Let’s talk about carbs for a quick second.
There have been several diets and even “fads” that have painted carbs in a bad light.
It’s true, carbs are found in several junk foods like doughnuts, cakes, sodas, etc.
But guess what? Carbs are also in a lot of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Like all things, balance and moderation are key. Carbs are not the enemy! 😉 They are 1 of the 3 important macronutrients that help fuel your body and deliver much needed calories and energy so you can power through your workouts and crush your lean-muscle building goals!
Why Would I Want Carb-Free Foods?
Depending on your fitness goals, you may be looking for foods lower in carbs to hit your macros and stay on track with your eating habits!
Or you may be following a specific low-carb/no-carb diet like the Keto Diet.
Here’s a quick look at the 15 most popular foods with no carbs, as well as some low carb foods, and a few delicious recipes!
List of Foods with No Carbs
Foods with truly zero carbs are harder to come by, but they do exist! Low carb diets are generally higher in protein. A lot of different kinds of meat, for example, can be zero carbs. However, packaged and processed meat (like bacon, sausage, etc.) can contain some carbs.
You’ll see a lot more foods that are “almost zero carbs,” with either 1 gram of carbs or less per serving, which, although it isn’t “zero carb,” it’s still pretty dang good!
Without further ado, here are the most popular zero carb foods, and then a list of “almost carb-free” foods to help you out:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Butter (Grass-fed)
Foods with (Almost) No Carbs
Here are several veggies and fruits that are VERY low in carbs based on a ½ c serving size:
No Carb & Low Carb Recipes
For those that want to fill their life with tasty snacks/meals and are either needing ideas that are either carb-free or containing very low amounts, check these out!
PROTEIN RANCH DRESSING
- 1 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 c low-fat skim milk
- 1 scoop Multi-Purpose Unflavored IdealLean Protein
- 1 Hidden Valley® Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Use on your favorite salads, or to dip your favorite veggies. Store in refrigerator.
Serves 8 Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories per serving: 45 Protein 6g Carbs 4g Fat 0g
GREEK YOGURT DEVILED EGGS
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 c non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. agave nectar or honey
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- paprika and chives to garnish (optional)
Place eggs in a large pot and cover with water by 1/2 inch. Bring water to a boil and boil eggs for 12 minutes. Drain and chill.
Peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks (carefully!) and place in a small bowl, discarding one yolk. Place whites on a plate or platter.
Mash the yolks with the back of a fork, blending in yogurt, mustard, vinegar, agave or honey, salt, and pepper. Combine until smooth.
Transfer the filling to a small plastic food storage bag. Snip one corner of the bag off, and squeeze the filling through into the egg whites. (You can also spoon the filling in if that’s too much trouble!)
Garnish with paprika and chives and serve!
Makes 6 servings. Each serving is one egg (two halves).
Calories: 79, Protein: 7g, Carbs: 2g, Fat: 5g
COTTAGE CHEESE & PEACHES
- 1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 peach, sliced
Top cottage cheese with peach slices & enjoy!
Makes 1 serving.
Calories: 129, Protein: 14g, Carbs: 10g, Fat: 5g
BBQ GARLIC CHICKEN KABOBS
- 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 tsp. Minced Garlic
- 1/4 c bbq sauce
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
Mix chicken with minced garlic, bbq sauce, salt, and pepper, and let marinate in the fridge for at least an hour.
Slide marinated chicken pieces onto 7 wooden skewers and cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
Flip skewers halfway through cook time to ensure chicken is cooked thoroughly. Makes approximately 7 kabobs.
Makes approximately 7 servings. Each serving is 1 kabob.
Calories: 120, Protein: 26g, Carbs: 3g, Fat: 1g
TOMATO BASIL BREADED CHICKEN
- 2 (4 oz) chicken breasts
- 1 egg
- 1 bag IdealLean Tomato Basil FitChix
- 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a high powered blender or food processor, pulse IdealLean Tomato Basil FitChix until ground. Pour into a wide bowl and mix with parmesan cheese and set aside.
Beat egg in a wide bowl and dip chicken breast into egg, then into FitChix mixture. Press down to make sure breast is well coated then set on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken breast. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until golden brown and desired crispiness. Enjoy!
Serves 2. Serving size: 1 chicken breast. Calories per serving: 315 / Protein 44g / Carbs 6g / Fat 12g
(Want other tasty low carb meal ideas packed with protein? Click here)
Carbs: Not the Enemy!
Keep in mind that foods with no carbs can be beneficial based on your specific needs and goals, but they certainly aren’t the bad guy!
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