Staring at your waist line all day long and complaining why it is so big will never make it small unless you make some changes to your diet — namely, a healthy low-carb diet.
Carbs are very important to your physique goals — they provide the energy to fuel you in those hours of intense workout sessions. Even if you are consuming carbs but are suffering from low energy levels and poor muscle growth, it simply means that you are on carb-heavy grub like cereals, pasta, etc.
So, let’s just focus on the win-win situation and learn about these 10 foods perfect for a low-carb diet that can provide you with all the nutrients to keep the energy levels up throughout the day and prevent those stomach cravings.
Eggs are considered as one of the healthiest and most nutritious low-carb foods on the planet. They come with all the necessary ingredients that your body needs to keep the energy levels maintained.
Eggs contain brain nutrients and compounds that can improve eye health. Best of all, they have almost minimal to zero carbs in them which make them an integral part of your diet.
I know we’ve all been eating chicken but are you really ingesting it the way it should be? The majority of the people would add extras and other toppings. Though you are getting the nutrients but this is not the way to consume this low-carb food.
You should boil it and always aim for the fattier cuts like thighs, chest, and wings. Chicken contains several nutrients and is a great source of protein. It contains zero carbs and is an ideal diet for building muscle mass on the body.
Pork is a delicious and zero-carb meat, which is a favorite choice for many dieters. Bacon, basically, is processed meat so it wouldn’t be appropriate to call it a healthy food source but it is still acceptable to consume in a low-carb diet.
It is recommended to buy local bacon that’s free from any artificial ingredients. Also, when cooking your bacon, don’t burn the meat to a crisp. Pork, as mentioned earlier, comes with zero carbs while bacon has very low carbs. You only need to consume the kind that is not cured with sugar.
Zucchini is a great vegetable, ideal to replace carbs in your diet with. It is better to peel it with a serrated vegetable peeler and use it as a base for your meat sauce. It can be used in grated form as well as replacing potatoes in hash browns.
Alternatively, slice up the ends of zucchini and then cut long, wide strips with a vegetable peeler. Finally, place smoked salmon and if possible, arugula, on its ends, roll up and enjoy. Other than just being a low-carb food, it comes with vitamin B6, potassium, manganese and vitamin C.
It comes with only 5 grams of carbs per cup which makes it a great food to add to the list. It can be used as an alternative to mashed potatoes and can be used with low-fat cheese for some taste. It also delivers a rich number of oxidants to the body.
Whether it be the cremini or shiitake, mushrooms are great edible fungi that are extremely low in carbs and their meaty caps are rich with nutrients and will fill up the carb needs of your stomach. Other than that, edible mushrooms of all types come with immunity boosting compounds.
7. Cherry Tomatoes
Ever head of cherry tomatoes before? They are more delicious than your regular tomatoes and have a low carb content as well. Wash them and start eating right away. However, if you think that’s too tasteless, you can fry them for a bit in some olive oil until they become tender. You can replace regular tomatoes used in your salad or meals with cherry tomatoes to cut down on the overall carb content. Of course, they are slightly more expensive than regular tomatoes.
Let’s add a little color to our diet with some apricots. Not only are they low in carbohydrates but are also a low-sugar option — a delicious one as well. Relish it as an out of hand snack. You can slice it up and add it to your yogurt or combine with oatmeal and even mix with your regular salads for some added taste.
It contains only 8 grams of carbs per two regular-sized fruits which is way lower than any other fruit. Moreover, apricots contain a high amount of beta-carotene that acts as an oxidant and help to improve brain functioning.
Forget the regular fish you’ve been consuming for protein intake and try the catfish that has 0 carbs per 3 ounces. It has a better taste than farmed fish & tilapia and is cheaper with high-quality protein. You can steam it, grill it, pan sear or even roast it with your favorite spices and enjoy a great zero-carb food. Make sure you don’t cheat on your diet dipping it in ketchup or pouring anything on it that is high in calories or carbs. Also, aim for the sea catfish and not the farmed one. They are a rich source of vitamin B12 that strengthens the nervous system and ensures its healthy functioning.
10. Ground Turkey
Last but not the least is ground turkey. It also contains zero carbs per 3 ounces and is an inexpensive solution to regular meat. Ground turkey is a carb-free protein and you can use it for your burgers and meat sauces.
It helps to cut off those fat calories with healthy protein and tastes better. Ground turkey is popular for its rich source of amino acids that helps to pump up the muscles during workouts and also helps you build the muscle mass you’ve always wanted. However, make sure that you always get fresh ground turkey if possible.
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