Been trying to lose weight without much success? Welcome to the club. Losing weight is arguably one of the most difficult things to accomplish, especially if you’re a food lover and gastronome at heart. If you’re close to losing hope and giving up on your weight loss dreams, take a breath and take comfort in the fact that there are ways to utilize food so that it works to your benefit instead of your detriment.
That’s right, we’re talking about food swaps! There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy your favorite dishes and flavors on a regular basis. The key to being able to indulge in these dishes is to swap out unhealthy ingredients with plant-based good-for-you alternatives. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on a healthier diet that will promote weight loss.
Swap Out Your Burger Bun with Portobello Mushrooms
Carbohydrates are the last thing you want to eat if you’re trying to drop weight and maintain a healthy diet. Not only are carbohydrates like bread bad for your weight loss, they’re also quite high in sugar, which means you can look forward to all kinds of crazy cravings if you keep it in your diet.
So, if you’re a fan of burgers, try switching out your burger bun with two huge and gorgeous pieces of Portobello instead. While Portobello mushrooms are more popularly used as a meat substitute, they work great as a bread substitute instead and can even elevate the overall flavor of your burger. Just trust us. You may miss the burger bun in the beginning, but after just a few short days, you’ll be thinking, “bread who?”
Bust Out the Zoodles
Pasta lovers, it’s time to forgo your dried spaghetti or packaged pasta noodles because the zoodles have come to down. Never heard of a zoodle? This humble noodle substitute is simply a sprizalized zucchini. Don’t have a spiralizer? No problem. Slice it into thin strips instead for a quick and easy fix. There’s no fancy steps required to this one either. All you’ve got to do is throw it into a pan with your favorite pasta sauce next and you’ve got yourself a delicious and gorgeous meal without having to consume unnecessary calories from pasta-derived carbohydrates.
Ditch the Tortilla for Lettuce
If you still aren’t convinced about the benefits of leafy greens in your body, then we suggest revisiting some of our older releases or blogs because darn is lettuce delicious. For those who are fans of wraps, the humble lettuce leaf is definitely worth considering as a swap. It’s got next to nothing calories and is definitely better for your daily micro and macro nutrient counts as well. The best way to experience this kind of food swap or substitute would be to try it with your regular meals. Simply prep your toppings, load the leaf, wrap it up like a burrito and devour. We’re pretty sure you’ll love it.
Choose Cauliflower instead of Flour
It’s amazing how versatile so many different vegetables can be. We are constantly in awe of the way cooks and foodies everywhere are taking vegetables and turning it into something brilliant and absolutely delicious. Amongst all the great veggie food swaps, however, we have to admit that none gets us quite as excited as that of the cauliflower pizza crust.
After all, who doesn’t like pizza right? It’s the perfect way to indulge in the universal favorite that is pizza without having to worry about loading your body with carbohydrates. Simple and tasty, forming a cauliflower pizza crust is as easy as grating some cauliflower up, mixing it with some egg and cheese before seasoning it with a bit of salt and pepper. From then on, it’s just a matter of forming the pizza curst shape and baking it in an oven.
Once your cauliflower pizza crust is ready, it’s just a matter of adding your favorite pizza toppings and throwing it back in the oven for just a few minutes to get the cheese nice and melted.
Add Carrots to Your Mashed Potatoes
When you really think about it, what are mashed potatoes good for other than fattening us up? Loaded with milk, butter and salt, most mashed potatoes recipes will send us into a tail spin of weight gain instead of weight loss when consumed as it is on a regular basis.
One of the most intriguing but delicious food swaps we’ve come across is to replace half of the potatoes that the recipe calls for with carrots. Not only will you still get the flavor and consistency that you’re looking for from your favorite mashed potato recipes, you’ll also be able to cut your carbohydrate in take by half.
Besides, carrots are great for the skin and is a power food in its own right thanks to the high levels of vitamin A that it contains. You can also try other similar swaps such as parsnips and cauliflower to get the same indulgence while adding a great dose of nutrients to your meal.
Try Using Eggplant Instead of Regular Lasagna Noodles
We don’t know about you guys, but we’re definitely huge fans of lasagna. However, that doesn’t change the fact that lasagna noodles are carbohydrates and are counterintuitive to losing weight. Turn your favorite lasagna recipe into a low-carbohydrate treat by switching out your lasagna noodles with some thinly sliced eggplant.
You can roast the eggplant first or sprinkle them with a bit of salt to draw some of their moisture out before putting it into your lasagna. This way, you’ll get nice firm layers instead of a watery mess.
Not only does it make the dish hearty and waist line friendly, the eggplant will also add an extra element of texture and flavor into the dish that your typical run of the mill lasagna simply won’t have. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also switch out cream of your béchamel layer with some thickened coconut milk.