Which ones are the most nutritious?
As we all know, vegetables are an essential part of a well-balanced diet. However, some veggies are better for you than others. Vegetables that are low in carbohydrates also contain many vitamins and minerals, so they are good for your health and your waistline.
Low-carb veggies are also excellent for an individual struggling with type 2 diabetes. They are great snacks if you’re looking to monitor your blood sugar levels and slim down a few pounds. Give it a try!
These veggies are low in carb but high in vitamins, minerals and health! Take a look:
- Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts are not usually a fan favorite, but you should make them a staple in your diet. Believe it or not, brussels sprouts are extremely low in carb and are full of vitamins A, C, fiber and folate. Try tossing some salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon juice on fresh brussels sprouts and roasting them for about 20 minutes. This makes the perfect tangy side to your dinner.
- Cauliflower: Cauliflower is abundant with fiber, potassium, folate and vitamin C. In fact, it has so much vitamin C that one cup of raw floret pieces contains more than half of your daily requirement of vitamin C. Try it roasted or raw, or even mashed for a creamy puree!
- Asparagus: Luckily, this tasty veggie only has 27 calories per cup. It also has a ton of vitamins A and K. You will want to look for firm, bright stalks when grocery shopping. Either steam, roast or saute your asparagus after proper seasoning. It can be added as a yummy side to your eggs for breakfast or an addition to your chicken for lunch or dinner.
- Cucumbers: Not only are they low-carb, but they are super refreshing too! A one-cup portion has just 5 grams of carbohydrates and are loaded with vitamins K, C and potassium. Cucumbers are great for salads, but also sandwiches and wraps too!
- Broccoli: You should really make a point to add this healthy green to your diet if you’re not already doing so. Broccoli doesn't just have tons of vitamins like A, C and K, but is also has lots of fiber and iron contents. It’s very low-carb and tastes yummy steamed or raw.
- Spinach: There is no such thing as too much spinach! Spinach is very low-carb and extremely versatile. It can be used in salads, soups, pasta sauce, you name it! It’s stacked with vitamin K, folate and beta carotene. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your spinach usage because it’s great in almost everything!
Remember: any vegetables you can add to your diet can lead to a healthier you. But you should try to add these low-carb veggies to your diet as often as you can, as they’re the most beneficial for weight loss!
Tip: When searching for low-carb veggies in the supermarket, the general rule is that vegetables grown above ground are low carb and can be eaten freely. Veggies grown below ground (like potatoes, onions and carrots) contain more carbs, so you’ll have to be more careful with them.