Although you would think that something as simple as "eat lots of vegetables" could not get any easier than that, the truth is that there are a few exceptions that you should know about.
Non starchy vegetables are best on a Low Carb Diet. As a general rule, vegetables that grow above ground are low carb.
If you want to make things easier, remember that (as a general rule) vegetables that grow above ground are low carb and can be eaten pretty much with abandon.
However, vegetables that grow below ground, again, speaking in general, should be avoided, especially if you are on the ketogenic diet, or other very low carb diets, which allows only 30 grams of carbs each day or less.
Let's take a closer look at the best vegetable choices you can make. All carb numbers are referring to a portion size of 100 grams, which is approximately 3.5 ounces.
As you can see, almost without exception (turnips and radishes the only two) all of the above vegetables are the ones grown above ground.
This makes picking vegetables fairly easy, even if you left your cell phone in the car or left your list at home.
If you notice, we didn't say “worst” or “forget these” vegetables, only that these are high in carbs, which means you can certainly eat them; you just need to be aware that they are higher in carbs so you can’t eat them with abandon. Monitor your portions to be sure you don’t go over your daily limit.
As with the previous list, these numbers are for 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces).
The best types of vegetables, however, are both nutrient dense AND low in carbs. What does nutrient dense mean? Foods that are nutrient dense are very high in nutrients that the body needs, but are naturally low in calories.
As you can see, most of these are dark, leaf greens. Anything that resembles spinach or kale will fall into this category and will be the best vegetables to include into dishes and meals.
It's easy to see that most vegetables are low in carbs and super healthy, not to mention super filling! Adding a salad with vegetables to your dinner and lunch will fill your tummy up, without filling out your waistline!