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10 Low Carb Vegetables for Weight Loss

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diet scaleI have neighbors and friends who are exerting much effort to shave-off several pounds of their weight in the shortest time possible. Many of them practice a 1,000-calorie diet which involves consuming a minimum amount of calories. And every time they will ask my opinion, I often suggest including low carb vegetables in their diet.

There are a number of vegetables which have very low calorie content, and they are excellent for weight loss. Here are the top ten vegetables I can recommend:

1. Cucumber

A cup of cucumber has 16 calories. This crispy vegetable is great for salads, sandwiches and even by itself. Not only does it taste good but it is also rich in vitamins K and C, loaded with anti-oxidants and anti-cancer benefits and is great for the skin too!

2. Broccoli

There is just about 6 grams of carbohydrates per cup of broccoli. Broccolis are great for soups, salads and can be added in omelettes as well. Broccoli is also known for its anti-cancer, cholesterol-lowering and detoxifying properties. The best way to cook broccoli is by steaming it. Just remember that overcooking broccoli can lose its effectiveness.

3. Mushroom

Mushrooms have only 2.2 grams of carb per cup. They are rich in vitamins B and D and also help in cholesterol reduction and antioxidant support as well as in boosting our immune system. They taste awesome in soups, side dishes and omelettes. Just be careful not to overcook them.

4. Romaine Lettuce

This green leafy vegetable is a good source of vitamins A and K, folate and fiber. It has only 1 gram of carbohydrates in a cup of shredded romaine lettuce. It is very good for a 1000 calorie diet. These are great for salads and sandwich wraps. Just don’t forget to wash them thoroughly.

5. Tomato

Tomatoes are rich in Vitamins A, C and K and are known for their good source of lycopene which helps in preventing heart diseases and cancers. Tomatoes have low calorie content and have just 6 grams of carbohydrates per cup. These are perfect for sauces, soups, salads, salsas and sandwiches.

6. Spinach

I remember Popeye whenever I think of spinach and how just by eating it suddenly makes him so strong! And yes, spinach is very healthy. It is rich in vitamins K, A, E and C. It also helps protect us against cardiovascular and bone problems and even cancers too! Spinach has only 7 calories per cup and is good for salads.

7. Green Beans

Green beans prevent constipation, stabilize blood sugars, help lower cholesterol, and are rich in vitamins A, C and K. A cup of cooked green beans has 44 calories. Like broccoli, the best way to cook green beans is by steaming. Sautéing is also good as long as you do not overcook them. They are delicious and perfect for salads and side dishes.

8. Asparagus

Asparagus is great for soups, salads, pastas and omelettes. It is one of those low carb vegetables that are rich in Vitamin K, folate, and Vitamins A and B1. Asparagus can also help in regulating the heart and blood sugars and has some anti-cancer benefits too!

9. Celery

Celery is rich in vitamins K and A. It also helps in our digestive tract and cardiovascular support. With only 3 grams of carb and 16 calories per cup, it is a perfect ingredient for soups, salads, casseroles, stews and stir-fries!

10. Cabbage

Cabbage fights cancer, prevents constipation and promotes weight loss! It is also loaded with Vitamins K, C and B6, fiber and potassium which is great for coleslaws and stir-fries!

These are not necessarily the only low carb vegetables out there. I’ve just selected the ones that are easy to find and easy to grow. By having these veggies in your diet, you will stay healthy, fit, and be able to achieve effective weight loss!

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