To reap the results of a diet, you’ve got to put in the work first. But sticking to a healthy eating plan shouldn’t feel like a chore, and your list of diet-approved foods should be full of things you’ll actually enjoy. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-carb food options that pack a nutritional punch while still tasting good.
The food you eat can go a long way—you are what you eat, after all. That’s why we put together a list of easy, nutritious, and delicious low-carb foods you can swap into your diet without much hassle or sacrifice. Click through to get hit with some food inspiration.
Whether if it’s taco Tuesday or a sandwich for lunch, you can still enjoy what’s in the shell or between the slices of bread. Use lettuce for taco shells, wraps, or as sliced bread to enjoy classic meals. One lettuce leaf contains 0.5 grams of carbohydrates and just four calories.
Rice goes with everything, but it’s higher in carbohydrates and can pack on the weight. Choose cauliflower rice for stir-fries or make a pizza crust out of it. You make your own by grating a head of cauliflower, or buy it already prepared in the frozen section. Green Giant and Bird’s Eye are popular frozen cauliflower products, making rice, pizza crust, and mashed potatoes.
Afraid of a carb overload with pasta? Try spaghetti squash or veggie noodles. You can DIY or purchase it in the frozen section.
Save yourself from the grease, salt, and carbs by making kale chips. On a baking sheet, place kale, olive oil, and a seasoning of your choice and bake the kale pieces for 5-10 minutes at 350°F. If you’re not a cook, you can find kale chips in your local supermarket.
Craving a burger? You can have it without the bun or use a Portobello mushroom cap as the bun. Two mushroom caps are 8 grams of carbohydrates.
Afraid of breaking up your morning oatmeal routine? Give chia seeds a try to replace your morning oats. Almost all the carbs in chia seeds are fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer. They also contain omega-3 fatty acids and are high in calcium and antioxidants. For a keto-friendly breakfast, try this recipe by Perfect Keto.
Swap out sugar for Stevia. One teaspoon of Stevia contains 2.3 grams of carbohydrates, and this food item can be used in your morning coffee and for baking.
For when you’re looking to bake something, use almond flour instead of the regular white flour. Each quarter cup of almond flour contains 3 grams of carbs and has more high-quality fats.
Skim milk contains 12 grams of carbohydrates and 12 grams of sugar compared to almond milk, which includes just 1.5 grams of carbs and 0 grams of sugar. Save yourself with a glass of almond milk in the morning or your protein shakes.
Crackers are a classic snack staple, but they back a significant amount of carbs—21 grams per four squares. Four slices of cucumber only contain 0.8 grams of carbs. Put a fun spin on cucumber slices by adding guacamole on top or use them as sandwich slices.