5 Sneaky Ways to Cut Carbs
Trying to lose weight or gain more lean muscle? Cutting carbs is a great way to achieve those goals. But eliminating everything that has carbs (and that you probably love) from your diet isn’t always easy, nor is it practical. The good news is there are certain little changes you can make that will help reduce your carb intake without having to sacrifice the tastes and textures of all the foods you love. Here are five sneaky but effective ways to eat a more carb-conscious diet.
Be Careful About Condiments
Many people don’t realize how many carbs may be lurking in their condiments – particularly sauces and dips. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbohydrate count, be careful about what condiments you choose to put on your food. Ketchup and barbeque sauce are particularly high in carbs, as they tend to contain a higher sugar content. Better choices include mustard, vinegar and spices.
Eat More Cauliflower
Cauliflower is one of the best options for low-carb diets. Luckily, it also happens to be one of the most versatile foods in the world. Most popular uses include mashed cauliflower in place of traditional mashed potatoes, but it can easily be transformed into everything from rice dishes to pizza crust and just about anything else you can dream up. Try our flavored steam-in-tray mashed varieties, or use our convenient riced products in all your favorite cauliflower recipes.
Use Your Noodle (Alternative, That Is)
Noodles and rice products are tasty, but they’re also loaded with carbs. Fortunately, you can still enjoy the same taste and texture by choosing creative, healthier alternatives. For noodles, try spiralizing veggies like carrots and zucchini. Don’t want to invest in a spiralizer? No worries. You can get similar results by cutting your veggies into long, thin strips. For rice, opt instead for “riced” broccoli, carrots or cauliflower. Lower carbs with an even better taste!
Use Greens Instead of Bread
One of the biggest culprits of high-carb diets is bread. Even wraps and tortillas can contain a decent amount of unwanted carbohydrates. Instead, try using lettuce as a substitute. Greenleaf, Romaine and collard greens work great as wraps and rollups, while iceberg is a great alternative to use in place of taco shells and Chinese wraps. As an added bonus, you’ll also save on calories as well!
Swap Grains for Veggies
Grains aren’t necessarily bad for you, but they do contain higher carbohydrates, so if you’re looking to cut back you may want to consider swapping out things like rice and pasta for an extra serving of veggies. High-fiber options like broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potatoes will also help to fill you up and provide the hearty taste you crave without all the added carbs. Try our convenient steam-in-bag options for quick and easy weeknight meal prep.
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