If you’re Keto curious, the first thing you’ll be wondering is what exactly is the Keto diet? While I won’t go into great detail in this post, essentially it’s a diet very low in carbohydrates (20-30g per day) yet high in fat. If you want to learn more about the Ketogenic Diet, a good friend of mine explains it on his AdamImmune YouTube channel here or check him out below.
So then the next thing you’ll be wondering is what foods contain the lowest carb content?
While Keto compliant foods are not limited to what I’ve listed, I thought I would share my top ten absolute favorite low carb whole foods. Please note that I am a huge fan of the Paleo and AIP diets and if you’re unfamiliar, dairy is not included. Therefore, I do no include any dairy items in this list below as I simply don’t prefer to consume them (most of America has an intolerance to this food group), nor is it beneficial to for those with Hypothyroidism, like myself.
Top Ten Foods with LESS then 1g Carbs
1) Organic Grass-Fed Beef
Be sure the beef is an organic, grass-fed variety as it’ll be more likely to be free of hormones and antibiotics. Plus, it will contain a greater amount of omega-3 fats, beta-carotene and vitamin E! (1)
2) Poultry (Chicken, Turkey, Duck, etc.)
Again, go for organic whenever possible. Free-range is important here too! Many with autoimmune diseases find they have less reactions and flare ups when vigilantly adhering to higher quality meat standards. (2)
Celery is primarily made up of water so it makes sense that it is also low in carbs. But what you may not expect is this vegetable contains a significant amount of vitamin K and potassium! Plus, fresh celery has quite a crunch to it, which makes for a great substitute if you’re craving something crunchy but you don’t want to succumb to chip cravings.
1g Carbs in Two 5″ Stalks
4) Coconut Oil
This is my absolute favorite fat. Buy the unrefined version and it’ll have a wonderful coconut flavor to it, which is perfect in Paleo desserts! Or you can buy it in the refined version and it’s completely tasteless. Regardless, you’re looking at a perfect healthy fat resource that’s beneficial to consume as well as use for topical skin and hair nourishing purposes.
This is another vegetable that contains mostly water yet it also provides a significant amount of vitamin K, potassium, vitamin C, biotin and much more. Consider this a staple food item during the Summer months!
.78g Carbs in 1/3c. Sliced Cucumber
While there is a lot of marketing tricks used with eggs (cage-free, free range, organic, Non-GMO, vegetarian fed, etc.), it’s important to purchase organic, free range ones or eggs bought locally from pastured chickens in order to get the highest possible nutrition content. Eggs from this environment are shown to contain higher levels of vitamins A and E, and Omega 3 fatty acids, when compared to battery-farmed eggs. (3)
They’re simply a power house of nutrition and a must have in any whole food diet!
.6g Carbs in 1 Hard-Boiled Egg
Be sure to buy good quality fish. If you’re looking for convenience my absolute FAVORITE brand is Wild Planet for canned tuna or sardine products. Or, if you’re searching for fresh fish, check out this post here on how to select the best!
8) Fresh Herbs
Rosemary, cilantro, parsley and many others contain a fantastic array of vitamins and nutrients so I highly recommend adding some to your diet. Fresh herbs also provide absolutely delicious flavors! Cilantro is probably my favorite as it has great vitamin A and K values!
.2 Carbs in 1/2c. Cilantro
9) Leafy Greens
Kale, arugula and spinach are just a few of the extremely nutritious, yet low carb leafy greens available. Spinach is an ideal choice since it doesn’t have an over powering flavor, which makes it the perfect green to add to a side salad, smoothie, soup and more! With high vitamin A, K and folate contents, you simply can’t go wrong.
1g Carbs in 1c. Raw Spinach
Radishes are such a great summer vegetable. They mix well with a salad or even just to pop in your mouth and eat whole! You’ll even score about 29% of your daily dose of vitamin C with each serving. (4)
.3g Carbs in 1 Large Radish
So there you have it!
Remember, it’s important not to become an exclusive meat eater. Be sure to consume a variety of vegetables in order to obtain a well balanced variety of nutrition. With that being said, these are wonderful staple items for everyone but especially those following the Keto diet! ♥
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