Have you every chowed down on a bowl of pasta only to find that after you feel tired and grumpy? Foods that are heavy in carbs are delicious, but they can have some undesirable side effects.
Carbohydrates are necessary for us in moderation, and it’s important not to cut them out completely. They are essential for normal brain function and to supply our bodies with energy. However, not all carbohydrate-rich foods are created equal. The simple carbs in refined rice, bread, and pasta are easy to overdo, since our bodies tend to crave these foods. Not only are they low in fiber and high in calories, but also tend to break down into sugar quickly once ingested. As a result, they don’t provide long-lasting energy.
So, it’s wise to make some low carb substitutions for notorious carb-heavy foods. Rather than cutting them out altogether, try replacing them with nutritious vegetables. This way you can satisfy your cravings while still being mindful of the food you’re eating. Avoiding traditional carbohydrate-rich foods at night, when our bodies require less energy is particularly recommended. So dinner is the ideal meal to leave out unnecessary carbs.
Our bodies tend to crave rich, carbohydrate-laden food in the colder months. But come spring and summer, you may be itching to change things up. This is where lighter food alternatives like zoodles and cauliflower rice come in. These are interesting ways of transforming vegetables into your favorite carbs.
Zucchini, broccoli, parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets are some vegetables that work well as carb replacements. These can be transformed into pizza bases, burger buns, fries and many other kinds of delicious low-carbohydrate alternatives. Finding new ways to turn these vegetables into substitutes for unhealthy high-carb foods will result in delicious meals and can also be a lot of fun.
The end product is much more nutritious, and you’re less likely to feel hungry soon after eating. The best part is that your body will get the nutrients it needs and you won’t feel like you’re missing out. These are all great reasons to invest in a spiralizer or break out out that ricer.
So the next time you’re in the mood to indulge, swap out the bread and pasta for these healthier options.
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