Following a healthy low-carb diet can help you shed excess pounds — but if you’re not careful, you might notice your bank account looking a little smaller, too. Cheap Low-Carb Foods
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Avoid packaged foods, including precut veggies and packaged salads, since these often have a higher cost per serving than veggies you prepare yourself. And save costs by combining fresh and frozen veggies — for example, topping a fresh spinach salad with sauteed frozen veggies, instead of using only fresh produce in your salads.
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If you’re on a more permissive low-carb diet — meaning you can eat 40 or more grams of carbs per day — stock up on legumes, like lentils, as a source of protein. One-half cup of cooked lentils contains 12 grams of net carbs and 9 grams of protein, and costs just pennies per serving. Save extra money by buying dried lentils, instead of the slightly more convenient, but costlier, canned version.
You already know that veggies make up the foundation of a low-carb diet, but fresh produce can get costly, especially if you’re selecting produce that’s out of season. Save your cash by reaching for frozen veggies whenever possible. They’re flash-frozen at the peak of freshness, so they offer the same health benefits as fresh vegetables, and they’re available at a relatively low price year-round. And because frozen veggies have a longer shelf life than their fresh counterparts, you’ll waste less money via food waste.
Stick to fibrous veggies — a group that includes lower-calorie veggies, including spinach, broccoli and cauliflower — to keep your carbs low. One-third of a 10-ounce package of frozen broccoli, for example, has just 2 grams of net carbs — the type of carbs that get digested and increase your blood sugar. A cup of frozen cauliflower has just 3 grams of net carbs, and a serving of four frozen asparagus spears supplies just 1 gram.