On a Low-Carb Diet? Here Are 11 Fruits You Can Add to Your Plate and Smoothies
No, you don't have to avoid all fruit if you're on a low-carb diet. While cutting carbs unfortunately means you have to limit your fruit consumption due to its sugar content, there's still a pretty wide range of fruits that are low enough in carbs for you to make the best sweet salad. We've compiled a list of fruits that contain well under 30 grams of carbohydrates per serving. So go ahead and treat yourself to a slice of watermelon, or throw a handful of blueberries in your yogurt.
You can enjoy this uniquely shaped fruit on its own or use it (with blood orange) to infuse a refreshing pitcher of water.
Not only are they packed with antioxidants, but blueberries are also low-carb. Half a cup will yield about 10 grams of carbs, so feel free to toss them into your salads, like this healthy and tasty flat-belly salad.
One cup of cantaloupe contains about 13 grams of carbs. Try this yogurt-filled cantaloupe breakfast bowl, but halve everything to keep the carb count low.
An entire cup of strawberries is only 12 grams of carbs. While strawberry shortcake is off limits on a low-carb diet, you can still incorporate the sweet and tart berry into your meals. Try making this super zingy strawberry jalapeño pico.
It's not truly Summer without some peaches, so thankfully, they're low-carb. One medium-sized peach contains about 14 grams of carbs. Use them in healthy recipes, like this peach and tomato salad. You can even add in fresh mozzarella, which is also low-carb, to make a peachy version of caprese.
They're sweet, tart, and utterly addictive. At 11 grams of carbs per half cup, you shouldn't finish an entire bag, but you can still get your fix with this vegan cherry smoothie.
Remember that avocados are a fruit! High in healthy fats and low in carbs (about 12 grams per avocado), avocados are an ideal food for a low-carb diet. Whip up some guacamole and pair with kale or cheese chips.
One medium-size kiwi contains about 20 grams of carbs, so try cutting it up and throwing it into a classic fruit salad.
An iconic Summer fruit, watermelon requires very little to fill you up. One cup contains about 11 grams of carbs, but that's really all you need for a refreshing, sweet snack. Or you can incorporate the fruit into vibrantly colored popsicles.
The often-forgotten berry, blackberries are another great low-carb fruit option. And they go great in savory recipes, like these mouthwatering grilled lamb chops with blackberry relish.