101 Ultimate Low Carb Foods List
There are a ton of reasons why someone might be looking for a low carb foods list but the reason most people want to cut carbs from their diet is for weight loss. And it’s not hard to see
Overindulgence and large portion sizes are the main reasons for weight gain and its foods like cheesecakes with a mixture of fat and carbs, potato chips, fat, and starch, which prove irresistible, reducing your carbs will take out this weight gaining combo completely.
Eating a low carb diet doesn’t mean you have to miss out on tasty meals, it’s far easier to cut carbs than it is fat, low carb meals can be delicious, low carb diets promote a higher protein intake, this means we can include extra meat into our diet. Heres a few quick and easy, tasty examples;
Steak salad with buttermilk dressing
Bunless cheeseburger served with vegetables and salsa sauce
Grilled chicken with vegetables
Steak and veggies
Pork chops with vegetables
Grilled chicken wings with greens and salsa
Ground beef with sliced bell peppers
Herb crusted salmon
Cheezy tuna casserole
They’re just a few simple meals you can prepare on a low carb diet, I’m sure once you have read our comprehensive list of low carb foods (below) your be putting together some amazing low carb recipes. Before long you will hardly notice you are on a diet.
Salmon - Carbs 0
One of the most popular types of fish and for good reason, packed full of omega 3 fatty acids which promotes a healthy heart and joints, salmon is also full of protein and with 0 carbs salmon is a great choice for adding muscle and loosing fat.
Cod - Carbs 0
A low fat flakey white meat, cod is also loaded with protein, a 3oz portion of cod has around 90 calories and 1g of fat, another excellent fish choice for the health concious among you. Cod also a good source of phosphorus, niacin, and Vitamin B-12.
Trout - Carbs 0
Similar to salmon trout is a fatty fish full of omega 3, a 3oz serving has 0 carbs and 117 calories and 19g of protein. Trout is rich in potassium, phosphorus and is an excellent source of the vitamin B complex.
Tuna - Carbs 0
A cheap source of protein, tinned tuna is made up of approximately 94 percent protein and 6 percent fat. Tuna is also a relatively good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Haddock - Carbs 0
A lean, mild tasting white flakey fish similar a to cod, suited for those who want to start eating fish but haven’t become accustomed to a strong fish flavor. A 3oz serving provides 20g of protein.
Other Low - Carb Fish and Sea Food
- Anchovies – 0g
- Catfish – 0g
- Clams -0g
- Halibut – 0g
- Herring – 0g
- Lobster – 1g
- Oysters – 0g
- Shrimp – 0g
Nuts & Seeds 1oz serving ( 28g)
Pecans - Carbs 4g
Pecan nuts rank in the top 15 foods for the highest amount of antioxidants according to the USDA. They are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Pecans contain monounsaturated fats including oleic acid and phenolic antioxidants which help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Pine Nuts - Carbs 4g
Just like pecans pine nuts contain a wealth of antioxidants, they will also help boost your energy because they’re rammed packed with nutrients such as monounsaturated fat, protein, and iron. Pine nuts contain a good source of A, B, C, D and E, and lutein.
Macadamia Nuts - Carbs 4g
Native to Australia Macadamia nuts are the fruits of the macadamia tree. They contain some of the most important vitamins and minerals which include vitamin A, B-vitamins iron, folate, manganese, protein, healthy fats, and the all-powerful antioxidants.
Almonds - Carbs 6g
Almonds are a great source of fiber and protein, although they are quite high in fat, its the good fat, monounsaturated fat which helps to protect the heart by maintaining levels of (good) HDL cholesterol versus (bad) LDL cholesterol.
Brazil Nuts - Carbs 6g
Brazil nuts are the densest food source of bioavailable selenium. Selenium is an antioxidant that plays many important roles in our body. They are also a great source of the antioxidant vitamin E.
Other Low - Carb Nuts
- Peanuts – 6g
- Pistachio -8g
- Hazelnuts -5g
- Walnuts – 4g
Vegetables 1/2 Cup
Lettuce - Carbs 1g
A pale crunchy vegetable with a neutral taste, it’s not as high in nutrients as other greens but it still packs in a few important ones such as vitamins A and K. Lettuce also provides sources of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, and folate.
Cucumbers - Carbs 2g
Cucumbers have a high water content of 96% which makes them very low in calories. But surprisingly they are rich in vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, K, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Cucumbers also contain antioxidants.
Radishes - Carbs 2g
Half a cup of radishes contains about 12 calories and virtually no fat. They are a good source of vitamin C, radishes contain small amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper, niacin, riboflavin, and zinc.
Cauliflower - Carbs 2.5g
Cauliflower has an impressive amount of health benefits that include fighting inflammation, supplying vitamin k to the body, supporting healthy weight loss and boosting brain health. The antioxidants found in cauliflower include beta-cryptoxanthin, rutin, cinnamic acid and ferulic acid. 1/2 serving provides 35% of your RDA of vitamin C.
Asparagus - Carbs 4g
Asparagus is usually green but can also be bought in white and purple varieties too. Asparagus is packed full of goodness including vitamin A, an essential nutrient that helps to protect our eyes, skin and immune system.
Carrots - Carbs 6g
Carrots are a very good source of beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin K, and antioxidants. Carrots are about 10% carbs consisting of starch, fiber, and simple sugars.
Other Low Carb - Vegatables
- Argula – 0.5g
- Celery – 1.5g
- Spinach – 3g
- Turnips – 4g
- Okra – 4g
- String beans – 5g
- Bell Peppers – 4.5g
- Broccoli – 6g
Meats 3oz serving (86g)
Chicken - Carbs 0g
Chicken is an excellent source of protein and its full of beneficial amino acids. Chicken provides all 9 of the essential amino acids thus making it a complete protein. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals including iron, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B2, B3, B5, and B6.
Turkey - Carbs 0g
An excellent source of selenium, selenium plays an important role in thyroid hormone metabolism and reproduction and acts as an antioxidant. Turkey is low in fat and packed full with protein.
Beef - Carbs 0g
Beef provides a large source of the amino acid L-carnitine among other functions L- carnitine plays a part in fat metabolism. It is far easier to absorb L – carnitine from eating beef than it is through supplements. Beef is also high in protein and rich in minerals including iron, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.
Lamb - Carbs 0g
The protein content of lamb is around 25% and its a high quality protein containing all 9 of the essential amino acids, making lamb a complete protein. Relatively high in fat, the content of fat in lamb ranges from 17-21%. Just like beef, lamb is rich in iron and zinc.
Pork - Carbs 0g
Lean pork, when trimmed of visible fat, is nutrient dense. Containing as much protein as chicken, pork is becoming more popular with bodybuilders and athletes. It can be cheaply sourced and is also a complete protein.
Other Low Carb - Meats
- Goose – 0g
- Rabbit – 0g
Fruits 1/2 Cup
Strawberries - Carbs 6g
Strawberries are amongst the top 15 fruits in antioxidant capacity. Packed with vitamins, strawberries are fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free. 8 strawberries provide about the same amount of vitamin C as an orange.
Blackberries - Carbs 7g
Just a 1/2 cup of blackberries has 15 milligrams of vitamin C, 1/2 a cup also provides 1/3rd of the amount of vitamin K. At 32 calories blackberries provide a low-calorie sweet snack. High in minerals and antioxidants blackberries are a versatile fruit to fit into your diet.
Necterenes - Carbs 7g
Nectarines contain a substantial amount of nutrients, they help in strengthing the immune system, promoting youthful skin, and are said to be an excellent snack option during pregnancy.
Apples - Carbs 9g
So much research has been done over apples it would take pages to list all of their benefits in detail, but their main benefit to your health are – Help avoid Alzheimer’s, protect against Parkinsons, curb all sorts of cancers, decreased risk of diabetes, reduces cholesterol, prevents gallstones, detoxify your liver and much more.
Cherries - Carbs 9g
Cherries are a potent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds “These cellular bodyguards slow down aging and ward off chronic illnesses—including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and obesity” says health
Other Low Carb - Fruits
- Watermelon – 6g
- Raspberries – 7g
- Peaches 8g
- Apricots 9g
- Plumbs 9g
- Pineapples 9,5g
Ketosis is caused by not eating enough carbs. Many bodybuilders favor the ketosis because it allows them to eat a lot of both protein and fat. But we all have to be careful on a low carb diet. “Carbohydrate deprivation can cause dehydration and its easy to confuse dehydration with loss of body fat,” says Bill Dobbins co-author of The New Encylopedia Of Modern BodyBuilding
If you are worried about having too little carbs, there is a test you can take, by obtaining some Ketostix available at most pharmacies.