Low Carb Fruits and Vegetables: 13 Options For Optimal Performance

Low Carb Fruits and Vegetables: 13 Options For Optimal Performance

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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