Well, I’m sure you know by now the kind of foods that you are going to have to bid farewell to if you are considering a low carb diet, so let’s be positive and focus on all those foods that you can eat. OK so in reality that would be a ridiculously long list, so instead here we will just focus on the best foods to eat on low carb diets. Hold on to your wobbly bits, we are about to feel better and thinner!
There are two major downsides to a low carb diet: 1) Lack of fiber, 2) That hungry feeling. To address these two issues try introducing some of the following foods to your diet that are of course low carb.
Great Low Carb Foods
Carrots – the beauty of carrots is that they can be used in different ways. Raw in stick form to dip into peanut butter, or steamed in their masses to bulk up an evening meal. If you don’t like the texture then carrot juice is a great alternative with all the nutrition too.
Beans – for those of you that miss the bulk you get from beans here is some good news. Both bean sprouts and green beans are great foods to eat on a low carb diet. Bean sprouts are particularly high in energy too – why not add them to a salad to make it more satisfying. Any other beans alas are off the table for low carbers.
Cucumber – perhaps the ultimate food on a low carb diet as a whole cucumber only has about 3g of carbs. Great for a snack raw (again get out the peanut butter to dip) or add to salads. Actually steamed cucumber with butter is a tasty warm alternative too.
Seeds and nuts – not all nuts are friends to the low carb dieter but lower carb nuts to try are macadamia, almond, pecans and walnuts. Don’t forget sunflower and pumpkin seeds too. Great for snacking or to sprinkle over salads or desserts. Try toasting your nuts for extra flavor, or even adding some spice like chili powder for that ‘bag of chips’ alternative.
Dried fruit – fiber rich with that natural sweet hit. Raisins and dried cranberries are your best bet but check the labeling as some may have added sugar and other nasties.
Celery – you either love it or you hate it, but it’s a great friend to have when you are low carb dieting. Fills you up, has great nutritional value, has hardly any calories and is very low carb.
Squash and pumpkin – half a cup of these beauties is only around 2g of carbs for a pumpkin and 5g for a butternut squash. I like them too as they are really filling, satisfying and have that lovely sweet taste that is often missing in veggies. Cube and roast them or make into soup. Alternatively try making spaghetti squash – especially great if you miss real pasta.
Shirataki noodles – these can be difficult to get hold of but if you miss the filling feeling of pasta and noodles then it’s worth tracking them down (or see Amazon link - top right). They originate from Japan and are made from a plant.
Tomatoes – versatile, low in carbs and everyone loves them. Eaten raw they make a great quick snack, or why not make your own soup – you can add beans to bulk it up if you wish.
Green Leafy vegetables and broccoli – I know they aren’t everyone’s favorite but they are definitely one of the best foods to eat on low carb diets around. If you can’t palate them the way they are then don’t be afraid to add herb or garlic butters to them to make them more appealing. As well as broccoli, cabbage, lettuce and spinach are low carb must haves. They are really filling too.
Missing Rice, Bread and Pasta?
Cauliflower – best until last and let me tell you why...Even if you don’t like cauliflower you can use it to your advantage by grating it into tiny pieces and then cooking and eating it as if it were rice. Cauliflower rice really works as it’s pretty bland and fills you up – also fools you into thinking you are indulging in some naughty rice carbs.
Here are some other great ideas you can use in a similar way:
- Use lettuce in place of bread when making a sandwich.
- Shred cabbage and use like pasta, or use it ‘as is’ for lasagna sheets.
- Don’t forget spaghetti squash and cauliflower rice.
Snack it Up!
If you’ve read all this and still don’t see how you are ever going to last on a low carb diet then do not despair! There are loads of easy low carb no sugar snacks you can eat to make the in between times of broccoli and celery less down heartening. Remember too that you can have loads of the following:
Use these in conjunction with the list of best foods to eat on low carb diets above and you’ll be winning on your diet in no time.