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Atkins – Are there any carbs I can eat?

No comments April 8th, 2010

While the induction phase generally limits carbs to about 20g per day, the Atkins diet plan encourages a certain type of carbs to eat:

Leafy Green Vegetables!

Plenty of carbs are allowed in the form of leafy vegetables, they’re easiest for your body to digest.  While I can hear the moans already (yes, I can hear you), we’re going to go over some great ways you can spice up some of your diet plan recipes with vegetables.  Our moms were right when they tried teaching us that vegetables should be a part of every meal.

Here are some you can (and should!) eat…

  • Lettuce (iceberg, escarole, romaine, etc.)
  • Herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme ;)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Pretty much any other vegetables you would put in a salad (sprouts, radishes, peppers)

Just stay away from starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes as well as corn and green peas.  Stick to the above healthy vegetables and you’ll be right on track to start losing weight!

Here’s a great salsa recipe for those vegetables:


1 pt cherry/grape tomatoes, halved or
2 medium tomatoes, chop coarse
2 medium cucumbers, peel, chop coarse or
1 large seedless cucumber, peel, chop coarse
2 hass avocados, chop coarse
1/4 cup red onion, chop
1 1/2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime rind, grated
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper


This hearty salsa can be enjoyed as a side dish, a topping for salad greens or a savory condiment for chicken, pork or burgers. For freshest flavor and brightest appearance, serve immediately after preparing.

1. In a bowl, toss tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, onion, lime juice, lime rind and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Carbohydrates: 11.5 grams
Net Carbs: 6.5 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Protein: 2.5 grams
Fat: 7 grams
Calories: 107
Servings: 8