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Tips for Choosing Low-Carbohydrate Thai Food

Thai food is extremely popular for its taste and healthcare properties. There are many cuisines in the world of Thai food. Some are extremely popular. In this article we will discuss how a Thai food lover can focus on low carb (carbohydrate) nutrition to stay healthy.

Pad Thai with fried rice and mango for dessert might be a yummy Thai dinner, but it is not a low carb meal. Many types of Thai food are not low in carbs, which are known to curb appetite and facilitate weight loss. There are a number of low carb Thai choices you can enjoy:

Chicken with Cashew Nuts
Chicken with cashew nuts is a popular Thai lunch item and very low in carbs. The ingredients might vary. The dish is made of:

  • Fresh vegetables
  • Sliced chicken
  • Cashew Nuts

They are stir-fried together into a delicious low carb meal. The sauce to make the dish contains added sugar. So you have to restrict the amount of sauce or soy sauce for flavor. White rice is typically served with this dish and high in carbs and should be avoided.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken

In fact, eating in Thailand implies ‘eating rice’. So finding a dish with zero carbs can be quite a challenge where rice plays a major role. Thai grilled chicken is a healthy and low carb choice.

The four-ounce serving of grilled chicken will yield 14 grams of protein and two grams of carbs. The side dishes can include sliced cucumber and papaya salad.

Stir Fried Veggies
Vegetables are the underbelly of all Thai dishes. A main course will contain a plate of stir-fried vegetables consisting of carrots, mushrooms, broccoli and onions. This is clearly low in carbs.

Shrimp Soup
Shrimp soup known as Tom Yum will cause some mouth burning because of its heat but it will keep your waistline perfect. With ingredients like shrimp, green leafy vegetables, lemongrass and coconut milk which are all low in carbs its full serving will generate only 9 grams of carbs.


Opt for a spicy beef salad which is usually beef tenderloin with fresh vegetables and lemongrass, seasoned with lime juice and cilantro. The Yum Neau is grilled tenderloin marinated in Thai spices and served with cucumbers, onions and scallions, also a good low carb option.
To keep the salad low carb, make sure the noodles are removed.

Pra Raam is a chicken dish featuring spinach in a red peanut sauce, or Rendang Chicken served in a coconut onion sauce with lemongrass and chilies. Often Beef Basil will be served with garlic, bell peppers, fresh chilies and onions


Sea food
Among low carb options featuring seafood lobster tail stir fried and served with fresh garlic sauce and asparagus is fine. Order a bowl of soup like Tom Yum Goong combining mushrooms, lime juice, lemongrass and hot peppers. These low carb Thai items can be enjoyed well when you eat authentic Thai cuisine available at top Thai restaurants in the city.