Ditch & Switch Carb Substitutes

Carbohydrates are a necessary component of any diet, but replacing them with carb substitutes can bring huge dietary rewards. Between 45 and 65 percent of our daily calories should come from carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, nuts, and seeds. For a truly balanced diet, we need carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Carbs are the body's main source of energy, keeping us active, awake, and stabilizing our blood-sugar levels. However, it is shown that low-carb diets are proven to be extremely effective in losing body fat. Take a stroll through our guide to explore unique carb maneuvers and learn what foods you can use as carb substitutes.

Ditch It: Spaghetti Noodles

Switch It: Squash Noodles

Spaghetti noodles have carbs and fat written all over them. Sure, they are good once in a while, but they are filling and not especially nutritional. Squash, on the other hand, is low in both salt and fat, and contains antioxidants and vitamins, unlike spaghetti pasta. Simply cut a squash in half and remove the seeds. Then boil or bake until it is tender, and use a fork to scrape the squash into strands. You might just be amazed with the results!

Ditch It: Mashed Potatoes Switch It: Mashed Cauliflower

Potatoes are heavy in starch and high in carbs. Cauliflower happens to be one of the most popular carb substitutes for all potatoes in general, as it is a nourishing and dietary vegetable containing much less of a carb-count than potatoes. You will need to steam the cauliflower, and break it down in a blender or food processor. Throw in your desired additions, such as butter, spices, or cheese and it will still be less fattening than standard mashed potatoes.

Ditch It: Rice Switch It: Quinoa

Quinoa is a powerful food famous in the vegan world. It contains heavy protein (1 cup equaling 8g), much fiber, and more magnesium and calcium than both white and brown rice. Quinoa also has a lower fat content than rice, and it can take the place of rice in anything you eat! Among carb substitutes, we think quinoa is a prizewinner.

Ditch It: Hamburger Buns Switch It: Portobello Mushrooms

The only thing hamburger buns contribute to are the buns on your body. Seriously, cut them out of your diet! They are a waste of fat and carbohydrates. At least use thin/flat bread when you can, or even better, use Portobello mushrooms as carb substitutes for the buns. We're always told to eat our mushrooms, because they have many macronutrients, a high amount of fiber, potassium, B vitamins, and around 30 calories. You can't beat the health in mushrooms. You may just have to acquire the taste, though.

Ditch It: Pasta Noodles Switch It: Carrot Pasta

Using a vegetable peeler, slice the carrots into ribbons, and if you desire, you can sauté them with mushroom, pepper, tomato, and delicious basil. Cooked carrot ribbons will feed you way less calories and carbohydrates than pasta noodles will.