Carbs, or carbohydrates, may not necessarily be the bad guy it has been painted out to be but reducing or cutting it out of your diet might still be a good step. For example, if you are watching your blood sugar or feel too full after eating a lot of carbs, then you might want to watch your diet.
There are tons of recipes out there in sites like Low Carb Bible that already have fewer carbs but there are also ways to change up your existing recipes to lower carb intake. By switching some ingredients with the right alternatives, you can feel just as full without eating too many carbohydrates.
- Swap The Rice
White rice has quite a bit of carbs although brown rice can be a healthier alternative. To really lower the carb intake, though, you should try swapping the rice with cauliflower rice instead. Simply put chunks of the vegetable in your food processor and it will end up with something like couscous or rice.
Put it into the microwave for about 7 minutes to let it cook, which is much shorter than traditional rice. However, if you have some extra time, spread the cauliflower grains on your baking tray before spraying it with some olive oil. Roast it in your oven for 12 minutes and you will end up with fluffy cauliflower rice with an intense flavor.
- Substitute The Pasta
There are also vegetable substitutes to pasta if you are looking to maintain a low-carb diet. You will need a spiralizer or a julienne peeler to create your own spaghetti. Courgettes are a top choice for vegetable pasta, especially during summer when they are in season. If you do not have a spiralizer or a julienne peeler, you can use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons that look like tagliatelle noodles.
You can combine your normal spaghetti with your vegetable ones to eat with your favorite tomato-based sauce. You can also try out a squash spaghetti which does not even require a special kitchen tool. All you need to do is to bake it between 45 minutes and an hour until it is tender. Afterward, you can pull out the natural spaghetti strands with your fork.
- Make Low-Carb Waffles
The best thing about low-carb diets is that you do not really need to remove your favorite waffles from your diet. Instead of using flour as your normal recipe states, you can instead use butternut squash.
Some supermarkets already have slices of butternut squash shaped like waffles prepared. All you need to do is to drizzle some oil on it and bake it in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Flip it over after 10 minutes or when they are both slightly golden on both sides. You can serve it with the same sweet or savory toppings like normal waffles.
- Use Cauliflower For Pizza Dough
Here is a good trick for your leftover cauliflower rice. Add some ground almonds and an egg, form it into a pizza dough on a tray, warm it in the oven for 15 minutes before adding your favorite toppings. This is also an easier alternative to wheat flour pizza dough because you will not have to do any more kneading.
- Eat Healthier Fries
Swap your chips with butternut squash wedges. You can cut them thick or as wedges and coat them with some flavorful or exotic spices for a unique taste.
- Swap The Lasagna
Instead of pasta sheets, use some sliced courgettes or aubergines. You only need to brush the slices with some oil before baking them in the oven for between 10 to 15 minutes. Use the slices to layer between the sauces and cheese, much like how you would do with lasagna sheets.
- Try Out Cloud Bread
Instead of eating ordinary bread, opt for cloud bread. It is made of eggs and tastes something like a souffle omelet. When baked, however, they look like bread rolls, making them great for sandwiches.
These easy swaps make it easy for you to create your own low carb recipes. Whether you want to do it for weight loss or health issues, reducing your carb intake is achievable and at the same time yummy.