Believe it or not, some of the tastiest foods mother nature has to offer are no carb foods!
We’re talking bacon, cheese, steak — foods you don’t have to be on a low carb meal plan to crave! Incorporating these low carb foods adds protein and fat to your day, while keeping you happy satiated and full.
So let’s dive in, and discuss this list…
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Ultimate List of 51 No Carb Foods
There are plenty of no carb foods, and super low carb foods to add to your low carb shopping list — you just need to know where to look and how much to eat, so you can stay within your carb range.
But before we get started, it’s important to mention the difference between…
Net Carbs and Total Carbs
Total carbs are the total number of carbs in any given food — while net carbs are the total number of carbs minus the fiber. Net carbs are often counted by those on a keto meal plan.
This is important to mention, as a keto foods list based on net carbs will look very different than a no carb foods list based on total carb. Keep this in mind as you browse through the foods listed below.
Here’s the complete list of no carb foods, broken into each food category:
#1-15: Meat/Eggs/Fish, High Protein Low Carb Foods
Meat, eggs and fish are super high protein low carb foods. These are an awesome addition to your meals, in fact, I often center my low carb meals around this food group.
This is because, of all the macronutrients, protein is the best suppressor of our hunger hormone called ghrelin — which basically means, protein keeps you full for a longer period of time! Not to mention, most high protein foods are extremely low in carbs.
Here are some options in this no carbs foods category:
- White fish
- Crab meat
#18-22: Dairy, Flavorful High Fat Low Carb Foods
Thanks to this food group’s high fat content, dairy products are one of the most flavor packed no carb foods, and can upgrade almost any meal with a simple sprinkle of cheese or dash of cream.
In my book, how can you miss carbs when cheese in on your low carb side?!
Here are some high fat low carb foods from the dairy department to add to your list:
- Low Carb Greek yogurt
- Heavy cream
- Cream cheese
#23-30: Condiments/Oils, Some Zero Carb Foods
Add a little zest to your meal with these condiments, oils and sauce. All of which are zero carb foods!
Mix them together to make your own low carb sauces or low carb salad dressings. Smother your cucumber sandwiches, or low carb bread with some. They’re a great to add variety to your low carb lunches, snacks, or dinners, so you don’t get tired of the foods you enjoy most:
- Olive oil
- Vegetable oil
- Coconut oil
- Soy sauce
- Hot sauce (most, check labels)
- Vinegar (not balsamic)
#31-39: Low Carb Vegetables, High Fiber Low Carb Foods
This section of nearly no carb vegetables is where you’ll see the difference in a net carb vs total carb no carb foods lists, as many of these high fiber low carb foods may contain zero net carbs (but still contain total carbs).
That said, low carb veggies are higher in water content than most foods — which is why they’re often low carb and calorie foods. They also contain tons of nutrients our bodies need!
Here’s a list of keto vegetables with less than 2 g of net carbs per serving:
- Broccoli Raab
- Swiss Chard
#40-43: No Carb Drinks
As I’m sure you know by now, most drinks are loaded with carbs: from fruit juices, to sugar filled sodas. Here are some low carb drinks you may enjoy instead:
- Soda water
* Diet soda and drink mixes (such as Crystal Light) have zero carbs, if they work with your eating plan
* Hard alcohol also contains zero carbs
#44-51: No Carb Snacks
In addition to the no carb snacks listed within each category, I wanted to point out some tasty treats you can grab or make for low carb snacks between meals:
- Low carb beef jerky, I always buy this on Amazon as most store bought products are loaded with sugar and carbs!
- Cheese crisps
- Pork rinds
- Cheese sticks
- Whey protein powder
How to Incorporate These Into Your Low Carb Meal Plan
Let’s talk about incorporating these no carb foods into a low carb meal plan…
Everyone’s carb goals, dietary restrictions, health and taste buds will play a role in their personal meal plan. For example, what you eat will look very different if you’re doing low carb diet weight loss vs lifestyle, etc.
Keep this in mind as you formulate a plan that works for you, as there’s no one-size-fits-all way of eating.
Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way in creating my own meal plan:
1. Start with protein.
From low carb dinners to low carb breakfast — protein is the the food I center my meals around.
This is because protein keeps us full! It’s also, often, the most expensive part of low carb breakfasts, lunch or dinner — so it makes for a good starting point for coordinating low carb side dishes, sauces, and the rest of your meal around.
2. Loading up on vegetables.
Vegetables contain more fiber and nutrients than most no carb foods. For this reason, I load up on keto vegetables whenever and wherever possible! Adding them to low carb smoothies, low carb salads and keto side dishes — if you’re not currently a fan, you may grow to love them!
3. Adding more low carb foods to your plate.
Everyone’s carb goals will vary, but for my eating plan, I like to incorporate a some fruits (avocados and berries are what I eat most) and nuts to get a range of nutrients into each meal.
Additional Low Carb Foods
In additional to these no carb foods, there are tons of low carb foods worth adding to your meal plan!
Fruits, veggies and nuts are all high in fiber, making them lower in net carbs. To see the total and net carb counts for each of these food groups, check out these guides:
- Low carb fruits, keto fruits
- Low carb vegetables, keto vegetables
- Low carb nuts, keto nuts
- Low carb alcohol
Low Carb Food List Printable
For a full low carb food list printable, check out this article and download a copy of my nifty printer friendly guide.
It’s great to bring to the grocery store, as it makes note of important low carb grocery list concerns: such as which products may contain added sugars, and how to save money when shopping for low carb foods.
High Carb Foods To Avoid
At this point, I’m sure you know which high carb foods to avoid — but if you’re looking for a refresher, here are some foods you may want to leave out of your shopping cart:
- Grains – wheat, rye, rice, buckwheat, quinoa
- High carb fruits – bananas, plantains
- Starchy vegetables – potatoes, parsnips, carrots
- Sugar – candy, chocolate, processed foods with added sugars (pst, it’s added to SO many foods, so read your labels!)
There you have it friends! I hope you found this list of no carb foods helpful, let me know your favorites in the comments below, or, if I missed your favorite food, share it with us below!