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Canned Goods in the Low-Carb Pantry

What to Keep, What to Toss, What to Buy


Updated July 06, 2014

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  • Canned seafood (tuna, salmon, crab)
  • Sardines
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Salsas
  • Pasta sauce or tomato sauce with no added sugars
  • Canned green chilies
  • Tomato paste
  • Pumpkin
  • Roasted red peppers (rinse if there is sugar in the ingredients)
  • Dried tomatoes in oil (a little adds lots of flavor)
  • Chicken and/or vegetable stock
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Jars of pesto or other vegetable-based sauces
  • Other canned low-carb vegetables, if you like them
  • Dill pickles
  • Italian pickled vegetables
  • Anchovies
  • Nut butters (natural, unsweetened)

To Buy

  • Coconut milk
  • Canned black soy beans (taste like black beans, but lower carb)
  • Other canned beans, depending on your individual diet
  • Low-carb fruit, such as Carb Clever peaches, at 6 grams per serving
  • Sugar-free sweet pickles, such as Mt. Olive Brand

To Toss

  • Canned soups – almost all of them are high carb
  • Canned fruits – unless specially packed to be low carb, as most have added sugars
  • Anything with pasta, starch, or added sugars
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