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SAMPLE FOODS IN LOW CARBOHYDRATE DIET
PROTEIN FOODS (Use as desired)
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Eggs: fried, scrambled, poached or hardboiled, Eggbeaters®
Cheese: all regular or low fat cheeses, cottage cheese, reduced-fat cream cheese
Meat: beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, ham, Canadian bacon or deli-meat
Fish: any kind, canned tuna or salmon, seafood (shrimp, crab, oysters, clams, etc.)
Peanut Butter (limit to 2 Tablespoons)
VEGETABLES
Very low in carbs (Use as desired)
• Spinach, mushrooms, chives, lettuce, sprouts, radishes, cucumber, cabbage, celery,
zucchini
Low in carbs (Use up to 1 cup cooked or 2 cups raw per day)
• Snow peas, green or wax beans, asparagus, turnips, bell pepper, avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, tomato
SOUPS (Use as desired)
• Broth or broth based soup including meat and/or vegetables listed above.
• AVOID those with corn, peas, potatoes, noodles, rice, barley or other grains; or cream soups.
FREE FOODS (Use as desired)
• Drinks: Sugar free soft drinks, Crystal Light, sugar substitutes, sugar free syrup, sugar free Jell-O®, decaffeinated
coffee or tea, herbal teas, broth
• Condiments: lemon or lime juice, horseradish, mustard, dill relish, salsa (up to¼ cup), soy sauce, vinegar,
Worcestershire, herbs and spices, garlic and onion powder, flavoring extracts
LIMIT THESE FOODS TO NO MORE THAN 1 SERVING PER DAY OR USE 2 HALF-SERVINGS TO MAKE 1 SERVING PER DAY
(THESE PROVIDE ABOUT 12-15 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATE)
• Fruit: one SMALL piece of fresh fruit ex: tangerine, plum, kiwi OR ½ of a regular size apple, banana, orange, 1 cup
of berries or melon, OR ½ cup of pineapple, grapes or canned fruit (no added sugar).
• Dried beans or lentils: chili, lentil soup, refried beans, hummus –½ cup serving
• Milk: 8 ounces milk, soy milk, or 6 ounces “light” or diet yogurt, or ½ cup diet pudding
LIMIT THESE FOODS TO NO MORE THAN 2 SERVINGS TOTAL PER DAY (THESE EACH CONTAIN ABOUT 5 GRAMS OF
CARBOHYDRATE)
• Reduced-carb milk or yogurt such as Dannon’s “Carb-Control”
• Low-carb tortilla or low-carb bread (5 g carbs or less after subtracting fiber grams)
• Protein bar (5 g carbs or less)
• Nuts: up to ¼ cup of any nuts, up to 2 tablespoons of seeds (such as sunflower)
USE SPARINGLY: Butter, Margarine, Oils (such as canola, olive, soy), Cream, Salad Dressing, Mayonnaise, Sour
Cream, Whipped Cream, Coffee Creamer
AVOID THE FOLLOWING:
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Sugar and sugar containing foods such as sweets, candy, cookies, pastries
Regular sodas, any beverages with added sugar
Fruit juice, dried fruit
Starches such as regular bread, bagels, muffins, noodles, rice, cereals, potatoes, peas, corn,
popcorn, snack chips, croutons, breading, french fries