Carbohydrates can be a tricky food group. While carbohydrates are an important source of energy for your body, some doctors advise those with certain medical issues to eat a low carbohydrate diet. The rise of social media has brought with it our dependence on it for information, and unfortunately a lot of misinformation. Fad diets often seek to demonize carbohydrates as the sole reason for morbid obesity and other health issues. Whatever the reason may be for avoiding carbs, there still are ways to have very filling healthy meals while keeping the carb count low.

#3 Eggs

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Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available to use with almost no carbohydrates. Packed with protein, vitamins such as A and D, and minerals such as zinc and iron, it’s no wonder eggs are suggested for the many different types of low-carb ketogenic diets. Eggs can be prepared in many ways including, but not limited to hard-boiled, soft-boiled, scrambled, and fried. You can fry or cook them in other healthy fat and low carb options such as coconut oil and even butter. With the variety of different ways you can prepare an egg, and how adaptable it is to many low-carb recipes, it isn’t surprising that this is on a list of filling food options for those on a low-carb diet.

#2 Seafood

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For those on the ketogenic diet, a low carbohydrate diet, and looking for a good source of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, then seafood such as salmon and shrimp are the options for you. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the essential fats that your body can’t produce itself. Omega-3 has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as improve our mental and cognitive function. Seafood lovers who are more partial to shrimp might enjoy the fact that they share very similar health benefits as salmon as well as packed with the antioxidants shown to prevent premature aging. With a low amount of carbohydrates, seafood is a very filling option for those looking to limit their carb intake.

#1 Nuts

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From Almonds to cashews, macadamia nuts to pistachios, nuts are one of the most heart-healthy low-carb options on the shelves at your local grocery store. Almonds alone are hailed as one of the more popular snacks that you can make into an entire meal with the right ingredients. Used to also create an alternative to dairy milk, almonds are high in fat for those on a ketogenic diet and packed with fiber, protein, and various nutrients. Almonds also have some anti-aging benefits that protect your cells against the oxidative damage that can lead to various diseases. Macadamia nuts, one of the only sources of palmitoleic acid that aids in metabolism, is also high in fat content for those on a ketogenic low-carb diet. Grabbing a handful of nuts as a snack or using them to add texture and taste to low-carb meals is a great filling option for those looking to reduce their carbohydrate intake.