6 Delicious Low-Carb Alternatives of Your Favorite Foods

by Maria Konou

In recent years, low-carb diets have arguably become some of the most popular. Their fame is probably due to the fact that when you eliminate this food group, you will initially get rid of excess fluids very easily. This can act as a motivator for you, as the number on the scale will start getting smaller. According to a number of studies, it is also carbohydrates that are the cause of higher blood sugar values and spikes in glucose levels. If you too have finally decided to try a reduced carb diet, you are probably wondering with what to replace your favorite foods with. In this article, we will show you the delicious low-carb alternatives to your favorite foods! That way, you can reduce your carb intake, while still enjoying life and delicious food.

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Low-Carb Alternatives of Your Favorite Foods

#Low-Carb Rice (from broccoli and cauliflower)

Of course, there is no denying that rice has a pretty good taste and nutritional qualities, especially if it is not white rice. However, if you are on a low-carb diet, you will probably have to cut down on its consumption. That is because it is quite rich in carbohydrates and starch. So, here is how to prepare low-carb rice from broccoli and cauliflower: Cut the cauliflower or broccoli into large chunks and then chop them finely using a chopper or blender. If you don’t have these appliances, you can also use a regular fine grater. You can sauté them with a little olive oil and spices, and your low-carb rice is ready!

You can easily make low-carb broccoli rice at home

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Or, try cauliflower, since it looks just like normal plain rice!

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#Low-Carb Fries (from sweet potato)

If you are the kind of person who loves potatoes, you can easily replace them with their more beneficial alternative, like sweet potatoes. They have a lovely, slightly sweet taste, while not being as high in starch. In addition, sweet potatoes are much lower on the glycemic index. Let’s not overlook the fact that they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Preferably, don’t cook your sweet potato fried the old-fashioned way – in fat. Instead, you can use an air fryer, or you can roast them in the oven with very little fat (preferably some extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil).

Sweet potato fried are just as delicious, but so much healthier

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#Low-Carb Pasta (from zucchini)

Although you probably think there is nothing to replace your favorite pasta with, this low-carb alternative is not to be ignored. All you will need are two regular zucchinis, which you have to slice into very thin strips. You can use a potato peeler, or another kitchen gadget you have lying around. You can also buy a special appliance, with the help of which you will be able to make ‘pasta’ from carrots, courgettes, turnips and whatever else comes to mind. To make your dish even tastier, you can add some tomato sauce, cream, veal or minced meat to the pasta. Garnish with lots of Parmesan and voilà!

There are special appliances top help you make veggie pasta easily

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Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese and enjoy this low-carb goodness

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#Low-Carb Pasta (from lentils and chickpeas)

If it hasn’t occurred to you before, a lot of alternatives to traditional pasta have hit the market in recent years. These include red lentil pasta, rice pasta, buckwheat pasta, corn pasta, millet pasta, chickpea pasta, rice, and sesame pasta… The list is long. In addition to significantly reducing your carbohydrate intake, these products will also provide you with a significant amount of protein – some of them contain as much as 24 g per 100g of product. Enjoy them by adding your favorite pasta sauce and serve with some grilled vegetables. Delicious!

You can find a lot of pasta alternatives on the market or make them yourself 

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The result will be delicious low-carb pasta, regardless!

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#Low-Carb Bread Swap (lettuce)

If you are a big fan of bread but want to avoid eating it, replace it with lettuce. This doesn’t mean to stop eating bread completely, but to replace it in some recipes. There are some recipes that can taste even better without the bread. For example, instead of burgers with buns and tacos with shells, enjoy them with lettuce. The filling is flavorful enough to do with the bread! You will be surprised how delicious it actually is. So, prepare your favorite filling of meat, cabbage, tomato, garlic sauce, but instead of the traditional bread, wrap in a leaf of lettuce.

Swap burger buns and taco shells, for lettuce

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Without the bread, this dish is still super flavorful and delicious

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#Low-Carb Mashed Potatoes (from cauliflower)

Mashed potatoes are a classic company to many meat dishes, as well as our all-time favorite grilled cheese. However, you can make a low-carb version by boiling and mashing cauliflower instead of potatoes. According to many home cooks, if you season it appropriately, this purée will surprise you with its pleasant taste and deep flavor. Prepare it in advance and enjoy a delicious dinner with fewer calories.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes look and taste exactly the same

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These were the most delicious low-carb alternatives of foods you love and adore! Remember that it is not about completely swapping these foods, but finding ways to make them from healthier and more nutritious ingredients. If you eat one taco with lettuce and then one taco with a shell, it is still healthier than eating two normal shells! It is the small steps and swaps that make the journey!

Now you know which are the most delicious low-carb alternatives of foods you love!

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.