Low Carb Food Alternatives

Many of us all know that the best way to health and fitness is to simply diet and exercise. What does that mean exactly, and how do we fit it into our already hectic lifestyles? Starting with the basics is always a great approach.

If you have a gym membership, that might be a great place to start. Schedule a time that it is convenient so you can work out and then continue on with your day from there. Plan to go before work perhaps, shower, and head off to work. Try to incorporate your weekend errands around a workout.

When it comes to food, no one wants to sacrifice taste with generic substitutions. We don’t want to cut out our favorites either. A great place to start, when it comes to food, is figuring out what it is about your favorites that you like. Is it the texture or texture combined with taste in some cases? Finding low carb alternatives to some great foods will not only help increase your health but will also decrease your waistline.

Low Carb Benefits

Introducing a low carb diet into your life can have many great benefits along with lowering the readings on the scale. After a few weeks of eating lower carb meals, many people feel more energetic; the cravings for sweets and compulsive eating all but vanish. Many people report feeling more alert during the day.

Some people may feel that they actually look healthier with better skin tones, possibly have fewer headaches, less heartburn symptoms and better digestion. The term “carb crash” might be all too familiar to many of us who load up in the morning on carbs then by late afternoon have “crashed.”

Sticking to a leaner meat, lower carb diet coupled with exercise can definitely help alleviate that feeling. Eating smaller meals during the day and incorporating vegetables and higher fiber fruits can help fight compulsive eating feelings as well.

The Food Staples

For some, it would be unheard of to eat steak and not have mashed potatoes. No burger would be complete without fries. Why would anyone want eggs without hash browns? Why bother with meatballs if you had no spaghetti?

The trick is to find some low carb substitutions that work and taste great. A good way to begin finding potential low carb changes is to look at your home eating habits first. Do you repeatedly make the same dishes week to week? If so, look at your side dishes. Are they heavy in carbs? Replace those sides with steamed vegetables.low carb, diet, substitutes, alternatives

For mashed potatoes, you can use cauliflower. Steam a bunch and mash; add some skim milk, little butter if desired, salt and pepper taste. After a few bites, you will forget you aren’t having your favorite mashed potatoes. Adding some beaten egg to sweet potato wedges (or anything you wish to add a crunch to) while baking will give you healthy fries for that burger.

For breakfast, you can grate up some summer squash, use an egg as a binder with some salt and pepper and form into patties. Lightly fry in olive oil and you now have a low carb version of your hash browns. Summer squash tastes very similar to potato. While on the squash topic, the best low carb substitution I can find is spaghetti squash.

For the best natural spaghetti around, cut a cooked spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Get a large plate and placed each halved squash, cut side down onto about a ¼ cup of water.  Place in the microwave for about 10 minutes, let cool and scrape out the amazing spaghetti noodle like flesh.

Top the spaghetti with those meatballs and sauce, a little grated cheese and you now have your lower carb Italian style, natural alternative. The best part of the noodles is you can use them in soups and any other dish you may call for pasta!