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8 Easy Ways to Cut the Carbs in Your Cooking

Want to avoid sneaky sugars? Here are some ideas to help you learn how to cut carbs!

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ZUCCHINI CRUST PIZZATaste of Home

Switch up your pizza crust

Love to make your own pizza? You can combine shredded zucchini with flour, eggs and salt to make a “crust.” (Here’s the recipe for Zucchini Crust Pizza.) This doesn’t cut all the carbs from your meal, but it means that you’ll eat less and get a serving of vegetables as well.

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Frying pan with delicious vegetable spaghetti on tableShutterstock / Africa Studio

Try spiralizing your veggies

For a more healthy and nutrient-packed take on pasta, sauce up zoodles, sweet patoodles or squash noodles. You can buy ready-to-eat spiralized vegetables in the grocery store or make ’em yourself. Having a spiralizer at home means you can turn anything into spaghetti.

When you’re thinking about how to cut carbs, this is a super-easy start!

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Quinoa salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and salad leavesElena Veselova/Shutterstock

Use pseudo grains

Let’s not beat around the bush—grains make an excellent base for any meal. Swap out regular grains like wheat and oats for “pseudo grains” like quinoa or buckwheat. They’re lower in carbs and pack extra fiber and protein.

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Grilled portabella vegetarian burger served with vegetables.Shutterstock / Sergey Yechikov

Stop using buns

Everybody loves a good burger, but the bun could be pushing your carb intake over the edge. Why not try a bun-less burger? Using lettuce or mushrooms to wrap up your patty could be the answer. Here are more clever ways to eat a burger without a bun!

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Roasting butternut pumpkin, for a warming soup.Shutterstock / Robyn Mackenzie

Replace your mashed potato

When you’re making a pot roast or roasted chicken, don’t serve up mashed potatoes. Swap the potatoes for squash instead. This sweet side dish is a great accompaniment to any meal, and it’s super simple to make from scratch.

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creamy cauliflower garlic rice on a white wood background.Nataliya Arzamasova/Shutterstock

Try cauliflower rice

Rice is the ideal base for many meals including stew, curry and tomato-based dishes. You can put cauliflower in a blender or food processor to make a tasty alternative. (Here’s the complete cauliflower rice how-to guide.)

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Homemade hummus with olive oil and fresh vegetablesShutterstock / Barbara Neveu

Eat vegetables with hummus

To cut back on carbs, swap your pita bread or pita chips for sliced vegetables. I love fresh cucumbers, carrots and bell peppers with hummus! If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own hummus, too.

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Banana smoothie with milk, oatmeal and almonds on the old wooden background5PH/Shutterstock

Start using almond milk

Believe it or not, dairy milk is pretty high in carbs thanks to the large amounts of lactose in it. If you’re looking for an alternative, try almond milk. This sweet option is dairy free! Use it just as you would your everyday milk—in coffee, on cereal and more. (Here’s how the alternative milks stack up.)

Charlotte Grainger
Charlotte Grainger is a creative feature writer, with a flair for food, health and lifestyle pieces. Her work has been seen in a number of national publications including Beyond Words Magazine, Reader's Digest and Psychologies. When she’s not typing away, you can find her trying out new recipes or binging Netflix shows— sometimes simultaneously.
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