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What are some tips for planning a no-carb menu?

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For a no-carb menu, prioritize green vegetables, which have no carbohydrates and very little sugar. Other vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and carrots, are the second most carb-free diet-friendly, followed by fruit and whole grains. Refined grains and foods with added sugar, which includes soda and other beverages, have the most carbohydrates and should be avoided or used sparingly, according to Shape magazine.

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Carbohydrates fall into categories of "good" and "bad;" good carbs are essential and part of a balanced diet. Some foods, such as spinach, kale and other leafy greens, naturally contain some carbohydrates. However, foods with bad carbohydrates are often processed or laden with sugar, and should be consumed less frequently. These foods are also typically high in calories, and limiting their intake can help with weight management as well.

Ideally, a no-carb menu contains a variety of foods in the major food groups. In addition to vegetables and fruit, meat, legumes and seafood are good choices. Herring, mackerel, sardines, flounder, tuna and salmon are some fish that do not contain carbohydrates, notes Atkins. Chicken, turkey, quail and other poultry also have few carbs, as do shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops and other shellfish.

For indulgences, some beverages are good no-carb choices. These include diet sodas, flavored seltzer water, tea and coffee. Butter and even creams are satisfying, low-carb and low-sugar items.

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