The Most Nutritious Foods Low in Carbs

When choosing foods low in carbs, you should be aware of the most nutritious options. Even if you're committed to a low carb diet, other factors are important for an overall healthy lifestyle.

Leave labeled prepackaged low carb foods behind and reach for natural and nutritious options instead that are filled with essential nutrients and fiber without added sugars or sugar substitutes.

Lots of fresh fruits make the list of foods low in carbs. Even better, they provide a blast of sweetness that won't cause you to feel hungry and crave more caloric intake. Try blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, oranges, nectarines, peaches and apricots.

Dieters who don't do dairy should change their tune. Low-fat dairy can help your diet and milk and plain yogurt - not the sugary sweetened fruit-flavored variety - are low carb foods that provide calcium, too.

Non-Starchy Veggies
Some vegetables are high in fiber and low in carbs, total win-wins. Eat broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, summer squash, green beans and radishes.

Starchy Veggies
While these vegetables are high in carbs, they still provide an essential mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with hunger-squashing fiber. In moderation, fill up on corn, peas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, winter squash and cooked dry beans.

Whole Grains
Stay away from white breads and white rice, whole grains provide essential fiber, vitamins and minerals. Choose brown rice, whole wheat bread, high fiber cereals or other grains like bulgur, steel cut oats or barley. 

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If you keep a list of low carb foods handy, you'll be able to satisfy hunger pangs with smart food choices.

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