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Cutting carbs? You can do that and still go veg!

Friday, November 25th, 2011
Salad greens two ways by liza31337
Salad greens two ways, a photo by liza31337 on Flickr.

Many people think vegetarians and vegans are doomed to gain weight because they’re eating lots of carbs. It is possible to reduce your carbs on a vegetarian diet. You just need to know what to eat and what to avoid.

The lowest

This list of the lowest carb veggies comes from About.com’s Low Carb Diets site. The full page and resource is located here.

Low-Carb Vegetables

This list is roughly arranged from lowest to highest carbohydrate counts, but all are non-starchy and generally low in carbohydrates. Exact carb count depends on serving size. Remember when counting carbs in vegetables that the fiber is not counted, and can be subtracted from the total.

Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)

Greens – lettuce, spinach, chard, etc.

Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.

Radicchio and endive count as greens

Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.

Bok Choy

Bamboo Shoots

Celery

Radishes

Sea Vegetables (Nori, etc)

Mushrooms

Cabbage (or sauerkraut)

Jicama

Avocado

Asparagus

Okra

Cucumbers (or pickles without added sugars)

Green Beans and Wax Beans

Fennel

Cauliflower

Broccoli

Peppers

Green Bell Peppers

Red Bell Peppers

Jalapeno Peppers

Summer Squash

Zuchinni

Brussels Sprouts

Scallions or green onions

Snow Peas/Snap Peas/Pea Pods

Tomatoes

Eggplant

Tomatillos

Artichokes

Turnips

Pumpkin

Rutabagas

Spaghetti Squash

Celery Root (Celeriac)

Carrots

Onions

Leeks

Which to avoid?

Also on the About.com’s Low Carb Diets site is a listing of the highest carb vegetables:

Carrots (some diets flag carrots as a problem, though they are lower in carbs than others in this group)

Beets

Peas

Winter Squashes, such as acorn and butternut

Water Chestnuts

Parsnips

Potatoes in all forms

Sweet Potatoes

Corn

Plantains

I don’t understand why winter squashes such as butternut and acorn are considered high carb, but pumpkin and spaghetti squash are low carb. If you know the answer, I’d love for you to share it in the comments.

T-Day sides

I tried three low-carb recipes for Thanksgiving this year that were new tastes for my family, and all three were warmly received:

  • Rosemary Roasted Radishes
  • Pumpkin Bisque
  • Cauliflower Gratin

(Check ‘em out at the SheKnows.com blog here.)

It was a nice offset to all the high-carb fare that you can’t avoid on Thanksgiving, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes and warm dinner rolls.