Fruit is an excellent, low-calorie way to satisfy your sweet tooth when you’re trying to eat healthier. Replacing candy, cookies, and ice cream with fresh fruits can slash a tremendous number of calories (and carbohydrates) from your day. That said, if you’re on a low-carb diet, you’ll need to be a bit more careful when it comes to what types — and how much — fruit you’re eating. Luckily, several yummy options can be considered low-carb, so you can have your fruit and eat it too! Try these guilt-free fruits when you’re craving something sweet, all while remaining true to your diet.
Guilt-Free Fruits When You’re Craving Something Sweet
Whether you’re on the super low-carb keto diet or simply attempting to maintain a moderately low-carb diet, the fruits below are all acceptable in moderation. Each of the examples below are based on three-ounce servings, unless specified otherwise. These fruits make a great snack or after-dinner treat on their own, but we’ve also included delicious recipes for each of them.
Overall, berries are considered a low-carb fruit, however, some varieties contain fewer carbohydrates than others. Strawberries contain the least amount, while blueberries are almost double.
- Strawberries – 7 carbs
- Blackberries – 8 carbs
- Raspberries – 10 carbs
- Blueberries – 12 carbs
You may want to try this Strawberry, Avocado, and Spinach Salad or our delicious Berries & Basil Cream Cheese Toast.
Much like berries, each type of melon can be considered low-carb. Watermelon is made up of mostly water, making it the lowest in carbohydrates.
- Watermelon – 6 carbs
- Cantaloupe – 7 carbs
- Honeydew – 8 carbs
This light and refreshing Watermelon and Cucumber Salad is perfect for a warm, summer day!
Yes, avocado is technically a fruit — and a low-carb one at that! One-third of a medium-sized avocado weighs about two ounces and contains approximately four carbs. This makes it an excellent option, even for keto dieters. Plus, it’s loaded with healthy fats and nutrients!
Try any or all of these low-carb, high-protein avocado-based recipes:
- Turkey Avocado Roll-ups
- Avocado Stuffed Deviled Eggs
- Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocado
Citrus certainly tastes sweet, but it’s actually surprisingly low in sugar and carbs. A small clementine and a small orange both contain only ten carbs.
Try our delectable Citrus Roasted Chicken Legs! There’s only 15 carbs per serving!
One small, sweet peach contains about 12 carbohydrates and offers a healthy dose of both vitamin A and vitamin C! Fire up the grill and try these Pork Medallions with Grilled Peaches!
A three-ounce serving is about 13 to 14 cherries. Each serving of this tasty fruit contains about 14 carbs, but you can feel free to eat smaller servings if you’re tight on carbs for the day.
Related: Peach, Cherry, and Almond Overnight Oats
One small plum weighs a little bit less than three ounces and contains just eight carbohydrates. If you have a few extra carbs to spare for the day, you should try this tasty Breakfast Yogurt Bowl with Homemade Plum Sauce.
Which one of these guilt-free fruits is going to become your new go-to? Is there a low-carb fruit that we left off the list that you like to snack on? Let us know in the comment section!