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Tips for Success: Read your labels. Watch out for hidden carbs; to calculate the grams of carbs that impact your blood sugar, subtract the number of grams of dietary fiber from the total number of carb grams. Also double-check serving sizes on labels; some foods and drinks are actually two or more servings, so you need to add in those extra carbs and calories.

Low Carb and Keto Friendly Veggies and Fruits

June 10, 2019

Plus 18 low carb and keto friendly veggie and fruit recipes

 

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, which is perfect timing if you’re following a low carb diet like Atkins, since non-starchy veggies and low-sugar fruits are high in fiber. Fiber plays an important role because it helps you sustain steady energy levels, regulate your blood sugar and control your hunger, all of which help you lose weight. You can learn more about how to get more fiber on a low carb or keto diet here.

 The good news is that if you’re doing Atkins, you’re eating more veggies every day than the average American, and there are plenty of low carb vegetables and fruits that are ripe for the picking in June (buying veggies and fruits in season is one of my top budget-friendly tips, and here are 8 other tips for doing a low carb or keto diet on a budget.)

If you’re ready hit the farmer’s market or the produce section of your grocery store, here is a list of vegetables and fruits (plus low carb recipes) that will add color and variety to your meals. Fresh herbs are also flourishing this month and add a pop of flavor to many of these dishes:

 

Vegetables in season in June:

 Asparagus—Wild Salmon Vera Cruz with Grilled Asparagus and Watercress

Avocado—Cucumber Avocado Salad with Toasted Cumin Dressing

Beets—Baby Spinach, Pickled Beets and Tomato Salad

Chard—Swiss Chard Gratin

Cucumber—Cucumber Guacamole

Green beans—Lemon-Basil Green Beans

Kale—Sausages with Baby Kale and Mustard Sauce

Leeks—Asparagus and Leek Soup

Radishes—Radish Bites with Butter and Sea Salt: Trim root ends off radishes and dip in whipped unsalted butter and sea salt for a delicious low carb snack or appetizer.

Spinach—Grilled Lime Chicken over Spinach Salad with Feta-Ranch Dressing

Sugar snap peas—Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas with Mint

Zucchini—Flank Steaks with Smoky Cilantro Sauce and Zucchini

 

Fruits in season in June:

Blueberries—Low Carb Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake Tartlets

Cantaloupe—Toasted Pecan Cantaloupe Kebabs 

Cherries—Sweet Cherry Pie

Mango—Curried Shrimp with Green Mango Salad

Rhubarb—Vanilla Mousse with Rhubarb Sauce 

Strawberries—Extra Creamy Strawberry Shake

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