8 oz package of cream cheese, cut into chunks
- 8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Add chicken broth to the slow cooker and stir in the ranch seasoning packet. Then add defrosted chicken breasts to the crock pot.
Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
After the cook time has ended, shred the chicken with two forks. When you shred the chicken, it will begin to absorb any leftover liquid.
Add in the chunks of cut up cream cheese, bacon and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir all of the ingredients together.
Cover the crock pot again and leave in for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cream cheese has melted.
You can serve this Low Carb Chicken in the Crock Pot on it’s own or with a side salad or vegetables. It would be wonderful served over a portobello mushroom. You can also serve this chicken in lettuce wraps for a low carb meal.
If you are not that concerned about carbs, and are just looking for a yummy meal idea, try serving this with a side of rice or pasta.
Happy cooking and eating!