5 Recipes Where You Can Trade Carbs for Veggies

Delish carb alternatives you will enjoy digging into.

Unhealthy carbs can sink your most dedicated weight loss goals. Instead, replace them with foods low in calories and high in nutrients so you can rock your jeans, bikini, or whatever else makes you feel fab!

If you’re on a journey to lose weight and keep it off, reducing unhealthy carbs will be a big part of your new, improved lifestyle. Bad carbs include refined foods, such as white breads, white rice, white pasta, artificial syrups, many baked goods, processed snacks, and more.

When manufacturers make these refined-carb foods, they strip them of their most valuable nutrients, including fiber. In addition, bad carbs spike blood sugar levels before dropping them hard, resulting in cravings for unhealthy foods. Dig into these 5 recipes where you can trade carbs for veggies!

1. Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed potatoes are high on the go-to comfort food list for many women. However, that traditional recipe is high in carbs and calories. This healthy swap delivers the same creaminess with a dose of superfood benefits and far fewer calories—this version offers just 49 calories per serving.

2. Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Red Pepper Sauce

Trade refined pasta for nutrient-rich zucchini noodles, which are made with a spiral slicer or a julienne peeler. Zucchini on its own has just 33 calories in each serving and also offers fiber, folate, potassium, and more.

3. Baked Parmesan Butternut Chips

Treat yourself to a happy-body snack when you trade carbs for veggies with this recipe. Instead of loading your body with the fat and calories of regular chips, make yourself these tasty veggie butternut squash chips.

4. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

Taco night just got a whole lot healthier! Ditch the flour tortillas and enjoy tacos in a crispy lettuce shell instead. This simple recipe is a busy night winner that you can feel great about serving.

5. Skinny Bell Pepper Pizza Boats

Say “goodbye” to typical pizza crust carbs and replace them with this antioxidant-filled alternative. This recipe includes lean turkey, mozzarella cheese, and yummy pizza spices spooned into bell peppers. Furthermore, this trade-carbs-for-veggies recipe is versatile—add your family’s favorite toppings, from sun-dried tomatoes to banana peppers to baby spinach.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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