Low Carb Fruits and Vegetables: 13 Options For Optimal Performance

Low Carb Fruits and Veggies

Some of our readers out there might be huge fans of low-carb dieting, and for you we have something very special today!

Today we’ll share with you our awesome Top 13 Low Carb Fruits and Vegetables so you can indulge your fruit and veggie habit in your next diet plan.

Low-carb dieting is popular in this day and age, and whereas I don’t necessarily agree with it 100%, you might benefit from it.

The most delicious fruits and vegetables can make your diet amazingly refreshing while remaining relatively low-calorie and low-carb.

Also, if your primary goal is weight loss and you’re going low-carb, there could be a better option for you. You might not have to suffer (unless you really, really love low-carb dieting).

Let’s look at our favorites in a little more detail.


Part 1: Low Carb Fruits


The Mighty Watermelon

Watermelon is a fan-favorite throughout the world. It’s known for its delicious and sweet taste, and its ability to quench your thirst quite easily.

Take into consideration that watermelon is largely comprised of water (over 90%) and you’ll soon be enjoying this delectable fruit guilt-free.

In addition, watermelon features a diverse nutrition profile ensuring you get plenty of important nutrients.

Related: Macronutrients and Micronutrients: What are they?

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN WATERMELON

  • Calcium
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C

Carbs contained in 100g of watermelon: 8 grams.

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Our Favorite: Strawberries

Whether you’re dipping them in chocolate, tossing some whipped cream atop, both or neither – the strawberry is one of the most delicious fruits.

Related: The Numerous Benefit of Cocoa Dark Chocolate

You can enjoy about 100 grams of strawberry without going over 10 grams of carbs which makes this fruit an incredible choice for Atkins dieters or low-carb dieters.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE STRAWBERRY

  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C

Carbs cotnained in 100g of strawberries: 8 grams.


Avacados – It’s a Fruit

Ah, the avocado. A classic staple put on sandwiches all over the world, placed on your eggs or eaten with a spoon.

Thanks to the avocado’s main ingredient being fat, little room remains for carbs making it again perfectly suited for a low-carb diet approach. Avocados are useful in getting rid of wrinkles from underneath the eyes.

You get some seriously delicious flavours out of this fruit and some awesome fats your body can utilise so grab yourself some avocado for your next breakfast.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN AN AVOCADO

  • Super High in all B-Vitamins
  • Vitamin A, K, C
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • About 65% oleic acid (monounsaturated fat)

Related: The importance of Magnesium to athletic performance

Carbs contained in 100g of avocado: 9 grams.

Related: The amount and types of carbs in banana


Honeydew (Not Cantaloupe)

Well, in terms of carbohydrate content, I guess so, yes! One of the most delectable fruits around, everyone loves honeydew.

Honeydew is an amazing fruit with tons of important nutrients including Vitamin C, Potassium and Vitamin B6. You’ll love that it’s really low-carb, delicious and super nutritious.

It’s a delicious and delectable fruit popular in both Europe, North America (and probably tons of other places) and goes super well with coffee in the morning!

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN HONEYDEW

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Folate

Carbs contained in 100g of honeydew: 9 grams.


Peaches For Everyone

Peaches feature a diverse nutrient profile with a few standouts. If you eat these combined with a nutritious diet you’ll be getting a great amount of Vitamin C and Niacin.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN A PEACH

  • Vitamin C
  • Niacin
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin E

Carbs contained in 100g of peach: 10 grams.

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Kiwi – Fruit not the People

The kiwifruit is a staple in many peoples’ lives and for a great reason. It tastes delicious and delivers top-quality nutrients to your body!

It’s super simple to prepare, and features tons of awesome micronutrients, but the standout is truly Vitamin C. 100 grams of kiwifruit contains about 200% of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake.

That’s a huge amount of Vitamin C in one shot. Grab yourself a few of these and give your immune system a quick boost.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE KIWIFRUIT

  • Copper
  • Potassium
  • Folate
  • Vitamins E & C

Carbs contained in 100g of kiwifruit: 15 grams.

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Cherries – A Classic

The proverbial cherry atop the literal cherry is that you get a blast of incredible flavour without the guilt of over-indulging in carbs!

Although there are two different types of cherriessour and sweet cherries, the sour variety (or the lighter ones) have slightly fewer calories and carbs.

However, both are pretty on-par with one another.

Boasting a diverse nutritional profile of over a dozen important micronutrients, this fruit not only is delicious but highly nutritious too.

MAIN NUTRIENTS IN THE CHERRY

  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Pentothenic Acid (B5)
  • Vitamin B6

Carbs contained in 100g of cherries: 12 grams.


Part 2: Awesome Low-Carb Veggies


Spinach –  Not the Kind Popeye Eats

I really am not too sure where to begin here. Spinach is one of the best super-foods you can get your hands on featuring one of the best nutrition profile in existence.

With over a dozen high quality nutrients, getting spinach in your diet is one of the best ways to stay in amazing health. Not only that, but it features all these vitamins with very, very few calories and carbs.

It’s also a very versatile food found in Greek, Italian and other European cooking styles and is sure to please everyone!

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN SPINACH

  • Vitamin K (460% of your daily requirement!)
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Vitamin B6

Carbs contained in 100g of spinach: Less than 4 grams.


Mushrooms of Any Kind

The mushroom is definitely a staple in pretty much any place in the world. It comes in tons of different varieties making any meal you cook delicious. Actually, raw white mushrooms are one of my personal favorite things to eat.

Here are some “magical” mushroom recipes to help bring out some intense flavours. (Don’t worry… they’re only metaphorically magical…)

Keep in mind that as you cook the mushroom, nutrient concentrations increase due to the decreased water levels.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE WHITE MUSHROOM

  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Panthothenic Acid (B5)
  • Copper
  • Phosphorous
  • Selenium

Carbs contained in 100g of mushrooms: Less than 1 gram.


Lettuce – Yes, Even Iceberg Lettuce

Contrary to popular opinion, iceberg lettuce does indeed contain tons of highly important nutrients your body needs. I don’t know where the myth came from that it’s mostly water.

But I digress…

Lettuce is one of the most popular and healthful foods on the planet and helps create some of the most delicious salads and sandwiches.

Featuring an impressive amount of Vitamin K, Iron, Manganese and Folate, this cheap little food is an amazing option for low-carb dieters!

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN ICEBERG LETTUCE

  • Vitamin K, A
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iron
  • Manganese

Carbs contained in 100g of iceberg lettuce: Less than half of one single gram.

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Celery – Plain, not Ants on a Log

Unlike iceberg lettuce, celery actually is mostly comprised of water and fibre. It’s a supremely popular food for people trying to lose weight and I highly recommend it!

Along with impressive amounts of fibre, celery also offers up some critical micronutrients that are excellent for anyone at any time.

Expect to eat great amounts of Vitamin K, Folate and Potassium.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN CELERY

  • Vitamin K
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium & Sodium

Carbs contained in 100g of celery: Less than 1 gram.


Tomatoes – Even if you aren’t Italian

Whether putting thin slices on some awesome sandwiches or pizza, the tomato rules. It has for a very, very, very long time.

Put these little guys in your salads, sauces and eat them raw for an exceptionally delicious low-carb snack.

NUTRIENTS FOUND IN THE TOMATO

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C, K
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

Carbs contained in 100g of tomato: Around 4 grams.

Related: Top 5 Low Carb snacks on the go


Broccoli – Tough and Filling

Added to any meal with chicken breast and you have yourself a staple of many professional and amateur bodybuilders alike. It’s probably one of the cheapest, nutritional and delicious foods out there.

At least to me!

I know some people can’t handle broccoli and trust me – I get sick of it too but you still can’t ignore the tremendous benefits you get.

Having very few carbs and a plethora of vitamins and fibre, you can guarantee that by adding broccoli in your diet, you will be as healthy as possible.

MAIN NUTRIENTS FOUND IN BROCCOLI

  • Vitamin C, K
  • Folate (B9)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous

Carbs contained in 100g of broccoli: About 7 grams.

Related: Swap that high-calorie diet for this low carb foods


Wrapping Up


Just keep in mind that this is not a complete list, but it will definitely help you get going on your way to eating the lowest carb fruits and veggies.

For our regular readers,  you will understand that we personally do not recommend a single diet for everyone.  Low Carb diets may work for some people very well but not others.

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If you feel we missed anything, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Five of the Best Home Exercises for Men and Women

Home Workouts

So you’re thinking of exercising and you’re thinking “what are the best ways to exercise at home?”

Maybe you’ve tried various things and still you aren’t too sure, or maybe you’ve given up on working out at home altogether due to various reasons.

Today we’re going to share with you our top 5 ways you can exercise at home and we’ll cover anywhere from simply walking around the block to full-on weight training.

Let’s dive in together so we can show you how to work out without having to go to the gym!

Why Would You Want to Work Out at Home?


There are a variety of reasons one may choose to work out at home.

These could include (but are not limited to):

  • You don’t want to go to the gym
  • Time is limited in your life and you want a quick workout
  • Perhaps going to the gym is something that you’re not comfortable with 
  • Maybe you don’t want to purchase a gym membership or pay for one
  • Plenty of other reasons that make people uncomfortable

Multiple scenarios exist in your life that are preventing you from picking up a gym membership or getting out into the world to meet up with other people to work out, and you just want to know about the best methods of exercising right at home.

Related: Best home exercise equipment to help you stay in shape

Well, we’ve got you covered – and Jeff Cavaliere from AthleanX is going to discuss with you his personal opinion on the matter!


Jeff Cavaliere and AthleanX are a fitness company presenting a lot of information on YouTube for free to consume.

Jeff is a fitness trainer and physiotherapist for professional MLB baseball teams and he really knows what’s up when it comes to anything fitness and health related.

Now that you have a good idea of how to workout at home, we’re going to show you our own personal method of working out at home.

We do have some recommendations to offer that complement what Jeff’s said, and we’d love for you to learn about those.

The first one we’ll start off with is walking, and you’ll really be surprised to find out how good walking can actually be for you!

Check it out below to get started.

Start Off By Walking


Yes, walking.

Getting up off the couch and going outside for walk is one of the best ways to exercise. 

When you think of exercise, you probably think about running, lifting weights or doing other types of strenuous activity, but those aren’t the only ways to work out.

Walking is definitely a fantastic exercise to do at home that doesn’t require any special skill, much time, equipment, money or anything else.

Just strap on a pair of your favorite sneakers, snap up your favorite loved one and get outside for a walk!

As research has shown, walking has been discovered to play a fundamental role in the prevention of primary and secondary cardiovascular disease.

This is great news – go outside for free, walk around for 30-60 minutes and enjoy all of the health benefits at the same time!

There’s no better place than here, no better time than now to go outside, walk around for 30-60 minutes and enjoy a massive amount of health benefits!

Now, remind us again – WHO said walking isn’t a great way to exercise?

By the way, the weather outside may not be the most suitable for walking.

Sometimes it can be cold or rainy, so we’d recommend you check out our Best Treadmills Guide if you want to learn more about snapping up a great, cheap alternative to outdoor-walking during nasty weather!

Doing Strength Training With What You Have at Home


This may come as a surprise to you, but using what you already have at home to exercise is a good option if you don’t want to go to the gym or spend any money.

You’d be doing things like pushups, squats, lunges, pull-ups, dips, pike pushups, and many more with the furniture and space you already have.

Related: Strenght training for maximum fat loss

Lazar Novovic and Dušan Djolević have began something of a world-movement in which countless people all around the world have gotten into great shape entirely for free thanks to their free videos and info.

Internationally, all of the people involved in this movement are called the “Bar Brothers” because of their ubiquitous usage of “pullup bars”.

Down below we’ll showcase a video for you having a look at an intense workout you can do at home without the use of purchased equipment.

For some of the exercises, you’ll need a place to hang.

This could be a pull up bar, door, or your park – it doesn’t really matter.  Just find a place to hang.

If you don’t have a place to hang, scoop yourself up one of these awesome AND cheap door gyms from Amazon.

All you do is you stick it into your door frame and you’re off to the races!

DO NOT spend any more than 30-50 dollars on your door gym. Anything else is 100% a scam and a quality piece can be had for less than 50 bucks.

Just know that if you purchase something on Amazon after clicking on that link, we’ll get a commission from your sale.

For our full affiliate disclosure, please see the bottom of our website.

Also, Lazar and Dušan have presented us with a full-on workout program called Bar Brothers the System which has been created thanks to the overwhelming number of people asking for a paid bodyweight training program.

Related: Engage your upper and lower body with the standing military press

You Can Buy Exercise Equipment


If for whatever reason you are reading this article and you live in the Antarctic, Greenland or any other place where it’s cold as $%&# everyday, you can buy yourself some exercise gear that fits into your basement or living room.

There are many great options out there in terms of equipment including exercise bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, ellipticals, recumbent exercise bikes and so much more – just understand that these are by no means necessary at all.

By clicking on the aforementioned links, you will be brought to the corresponding guides on how to buy any one of those exercise machines.

The links are there for you in case you want to learn more about them but we really stress that you don’t need to buy exercise gear.

However, we want to provide you with a comprehensive list of things you can do at home to exercise, and this list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include equipment as well.

At Forming Fitness, we don’t want you to have to spend your hard-earned cash if you don’t need to.

Something better to buy would be a great gym membership and an awesome workout program to go with it – but since you’re here, we’ve already covered the fact that you want to exercise at home.

We don’t think there’s much to say here, however, because exercise equipment is just that – a simple (albeit expensive) way to workout at home.

Related: A Simple and easy way to lose weight fast!

Home Gym Equipment (For Weight Lifting)


So this one is a bit ambiguous, and really on a whole new level of “exercising at home”, but if you’re into weight training, that’s our #1 staple in our own personal lives here at PA.

Home gym equipment can be purchased from anywhere between 200 and 5000 dollars, and, again, it’s completely unnecessary if all you want to do is get a little exercise into your daily routine.

You can grab yourself something like a power rack, a weight bench and some dumbbells/barbells and weights, and call it a day – or you can simply follow any number of the other tips and resources we’ve shared for you (which are mostly free).

Spending money for health is 100% unnecessary, although there are certain instances where you’d want to do so (like on a quality workout routine if you have a membership to an excellent gym!)

HIIT Training, Yoga, Pilates and More


There are tons and tons of ways in which you can exercise without leaving your house.

Some of them include the methods we’ve described above, some of them are free, some of them are paid – but for most people out there, you needn’t spend a dime to exercise.

What kind of a website would this be if the only way we recommend for you to exercise is buying one of our products?

Luckily for you, we prefer free methods of exercising unless you want to lift serious weights or become more muscular.

Anyway, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), yoga, pilates and others are amazing ways to exercise.

HIIT especially is one of our favorite ways because you can get in and get out as fast and quickly as possible, saving you tons of time and getting amazing results in terms of cardiovascular training.\

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