If you're living your best life following a low-carb eating plan, chances are you don't eat any chips—and we don't blame you! Not only are commercial chips full of carbs, but they are often highly processed and full of icky ingredients and fillers like MSG. Not exactly what you want to fuel your body with. That said, if you're a lover of all things "chips," we've got good news for you—with Uprising's Superfood Freedom Chips, you can finally have your cake and eat it too.
In this post, we're diving into the low-carb lifestyle and exploring the best crunchy chips and dip recipe to help keep you on track with your eating plan. Whether you're on the keto diet or just trying to opt for healthier chip options, this article is for you.
Why Eat Low Carb?
Believe it or not, there's actually no official definition of a "low" carb diet, which can get a little confusing. Research often uses many different classifications, but as a general overview, a low-carb diet is one where between 20 to 30 percent of your overall daily energy intake comes from carbs. This is roughly less than 130 grams of carbs (total) per day.
When you do consume carbs, you should always opt for higher fiber carbohydrates (for example, oats, wholewheat pasta, or sweet potato). These have a larger molecular structure than carbs with less fiber (for example, white bread, white pasta, and white rice). Fiber helps to make us feel fuller for longer bouts of time and has many other incredible health benefits like supporting a healthy heart.
What Is Keto?
Short for ketogenic, the keto diet is an approach to eating that's extremely low in carbs, with just 5 to 10 percent of calories coming from carbohydrates. This typically looks like 30 to 50 grams of carbs a day, with some strict keto dieters opting for no more than 20. Considering most of us consume roughly half of our calories from carbs, adopting a keto lifestyle could mean a lot of changes—but the benefits are often well worth it.
What are some of those benefits, you ask? Here are a few of them:
Benefit #1: Appetite Reduction
Many studies have shown that reduced carbohydrate consumption plays a major role in one's appetite. In one particular study, participants who were instructed to stick to a low-carb eating plan didn't get hungry as often as those who consumed carbs.
Benefit #2: Weight Loss
To continue from the last benefit, fewer hunger pangs, of course, will ultimately reduce the amount of food—or in other words, calories—that you consume, which helps you to lose weight. In fact, one study showed that low-carb dieters could lose up to three times as much weight as low-fat dieters, with the added benefit of not feeling hungry.
And on top of that, other findings have shown that a significant portion of the fat lost by low-carb dieters comes from the stubborn abdominal area, making this an especially beneficial eating option for those looking to get rid of those pesky love handles.
Benefit #3: Improved Sleep
Did you know that eating low carb may improve your sleep quality? Yup, it's true—once your body has adjusted to eating fewer carbohydrates, it becomes much easier for you to drift off to sleep, sleep deeper, and wake up feeling more refreshed. This was demonstrated in a study that examined kids with therapy-resistant epilepsy.
Benefit #4: More Energy
This is related to the above point about better sleep quality. Initially, you may feel a bit low on energy and sluggish after adopting a low-carb lifestyle such as keto. This state is actually known as the dreaded "keto flu," and it's not uncommon for it to be accompanied by nausea, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms.
This happens as a result of your body changing its energy source from carbs to fat. However, after a couple of weeks, it's likely that you will feel even more energetic than you used to once your body has gotten well-accustomed to burning fat for fuel.
Benefit #5: Reduced Inflammation
Believe it or not, your inflammation levels may indicate the level of risk you're currently at in terms of developing not-so-great health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, and even autoimmune disorders. By measuring white blood cell counts and high-sensitivity C-reactive proteins (hs-CRP), doctors can gauge your inflammation levels. In a two-year study, patients that stuck to a low-carb lifestyle displayed an unbelievable 29 percent decrease in their hsCRP levels.
How To Make Chips And Dip Low Carb
Now that you know all the incredible benefits associated with eating low carb, let's talk about chips and dips, shall we?
Chips and dip are a fan favorite, but seeing as chips are often full of carbs, it can be a tough dish to accomplish. Thankfully, Uprising Superfood Freedom Chips are here to the rescue! At only two net carbs per serving with nine grams of heart-healthy fiber and six grams of body-nourishing protein, these mouth-watering, unbelievably crunchy chips are a serious game-changer for those eating low carb. Plus, they contain no gluten ingredients—what's not to love?
Now that you've got your chips picked out, the only thing left to do is make your dip! Here are some of our favorite low-carb dips that pair beautifully with Uprising's Superfood Freedom Chips:
Everything Seasoning Dip
If you love everything bagels, then this tasty dip is for you. All you need to do is whip together softened cream cheese and a little sour cream for one minute. The mixture should be slightly "fluffed" and perfectly smooth. Next, add seasoning like salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and of course, some yummy everything bagel seasoning, which you can find at your local grocery store.
Whip it all together again for another minute, spoon it into a serving bowl, and voila! You've just made an awesomely healthy low-carb dip for any occasion.
Bacon, Cheddar & Ranch Dip
Who doesn't love bacon and cheese smothered and covered in ranch? To make this drool-worthy dip, simply mix in a bowl sour cream, one package of Ranch Dressing Mix Seasoning, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, and dill with a hand blender. You can also use a spoon with a whole lot of elbow grease; just make sure the ingredients are perfectly mixed. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for an hour. Once chilled, your dip is ready to enjoy!
This warm, savory pizza dip recipe is so good, you won't believe that you're hardly eating any carbs. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 F, and then brown up some sausage in a skillet. While it's browning, mix softened cream cheese, ricotta, parmesan, and seasoning (pepper, salt, garlic, basil, and oregano) in a large bowl and set aside.
Dice some onion and pepper and add it to your cooked sausage. Slice pepperoni in strips and add to the pan with the sausage and veggies—cook for two to three minutes. Then, add ½ cup of a low-carb tomato sauce to the meat and veggie pan, allowing it to simmer for five minutes.
Spread the creamy cheese layer that you set aside on the bottom of a pan. Carefully spoon the meat and veggies on top of the creamy cheese layer. Add ½ cup of sauce to the top of the dish. Top with mozzarella and crumbled bacon before tossing it in the oven to bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.
A Final Word
If you're looking to reap the benefits associated with a low-carb lifestyle but don't want to give up your favorite dish—chips and dip—then you're in luck because with Uprising's Superfood Freedom Chips, you can enjoy salty chips at only two net carbs per serving. The only thing left for you to do is make the dip!