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Curb Your Cravings: Low Carb Swaps for Classic Summer Foods


Written by Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. on July 28, 2023.

Scientifically reviewed by

Jonathan Clinthorne, PhD Human Nutrition

July 28, 2023

9 low carb swaps for summer.

Summer is in full swing, which means ice cream, barbecue and fruity cocktails at backyard barbecues or beach picnics. They’re delicious but laden with sugar and carbohydrates that may not jive with your low carb lifestyle. Not to worry, you can fully enjoy all the tastes of summer with these creative and satisfying low carb swaps for classic summer fare. Keep reading!

Eat This, Not That This Summer

Make the most of your summer gatherings and evenings eating al fresco with these low carb options:

  • Baked beans: This saucy side is usually dripping with sticky-sweet molasses and brown sugar, but this herby side dish has a lemony-basil twist, plus crispy green beans: Lemon-Basil Green Beans.
  • Burger and hot dog buns: Your burger, brat or hot dog instantly becomes low carb when you sub in romaine lettuce leaves, Portobello mushroom caps or zucchini boats for buns.
  • Corn on the cob: Go for grilled zucchini or bell peppers or grilled Veggie Kebabs.



Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc.

Vice President of Nutrition & Education

Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. is a former Director of Nutrition at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. With 20+ years of experience as a nutrition expert, the NY Times best-selling author is the current Vice President of Nutrition & Education at Simply Good Foods Company.

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