When you're thinking about what vegetables to eat on a ketogenic diet, there are a few that seems to stand out among the rest. Veggies like cauliflower and spinach get a whole lot of low-carb love — and while they definitely deserve it, there are a slew of other ones that are just as low in carbs, if not lower, that sometimes get forgotten about. Remember, we're taking about net carbs here (the carbs minus the fiber), which is what truly counts on a keto diet. Here are 10 vegetables to bring to your plate.
Crisp green asparagus is extra low in carbs: 1 cup cooked contains just 4 net carbs. Served alongside soft-boiled eggs, it's a great breakfast or lunchtime pick.
It seems avocado can really do no wrong. A whole medium avocado contains 4 net carbs and also happens to be extra filling and satisfying.
3. Broccoli Rabe
This mildly bitter, hearty green deserves your love if you're following a keto diet: 1 small bunch contains just 2 net carbs. Sauté it with plenty of garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a quick and easy side dish.
One cup of cooked eggplant cubes contains 6 net carbs. It also happens to be a great meat substitute if you're looking for a hearty alternative.
6. Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is another hearty green that's quite low in carbs: 1 cooked cup contains only 3 net carbs. It's also great used as an alternative to lettuce in a salad or slaw.
Cauliflower may get most of the low-carb love, but it's green counterpart deserves some too: 1 cup of cooked broccoli florets contains just 3 net carbs.
Don't forget about radishes! The cool, crisp veggie is a favorite in salads but we also love to roast them: 1 cup contains only 2 net carbs.
One cup of raw, chopped cabbage contains a measly 2 net carbs. That means slaws are a keto dieter's best friend. But don't forget — cooked cabbage is a glorious thing, too.