Low-carb and low-fat diets may seem to be at odds with each other, but they share some common ground with healthy low-carb vegetables and low-fat meats.
Here are my picks for foods that can work for both low-carb and low-fat diets.
Greens and Lettuces
The best way to fill up a diet plate is to start with a generous portion of greens and lettuces. They add volume to the meal without adding many calories.
Dark greens and lettuces are wise choices, as they pack extra vitamins and minerals.
Low-Carb Tip: Add bleu cheese, Italian or vinaigrette dressing.
Low-Fat Tip: Add lemon juice or your favorite low-fat dressing.
Zucchini is another low-calorie, low-carb vegetable that's delicious when added to stir-fry dishes Zucchini can be sautéed alone or with other vegetables.
Low-Carb Recipe: Zucchini Pasta
Low-Fat Recipe: Roasted Vegetables
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Game meats, such as venison and elk, are very lean, plus they're an excellent source of protein, carnitine, and zinc.
The low-fat recipe below calls for beef, but elk, venison, or bison would make healthy replacement meats.
Low-Carb Recipe: Venison Pot Roast
Low-Fat Recipe: Game Day Chili
Broth or Soup Stock
Broth or stock can be used as a base for soups, stews and sauces. T hey can also be used in other recipes to keep meats moist during cooking.
Low-Carb Recipe: Beef Stock
Low-Fat Recipe: Black Bean Soup In a Hurry
Berries are high in vitamins and antioxidants, so they make a great dessert or nice addition to a salad.
Low-Carb Tip: Serve blueberries and strawberries with a dollop of heavy whipped cream, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds.
Low-Fat Tip: Serve berries with low-fat yogurt and sliced almonds.