Eating a low carb diet can conjure up visions of succulent steaks, juicy burgers and all the dairy you can eat; and while these foods are low carb friendly and will result in weight loss as part of a low carb diet, they are not the healthiest of choices. A common misconception is that it is impossible or very difficult to eat healthily when on a low carb diet. However, by including the following foods in your meal rotation and cutting down on the other calorific foods associated with low carb eating, you will be able to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
1. Green Vegetables
Green vegetables (especially the leafy ones) are a fantastic addition to your low carb diet. Asparagus, broccoli, mustard (and other greens), kale, lettuce, bok choy, okra and spinach are all low calorie, low fat, contain almost zero carbs and are packed full of nutrients and minerals. They also have cancer-preventing qualities, are quick and easy to cook and provide a delicious alternative to more starchy vegetables.
Once you’re on a low carb meal plan, feel free to indulge in seafood! Shrimp, tilapia, trout, catfish, crab, salmon and perch are the lowest in mercury and have a low fat content. Seafood is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acid and is delicious when grilled or steamed–a wonderful and healthy addition to your low carb diet.
3. Lean Meats
Meat is always a big part of a low carb diet but stocking up on beef, pork and chicken isn’t always the best way forward when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Choosing lean cuts of beef and poultry and eating them in moderation is best when it comes to low carb healthy eating. Try to steer clear of pork altogether as it is the most fattening of meats. However, fish trumps all these choices!
Although considered healthy, fruits are generally a no-no when it comes to a low carb diet. They are high in sugar and so are not ideal. That being said, there are a few options that can be included. Blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries have the lowest sugar content, are low in fat and calories and make a great snack or dessert. You can also whip them up into a tasty smoothie!
Substituting heavy, sugary and sometimes starchy soups with lighter, clear broths is a great way to avoid carbs. In addition to this, broth contains none of the high calorie and fatty creams and dairy often used to thicken and flavor soups.
Olives are a great and healthy snack or meal accompaniment to include in a low carb diet. They are a good source of fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. They are also, of course, a brilliant source of olive oil which is great for digestive health. It is low in carbohydrates and is a tasty and practical addition of your diet.