Low Carb Vegetables List For Your Next Salad or Side Dish

low carb vegetables

Salads can make an easy low carb meal. While many view the humble salad as a meal starter, when you understand the nutritional value of the ingredients, a bowl of vegetables really can be an entire meal. When you add in some seasoned chicken or fish, you have a complete low carb meal that will provide you with enough calories and energy for the rest of your day. 

Low Carb Vegetables


Leafy Greens

1.5 cups = 3 grams of carbohydrates

The basis of any self respecting salad, lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens are extremely natural, low carb foods. If cabbage is more your taste, red or green cabbage will have about 5 grams of carbs.

Simply cut into bite size pieces an add to any salad. Leaves can also serve as a healthy replacement for bread when making a sandwich.

Tomatoes

1 medium sized = 7 grams of carbohydrates

Tomatoes are surprisingly low in carbohydrates. Their higher carb count may alarm some, but it is rare that you will eat a whole tomato. They also add a lot of fiber, flavor and color to your salad.

Dice up a medium tomato and add about a third of it to your salad.



Carrots

1- 7″ long = 8 grams of carbohydrates

Many think that root vegetables are loaded with carbs. This is not always the case. Unlike potatoes, carrots are very low in carbs. Very few other veggies pack so much nutrition into so few calories.

Carrots make great snacks on their own. For your salad, cut them into slices or great them.

Broccoli

1 medium stalk = 8 grams of carbohydrates

A member of the cruciferous family, broccoli offers superb nutrition for a low carb diet. The carbohydrates that broccoli deliver are complex carbs and are considered a whole food source.

Eating it raw is the best option but can also be steamed without losing too much of its nutritional value.

Green Beans

3/4 cup = 5 grams of carbohydrates

One of the lowest “low carb” foods in the bean category. Other beans such as black beans, red bean, Garbanzo beans and even lima beans that can have as much as 30 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Green beans on the other hand are very low in carbs. They can be eaten raw or steamed for a tasty side dish with any meal.



Peas

1/2 cup = 10 grams carbohydrates

On the higher side, peas are not as low carb as some would like. On the other hand, they deliver a sizable amount of fiber that is a very important part of a low carb diet.

Green peas, snow peas, and sugar snap peas are all natural foods that can add a lot of flavor to your meal. They can be eaten raw or steamed.

Cucumbers

1/2 cup of slices = 2 grams of carbohydrates

These are really a great low carb food. Not only do they taste great, they are also easy to simply clean, cut, and eat. They also have a lot of vitamins such as C and K as well as a good supply of potassium.

Slice them into a salad or eat right out of the garden.

Bean Sprouts

1 cup = 6 grams of carbohydrates

Most common, mung bean and soybean sprouts are a good source of vitamin C. They can also give you a significant supply of calories, as well as protein. Most low carb diets recognize bean sprouts as a great option.

Add them to a salad or you can cook them as a side dish.



Celery

2 medium stalks = 3 grams of carbohydrates

You can never eat too much celery. High in fiber and nutrients, it provides a great, easy to grab, all natural snack.

Along with the carrot, and broccoli, it is a favorite on the veggie tray. Celery also adds great complex flavors to any slow cooker meal.

There are many types of low carb diets and vegetables are only a part of them. But they are important. Any time you make changes to your usual diet, it can be difficult to adjust, but with some experimenting and taste testing, you will soon find that eating healthy isn’t really a sacrifice but an adventure!


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