Simple Carb Substitutes
Cutting carbohydrates from your cooking can be an effective way to either lose or maintain weight. Though helpful in the weight-loss department, low-carb cooking does not offer many obvious options for variety in your meals. If boredom is beginning to consume your low-carb lifestyle, try these simple substitutions in some of your old favorite recipes.
Experiment with squash
Low cal and low-carb, squash is an alternative to pasta and an encouragement to go ahead and make your favorite marinara. Try spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti, vermicelli or baked in a casserole. Zucchini and summer squash are also yummy stand-ins for noodles. Grated or sliced -- prepare them in a way that's closest to the noodle being replaced and enjoy. Mangia!
Cut carbs with cauliflower
Replace rice with cauliflower for a carb-cutting solution. Simply shred it in the food processor and then cover and cook in the microwave until tender (no extra water needed). Or try serving pureed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing substitution. If you are not sure about making the switch completely, then try substituting a portion of your starchy staple with this versatile veggie.
Try something different than dairy
An often overlooked way to cut carbohydrates in the kitchen is to replace milk with an unsweetened soy or almond milk product. If you are feeling really ambitious, you can make your own almond milk at home. All you need is a little time, the right ingredients, a blender and the recipe below.
Raw Almond Milk
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