Changing your habits and routine can be extremely challenging. This is often why getting in shape and eating healthier is so difficult for most people. Many of us associate healthy food with bland flavours and boring food, however this does not have to be true!

There are many substitutions for carbohydrates that can be prepared in the exact same ways and are quite delicious! Yes, we will agree that it does not taste as satisfying as a mouthful of pasta or rice but these carb-less alternatives are truly tasty. Instead of the go to healthy snacks, veggie sticks and fruits, we also round up some goodies that you could try out instead of chomping on processed chips, for example. 

Although, be mindful of how much you are eating and not only of what you are eating. Remember that carbs, sugar and fat, for example, are not completely banned from your diet. These notorious food groups are unhealthy when you over do it and abuse your body. Many foods can be unhealthy if you do not eat them in moderation. So, don't worry, you can totally treat yourself to carbs and sweets, just be sure not to eat a whole pizza or an entire cake, for example. 

Take a look: 

POPCORN

popcorn.jpgMany people think that popcorn is unhealthy, but that does not have to be true. Be sure not to pour on loads of cheese and butter, of course! Plain popcorn with some salt and a light amount of butter or oil (try olive, coconut or truffle) is an excellent snack. A great example of a good popcorn brand to try for a healthy, filling and non-calorie packed snack is Newman’s Own, which you can find at Healthy Options.

EDAMAME

edamame.jpgThis Japanese staple is an excellent way to eat healthy. All you need is some lemon and a dash of salt.

CAULIFLOWER RICE

cauli 1.jpegBlend your cauliflower in a food processor and then microwave or pan fry it with your desired oils or spice combinations. You can make some killer ‘fried rice’ or stir fry dishes without the guilt! 

CAULIFLOWER BREAD

cauli 2.jpgYes you can make faux bread too! Blend up a head of cauliflower to make cauli rice then place this in some cheese cloth or your chosen alternative in order to squeeze all excess liquid out of the cauliflower. Add 1 egg and around ½ cup of cheese or however much you wish. Throw in your flavourings (salt, pepper) and you also may add some garlic and onions if you would like to. After combining all of this, you now need to line a baking pan lightly with some oil or use parchment paper and spread the mixture out evenly or into squares. Bake until golden! Eating sandwiches has never felt so good.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH PASTA

squash.jpegYes there is such thing as a spaghetti squash! This dish is extremely easy to make and is quite delicious. Step one is buy a spaghetti squash!

You then need to cut it in half and scoop out its seeds. Pop half the spaghetti squash cut side own, into the microwave for around 6-15 minutes (depending on size of squash and the power of the microwave), until the squash is soft. If you want to cook it in the oven, place it cut side down and cook it for around 20 minutes in 375 to 400 degrees fahrenheit or until soft and slightly golden. In the microwave, place some water in the plate/dish in order to moisten the squash, do the same if you choose ot use the oven.

Once it is cooked and after it has cooled off you can now place a fork into the squash and simply move it back and fourth to scrape off the meat. The squash magically comes apart looking like pasta noodles! You can then place your desired sauce on your healthy noodles!

ZUCCHINI or CARROT PASTA

zucchinni noodle.jpgUse a vegetable spiralizer and make noodles out of these veggies. You can toss them into a pan and cook them as you normally would sautee veggies and top them off with whatever sauce you like!

CLOUD BREAD

cloud.jpgCarb-less bread? Yes please! It is called cloud break because its oh so fluffy. Pre-heat your oven to 300-350 degrees fahrenheit.

You will need cream of tartar, eggs and plain yogurt.

First separate 4 eggs and then add ¼ tablespoon of cream of tartar into the egg whites and beat them until you get stiff peaks. In the yolks, add 1/3 cup of plain yogurt and mix, but do not over beat this mixture. Fold in the egg white preparation and then scoop up the mixture to place onto your baking sheet. Scoop however much you want to bake bread in whatever size you desire. Bake this in the oven until golden. Go ahead and make some mini pizzas, or whatever sandwich creation you can dream up.

BANANA PANCAKES

banana.jpegThis is the perfect breakfast alternative. All you need to make some banana pancakes is: 1 banana and 1 egg! You can add a splash of milk if you’d like. Mash the banana and mix in the beaten egg and you have your batter ready! You may use butter or oil on your pan but for the lowest calories, use Pam. Cook until golden! 

You may also add 1/3 cup of oatmeal to this mixture for a different texture in the pancake.

 

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