A Guide to What Fruits and Vegetables to Eat When You’re on a Keto Diet

Above ground vegetables generally have lower carbs thus making them the best option if you are on a Keto diet. Root vegetables, those found below the ground, contain more carbs and should be consumed with proper management. 

When it comes to fruits, the sweeter and larger the amount, the more sugar it contains. Berries are the better keto-friendly fruit choice, but still, in moderation.

Don’t go to the market without knowing which ones to buy!


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Here are the top 10 low-carb fruits and veggies:

1. Avocados


Avocado is a keto go-to food. Not only is it rich with monounsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals and fibers, they are, indeed, low carb. You can eat it in plain slices, mashed, baked and so many other ways to enjoy it. 


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2. Cauliflower

Known to be an alternative to rice, Cauliflower is the darling of many keto recipes. It has a very mild flavor and can be served in lots of ways. 


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3. Blackberries

Being on a keto diet may cause you keto diarrhea (or constipation) mainly because you eat foods that are low in fiber. That is why eating fiber-rich plant-based foods like blackberries, is important. 


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4. Broccoli

Just like cauliflower, broccoli could be a simple substitute to your pasta and rice. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, this keto champion is versatile in the kitchen. It can be steamed, fried in butter, baked and as a side to your favorite roasted dish.


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5. Olives

Healthy fats in olives are extracted to produce extra virgin olive oil, which is packed with antioxidants. Olives are salty snacks that can be eaten on its own or can be mixed with other keto-friendly recipe.


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6. Spinach

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, iron, folic acid, and magnesium. It has remarkably low-carb making it one of the most keto-friendly vegetables. It can be baked, creamed or added raw on salads.


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7. Tomatoes

Tomato is a rich source of lycopene, a phytonutrient that has potent heart health and anti-cancer properties. It is also rich in potassium, vitamins A and C and of course, low-carb.


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8. Coconuts

Coconut is the fruit of life. It is a good source of many vitamins and minerals. It can be eaten (its meat) as is or mixed with other food. You can scoop the meat out of a whole coconut or buy in-can, just make sure that the canned coconut does not contain sugar. 


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9. Asparagus

This vegetable is full of folic acid, and provides good amounts of fiber and vitamins A and C. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is one of the favorite meals of those in keto diet. Who doesn’t love asparagus, right?


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10. Mushrooms

This low-carb white veggie is rich in B-vitamins, copper, vitamin D, and selenium. Mushroom is an immunity booster and may also have anti-cancer benefits. Although humble in appearance, mushrooms are a healthy low carb option. 


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