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When you’re following a low-carb diet, you can get away with a lot of things— slacking off on cardio, losing your temper, and eating plenty of fat (really). When you’re too low on carbs to fuel your body, your body actually turns to fat for fuel, and eating more fat can actually encourage you to lose it. This duck recipe takes full advantage of the extra fat you’re eating and makes the most of its flavor.
Duck is an undereaten but perfectly good source of protein. The cashews complement it, helping to keep you full for hours. For maximum flavor, we did include a little brown sugar with the nuts (very little, just ½ teaspoon), but the remaining carbs are from the cashews. The nuts contain fiber, which has no impact on blood sugar, and carbs from nuts are generally negligible anyway—they don’t cause as rapid an insulin response as starches do.