If you plan on starting on a diet, one of the most difficult challenge for you is to give up on foods that you’ve always eaten before. But fret not as I will share to you one way to work around high carb foods without missing out all the fun. Our simple solution- to switch high carb foods with low carb alternatives which can do just as well to satisfy your cravings. Here are some possible low carb substitutes for high carb foods.
1. Cauliflower for Potatoes
Among the list of foods containing high carbohydrates, potatoes are one of the few that can raise a person’s blood sugar up in record time. Cauliflower is actually a very viable substitute for potatoes. In a post in MensHealth.com, Dr. Agatstons shares that cauliflowers make a rather convincing mash potatoes. Just spray the cauliflower with butter substitute, place it in a food processor, and add seasonings like salt, pepper or roasted garlic.
2. Zucchini for Pasta Noodles
Pastas are my thing but I’ve personally tried to make my own Zucchini pasta in an effort to eat healthy. A lot of experts swear that zucchini can be an alternative since it is not starchy and contains very few carbs and calories. However, it can be a lot of work for some people just like me. You have to begin slicing around 5 zucchinis into ¾ inch strips which more or less is enough for one person. To add flavour, sprinkle Italian seasoning over the strips before placing them in a non-stick cookie sheet and baking it for twenty minutes. Once it’s done, you can proceed with adding sauces and spices as you would in a normal pasta.
3. Squash for Spaghetti
Using squash as noodles for spaghetti is an easier task, at least for me. The amazing thing is that all you have to do is to cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and its contents become noodlelike strands on their own. But before you scrape of the noodles, nuke the squash for ten minutes. Once you’ve scraped off the ‘spaghetti’, you can add your mix of sauces, and other ingredients to create a healthy and unique pasta. As for the taste, it’s surprisingly good because the squash strands have the same consistency as pasta noodles that it’s difficult to tell which is which.
4. Oatmeal for Pancake Mix
Personally, I don’t find oatmeals appetizing at all. Yes, they’re healthy, and I think that’s all to what they are. I adore oatmeal cookies though but I assume they’re not as healthy anymore. Using oatmeal as an ingredient in pancake mixes is fail-safe recipe originating from the South Beach Diet program. To do this, you need to mix ½ cup of oatmeal, ¼ cup of low fat cottage cheese, two eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon or nutmeg (optional) in a blender until it achieves a fluid texture. Cook it as you would any pancake mix and that’s it!
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