Low Carb & High Protein Food List

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A low carb, high protein diet, more commonly referred to as the Atkins diet, centers on eating a diet high in protein, but low in carbohydrates to lose weight. Meats, nuts, eggs and some dairy products are high in protein and low in carbohydrates.

A steak is prepared for cooking.
A steak is prepared for cooking. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Meats

All non-processed meats including seafood are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Try eating organ meats, tuna, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, turkey, duck, lobster, lamb, goat, goose, trout, clams, flounder, squid, veal, venison, shrimp, quail, crab and herring. However, be careful of ham, bacon, sausages, deli meats, breaded filets and other processed meats as they may contain carbohydrates. Also, eat mussels and oysters sparingly as they contain more carbohydrates than other meats and seafood.

A woman looks at a packet of beef in the supermarket.
A woman looks at a packet of beef in the supermarket. (Image: Noel Hendrickson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Dairy Products

Dairy products are also high in protein, but low in carbohydrates. Be mindful, however, that all cheese have some carbohydrate content. Enjoy milk, yogurt, soft cheeses such as Mozzarella, medium cheeses such as Cheddar and Swiss, hard cheeses such as Parmesan, ice creams and cottage cheese.

A variety of cheeses are displayed.
A variety of cheeses are displayed. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Eggs

Like meats and dairy, eggs are high in protein and low in carbohydrate. Try eating scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, hard boiled eggs, poached eggs and deviled eggs.

A hard boile egg.
A hard boile egg. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Legumes

Most legumes, including beans, lentils and soy products are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Include tofu, soy milk, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lima beans, navy beans, soy beans and lentils in your diet.

A customer scoops beans at a grocery store.
A customer scoops beans at a grocery store. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Nuts and Seeds

Tree nuts, peanuts and seeds are low in carbohydrates and high in protein. Enjoy peanuts including peanut butter, cashews, macadamia nuts, sesame seeds including tahini, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pecans, flax seeds and almonds including almond butter.

Several varieties of nuts are displayed.
Several varieties of nuts are displayed. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Vegetables

Salad vegetables are also low in carbohydrate. However, they are also low in protein. Nevertheless, salad vegetables are still an important source of dietary fiber and can help add diversity to your low carbohydrate, high protein diet. Mix and match any of the following vegetables: sprouts, daikon, mushrooms, argula, endive, parsley, bok choy, escarole, all lettuces, peppers, celery, radicchio, chicory, jicama, radishes, cucumbers, artichokes, asparagus, pumpkin, chard, bamboo shoots, sauerkraut, eggplant, spinach, broccoli, string beans, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, leeks, turnips, cabbage, okra, cauliflower, onion, zucchini, collard greens, snow peas, bean sprouts, spaghetti squash and summer squash.

Vegetables are displayed at a market.
Vegetables are displayed at a market. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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