10 Carb Substitutions For Guilt-Free Eating

September 15, 2016  |  
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We’ve all heard the health news on carbs: eat too many of them and you’re more likely to gain weight. And, as is the case for Black women, some health problems can be tied to eating too much bread. But even when you’re dedicated to kick the carbs, it can feel like certain cravings just can’t be denied. If you’ve been dreaming about pizza, it might be time to try these carb substitutions.

Not every “healthy” option is as good as the real thing, but some of these foods taste so good, you won’t mind the switch. Plus, they will satisfy your cravings and help you build a stronger willpower when it comes to dealing with your hankerings.

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Taco Shells

Swap taco shells for lettuce wraps and not only will you feel lighter, but you will also love the taste. If you do miss the crunch, crumble pieces of a shell and sprinkle it on top for a fraction of the carbs.

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Hamburger Buns

Portobello mushrooms add more flavor to burgers than buns. And they taste even better when you grill them right next to a patty.

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French Fries

Squash, zucchini and even carrots — basically any low-carb veggie option — taste amazing when cut into pieces and baked or fried.

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Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower will definitely surprise you when you substitute it for pasta in macaroni and cheese. Don’t want to give up pasta completely? Substitute half of the pasta for cauliflower (like Rachel Ray does) for the best of both worlds.

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Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower also makes a surprisingly delicious substitute for mashed potatoes.

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Pancakes

These pancakes that substitute flour for bananas not only taste amazing, they also only require two ingredients to make.

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Pizza Crust

If you’re watching your carbs and you haven’t tried pizza with a cauliflower crust, you’re missing out. It might sound crazy, but it tastes pretty great.

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Noodles

Because pasta is almost all about the sauce, swapping regular noodles for zucchini noodles is an easy switch.

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Fried Rice

It’s official. Cauliflower makes a great substitute for everything — even rice. This cauliflower fried rice recipe tastes just as good as the real thing (but you can eat more of it).

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Lasagna

Several people have sworn that they tried lasagna with eggplant slices in place of noodles and it found a permanent place in their recipe book.

And since it saves around 40 grams of carbs a slice, we’d be willing to try it.

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