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Low Carb Alternatives to High Carb Foods

May 5, 2015

Springtime and the thought of summer bring plenty of opportunities for making the most of your low-carb lifestyle with fresh veggies, seasonal salads and grilled meats, but it never hurts to have a little cheat sheet to help you when the cravings for carbs hit.

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Cauliflower pizza crust

This is an excellent low-carb alternative to traditional pizza crust—blend or finely chop cauliflower and add in cheese and egg to create the base, then top with no-sugar pizza sauce, cheese and other low-carb toppings of your choice.

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Regular pizza crust or pizza

Just one slice of pizza could be anywhere from 20 grams of Net Carbs to 44 grams, depending on what kind of pizza (and style of crust) you go with.

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Zucchini and shiritaki

Swap out your traditional pasta for thin ribbons of spiralized zucchini. At only 4.8 grams of Net Carbs per serving, this recipe for zucchini pasta with almond pesto is a delicious alternative that’s perfect for spring. You can substitute zucchini for pasta in any dish, or use thicker ribbons for lasagna. You can also try shiritaki noodles, which are made from tofu and are naturally low in carbs. Try this hearty recipe—which features shiritaki noodles, Italian sausage and fresh green beans.

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Pasta/noodles

A serving of regular spaghetti may account for up to 40 grams of Net Carbs. Yikes!

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Iceberg lettuce or Romaine leaves

Swap out your bun or piece of bread for a leaf of lettuce or romaine, and you could save yourself up to 37 grams of Net Carbs! Enjoy this roast beef, red bell pepper and provolone wrap or use slices of ham and turkey or chicken salad or tuna salad in lettuce or romaine, and add a slice of avocado, cheese and mayo. Enjoy that juicy hamburger; just wrap it in a leaf or two of lettuce instead of the traditional hamburger bun. You can try this recipe for a lettuce-wrapped burger topped with avocado. You can also experiment with chicken, lamb or veggie patties instead of the traditional hamburger patty.

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Hamburger buns, bread or tortillas

Once again, you’re using up at a day’s worth of Net Carbs when you opt for a bun, bread or tortilla.

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Kale chips

Satisfy your salty and crunchy cravings with our naturally low-carb kale chips. Even better—kale is a super food, meaning it’s packed with even more nutrients than other foods.

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Potato chips

You can blow your whole day’s quota of Net Carbs away with a few handfuls of these greasy chips, because who just sticks to one 1-ounce serving?

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Asparagus

Asparagus is in season now, and it’s naturally low in carbs. There are endless ways to prepare it, such as boiling, steaming or blanching it. You can even eat it raw—slice it thinly and add to a salad or serve whole spears with a low-carb dip. You can also grill it—this recipe for grilled asparagus with lemon is a delicious side dish.

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Side dishes full of carbs

Skip all the empty carbs in that loaded baked potato, potato or macaroni salad or pasta or rice side dishes.

What low carb alternatives have you used that works for you?

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