Our favorite go-to low-carb/no-carb foods

low-carb and no-carb foods

Are there times when you want or need to eat something with low or no carb, but aren’t sure what to eat? We asked our friends in the community to tell us their favorite low or no carb go-to diabetes foods. We received hundreds of great food options, and listed them by category for you to reference. Although everyone has different nutritional needs, we hope you find these lists helpful, and yourself trying a variety of these delicious foods! Be sure to look up the carb count before eating and give yourself insulin if needed, and talk with your healthcare team to determine the right dietary plan for you. 

Have a favorite go-to diabetes food (low carb or no carb) that isn’t listed? Tell us in the comments below!


Dark-Green Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Kale chips
  • Spinach

Red and Orange Vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Red and green pepper
  • Tomatoes

Beans and Peas

  • Edamame

Other Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Black olives
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • A grape, raspberry, or half strawberry in an ice cube
  • Beef: steak, hamburgers (without bun), sausage links or bites, bacon, jerky, Slim Jims, hot dogs
  • Chicken (grilled)
  • Eggs: hard boiled, omelets, scrambled
  • Fish: tuna, sashimi
  • Ham: lunch meat
  • Pork: rinds, roast, sausage links, pepperoni (sticks)
  • Turkey: bacon, lunch meat
  • Cheese: string, sticks, curd, low fat, sharp cheddar, goat, cottage cheese
  • Yogurt: Dannon Light & Fit Carb & Sugar Control, Fred Meyer Carbmaster
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Unsweetened tea
  • Calorie free flavored water
  • Sugar free sports drinks
  • Sugar free Cheesecake
  • Sugar free ice cream
  • Sugar free gelatin
  • Sugar free popsicles
  • Sugar free pudding with sugar free cool whip


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Me acaban de diagnosticar que soy diabético, y me dijeron que tenia que tomar 1/2 pastilla de metformina en el almuerzo y 1/2 pastilla por la noche y no se nada de esta enfermedad, quisiera que me orientara , que es lo que tengo que hacer y como cuidarme, se lo agradeceria bastante, tengo 63 años.

Alfonso, thank you for reaching out. Please know that we are not medical providers and cannot provide medical advice for you. You would want to work with your healthcare team to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your new diagnosis. Good luck to you.

Submitted by Sameer Malhotra (not verified) on

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Naomi, thank you for such a nice article. I have been searching for such an article on the type of foods a diabetic can have. This article helps a lot in that. I wanted to ask can a diabetic have fruits like Jackfruit, Guava, and Pear?

Thanks in advance

Submitted by Karrie Hawbaker (not verified) on

In reply to by Sameer Malhotra (not verified)

We appreciate the comment, Sameer. Everyone is different, including their nutritional needs. While many people with diabetes enjoy these fruits, this is a good conversation to have with your healthcare team. They can provide the best recommendations based on your individual needs. We wish you the best of luck.

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