55 Almost No-Carb Foods and Recipes That Taste Great

While carbohydrate is considered to be a core macronutrient, the general U.S. population tends to eat too much of them in the form of refined and sugary products. Clean up the diet with these low and no-carb foods and recipes that not only align with personal health goals, but also taste great!

Almost No-Carb Veggies

Non-starchy veggies are close to being a zero carb food, generally containing a mere 5 grams of carb per serving (one cup raw or half cup cooked). Most of the volume is fiber, so tracking the carbs is typically avoidable unless consuming a larger volume.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Celery
  7. Eggplant
  8. Kale
  9. Leek
  10. Mushroom
  11. Onion
  12. Radish
  13. Spaghetti Squash
  14. Spinach
  15. Sprout
  16. Swiss Chard
  17. Okra
  18. Watermelon
  19. Zucchini

Low-Carb Fruits

A small to medium piece or half cup serving of fruit generally contains equal to or less than 15 grams of carb while being ample in fiber.

  1. Apple
  2. Avocado
  3. Blueberry
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Grapefruit
  6. Orange
  7. Peach
  8. Strawberry
  9. Watermelon

Zero Carb Meat and Seafood

Meat and seafood are naturally high in protein and low in carbohydrate. However, it is important is to note processed and cured products tend to supply carb related to its added fillers.

  1. Chicken
  2. Cod
  3. Egg
  4. Flounder
  5. Pork
  6. Shrimp
  7. Steak
  8. Tilapia
  9. Tuna
  10. Turkey

Fats and Oils

Although nuts and seeds are rich in healthy fat and protein, they commonly contain smaller amounts of carbohydrate. Stick to a one ounce serving (about a small palmful) to keep both calories and carb in check.

  1. Almond
  2. Brazil Nut
  3. Cashew
  4. Chia Seed
  5. Flaxseed
  6. Hemp Seed
  7. Peanut
  8. Pumpkin Seed
  9. Sesame Seed
  10. Walnut

Oils are naturally devoid of any carbs and should be moderated to a serving (one teaspoon supplies an average of 45 calories of 5 grams of fat). Use oils to enrich the flavor of foods, while offering healthy fats shown to protect against cellular damage and disease.

  1. Almond Oil
  2. Avocado Oil
  3. Canola Oil
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Flaxseed Oil
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Sesame Oil

Milk and Dairy Products

When it comes to milk, a glass of dairy milk offers 12 grams of carb, while plant-based varieties provide a smaller carb load. Yogurts and cheeses vary, mostly supplying under 15 grams of carb, but also dependent on serving size and added sugar. When selecting dairy products, take advantage of the Nutrition Facts label to identify carb amount and deviate away from added sugars.

Low-Carb Recipe Ideas 

Breakfast Frittata

Eggs, sausage, spinach, onion, olive oil, and cheese… All low-carb ingredients transformed into one nutritious and delicious breakfast frittata! Find the bistroMD recipe here.

Avocado Egg

Avocado harnesses the flavors of breakfast in this avocado egg recipe. Start by slicing avocado in half, taking out the large pit, and cracking an egg into the created dip. In a 375-degrees Fahrenheit oven, bake until the egg whites are cooked and the yolk is at a desired firmness, or approximately 12 to 20 minutes but dependent on preference. Sprinkle atop with green onions, diced tomatoes, and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Drizzle with hot sauce if craving a little spice! Find more high-protein, low-carb recipes here.

Cucumber Salad

With only 5 NET grams per one cup, this dill cucumber recipe is low-carb while supplying protein from Greek yogurt.

Avocado Tuna Salad

Packed with protein and healthy fats, this tuna salad is also low in carb. Pair with with carrot sticks or cucumber slices or top onto a green, leafy salad for a balanced snack or light meal.

Eggplant Pizza

While most pizzas are dense in carbohydrate, using an untraditional crust can lower the carb volume. Give the pizza delivery boy the night off and prepare these best low-carb eggplant recipes you can make at home.

Spaghetti Squash

Not only does spaghetti squash mimic pasta noodles, but does so without packing on carbs and calories! From traditional spaghetti to tacos, find 10 delicious guilt-free spaghetti squash recipes here.