12 Fun Low-Carb Substitutes You'll Love Eating
The term "low-carb" is often assumed to be tasteless and dissatisfactory. Don't let those thoughts flood the reality of what low-carb alternatives can actually offer – we're sharing our favorite list of low-carb substitutes!
"Low-carb" is often assumed to be tasteless and dissatisfactory. Don't let those thoughts flood the reality of what low-carb alternatives can actually offer – flavor and versatility all while keeping carbs and calories in check. Excite your taste buds with these 12 fun low-carb substitutes you'll love eating!
Instead of Bread Try:
1. Leafy Greens
Although the route to create a beloved sandwich may be a little different, the flavor still delivers. Use large lettuce leafs to create lettuce wraps. Load with lean turkey and veggies for a low-carb, high-protein lunch.
2. Portobello Mushrooms
Ditch a white hamburger bun and say hello to mushroom caps! Clean and scrape out the gills and stems of the mushroom and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Place on grill with desired hamburger patty and assemble once cooked. Go for a classic hamburger or be creative with an Asian turkey burger featuring crushed red pepper, grated carrot and cabbage, and a drizzle of soy sauce.
Instead of Traditional Pasta Noodles Try:
3. Spaghetti Squash
The word "spaghetti" is even in the name of this nutritious squash! Cook squash and scrape out the flesh with a fork. Toss in the noodle look-alike with olive oil and fresh herbs, pesto sauce, or a tomato sauce.
4. Zucchini Noodles
Grab your spiralizer and get spinning! Zucchini noodles are a dramatic way to decrease carb content without completely sacrificing the look of traditional pasta. Since zucchini is versatile in flavor, you can pair your zoodles with your favorite pasta sauces and seasonings!
Instead of Potatoes Try:
Take a low-carb spin on traditional mashed potatoes! Instead of white potatoes, cook cauliflower until tender and "mash" using a blender. From there, the mashed cauliflower can be utilized in your favorite mashed potato recipes! To enhance protein content, replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.
Those beloved French fries just got a nutritious makeover. Peel and cut carrots lengthwise to mimic the shape of fries (use full root vegetable over baby carrots). Toss carrot sticks with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Spread carrots onto a non-stick baking sheet and roast in a 450 degree Fahrenheit oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until baked to desired softness and texture.
Craving that crispy crunch that French fries tend to offer? Look no further than these baked asparagus fries featuring various tasty dipping sauces!
Instead of Tortilla Chips Try:
8. Seaweed Chips
With its profound nutritional profile, it's no wonder "foodies" and health-goers are flocking to this green superfood. Take nori seaweed sheets and drizzle with olive oil and preferred seasonings. Bake in a low-temperature oven (about 275 degrees Fahrenheit) to prevent burning. Roast low and slow for approximately 20 minutes or until reaching desired crispiness.
9. Kale Chips
Although the hype of kale chips has slightly died down, the flavor and nutrition are still crazed. Prepare the kale chips similar to the seaweed chips described above. Kale chips can be prepared from long kale leaves or small leaves in a prepackaged bag found at your local grocery store.
Instead of White Flour Try:
10. Ground Oatmeal
Cheaply and conveniently create your own oat flour at home! Ground oats in a blender until reaching a flour consistency. Oats are an excellent source of dietary fiber and will help keep your belly and wallet full.
11. Coconut Flour
Although coconut flour tastes different than coconut flakes, it is a natural no-sugar flour substitute. When using coconut flour in products, you will need only one-third of the amount of other flours. Give this low-carb alternative a shot and reap the benefits of protein and fiber.
12. Almond Flour
While low in carbohydrates, almonds and almond flour are a "healthy" fat that can reduce the risk of heart disease. Baking with almond flour results in a rich, nutty product and compliments banana bread and carrot cake recipes.