When you first become a vegetarian, you likely increase your carbs intake. Either because you don’t actually know what to eat instead of meat, or because it is easier to eat sandwiches and pasta. But, carbs are not always the best choice…
There are several benefits to following a low-carb diet, but if you are going meat-free it could be a challenge to go carb-free as well. The good news is that it is not impossible, and while consuming too many carbs can make your body store fat, carbs, fat and protein are necessary to carry out body processes.
General tips for following a low-carb vegetarian diet
- Choose whole grains over refined carbs.
- Watch your portion size
- Spread out your carbohydrates servings throughout the day
10 Foods you can eat
High in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, almonds make great snacks.
2. Chia seeds
Top salads, smoothies, yogurt –or just about everything– with chia seeds for a boost in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
Although they are high in carbs, they are also high in fiber and, most importantly, protein. Try our chickpea snack recipe!
4. Low fat cheese
They are satisfying, filling and provide some calcium.
5. Green leafy vegetables
Kale, spinach have very few calories, but they are high in fiber and will keep you full between meals. Bonus: they are packed with vitamins C, A and K and Iron.
This is probably one of my favorite meat alternatives, they are filling and they provide vitamins C, K, folate, potassium and lots of fibers.
They are protein-rich, they contain healthy fats, you can prepare it in lots of different ways and they are pretty filling, yet low in calories.
Packed in protein, super versatile and low in calories and fat, it can provide iron and calcium and very little carbs.
Rick in healthy fats, packed with folate, vitamins C and K and potassium. Avocados are high in fiber which helps you keep you full for longer and regulate blood glucose levels.
Great to snack on, they are also high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, folate. As they have fiber they prevent sugar spikes and keep you full, but be careful with your portion size because they do contain sugar.
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