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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.)