Yikes! Most People Think These Foods Are Low-Carb, But They’re Not
There’s nothing worse than trying to eat healthy only to discover the superfoods that everyone promised would help you lose weight fast really aren’t so super. As it turns out, not all carbohydrates look like bread, and foods that many mistakenly believe to be “low-carb” are actually surprisingly high in carbs. So if you’re having trouble shedding that tummy, take a look in your fridge and see if these high-carb foods are to blame.
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Mangoes: This smoothie recipe favorite packs more than just a tropical twist. A single mango has 50 grams of carbs—yowza—but mangoes aren’t all bad. Just one will get cover a fifth of your daily recommended fiber, double your vitamin-C, and almost all of your vitamin-A.
Soda: We all know the amount of sugar in soda is astounding, but it’s also quite high in carbs. A 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of carbs. We’d rather just eat bread, thank you very much!
Bananas: An easy breakfast when you’re on-the-go, bananas have about 27 grams of carbs in just one fruit. While they’re certainly a high-fiber snack, when you load up your smoothies with bananas, your daily carb intake might be a lot higher than you think.
Quinoa: While quinoa is high in fiber and protein, just one cup of the cooked grain lands somewhere close to 39 grams of carbs. That said, it’s still a better option than white rice or bread.
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Baked beans: This cookout side dish has a jaw-dropping 55 grams of carbs in just one cup. When beans are covered in sweet, tangy sauces, the added sugars might negate their inherent benefits.
Fruit-flavored yogurt: That strawberry yogurt you’re enjoying has about 41 grams of carbs and a whopping 39 grams of sugar. Opting for Greek yogurt can significantly cut those numbers, and you can get all the benefits of fresh fruit by sprinkling your choice on top.
Applesauce: A cup of sweetened applesauce has about 43 grams of carbs without the benefits of a real apple. If you’re still craving applesauce, you should switch your sweetened version for an unsweetened brand—that will slash your carb intake down to just 27 grams.
Raisins: These lunchbox favorites are surprisingly high in carbs. Just one small box has about 34 grams of carbs. With numbers that high, you’d be better off with regular grapes, which only have 16 grams of carbs per serving.
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Low Carb Dinners Salmon
Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon
Don't be intimidated by the beauty of the presentation; this low-carb dinner recipe only takes about a half an hour to put together. Baked on a sheet pan, this healthy salmon soaks up the flavors of all the Mediterranean-inspired toppings.
Get the full recipe at The View From Great Island.
Low Carb Dinners Pizza
Low-Carb Keto Chicken-Crust Pizza
If you've never tried a chicken-crust pizza before, you're seriously missing out. Not only is this low-carb dinner delicious and filling, it's also surprisingly simple to put together.
Get the full recipe at Wholesome Yum.
Low Carb Dinners Beef
Healthy Beef and Broccoli
This impressive recipe by Erin Clarke of Well Plated shows that you don't have to give up your favorite meals just because you're limiting carbs. This healthier take on the classic Chinese dish looks just as yummy as the original.
Get the full recipe at Well Plated.
Low Carb Dinners Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
If you're a fan of spaghetti squash, you've probably used the produce as a low-carb pasta sub tons of times. Why not switch things up with a decadent Mexican-inspired recipe for a change?
Get the full recipe at Cookie and Kate.
Low Carb Dinners Turkey
Low-Carb Leftover Chicken (or Turkey) Enchiladas
Why settle for the same-old sandwich just because you have leftover turkey or chicken? This low-carb enchilada recipe puts a new spin on the idea of leftover recipes — not to mention a healthier one.
Get the full recipe at An Edible Mosaic.
Low Carb Market Chicken Skillet
Low Carb Market Chicken Skillet
A low-carb chicken recipe doesn't have to be boring, and this meal is all the proof you need. Well-seasoned and freshly-flavored, this healthy dish will convince you to break out your favorite skilled way more often.
Get the full recipe at A Spicy Perspective.
Low Carb Dinners Shrimp
Jalapeño Shrimp Veggie Bake
If you have a craving for something spicy, there are plenty of ways that you can take the heat while still sticking to a healthy diet. This hot low-carb meal is an excellent place to start.
Get the full recipe at Cotter Crunch.
Low Carb Dinners Zoodles
Low-Carb Chicken Zoodles
There's nothing quite like some tasty zoodles (zucchini "noodles") to curb a carb craving, and this low-carb dinner recipe is a perfect example of that. Well-sauced and lightly seasoned, this zoodles recipe is sure to become a family favorite that you'll make again and again.
Get the full recipe at Vibrant Plate.
Low Carb Dinners Shepherds Pie
Healthy Shepherd’s Pie
Who knew that the hearty shepherd's pie could have such a healthy (and still delicious) twist? This yummy dinner shows that there's a way to give just about any indulgent meal a better-for-you twist.
Get the full recipe at Living Healthy With Chocolate.
Low Carb Dinners Chicken
Filipino Chicken Adobo Recipe
This tasty low-carb dinner recipe is a simple and tasty way to add variety to your weekday chicken dishes. Marinated in a tasty, savory sauce, this meal uses much less carbs than others while still tingling your tastebuds. Talk about a winner-winner-chicken-dinner!
Get the full recipe at Low Carb Yum.