Berries: A summery low-carb treat

Low-carb berriesBerries are the perfect low-carb treat.

Although sweet-tasting, their sugar content is much lower than that of most fruit.

Berries are in season now, and this year’s late spring resulted in a bumper crop in many countries. Make the most of it while it lasts!

Berries’ carb count is within the range of 5-12g net carbs per 100g, which is acceptable for most low-carb diet plans.

You can even get away with berries on a ketogenic diet – but make sure to count carbs diligently.

Unfortunately, berries are not included in phase 1 of Atkins, but you can add them from phase 2 onwards.

Net carbs in berries

Here’s a summary of carb counts for some popular berries.

Per 100g (3.5 oz)Total carbs (g)Fibre (g)Net Carbs (g)Calories
Blackberries105543
Strawberries82633
Raspberries126653
Gooseberries104644
Currants (red and white)1441056
Blueberries1431157
Cherries (sweet)1621463

Ways to have berries

…apart from the obvious one of just eating them raw as they are – which is always good!

With whipped cream
Add some whipped cream plus a dash of sweetener (such as Stevia or Splenda) to fresh strawberries for a quintessential British summer dessert

Make ice-cream
Add berries to low-carb ice-cream

Add to low-carb baked goodies
Add crushed berries to low-carb pancakes and muffins

As a smoothie
Blitz berries in a blender with single cream or soya milk to make a low-carb smoothie

With protein shakes
Add crushed berries to your protein shake

Dipped in chocolate
Dip strawberries in melted unsweetened chocolate and let cool

Add to cocktails
Make low-carb berry cocktails by mixing them with sparkling wines and other low-carb alcoholic beverages

As a strawberry mousse
Mix strawberries with double cream, 2-3 egg whites and Truvia (or a similar sweetener), blitz in a blender and chill

Low-carb berry recipes

Here are some of my recipes with berries:

More low-carb berry recipes

Here are some further low-carb recipes round-ups on other blogs.

21 Delicious Low-Carb Blueberry Recipes by Low Carb Yum

39 Splendid Low Carb Strawberry Recipes by All Day I Dream About Food

 

Low-carb berries and their carb counts
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