When starting a low carb or keto diet, you'll need some carb charts to help you make smart choices.
The Ultimate Guide To Carbs In Vegetables will guide you in choosing which vegetables are best to incorporate into your daily carb limit.
Each value is the net carbs per 100g using cronometer.com Net carbs is the total carb value, minus the fibre.
Take a look at the graphics below to see the carbs in vegetables, using the easy photo grid ... or print it out and keep it on your fridge.
Vegetables are definitely healthier (and a better choice) when preparing meals. However, it must be noted that different types of vegetables have different nutritional values.
Are vegetables keto?
Vegetables can be keto. It depends on quantity (how many carbs) and quality (the source).
No vegetables are off-limits. As long as you stay within your daily carb limits and are still making progress. However, many people choose to spend their carbs wisely on high protein foods or nutrient-dense dairy, nuts and seeds instead of starchy potatoes or carrots.
If you are an absolute beginner, strict blood sugar control is required, or you still have weight to lose, then knowing the carbs in vegetables is a must.
You need to be aware of the carbs in vegetables and account for them in your daily allowance. I occasionally enjoy a very small portion of nutrient-dense starchy root vegetables, but I prefer to bulk up meals with lower-carb vegetables.
Can you eat as many vegetables as you like?
When you decided to begin the low-carb or keto diet, the first thing that probably came to your mind is that you're going to eat a lot of vegetables to bulk up your meals. You might even have thought that you can eat as much as you want!
That's not really the case. You need to practice portion control and counting your carbs, especially if you are a beginner or weight loss has stopped.
How many vegetables you enjoy will depend on your daily carb limit and whether you can tolerate large quantities of vegetables. Many can't and have decided to begin their carnivore diet instead. The carnivore diet is known as the ultimate elimination diet. Then they slowly reintroduce vegetables one at a time to see what they can tolerate.
Although vegetables are healthier and much better options for bulking up meals rather than bread, pasta or rice, you also need to be aware of the carbs in vegetables.
Some vegetables such as starchy root vegetables should be avoided in large quantities. These healthy vegetables can still raise your blood sugar and affect your insulin requirements.
Which vegetables are high carb?
Many ask "is this food keto", but no particular food "is keto", it's whether the amount of that food will keep you in nutritional ketosis or not.
You can see from the chart below, that root vegetables (vegetables that are grown underground) have the highest carbs. So those who follow the keto diet generally avoid these vegetables or only add them to the recipe in very small quantities
- sweet potatoes
But you also need to be aware of high carb vegetables grown ABOVE the ground such as:
If you really want to enjoy a higher-carb vegetable, especially with friends and family so you don't feel left out or not to offend your host, just have a small piece, truly enjoy and savor it, and don't go back for seconds.
Are vegetables healthy?
Vegetables are packed with fiber, micronutrients, and phytonutrients. They provide us with vitamins and minerals that processed and fortified food just cannot come close to.
One argument that many have with those of us who stop eating whole grains is that we will become deficient in nutrients and fiber. My counter-argument is that any loss of fiber of artificial fortified nutrients is more than made up with our increased intake of vegetables.
Additionally, we eat our vegetables with healthy fats which help make them more palatable (especially for children) and enhances the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
When you eat low carb, the sandwiches and pasta dishes are long gone, but the volume of vegetables increases. Many vegetarians I know who have made the swap to a low-carb diet have commented that their vegetable intake has skyrocketed once they stopped basing their meals on pasta, rice, and whole grains.
Knowing the carbs in vegetables, just allows you to make an informed choice. Eating real, unprocessed food is the backbone of LCHF.
🥕Carbs in vegetables chart
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Best recipes using low starch vegetables
It can be confusing to decide which are the best keto vegetable side dishes to make. These delicious keto side dishes are quick and easy too.
You may also want to see the best keto side dishes for pork, best keto side dishes for chicken, easy keto side dishes for salmon, and quick keto side dishes for beef.
Asparagus 2g net carbs per 100g
Cheesy baked asparagus is delicious and a dish the whole family will love. It can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or a small main meal.
Cabbage 3g net carbs per 100g
Cabbage is one of the most versatile low-starch vegetables. You can use it in stir-fries, spring rolls or a Mexican coleslaw.
Avocado 2g net carbs per 100g
There are so many recipes to use avocado, simply on its own, stuffed with tuna mayonnaise or as my favorite, guacamole. But before you start any of them, watch my video "how to cut avocados the easy way". I never knew I cut them completely different from anyone I know.
Cauliflower 4g net carbs per 100g
An absolute staple in low-carb cooking is cauliflower rice. Don't let anyone tell you it's bland, they just haven't found the right recipe yet. I like to flavour mine intensely. For a curry, I will cook it in coconut cream and add some spices, for stir-fries, I might add some herbs or stir fry liquid that comes out as vegetables cook.
Lettuce 2g net carbs per 100g
For me, this is the ultimate low-carb and keto meal. Buffalo chicken is made in the slow cooker served in lettuce cups. It is delicious and easy to make. It's a firm family favorite in our house.
Zucchini 2.1g net carbs per 100g
Have you made zoodles yet? They are the perfect replacement for pasta. Packed with nutrition and fiber make these ribbons are so delightful in low-carb spaghetti bolognese. Another low-carb must-try recipe.
Spinach 1g net carbs per 100g
Spinach carbonara can be made with spinach, silverbeet, or any leafy green vegetable. It is flavored with bacon, garlic, and cream cheese to make for an incredibly tasty and satisfying side dish or even a main meal.
To make it vegetarian, simply omit the bacon.
Kale 4g net carbs per 100g
Kale pesto is a super way to use abundant basil and kale from the garden. Versatile as a dip or stirred through zoodles.
Brussels Sprouts 5g net carbs per 100g
Who doesn't love the sound of buttery bacon Brussels sprouts? There is a hint of orange and walnut in there (both are optional) but this has changed many Brussels sprouts hater, into a Brussels sprouts convert.
To make this vegetarian, omit the bacon and add garlic instead.
Pumpkin 6g net carbs per 100g
Slow cooker bacon and pumpkin soup is a great winter warmer. Just throw it all in the slow cooker, and dinner is ready when you come home. The coconut cream makes this soup especially filling.
To make a vegetarian version, don't add bacon but use extra vegetable stock, garlic, and nutmeg to flavor.
Leeks 12g net carbs per 100g
Leeks are higher in net carbs, but if you serve them as a chicken and leek pie, then you'll be enjoying a high protein meal too. You won't be able to overindulge. This is my absolute favorite way to enjoy leeks.
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Marie Ann Mann
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Marie, I love my kitchen scales too, and I agree, it's probably the best $20 you can spend. If anyone is confused with cooking conversions or cooking measurements, I have just updated my Cooking Conversion chart. I also give metric to imperial measurements, cooking temperatures, and even international names for foods. You can download a copy of the Cooking Conversion Chart here.
Thanks for this Libby.
These numbers are for 100g, aren't they?
I'd be interested to know where you got the stats for the veg. I'm using an Australian calculator and some of my numbers are quite different. For example 100g broccoli has 0.4g of carbs. Above it's listed as 4g. That's a very big difference.
Yes, these values are per 100g, I use cronometer.com which uses USDA regulation values. You may wish to check which app you are using and if they have "user added" entries which are generally incorrect because so many people (rightly so) get confused with total, net, fibre, per 100g. per cup etc. If you do a quick Google search you will also see the app value is incorrect.
I notice you don't write much about tofu or soy milk....ever since I started your program, I have tofu with my veggies and olive oil...i have cut out all pasta, bread , potatoes and sugar...i love my new way of eating but I WONDER if the tofu is ok
I avoid all soy products and tofu products due to the possible effects of the phytoestrogen and isoflavones from soy. I also don't see the need myself to use soy or tofy as I do not need to replace animal protein or milk products. I hope that helps 🙂
Being vegan, We have limited choice in keto diet but these veggies saved us everytime. love your list and infograph
Keep going , nice post!
SO glad it helped Sarah. I am trying to develop more vegetarian and vegan recipes as the need is ever growing.
Complex carbohydrates are actually very good for you. There's nothing wrong with eating"high carb" oats for example. Complex carbs metabolise similar to that of fats and protein. It's simple sugars which do the damage. High carb or low carb whole foods are equally beneficial and neither will make a significant contribution to weight gain or other health issues if consumed in healthy quantities.
I think you may need to read this post and this post. I beg to differ with your understanding of how the body deals with fats, carbs and protein.
HOW MUCH IS 100G?, IS IT 1/2 CUP OR 1 CUP OR WHAT?.
That depends on the vegetable in question. 100g is the easiest way to compare carb values. If I referred to cups, then I would get complaints it isn't per 100g as per most nutritional panels. It's simply intended to be a visual guide as to what are better options when choosing vegetables 🙂
Its actually 3 and a half ounces on a scale.I hope this helps you too
What are the serving size on vegtables?
These values are all per 100g. I didn't put serving sizes as it will differ per person and depending on which main dish you decide to serve them with, may require more or less.
Thank you for such comprehensive and helpful info on carbs! I am new to the low carb lifestyle and it is overwhelming at times. These quick references are making it so much easier for me to make the right food choices.
Brilliant! I'm glad they are helping you choose wisely.
Really, really like everything you post. For someone new to Keto, so helpful.How do I get your info in my email? Want to save everything you post.
Wow Patti, you are amazing. I'm overjoyed my site is helping you. To join my email community and get weekly updates of recipes, articles and tips, click here. You will also receive my Low-CARB FAQ & Diet Sheet. Welcome 🙂
It is truly helpful information. Most relevant info on a low carb diet. And well explained.
I feel that one key element to rock the low-carb/keto diet is to know your veggies. This truly can make or break your diet.
I like that you tied together veggies with recipes.
I'd love to see radish, turnip, rutabaga, acorn & butternut squash, spaghetti & pattypan squash and olives, both green & black, jícama, snow peas, green pepper (theyre less carbs than a ripe pepper) all on your chart. That would be superb! Thanx for all your work, Libby!
How exactly does one measure 100 G? Seems like the ULTIMATE GUIDE would provide it in "cups" as well as G...whatever G stands for. (Grams?)
Yes g stands for grams. That is about 3.5 T in WEIGHT equality but NOT volume equality. So you would need a scale to weight any foods you wished to use based on the info in this chart. The logic of using this standard weight is great -- that way you can assess the relative high carb and low carb veggies on the basis of a low carb veggie of 2 net grams carb would be a LOT healthier to eat than the same amount of a veggie with 13 net carbs per 100 grams weight.