Colette's Blog

Low Carb Alternatives to High Carb Foods

May 6, 2015

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.

Atkins Pick

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.

Just Say “No”

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.

Atkins Pick

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.

Just Say “No”


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

Atkins Pick

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.

Just Say “No”

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.

Atkins Pick

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.

Just Say “No”

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?



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
. You can also grill it—this recipe
for grilled asparagus with lemon is a delicious side dish.

Say “No”

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?

More From Colette

We All Scream for Ice Cream: Cool Down with Sweet Low Carb Treats

Summer is here, and nothing beats the heat like a refreshing scoop of ice cream. But if you’re following a low carb lifestyle, traditional ice cream and its sugar may be off the menu. Enter your new best friend, the CREAMi ice cream maker (maybe you even scored a PRIME deal on one recently). You

Read More »

Stay Cool with Low Carb No-Cook Dishes

Summer salads and sensational sandwiches When the temps are scorching almost everywhere, the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen (or turn on your stove). Fortunately, you don’t have to compromise on flavor for your low carb lifestyle with these refreshing no-cook recipes. These dishes are easy to prepare and packed

Read More »

Low Carb Gourmet Grilling for the 4th of July

This Independence Day, elevate your grilling with sophisticated low carb recipes that promise to impress your guests and satisfy your tastebuds. From the sizzle of a perfectly grilled ribeye steak to the unique char of a grilled Caesar salad wedge, these dishes are crafted to make your celebration memorable. Plus, check out tips to learn

Read More »