5 Life-Changing Low Carb Swaps

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

Looking for a creative way to enjoy typically carb-heavy foods? Lighten up the carbohydrate load of your next meal with one of these easy (and delicious!) low-carb swaps:

1. SWAP RICE WITH CAULIFLOWER “GRAINS.”

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The super easy way is to toss raw cauliflower into a food processor and pulse; or hand-grate for a little extra effort and voila!—raw “rice.” Then steam, sauté or bake until desired doneness and use it like you would a standard grain.


2. SUB EGGPLANT SLICES FOR BREAD.

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Cut them thick, grill them up, and melt your favorite low-fat cheese in between for a delicious spin on a lunch-time classic.


3. REPLACE SPAGHETTI WITH VEGGIE NOODLES.

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Yes, there’s a tool for that, aptly named the spiralizer: it spins the vegetable—in this case, a zucchini—toward a blade, slicing it into long, thin noodles. These strands contain hardly any carbs, match the texture of pasta almost perfectly, and take less than a minute to cook in boiling water. A vegetable peeler can work well, too; or just slice the zucchini into thin strips for a flatter “noodle.” Feeling adventurous? Try spiralizing a daikon radish, a parsnip, carrots, beets or apple (as your South Beach phase permits).


4.
TRY PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS AS PIZZA CRUSTS.

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Don’t top your pizza with mushrooms, when you can bottom it instead. And the “how-to” is simple: Remove the stems and scrape the insides of the mushroom. Spray a flat pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray; place the mushrooms, and give the cleaned-out caps a quick spray as well. Top with thin slices of tomato and mozzarella, and bake at 400 degrees for about eight minutes. Sprinkle a little dried oregano or fresh basil before devouring.


5. MASH TURNIPS INSTEAD OF POTATOES.

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Never tried one of these root veggies? Here’s your excuse to give them a shot. They mash like potatoes, but contain fewer carbs. Just bring a pot of water to a boil, toss them in, reduce to simmer and cook until tender (about five or six minutes).

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