Updated April 2020
Know ahead of time before picking up your weekly groceries by checking out what low carb fruit and vegetables are at their best in May
Low Carb Vegetables in Season in May
4.8g carbs / 100g
This spicy root vegetable is indigenous to south China which subsequently spread out too much of Asia and eventually the rest of the world. Today, India is the largest producer of Ginger in the world. Turmeric and Galangal are actually in the same family of plants. Ginger is a wonderfully versatile plant. It can be used in all sorts of cooking, can be used in a delicious honey and lemon tea, and is even commonly used in eastern medicine.
1.6 g carbs / 100g
What’s a stir-fry without Bok Choy!
This vegetable is also known as Chinese Cabbage and makes an absolutely delicious addition to any stir fry and is a great way to get more of that delicious stir-fry flavours into your mouth at once.
It’s a very light textured and flavoured vegetable due to its high water content. That doesn’t mean it’s not high in nutrients though, with a good dose of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
0.4g carbs / 100g
The staple of body-builders all across the world, and for good reason! This amazing vegetable is delicious, nutritious, and super low carb. It’s almost always in my fridge ready to add to any dish that needs some green added to it.
Hot Tip: If your broccoli is looking a little sad and wilted, don’t throw it away, chop it up into pieces and put it in a bowl of iced water and in the fridge for half an hour or so. It will come out looking better than the day you bought it!
Looking for a different way to eat those greens? Check out our delicious Low Carb Cheesy, Broccoli & Bacon Savoury Muffin recipe here.
2.1 g carbs / 100g
The vegetable everyone loves to hate. Whilst these were probably forced upon you as a child and you’ve hated them ever since you really shouldn’t. Brussels sprouts are really low in carbs and packed full of nutrients such as vitamin C and vitamin K, and moderate amounts of folic acid and vitamin B6.
Whilst on their own they leave a lot to be desired for, sautéed in a frying pan with oodles of butter, garlic and even bacon, these little miniature cabbages really come into their own.
If you haven’t had these since you were a kid, it’s probably time to give them another chance.
1.4 g carbs / 100g
Super low in calories and high in fibre. Okra isn’t super popular but is very tasty. Fry it up with different herbs and a touch of butter. Delish!
2.3 g carbs / 100g
The superfood poster-child of 2014 and favourite of beard-toting hipsters everywhere. This nutrient-dense leafy vegetable is very low in carbs and incredibly high in beta-carotene, vitamin K and vitamin C. It’s also a good source of calcium and carotenoids.
If you’re still wondering how to make a delicious meal out of this vegetable, check out this great list of kale recipes on allrecipes.com
2.4 g carbs / 100g
A great low carb substitute for lasagne sheets and also can be stuffed and baked. If you ever come across the pickled version in a jar, give them a go, they are soo good. ?
1.8 g carbs / 100g
These are such an under-rated food. They’re cheap to buy, contain a heap of great nutrients, taste amazing and are easy to cook with. What more could you want! Eaten raw or cooked.
When you buy your leeks, make sure to give them a good wash as dirt can sometimes get into the inner leaves which might give your dish an unsatisfactory ‘crunch’ (speaking from experience).
And if you don’t feel like cooking your leek, maybe take it for a walk.
0.3 g carbs / 100g
SUPER low in carbs and packed full of goodies. They are awesome any time of day. Cooked in a touch of butter and served as a brekkie side, or added to your favourite bolognese or pizza!
1.9 g carbs / 100g
These an amazingly under-rated vegetable. They’re incredibly low in carbs despite having a rich creamy texture, and potato-like flavour.
They’re super delicious in a cheesy cauliflower bake, roasted and mashed as an incredible low-carb mashed potato-like dish or even used to make a Low Carb Fried Rice! (check out the recipe here)
The perfect winter vegetable.
5g carbs / 100g
The food of choice for our friend Buggs Bunny. Whilst we generally only see orange carrots in supermarkets, these root vegetables come in hundreds of different varieties and a number of colours including purple, red, white, and yellow ones. They’re fun and easy to grow yourself at home, a great weekend project with the kids.
Have you checked out our Keto Carrot Cake Recipe? It is by far our most popular recipe and never lasts long in the office!
1.1 g carbs / 100g
It is similar to spinach but has a stronger flavour. Also known as Silverbeet. This is great in soups or wilted down with garlic and olive oil.
Spinach and Silverbeet
0.7-1.1g carbs / 100g
I popped these all together as are used in similar ways to each other, although you use raw baby spinach leaves in a salad
3.4g carbs / 100g
The turnip is very similar to the Swede, but with white flesh instead of yellow. The turnip was the staple vegetable of Europe before the potato came along, so it can’t be too bad!
When shopping, pick the younger, smaller turnips as these have a sweeter and more delicate flavour. Their beautiful white and purple skin will look really good on your Instagram pictures
1.2g carbs / 100g
Famous for reportedly using more calories to digest than you get from eating this vegetable. Regardless of is this is fact or fiction, celery is a great addition to any diet.
It’s a great base for the start of many Bolognese recipes, can be added to a delicious Waldorf salad, or is great just covered in peanut butter and snacked on!
2.8 g carbs / 100g
This ugly looking vegetable is actually the edible rootstock from the celery plant!
It has a mild, yet quite a distinctive flavour similar to celery (for obvious reasons) and parsley. Celeriac can be eaten raw in salads, or roasted, or even mashed as a low-carb replacement for mashed potato!
3.4 g carbs / 100g
This is the most common variety of cabbage available in Australia and is not to be confused with Savoy Cabbage. This particular variety has slightly tougher leaves than savoy cabbage but is still a great option for many dishes. Shred it and pop into your favourite coleslaw recipe.
3.3 g carbs / 100g
Did you know: Fennel is a flowering plant closely related to the carrot family!
Fennel is a crunchy vegetable with a slightly sweet flavour. It’s great at adding some texture to a salad or braised with a stew or thick soup. It is super tasty sliced thin, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and salt or cut in wedges and BBQ’d.
You might find that a lot of Italian recipes will call for this vegetable which gives hints at its Mediterranean origins.
Fruits in Season in May
0.6g Avocado carbs / 100g
Yep, it’s a fruit. Although mostly used in savoury dishes. Packed full of goodness and yummy on Protein Toast. 😋
2.6 g carbs / 100g
Lemon is my most favourite flavours in baking. Especially with our Low Carb Vanilla Cupcake Mix. You can also use it as a marinade for fish or chicken.
1.7g carbs / 100g
Add Rhubard to your baked cakes or tarts. This is one plant where you eat the stalks and not the leaves. Give Rhubard a whirl in our Low Carb Apple and Rhubarb crumble recipe.
9.8 g carbs / 100g
A little on the higher side, but Pears are a great source of fibre and work really well in salads. Also great in baking.
9g carbs / 100g
1 medium mandarin has approx 5g carbs. A great low carb option when you feel like something sweet that comes in its own packaging 😀
8.6g carbs / 100g
Another great grab and go snack fruit option. Simply cut in half and scoop out the inside with a spoon. High in Vitamin C.
Carbs per 100g serve (Food Standards Australia New Zealand)
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