Here are ‘Good For You and Your Diet’ Foods that can be staples for either low-carb or low-fat dieters:
Greens and Lettuces
The best way to fill up a diet plate is to start with a generous portion of greens and lettuces. They add volume to the meal without adding many calories. Darker greens and lettuces are wise choices, as they pack extra vitamins and minerals.
Low-Carb Tip: Enjoy your salad with a bleu cheese, Italian or vinaigrette dressing.
Low-Fat Tip: Add lemon juice or your favourite low-fat dressing.
Low-Carb Recipe: Summer’s Best Salad
This beautiful low-carb vegetable can be a centerpiece of low-carb or low-fat dishes. Asparagus is low in calories and adds vitamins like folate and vitamin A.
Low-Carb Recipe: Seafood Salad with Asparagus
Low-Fat Recipe: Farfalle with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Zucchini is another low-calorie, low-carb vegetable. Actually, it is a squash. Zucchini is a great when added to salads or stir-fry dishes, or sautéed alone or with other vegetables.
Low-Carb Recipe: Best Ever Roasted Vegetables
Tomatoes are a staple for sauces and have lots of uses in the kitchen. Tomatoes are delicious in a tasty tomato soup, or sliced raw on a salad.
Low-Fat Recipe: Red Lentil and Tomato Soup
Salmon is a fatty, though healthy, fish. The fat it has contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your cardiovascular system. Salmon is also a great source of protein.
Chicken and Turkey
Chicken and turkey are both great choices because, when prepared properly, they are both low-fat and excellent protein sources. Organically raised chickens and turkey make even better selections.
Low-Fat Recipe: Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry
Game meats, such as venison and kangaroo, are very lean. They are healthy substitutes for fattier beef.
Broth or Soup Stock
Broth or stock can be used as a base for soups, stews and sauces. Stocks and soups can also be used in other recipes to keep meats moist during cooking.
Low-Fat Recipe: Black Bean Soup in a Hurry
Eating berries can be a healthy way to reign in a sweet tooth. Berries are high in vitamins and antioxidants, so they make a great dessert or nice addition to salads.
Low-Carb Tip: Serve blueberries and strawberries with a dollop of heavy whipped cream, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds.
Low-Fat Tip: Serve berries with low-fat yogurt and sliced almonds.