There are two things that are common between pasta, pancakes and cheese. Not only are all three foods delicious, they are also rich in carbohydrates. No wonder you tend to feel tired, lethargic, drowsy and annoyed after consuming a stack of pancakes for breakfast!
If you’re trying to cut down your weight and keep yourself healthy and fresh (without putting on extra pounds) for the long upcoming winters, here are 10 low carb substitutes for healthy eating that you should consider:
This is the simplest of all meals. All you need to do is to turn your sandwich into a wrap of lettuce. If you enjoy eating tacos, you can easily use iceberg lettuce in place of taco shells. Add a slice of juicy turkey onto it, and a delicious low-fat home-made salsa. Alternately, you can use spinach instead of iceberg lettuce for better results.
Roasted eggplant with mint and tomatoes is an excellent replacement for carb-rich bread. While you’re roasting your eggplant in the oven, you can simply mix all the remaining ingredients (capers, onions and tomatoes). Toss them over the eggplant, and you have the perfect low-carb breakfast for a dull and frosty winter morning.
Instead of relying on traditional hamburger buns, why not go for a healthier alternative? Portabello Mushrooms, roasted for 12 minutes on the oven, taste delicious when you place a layer of turkey in between them. The protein content of the turkey and high potassium content in the mushrooms provide a healthy dose of amino acids and antioxidants to your body.
Parmesan with Roasted Turnips
Have you ever tasted turnips? If no, then you’re missing out on one of the most delicious vegetables of all time. They are naturally sweet and very inexpensive. Roasting the turnips without peeling their skin maintains their nutrient content and makes them easy to cook. Instead of gobbling down French fries, try roasted turnips as a sideline with your burger.
Nutrition and healthy living is simply incomplete without fresh zucchini. Two to three thinly sliced zucchini are the perfect substitutes for carb-rich noodles in your lasagna.
Butternut is a fruit which is full of carotenoids and potassium, both of which are excellent for regulating your blood sugar level and keeping bad cholesterol at bay. A daily dosage of butternut squash, carrots or turnip is all you need to keep yourself healthy, active and free from fat.
Oatmeal and Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese and oatmeal come together as part and parcel of pancake batter. Drip the batter onto a heated skillet to create the perfect sugar-free pancakes. You can add bananas for natural sweetness.
Every time you crave rice, try out this recipe for a change. Cauliflower rice aids the metabolism in removing body fat. You can add your favorite curry, red chilies, lemon, ginger or sea salt to make it delicious, without adding any carbs to your diet.
Shrimp with Shirataki Noodles
Japanese shirataki noodles are made from yams and are already cooked, offering zero carbs. Add a combination of shrimps, sriracha, veggies and garlic and you have a complete lunch or dinner dish with no carbohydrates at all.
This Korean food consists of stir-fried sweet potato noodles. Stir-fried and served at room temperature, Japchae is truly a vegan’s delight that is rich in protein and almost free from carbohydrates.