A lot of low carb diets focus on the same old salad ingredients and proteins that we often see on a daily basis. The ones that taste pretty bland or have a tiring texture for our taste buds. Demmy James offers a solution


You do not have to feel limited to the foods you can consume because there are plenty of delicious low carb foods that you’re probably not eating. They can be turned into a delicious snack, meal, or even dessert without containing too many carbs to wreak havoc on your diet plans. They are not only low in carbs, but some also have potassium, which is a micronutrient that runners can make good use of. Let’s take a look at 12 delicious low carb foods not often eaten:

Pumpkin

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This squash is often looked down upon because it is usually smothered in brown sugar and other sugar-spiking ingredients. However, pumpkin on its own or mixed with nutritional ingredients is actually quite healthy for you and low in carbs. Pumpkin could possibly increase the health of your eyes with the high content of vitamin A in its presence.

A tasty recipe to consider would be a crust free low carb pumpkin pie. Yes butter is used, but fats good for your body to an extent.

Eggplant

Eggplants are being placed into grocery stores a lot more these days than they were a decade ago. People want a selection when they purchase fruits and vegetables, and this alien-looking species is a fruit much like tomatoes, but eaten as a vegetable. Eggplants contain nutrients that can possibly lower heart disease and prevent cellular damage. They contain significant amounts of manganese and fiber.

Radishes

We often think of radishes as garnishes to make a salad look nice, but this vegetable is actually quite tasty and has a nice crunch to it when eaten raw. You would have to eat around 10 medium radishes just to make a gram of carbs being consumed. They have a significantly high amount of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Fatigued during a run? Eat a couple of radishes.

Coconut Sugar

One of the newer sugar alternatives to hit the markets is coconut sugar, which is similar to the health benefits of agave sugar. This sugar is made from the nectar of coconut flowers and not actually the coconut as a whole. Coconut sugar does contain some sources of potassium, and is lower in carbs when compared to cane sugar. But just like any type of sugar product, you just don’t use it excessively.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are “good” carbs that keep your body healthy and are a great alternative to eating potatoes for dinner. You can easily cook them up with olive oil and some herbs to make a hearty side dish. They often have sources of vitamin D, which is the nutrient we get gifted from the sun when exposed to its rays.

Brussels Sprouts

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This delicious low carb vegetable is also known as being from the cruciferous family, which means they are good for possibly preventing cancer. They contain a significant amount of vitamin C and vitamin K, but also contain several B-vitamins making them almost like taking a B-Complex supplement. They can easily be cooked the same way as mushrooms.

Bok Choy

This cruciferous vegetable is a part of the cabbage family, and used to be only found in oriental stores much like the eggplant. However, this nutritious vegetable has become popular and can be found in most regular groceries. Its anti-cancer properties, along with fiber and various vitamins, make it a runner’s delight. You can easily steam bok choy for easy cooking, or add it to a soup as well.

Jicama

This root vegetable is actually low in carbs and non-starchy, which people do not often know since most believe root vegetables are starchy like potatoes and sweet potatoes. Jicama is kind of like a cross between an apple and a potato because of its texture. They don’t really have a taste and are refreshing once eaten like star fruit. They contain significant amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Simply cut the jicama into strips without the outer skin and enjoy a tasty treat.

Green Onions

Green onion stems are pretty low in carbs, but the bulbs are a little higher if eaten. The primary nutrients received from green onions are vitamins K, C, A, and folate as well. Simply chopped up the stem and throw some green onions on top of a soup, salad, or even hearty steak to enrich the flavor. You can even grill green onion and eat as a whole like you would an asparagus.

Berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry)

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Berries are great for your body and packed full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants to keep your skin healthy, immune system elevated, and possibly fight cancer causing cells. A study performed on lab mice even showed that blueberries contain natural chemicals that increase brain memory and other functions. However, we see people avoid berries because most assume all fruits are high in carbs. The carb count for berries is actually low considering it is mostly fiber.

Papaya

Papaya is low in carbs when eaten smartly, which would be a 1/2 cups serving daily. This fruits taste is refreshing and lightening without a strong sweetness to it. The health benefits are lowering the chances of heart disease and cellular damage. Potassium is one of its primary micronutrient benefits, so they are great for eating after a run.

Turnips

Another root vegetable that is low in carbs. They contain around a quarter of the amount of carbs as a whole potato does, and provide significant sources of fiber, calcium, potassium, manganese. Enjoy these Tasty Low Carb Vegetables and Fruits! This list of vegetables and fruits doesn’t list the most common vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. But they are low in carbs as well and go well with the ones discussed today.

Protein rich foods such as fish, meats, and poultry are already low in carbs and don’t really need to be listed. If you need some cooking inspiration though, you can easily find low carb recipes on the net or in cooking magazines. Healthy eating!

Demmy James is a fitness buff as well as a strength and conditioning specialist