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30 Healthy Low-Carb Foods to Eat

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/06/2016 - 08:35

You've decided you're going on a low-carb diet. So what do you actually eat? The key to not feeling deprived is to consume a variety of foods from all the food groups—even grains can fit nicely into low-carb eating. At EatingWell, we recommend that on a low-carb diet you get about 40 percent of your calories from carbs, or at least 120 grams of carbs total per day. That amount helps you maintain a balanced diet and get all your nutrients in. It's also more doable and less restrictive than following super-low-carb diets.

Low-Carb Fruits Ranked from Lowest to Highest Carbs

Fruit often gets a bad rap because it's sweet and not low in carbs. But nature's candy delivers more than just carbs in the form of natural sugar. Fruits are packed with important vitamins and minerals, plus fiber. Fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream so you're less likely to experience spikes and lows. Plus, eating fruit is actually associated with a lower risk of diabetes. If you're watching your carb intake, you may be wondering which fruits are lowest in carbs. Here we rank fruit based on how many carbs you'll get.

What Is a Complex Carbohydrate?

Recipe to Try: Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Carbohydrates have had their ups and downs lately. And carbs can be complicated. When you hear, "carbohydrates," you may envision white bread, rice and pasta, and think these are foods to limit or avoid. But have you heard the recent buzz about complex carbohydrates and how they can be part of a healthy diet?

What Does a Healthy Serving of Carbs Look Like?

Oh, carbs. People love to love carbs and love to hate carbs. But carbohydrates aren't a demon food. In fact, they provide energy to our bodies and brains, and the right ones are packed with other nutrients like fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Best Carbs for Clean Eating

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 13:48

The idea behind eating clean is focusing on the healthiest foods in each category. That means fresh vegetables and fruits, healthy proteins and fats and whole grains. When it comes to the carbohydrates in your diet, stick to healthy ones. That means whole grains over refined grains and sugar. Whole grains deliver fiber, antioxidants and inflammation-fighting phytonutrients. The cleanest whole grains are the ones that look the most like they did when they were harvested, like quinoa, brown rice and oats.

3-Day Low-Carb Vegetarian Meal Plan: 1,500 Calories

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 14:39
If you're a vegetarian looking to lower your carb intake, then look no further—this 3-day, 1,500-calorie meal plan is just the thing to help you get started. The registered dietitians and culinary experts at EatingWell have put together a delicious and healthy meatless meal plan that is lower in carbohydrates, but not so low that you'll miss out on important nutrients, like protein and certain B vitamins.

3-Day Low-Carb Vegetarian Meal Plan: 2,000 Calories

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/28/2016 - 08:29

If you're a vegetarian looking to lower your carb intake, then look no further—this 3-day, 2,000-calorie meal plan is just the thing to help you get started. The registered dietitians and culinary experts at EatingWell have put together a delicious and healthy meatless meal plan that is lower in carbohydrates, but not so low that you'll miss out on important nutrients, like protein and certain B vitamins.

How to Start a Low-Carb Diet

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:10

Maybe you have a neighbor who went on a low-carb diet and lost a lot of weight. Or you heard about so-and-so celeb who did it for a role or to lose the baby weight. Whatever your motivation, sometimes a low-carb diet can seem like the magic solution for weight loss.