What Foods are High in Protein and Low in Carbs?

The food we eat is made up of 3 macronutrients: carbohydrates, fat and protein. Some foods are a mix of these and some are primarily one macronutrient. People with diabetes are often told to eat more “lean” protein and eat fewer carbohydrates. Here is a list of lean protein, lower (or no) carbohydrate foods:

  • Chicken breast
  • Turkey breast
  • Beef loin or round
  • Pork loin
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Lean bison
  • Venison
  • Whey protein powder
  • Vegan protein powder (check brands for nutrition)
  • Low fat cottage cheese
  • Fat free or low fat Greek yogurt
  • Egg whites
  • Soybeans or edamame
  • Tofu
Siggi’s plant based yogurt with 10 grams protein

For a quick, high protein low carb snack, stir 1/4 cup whey protein powder into 5 ounces Greek yogurt. Top it with 1/4 cup berries and 2 tablespoons granola. Some of my favorite Greek yogurt options are Siggi’s Nonfat Icelandic yogurt, Siggi’s plant based yogurt, Oikos Triple Zero and Chobani Less Sugar Greek yogurt.


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