Low Carb High Protein Foods List

Low Carb High Protein Foods List

Whether on the keto diet or the less restrictive Atkins diet, most of your diet will consist of foods high in proteins and low carbohydrate intake.

Low carb diets including keto diet means more protein and less carbs.

1. Proteins

Poultry: Free-range Cornish hen, quail, goose, pheasant, chicken, duck, and turkey.

Fish and Seafood: Cod, tuna, scrod, anchovies, mackerel, flounder, catfish, trout, mahi-mahi, halibut, sole, sardines, salmon, halibut, snapper, and calamari. Always opt for wild caught fish to avoid toxins present in commercially reared fish.

Grass-fed Meat: These include beef, venison, goat, and lamb. Meat from wild animals are also acceptable; however, avoid sausages and meats that come with sugary sauces and those covered in breadcrumbs. Choose the chunks of meat with more fat since they contain less protein and more fat.

Pork: Boston butt, pork chops, ham pork, and loin. When choosing ham, be on the lookout for added sugar.

Canned Tuna and Salmon: Canned tuna and salmon are okay to consume while you are on the keto diet. However, avoid seafood rich in fillers, breaded seafood, and fried seafood.

Whole Eggs: This includes chicken eggs, and quail eggs which you can prepare through any mean desired; fried, soft or hard boiled, deviled, scrambled, or omelet style.

Shellfish: Oyster, mussels, lobster, shrimp, crab (not imitation crab that contains additives), clams, scallops, and squid.

2. Fresh Vegetables

For these foods, opt for organic ones or better yet, grow your own to avoid all pesticide toxins. Avoid starchy vegetables (corn, sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, and winter squash) that are high in carbs. Instead, opt for moderate intake of sweet vegetables (squashes, peppers, tomatoes, and carrots). Vegetables that make it to the list are:

Celery

Collard Greens

Onions (high in sugar; moderate intake)

Alfalfa Sprouts

Beet Greens

Broccoli

Spinach

Dandelion Greens

Bamboo Shoots

Cabbage

Brussels sprouts

Garlic

Mushrooms

Shallots

Kale

Bok Choy

Sauerkraut

Chives

Celery Root

Swiss chard

Cauliflower

Snow Peas

Bean Sprouts

Olives

Cucumbers

Salad greens and lettuces: Romaine, Arugula, Fennel, Bok Choy, Boston lettuce, Endive, Mache, Escarole, Sorrel, Radicchio, Chicory Water Chestnuts

Turnips

Scallions

Dill Pickles

Leeks

Radishes

Chard

Asparagus

3. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts: almonds, macadamias, pecans, and walnuts are the nuts with the lowest level of carbs meaning you can consume them in small amounts. Other nuts such as chestnuts, pistachios, and cashews contain a higher amount of carbs; thus, you should carefully monitor their intake. Nuts are best soaked for some time before roasted.

Nut flours: these are necessary because while you are on this diet, it does not mean baking no longer fits into your life. Nut flours such as almond flour are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

As you can see from the above list, a lo carb diet is NOT a highly-restrictive dieting lifestyle and one that any person eating clean whole foods will love.

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