5 easy low-carb swaps

5 easy low-carb swaps

It is safe to assume you are either following a low-carb diet or you know someone who is. Either way, these 5 easy low-carb swaps can be useful when you are planning your meals for the week or a special occasion spread.

1. Rice

Even though cauliflower rice does not absorb sauces or juices as well as regular rice, it makes a good low-carb substitute as a side dish for curries and stews. Bonus points: you will add to your daily vegetable intake.

2. Noodles or long pasta (e.g. spaghetti)

Konjac noodles (e.g. Slendier) or spiralized zucchini make good substitutes for long pasta, but, once again, they won’t absorb sauces or other liquids.

3. Short pasta

When substituting short pasta, such as penne, macaroni or fusilli, I prefer to use steamed or roasted vegetables (e.g. cauliflower, broccoli) to add some nutrition (not to mention flavour!) to the dish.

4. Wrap or bun

Nothing beats sturdy lettuce leaves as a substitute for burger buns or wraps. Some use iceberg lettuce but my favourite is butter lettuce, because it is sturdier and has more taste.

5. Chips or crackers for dips

Vegetable sticks or slices (e.g. carrot, celery, cucumber, capsicum, radishes) make a great substitute for chips or crackers. These veggies are crunchy and sturdy enough to handle even the chunkiest hummus.

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