Low carb alternatives that still offer great taste
Most of us love to eat comfort food. It always hits the spot and usually tastes better than the healthy option. Whether it’s a pizza or a bowl of pasta, these crowd favourites have one thing in common. That is that they are delicious obviously, but they are also heavy in carbs. Of course everything in moderation is fine and a diet rich in healthy carbohydrates is good for us but there are ways to substitute some ingredients in our favourite meals to make them healthier. Here are some notoriously carb-heavy foods with a low-carb alternative to keep you satisfied and motivated if you are planning on cutting down on your carb intake.
Instead of LASAGNA try ZUCCHINI
Delicious Zucchini Lasagna is great alternative to pasta in this meaty, cheesy lasagna. Just two or three thinly sliced zucchinis are needed to replace normal lasagna noodles.The other ingredients can remain the same but by taking out the pasta you will dramatically reduce your calorie intake.
Instead of SLICED BREAD try EGGPLANT
Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint. You can’t exactly call it a sandwich, more of an elegant spin on bruschetta. This recipe replaces bread for eggplant, resulting in a healthier version of the favourite Italian classic. While the eggplant roasts in the oven, mix the remaining handful of ingredients (onions, tomatoes, capers) to get them ready to be scooped onto the eggplant and proceed to enjoy.
Instead of MASHED POTATOES try CAULIFLOWER
Mashed cauliflower with garlic and chives believe it or not takes on the consistency of potatoes after getting chopped up in a food processor or blender (or use a potato masher to get chunkier “potato” pieces). It really is a fantastic way to enjoy a favourite comfort food without the heavy carbs. The garlic and chives add an extra dimension of flavor that’s sure to satisfy the hungriest stomach.
Instead of PIZZA CRUST try MUSHROOMS
Portobello mushroom pizzas. You will only believe it when you taste it.Mushrooms make an incredibly tasty pizza crust. Lunch or dinner doesn’t get simpler than this: drizzle mushroom caps with olive oil, load up on your favorite toppings like cheese or veggies, and bake. Sprinkle a little fresh basil on to bring it over the top.
Instead of PASTA try CABBAGE
Cabbage replacing spaghetti? Believe it or not it works. The cabbage noodles lose its cabbage flavour and become the perfect replacement in a spaghetti dish. They offer the consistency that noodles offer in the dish and are a much better option if you are counting calories.