Low Carb Vegetables

While the sound of eating a plate of "low-carb" vegetables isn't particularly appetizing, you might be surprised at just how tasty it can be. Low carb vegetables include most salad greens and non-starchy vegetables -- likely the same vegetables you eat every day.

Most supermarkets or grocery stores have available any of the low carb vegetables that are on your low-carb diets allowed food lists, so you won't have too much trouble substituting them for your regular veggies.

Like all vegetables, low carb vegetables can be prepared healthily in a variety of ways. They can be used in low carb diet recipes, or in filling salads. They are great by themselves with diet-friendly dips, or blended together for nutritious smoothies.

Most websites that provide low-carb recipes provide both side and main dishes that include vegetables.

You really can turn out a delicious meal using only low carb food choices. A huge salad packed with a variety of salad greens and garnished with low carb choices. For example, imagine salad bowl filled with salad greens like iceberg and romaine lettuce, baby spinach and mesclun greens, topped with slices of boneless beef sirloin, fresh lemon juice, plum tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, and seasoned with garlic and pepper. No doubt everyone at the table would agree on the great taste of such a low carb meal.

The biggest thing to remember when preparing vegetables and salads is to ensure that you're choosing low-carb foods, and to avoid additions like French dressing -- not only do they make the dish high-carb, but an otherwise healthy meal is no longer as beneficial.

Another example of a low carb vegetable that becomes a tasty dish is eggplant. There are several different ways to cook eggplant, and all result in mouthwatering sides or mains that look great when put on the table.

While the list of low carb foods is almost endless, here are some additional low-carb choices:

  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini and other summer squash
  • Scallions / green onions
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Green and wax beans
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes

An unexpected benefit of going on a low carb diet might be that, instead of feeling deprived, you actually try, and love, many different vegetables that you might not otherwise have given a chance. And the wider variety of vegetables that you eat, the healthier your overall diet plan is.

The more you enjoy the foods included in your diet, the easier it will be to stick to it, and be successful.