One of the hardest parts of starting a new diet is feeling like you have to give up your favorite foods. However, if you cook using healthy substitutes, you can eat any of your favorite foods. One of the best ways is with low-carbohydrate substitutes.
Why Low Carb?
Low carbohydrate diets are not for everyone, but for some people they can be a great weight loss diet. Your body uses carbohydrates as its primary source of fuel. When you eat carbohydrates, they are broken down into simple sugars and absorbed into your bloodstream. This creates glucose which triggers your body’s insulin response. Insulin burns these sugars and provides you with energy. Any glucose not used is converted into fat. A carbohydrate-restricted diet encourages your body to burn its fat stores for energy. It also helps reduce the build-up of fat from unused carbohydrates. This can lead to weight loss in some people. Speak to your Everlasting Changes nutritionist to see if low carb is right for you.
Some Ideas For Substitutes
Here is a list of substitutes you can use for your high carbohydrate favorites:
The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Pasta
● Zoodles (thin strips of zucchini or other veggies)
● Spaghetti squash
● Shirataki noodles
● Bean pasta
● Quinoa pasta
The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Hamburger Buns
● Portobello mushrooms
● Grilled eggplant, zucchini, or sweet potato slices
● Cauliflower buns
The High Carbohydrate Favorite: Pizza Crust
● Grilled eggplant or zucchini slices
● Portobello mushroom
● Cauliflower pizza crust
● Egg crust (scrambled eggs baked into a crust shape)
● Lavish Bread
The High Carbohydrate Favorite: French Fries
● Sliced and baked butternut squash, carrots, or sweet potatoes
● Baked green beans
● Air “fried” root vegetables (you can get an air fryer here)
● Parmesan breaded zucchini or avocado slices
● Almond crusted root vegetables
There are so many great substitutes that you’re sure to find one you love. For more recipe ideas for your diet, speak to our nutritionists at Everlasting Changes. When you work with us, you’ll get both personal training and nutritionist counseling for one low price. We’ll help you transform your lifestyle without making you give up your favorite things.
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