Vegetable Substitute Spotlight

Vegetable Substitute Spotlight

Carbohydrates can be beneficial for our bodies in a number of ways, but as with anything, too much of a good thing can actually be bad for you. In fact, overdoing it with carbs can lead to weight gain, storage of excess unhealthy fat in the body, difficulty with cognitive functioning and a host of other health risks. This is why so many so-called “low carb” and “no carb” diets seem to be cropping up as of late.

The good news is, even if you’re a self-proclaimed carboholic, it’s possible to eat a lower-carb diet without having to make too many sacrifices. In fact, with the right substitutes, you can still enjoy many of the same tastes, flavors and textures of traditional carbs while also increasing your vegetable intake. In other words, it’s a win-win!

Let’s take a look at a few creative and delicious veggie substitutes below.

Mashed Homestyle Cauliflower instead of Potatoes

There’s nothing more satisfying than a heaping helping of homemade mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, potatoes also happen to be chock-full of carbohydrates. Thankfully, there’s another option that is just as yummy without all the guilt. Hanover Foods Mashed Homestyle Cauliflower offers the same creamy texture and rich flavor you love in a much healthier alternative. And our convenient steam-in-tray packaging makes it perfect for those busy weeknights when you’re pressed for time. Try serving it as a side to your favorite meat or poultry dish. You’ll feel like you’re indulging, but you’re really eating smart!

Riced Cauliflower instead of Rice

Traditional rice may taste good, but with all the added starch and carbs, it’s a high price to pay. Now you can enjoy the flavor and texture of rice without having to worry about weighing down your diet. And don’t worry about the hassle of making your own – we’ve got you covered! Our Riced Cauliflower is perfect as a side dish with dinner or in any recipe that calls for regular rice. And with our convenient steam-in-bag packaging, all you have to do is pop the package in the microwave, heat and serve. Eating better has never been easier!

Mashed Broccoli and Cheese instead of Potatoes

For those times when you’re just not in the mood for cauliflower but still want to limit your potato intake, there are other delicious, low-carb side dish options available to you. For instance, our Mashed Broccoli and Cheese is the perfect complement to any meal. So rich and flavorful, you may think you’re cheating, but with just 80 calories and a healthy boost of vitamin C and fiber, you’ll actually be doing your body a favor. Best of all, it comes in its own heat-and-serve packaging for quick prep and no mess. Just heat, serve and enjoy!

Carbs may have gotten a bit of a bad rap, but eating too many of them isn’t good for your body. With the substitutes listed above, you can still dress up your meals with tasty side dishes while keeping calories and carbohydrates to a minimum and giving your body a nice, healthy boost of vitamins and minerals. Why not give them a try today? You can find them in your grocer’s frozen food aisle. Enjoy!