Low Carb Shopping List
Making a Low Carb Shopping List
Are you struggling to put together a low carb shopping list? Maintaining a low carb diet can be difficult if you are unsure how to shop according to this style of diet, but it isn’t impossible! Creating the proper shopping list relies on two elements: knowledge of low carb foods and acknowledging which of these foods you (and your family) will actually eat. Below we have listed several foods sorted by category. Simply pick the ones you feel you will be most likely to consume and write them down. Viola! You have a low carb shopping list!
Protein comes in many forms: meat, nuts, lentils, etc. Because protein is the main focus of many low carb diets, you can expect it to crop up frequently on your shopping list. Fish is a great source of protein but it also has the added benefit of omega fatty acids (good for heart and brain health) but is lower in fat than red meat. Some excellent choices include salmon, tilapia, tuna, cod, and haddock. Another great source of protein is boneless and skinless poultry, such as chicken and turkey breasts or steaks. These are light meats that are low in fat and very versatile when it comes to preparation. They are also very filling! Red meat is okay in moderation, but bear in mind that it is one of the more unhealthy choices. Try to choose lean cuts of steak and roasts. Extra lean ground beef is a great choice as it does not contain more than 15 percent fat by weight. You could also choose ground beef or sirloin which has a fat rating of 90/10 or 92/8. Processed meats should be avoided if possible. They often have added ingredients which boost up the carb count and they simply aren’t as good for you as fresh meat.
Vegetables and Fruit
Fruits and vegetables do contain carbohydrates, however most of them are complex carbohydrates—the good kind. They also contain essential vitamins and minerals that you simply have to have. A great trick with fruits and vegetables is to eat them raw. Raw produce generally uses up more energy during digestion than they actually provide because the carbs are more complex in this state. What better way is there to lose weight than by burning up fat during digestion? The best vegetables to go for are the ones that are lower in starch and high in vitamins and minerals such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green beans, cabbage, spinach, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and peppers. Try to avoid potatoes (unless they are sweet potatoes) and corn. As for fruit, try to avoid starchy, sugary fruits like overripe bananas, mango, peaches, cherries, and grapes. The best fruits for your low carb shopping list are kiwi fruit, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, apples, pears, and tomatoes. Berries (both frozen and fresh) are excellent as a snack or added to
Dairy and Bread
As you can probably guess, many dairy products have higher carb numbers, but dairy is also a very important aspect of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Try opting for skim (aka fat free) milk when possible. Plain yogurt has about the same carb count as the milk it’s made from however the bacteria found naturally in plain yogurt is extremely good for your digestive health, so it really ought to be added to the list as well. As for bread, it is no secret that bread is a no-no for the low-carb dieter. –So what are you supposed to have sandwiches on? Pita bread is an excellent substitution for bread!
Granted there are a few gaps that you will need to fill in on your low carb shopping list, however this basic starter will see your health shooting up and your waistline shrinking!