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Low-Carb Swaps for High-Carb Favorites

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High carbohydrate diets are mostly full of sugar and starch, leading to increased weight or obesity. Waffles, French fries, pizza, and spaghetti are just a few of the favorite high-carb meals Americans and many others consume around the world. Due to the high carbohydrates, these meals are associated with an increased risk of developing metabolic disease or syndrome.

This disease includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar and triglyceride levels, and low HDL or good cholesterol and belly fat. Living with a metabolic disorder is not a comfortable way to live and can ultimately decrease your life. This information should give you the motivation you need to find healthier alternatives to your favorite high-carb meals.

Here are five low-carb swaps to try for common high-carb favorites and why they are healthier:

Cauliflower Rice

Using cauliflower rice instead of starchy and calorie-rich regular rice is a great alternative. The thing about making this sub is to acknowledge that it is not rice. It’s not rice, but it is delicious in its own right and deserves a place at your dinner. There is an amazing recipe here: https://www.loveandlemons.com/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice/

Zucchini Noodles

You may not realize how many calories eating flour-based pasta adds to your otherwise healthy and flavorful meals, but you will realize it when you make the switch and use zucchini noodles in place of some of your pasta. Use this recipe as a way to start but don’t be afraid to get creative. https://www.inspiredtaste.net/29992/garlic-zucchini-pasta-recipe/

Mashed Turnips

It’s possible that you’ve never even had a turnip before. But, if you go to your granny’s for the holidays, you may have noticed the weird purple and white veggie with the roast. That’s a turnup. Turnips are a great substitute for mashed potato’s and, in fact, is often served in fancy restaurants these days. To make them, just boil until tender and prepare the same way you do regular mashed potatoes.

Parsnip Fries

Use parsnips for French fries, and you will succeed at shocking yourself and your family, not just because it’s not something you may have thought of on your own but also because it’s yummy. To make your parsnip fries follow this recipe the first time, but then feel free to get creative. https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256495/parsnip-fries/

Almond Flour

You can sub almond flour for white flour on a 1 for one basis; however, you may need to change your binding ingredients since it’s moister. Experimentation is a must. The one thing you won’t sacrifice is flavor. Start with recipes that are meant for use with almond flour so that you can see how it all works before you start changing old recipes.

Overall, the health risk associated with high-carb foods is not worth it, especially when there are so many options. However, it takes a little time to learn more information and experiment with other favorite foods. Remember, a life free of metabolic disease, obesity, and type two diabetes requires being mindful of what foods you consume. Use this as an important resource or guide to picking the right low-carb foods the next time you visit a grocery store.

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Low-Carb Swaps for High-Carb Favorites


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