There is no doubt that carbs can derail your fitness goals, but everyone loves them, nonetheless. While no one should completely deprive themselves of all carbohydrates, you might want to cut back in certain ways. The best way to lower your carb intake is by using substitutes for some of your favorite carb-heavy foods, like pasta. Instead of noodles, try veggie-based “noodle” substitutes, instead. Made with chopped veggies, this option is incredibly hearty and delicious. Ready to get started? Check out the tips below.
Zucchini and cucumbers are great choices for first-timers. These veggies can be spiralized and then cooked similar to angel hair pasta. Cook until barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes, then drain. Spaghetti squash is another great vegetable noodle option. Once cooked, its flesh is easily separated into strands that look and act almost like spaghetti pasta.
Other starchy vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes also make great subs for spaghetti. Spiralize them and cook them until tender. Try them another way by pulsing them into a mash similar to grits. Simmer with a cheesy sauce, toss with sautéed vegetables, or top with cooked shrimp.
Finally, eggplant makes an excellent substitute for lasagna noodles. Slice them lengthwise, so each slice resembles a thin plank. Pan sear until softened if enjoying immediately. If placed into a casserole or baking dish, like lasagna, salt the slices to eliminate any excess moisture, let dry, and layer them in as usual.
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