Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet, but they do need to be monitored. Individuals should get their carb intake from sweet potatoes, squash, and whole grains, not pizza crusts and cookies. For many, carbs are hard to cut back on because of all the delicious options available. Here are some easy carb swaps you can do for a healthier meal, without sacrificing the taste.
Substitute for Taco Shells
The best part of a taco is the filling, but you still need a method to transport that tastiness to your mouth. Instead of using tortillas or taco shells, try leafy greens. They will take getting used to, but they allow you to eat more taco filling and get a healthy side of vegetables.
Substitute for Hamburger Buns
What’s a burger without its bun? The protein style burger is becoming more popular among restaurants, and most people still enjoy their burger sans bun. Another alternative for a bun is to use Portobello mushrooms. You just have to roast the mushrooms with a little bit of oil in the oven for 12 minutes. A bonus health feature is that the mushrooms contain a lot of potassium.
Substitute for Sandwich Bread
There is never going to be an exact replicate of tasty sandwich bread, that is also low-carb. However, eggplant slices do make a great melted sandwich. Roast your eggplant slices in the oven with some oil, and then pair with turkey and cheese and broil it once more. It may not taste like your average sub, but it is delicious.
Substitute for Lasagna Noodles
You can still have all of your favorite lasagna ingredients, but instead of using a typical lasagna noodle, try thinly sliced zucchini. You will get all of the delicious flavors with none of the guilt. Plus, a few zucchinis are cheaper than a box of lasagna.
Substitute for Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are everyone’s comfort food. The best way to have them is with butter and cream. However, the combination of high fat and high carb is not good for your waistline. Instead, steam one head of cauliflower and puree it with your favorite ingredients. Your taste buds will thank you.
Substitute for Pasta
Spaghetti squash is in season, and it is a delicious substitute for your favorite pasta recipes. The key is to how you cook the squash, making sure the strands are fully cooked and soft. Pair spaghetti squash with classic tomato sauce or with a drool-worthy alfredo sauce.
While carbohydrates are an essential part of health, the carbs from pasta, bread, and pizza can be too high in sugar and increase our waistlines. These alternatives are delicious, slimming, and come with healthy benefits too.
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