Bean dip, beans and cauliflower rice, burrito bowls – there are some meals that simply MUST HAVE beans and that’s where this list of low carb beans helps save the day!
While beans are generally considered to be high carb foods, there are actually a number of them that’re amazing, high fiber low carb foods, and some of you guys may want to add their creamy deliciousness into your lives.
These relatively low carb foods are filling, high in protein, and help round out so many of our favorite dishes, like chili and curry! The list is just below, lets get started!
***Note, beans are NOT a low carb food, but the items shared below are the lowest carb from this food group. People trying to cut back on carbs (vs following a strict low carb meal plan) may consider consuming some of these low carb beans.**
Here are the 3 best low carb beans:
1. Green Beans
Low in calories and carbs, these are a real winner! These low carb beans are tasty, filling and versatile! Try them cooked with garlic and lemon for an incredible (and healthy!!) side or snack. These have an impressively low 4g net carbs per cup.
Are actually immature soy beans! You’ve probably enjoyed them as an app at Asian restaurants, but get creative with this high protein food, and use them as low carb bean replacements in your fave recipes. 5.7g of net carbs per cup.
Whether we’re looking at carbs in pinto beans or carbs in black beans, all beans nutritional profiles will vary. It all depends on whether you’re counting net carbs or total carbs, your daily carb intake, and the amount of beans you plan to eat.
Based on 1/4 cup served size, there are the following carbs in beans:
|LOW CARB BEASNS (1/4 CUP)||TOTAL CARBS||TOTAL NET CARBS|
- Green Beans – 1.7g carbs, .9g net carbs
- Edamame – 3.45g carbs, 1.4g net carbs
- Peas – 5.3g carbs, 3.2g net carbs
- Lentils – 10g carbs, 6.1g net carbs
- Kidney Beans – 10.1g carbs, 6.8g net carbs
- Pinto Beans – 11.2g carbs, 7.3g net carbs
- Chickpeas -11.3g carbs, 8.1g net carbs
- Navy Beans – 13.4g carbs, 10.1g net carbs
- Black Beans – 21g carbs, 15g net carbs
The key to success is going to be PORTION size (for help with that, try using a digital scale or measuring cups!). Beans are flavorful and delicious, and a little goes a long way!
Going with peas, edamame, or green beans is going to be your best bet in the low carb bean category.
While there are some scrumptious low carb bean options, there are some other variations that will work just as well, (in some, cases, maybe better!) and will help keep that carb count low, low, low!
Can I Use Vegetables Instead of Beans?
Yes, yes, yes! Oh, veggies. Truly a lifesaver!! When it comes to carbs per quantity, vegetables stretch way, way farther than even low carb beans do.
There are so many great low carb vegetables that give similar textures, flavors and heft to our favorite dishes. Diced mushrooms, chopped zuchinni or riced cauliflower are all amazing alternatives to beans in most dishes.
Can I Use Nuts Instead of Beans?
Nuts are another incredible alternative to low carb beans in most recipes. Many low carb nuts are high in protein, fiber and nutrients that our bodies crave, so it’s a health-smart option as well as a practical one!
Try buttery macadamians, protein-rich almonds, or sweet pecans that are LOADED with heart healthy vitamins.
Can I Use Fruit Instead Of Beans?
I think in most recipes you would find it hard to replace beans with fruit. However, rounding out meals with low carb fruits is a great way to make them more satisfying! Berries like blackberries or strawberries are a great option.
Also, clementines, kiwis and plums are low carb and a mouth-watering addition to any meal!
Are There Grains That’re Lower In Carbs Than Beans?
Wild rice is 32g net carbs, and oh-so-hip, gluten free Quinoa is 34g net carbs. While these options are definitely not VERY low carb, they do beat out beans in some categories and make a decent substitution when called upon.
But don’t totally count low carb beans out! Those delightful little nuggets are powerhouses of vitamins, protein and fiber – a better all-around food than many grains.
One of the main questions you may be thinking, especially if you’re from the South, is what about chili?? What are my options for low carb beans for chili? What about casseroles?? Is there anything that can be done?!
No worries, my sweet friend! I have you covered…I would never leave you without appropriate options for the rainy day / football game / holiday food you crave!
While not VERY low carb, there are many options for beans that’ll do their job well and deliciously when needed. Comment below with your favorite way to use these low carb beans!