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Top Ten Low Carb Products

Updated on October 3, 2014
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Low-Carb Products that Help You Stick to Your Plan

Eating low carb is no longer just a fad but a way of life for many people. If it's done right, it can lead to lasting weight loss and better health. Many people also think that low carbing is about eating lots of meat. However I can tell you that's far from the truth. I personally don't like a lot of meat so I try to stick to soy products, beans and vegetables. I have an insatiable craving for sweet desserts and that's where great tasting low-carb substitutions come into play.

I have found that low-carb foods that are of good quality and tastes good makes for enjoyable meals and snacks. In fact, it almost doesn't feel like dieting if you make sure you enjoy what you put into your mouth. Eating this way is a way of life and it has worked for me for many years.

Sugar-free and low-carb products that I can buy online has helped me with my diet, especially when I first started. I knew nothing about cooking the low-carb way and it was just easier to have these low-carb versions in my house to keep me from deviating from my diet plan.

How I lost weight and keep it off

If you're on a low-carb eating plan or just starting on one, you'll find some great products on this page to keep you on track. They include many delicious items such as sugar free chocolates and low carb cookies. Almond flour is perfect for those who like to make their own treats at home.

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Amazing Sugar-Free Chocolates

Sugar-free chocolates have come a long way. Many years ago, they tasted completely artificial and could not even compare to the real thing. These days however almost every chocolate company has a sugar-free version and they keep getting better. Not only is a little chocolate good for you, they curb your sweet tooth and help you stick to your eating plan.

Sugar free chocolate or more precisely dark chocolate, has many nutritional benefits. To get the maximum benefit from chocolate, choose dark chocolate over other kinds. Experts claim that a small amount 2-3 times a week can help lower blood pressure and releases endorphins to keep you happy. Dark chocolate is also full of antioxidants which can help protect you from many types of cancer. It also contains a significant amount of vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, copper and iron.

One more thing. Although sugar-free chocolates are great for diabetics and low carbers, eating too much of it may cause a laxative effect in some people. I personally don't seem to be affected by this as I regularly indulge in sugar-free chocolates on a daily basis.

Some of my favorites are the ones made by Amber Lyn. They taste indulgent and satisfy my sweet tooth in a really good way.

Big Train Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix 11 oz. bag
Big Train Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix 11 oz. bag

These come out warm and chewy out of the oven. I swear you can't tell the difference from the sugary version.

 

Low Carb Cookies and Other Treats

If you're like me, an afternoon treat of cookies or some other sweet with a cup of tea is a big part of your life. That's where low-carb versions of cookies and other goodies come into play. They will help you stick to your eating plan and will satisfy your taste buds keeping you happy in the process.

I usually prefer to make my own sweet treats at home but I don't always have the time. I can usually get a good brand of low-carb chocolate in my neiborhood store but that's about it.

Home made low-carb ice cream

Home made low-carb coconut gelatine squares

There is a wide variety of sugar-free and low-carb treats available to choose from these days. They range from lip-smacking delicious to barely edible. So if you're a first timer, you'll probably spend too much time and money on trying to find the good ones. In the beginning, I used to buy large cases of low-carb products on the internet to do my research. Now I know which ones to avoid and only buy those that I like and trust. Obviously everyone has different tastes so please remember that these are just my personal preferences.

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Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour, 16 Ounce
Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour, 16 Ounce

This is a solid brand for almond flour and makes great almond flour pancakes.

 

Almond Flour-An Alternative to White Flour

Almond flour is a great substitute for wheat flour and can be used to make great tasting low-carb pancakes as well as other baked goodies. Not only are they tasty, they are highly nutritious. I have a great recipe for making low-carb pancakes using almond flour. They are just as satisfying as white flour pancakes and full of nutrition. Almond flour can be used for so many things such as low-carb pound cake and even low-carb cupcakes.

How to make pancakes using almond flour

There are many brands of almond flour to choose from. Bob's Red Mill is one of my favorites while I lived in America. Here in Japan, I can still find it, but I usually buy the one that's sold in the nearest health food store.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook

This is my favorite almond flour cookbook and have made a lot from this one. I love the recipes for cakes and other delicious sweets. The almond flour quiche is so good I think it's better than those made with wheat.

 

All carbs eventually end up as sugar in our bodies

Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Did you know that you can have pizza on a low-carb diet? No, not the one that comes from Domino's but the kind you make at home.

This recipe shows you how easily you can use almond flour to make a delicious low-carb pizza dough.Don't knock it until you tried it. Pizza made this way can be pretty awesome!

Mori-Nu Tofu, Silken Firm, 12.3-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Mori-Nu Tofu, Silken Firm, 12.3-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

This is one of the popular brands of tofu in America. It has a long shelf life so it's the perfect convenience food.

 

Tofu and It's Health Benefits

I am not much of a meat eater and usually prefer fish or soy products. Tofu has been one of my favorite foods as it is the perfect convenience food as well as an incredibly versatile ingredient for many dishes. Tofu has a neutral taste so it goes well with many different spices. Tofu also comes in many forms but can usually be found as a block that's either soft or firm. The soft ones make great dips, dressings and sauces while the firmer tofu can be stir fried with your favorite vegetables. Tofu is naturally low in carbs and is a great source of protein.

Here in Japan, the easiest and most common way to eat soft tofu is to cut the block of tofu into 3-4 smaller blocks, scatter some diced scallions and katsuobushi flakes on it. Pour some soy sauce on it and that's it! A simple, refreshing and highly nutritious side dish.

We also have deep-fried tofu which come in blocks or flat squares. You can even make breadless pizzas with the deep-fried tofu. They are easy to make and delicious.

An easy way to get the nutrition of tofu into your diet is to add soft tofu to dips or dressings. Mash some avocados with some soft tofu and add spices to create a healthy guacamole. Even easier is to make a salad using sliced firm tofu, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle some olive oil and salt to taste.

This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite
This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite

This tofu cookbook includes awesome-tasting recipes such as Curried Tofu Triangles, Pan-Seared Tofu with Garlic and a collection of sweets to end a perfect meal.

 

Add Some Tofu Into Your Diet

Tofu is easy to use and is neutral in taste letting you add your own flavors to the final dish. Here is a great video on how to make teriyaki tofu.

Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame,  Wasabi, 3.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Wasabi, 3.5-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)

Having variety helps you stay on a healthy eating regimen. I love wasabi so these are one of my favorite snacks.

 

Edamame-the Perfect Snack

Edamame is a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It's also fairly low in calories and fat and taste great.

In just a small 1/2 cup serving you get 9 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein, 10% of your daily recommended allowance of vitamin C and iron, 8% of your daily allowance of vitamin A and 4% of your daily value of calcium.

When I'm lazy to cook, I just add a handful of edamames to my meal for the protein. For those on a low-carb diet, edamames are one of the lowest legumes on the glycemic index making it a perfect snack.

Torani Syrup, Sugar Free, Assorted Summer Flavors, 750-ML (Pack of 6)
Torani Syrup, Sugar Free, Assorted Summer Flavors, 750-ML (Pack of 6)

I love the flavors that these syrups come in. They are perfect to mix with sparkling water or to pour over shaved ice. You can even make your own frozen ice pops with these. I especially like the mango and lime flavors.

 

Add Variety With Sugar-Free Syrups

Whoever invented sugar-free syrups are genius because they can be used to make a variety of treats. I love the syrups that Torani makes and the varieties they offer are just amazing. I was first introduced to sugar free syrups when I tried the vanilla version in some coffee at a friend's house.

I was shocked at how delicious it was as I was expecting it to taste bad and artificial. I kept waiting for some kind of strange aftertaste but it never came. I was hooked!

I was expecially happy when they came out with the summer flavors because they let me enjoy things such as mango seltzers, shaved ice with lime syrup and peach frozen pops. They are so easy to use and taste fantastic!

Coconut
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Fabulous Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is used around the world for many dishes from curries to ice cream. Not only is it delicious but it also packs a healthy punch. Coconut milk contains a healthy dose of iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc, folate and vitamin C. Coconut milk also may raise the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) which protects the heart.

Coconut nutrition information

Fabulous benefits of coconut milk

Making low-carb coconut gelatin squares

Coconut milk is versatile enough to be used in savory dishes such as curry and dips to making coconut desserts.

Chaokoh Coconut Milk, 13.5-Ounce (Pack of 8)
Chaokoh Coconut Milk, 13.5-Ounce (Pack of 8)

This is the brand that I personally use on a regular basis. It works perfectly in all my dishes.

 
A Handful of Nuts
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Mauna Loa Macadamias, Dry Roasted with Sea Salt, 11-oz.
Mauna Loa Macadamias, Dry Roasted with Sea Salt, 11-oz.

I know you can get macadamia nuts anywhere in the world today but I think the ones from Hawaii taste the best. My mother sends me these 3-4 times a year. Thank you mom!

 

A Handful of Nuts Curb Your Appetite

If you want to do yourself and your body a favor, eat a handful of nuts everyday. The are rich in vitamins, minerals and protein in addition to having omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts help you lower LDL cholesterol ( the bad kind ) and increase HDL ( the good kind ) which helps prevent a lot of scary things such as strokes. You can find more information about nuts here.

There is a variety of nuts you can choose from. Some of my favorites are almond, cashews and macadamia nuts. Because I like to watch my salt intake, I do reach for a mix of unsalted nuts most of the time. My mother sends me batches of macadamia nuts which are absolutely delicious. I eat these in moderation but it's really difficult to eat more because of how rich and buttery they are.

Nuts will keep the low-carber hunger free. It's the ultimate convenience food.

Tofu Shirataki Noodles 10 Bags Angel Hair Shape
Tofu Shirataki Noodles 10 Bags Angel Hair Shape

Great to eat with your favorite pasta sauce. At first I was skeptical, but these tasted great with my store-bought pasta sauce. I also regularly mix in assorted vegetables and make a great and filling stir-fry with these noodles.

 

Shirataki Instead of Pasta

Shirataki is a common food here in Japan and is usually eaten in sukiyaki and other savory dishes. Here in Japan, you'll see desserts made from Konnyaku created as a weight-control food. Shirataki is made from the root of a plant called Amorphophallus Konjac or the konyak plant, where the ingredient got its Japanese name. The non-noodle version of shiratake is called konnyaku in Japanese. Shirataki is what we call the konnyaku that comes in noodle-like strands. Shirataki has virtually no flavor, calories or carbs. It also contains a soluble fiber called glucomannan which combined with water, expands up to 17 times its size, helping you feel full.

To use shirataki in western noodle dishes such as pasta, make sure to rinse it well in cold water for at least 5 seconds. I also like to boil the shirataki for about 1 minute, drain and pat dry with a paper towel before cooking with it. This ensures that the shirataki noodles taste pure.

We can find shirataki pretty much anywhere here in Japan as it's such a common ingredient we use. However in other countries, you may have to search for it in Asian groceries or purchase them online.

Cooking with Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles are perfect for those days when you want to dig into a plate of noodles. You can have your faux pasta and lose weight too! Just remember to rinse well pat dry before using.

NOW Foods Xylitol, 2.5-Pound
NOW Foods Xylitol, 2.5-Pound

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that's naturally present in various fruits and vegetables. It resembels sugar in consistency and taste and is a great alternative for diabetics and low-carbers alike.

 

Sugar Substitute

Finding the right sugar substitute that you like is important especially if you're trying to lose weight the low-carb way. You will be using them in everything from sweetening your coffee to adding them in your baked items. There are different types of sweetners available and everyone seems to have their preference.

I personally like to use splenda because it's made from sucralose which is ok by me and is reasonably priced. Although it doesn't taste exactly like sugar, there is no bitter aftertaste like saccharin and retains its sweetness even after being heated.

When it comes to baked goods, I prefer to use Xylitol as I find that results come out better with them. Although pricier than Splenda, it's worth using this to get the tastiest results.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Merrci thanks for your comments as always. Shirataki is fantastic as a noodle substitute. Just make sure to wash well.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      SusanDeppner I have heard about the disadvantages of using Splenda. I guess the problem is that it's one of the only ones I can find here in Japan. Not many people use artificial sweeteners. I do admit that I am slowly switching to using less sugars period although that's not always possible. However as I switch over to this way, I notice I need to work out so much more to keep my weight down. Hmmm.....things to contemplate.

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      CoolFool83 it's my pleasure. Good luck!

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great suggestions, Smine27. Like Susan, I don't like to use artificial sweeteners if I can avoid them. I think Truvia and Stevia are okay though. The shirataki noodles are amazingly low in counts, aren't they? I found some recently. The beef broccoli recipe sounds like just the dish to try them on.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Cutting carbs certainly works for me. Just watch those artificial sweeteners, smine27. Glad you included Xylitol, but you might want to look into the dangers of Splenda.

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      CoolFool83 3 years ago

      I'm on the lookout for cutting out carbs in my diet. Thank you for sharing.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TransplantedSoul: Thanks. Glad you liked it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: ohhh i envy you so!

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      TransplantedSoul 3 years ago

      You've made some great suggestions!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I'm different than most people. I have to work at keeping weight on.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Edamame is great. Try them steamed and sprinkle with sea salt for a great snack.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Cherylw: Eliminating wheat or any kind of starch is a great and easy way to lose weight. For me it helps me to keep the weight off. Thanks for visiting.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I love edamame. Such a perfect food. Truvia is my choice of natural sweetener. I'm going to try those shirataki noodles.

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      I use maple syrup in many recipes. I recently tried some roasted edamame and it was fabulous.

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      Cherylw 3 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestions. I will have to try the sugar free cookies. I am gluten free and have found eliminating wheat is a great way to loose weight and feel better.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: Interesting how low carbing can actually help with some ailments like your skin allergies.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: I have yet to find truvia here in Japan. I am dying to try that.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      I have to low carb for some of my skin allergies. This was a very interesting lens for me. I prefer tuna, avacado and chicken.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoadMonkey: Perfect!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Eggs and tuna.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: If you like pasta or noodles, shirataki is a life-saver.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I always have almond flour on hand for baking. I must try and find Shirataki the next time I'm out shopping.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks so much Vspa.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I use almond flour myself. Great lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I love shortbread and I am going to definitely be making them.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thank you for this great information. Low-carb cookies are what I need to buy or produce because I've developed a 'sweet tooth' of recent times which is not good. Your lens is helpful :)

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      Almond flour is a great replacement for wheat flour in shortbread cookies or pie crust, especially when the butter is replaced with tahini. This lens is a good reminder of all the low-carb foods that are out there.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ValerieJoy: Thanks so much for your comment. I'll be putting up a lens on how to make low carb almond flour cookies soon. A sweet tooth is good! I have a bad one! ;)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Leonieaff: Thanks so much for the comments. The one thing I do notice is that I have more energy on a low carb diet. Of course I do eat sugar now and then but when I do, I have to admit I feel lethargic afterwards.

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      Leonieaff 4 years ago

      Low carb diet is the only way to get my children through the day without mood swings that resulted form sugar overload (or sugar craving as a result of low blood sugar!). We have been on a low carb diet for the past since for ever years and on weekends we break the rules a bit and have that ice cream. I did not know about the Torani syrups - will try it out.

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LauraHofman: Thanks for your comment FlowerChick. Yes the shirataki noodles are really good!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Ericarelo: Thanks so much for your comment! I agree that coconut milk is just plain awesome!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Socialpro54 LM: thanks so much for visiting my lens. I truly appreciate it.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      A tasty lens with good tips! I want to try the Shirataki noodles recipe. Looks delicious!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Ericarelo thanks for your comment. Yes coconut milk is pretty awesome!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks Socialpro54

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      Ericarelo 4 years ago

      I love coconut milk! Can make some great desserts with that.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      nice lens...