Whether you’re eliminating carbs from your diet due to a recent health-kick or a gluten allergy, foods such as bread and pasta can be incredibly difficult to avoid. Try out these five healthy alternatives for equally delicious, gluten-free takes on your traditional favorites: your waistline and taste buds will thank you.
1. Spaghetti Squash
Can’t say goodbye to pasta? Look no further than spaghetti squash. At 50 calories per 1 cup serving, spaghetti squash saves you almost 200 calories per cup when compared to plain ol’ spaghetti, while maintaining the versatility to be paired with a variety of sauces and toppings. I think we have a clear winner here.
2. Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
With a slice of plain cheese pizza averaging at least 300 calories, it’s easy to lose hope in ever indulging in some ‘za without major regrets the next day as you try to slip into your jeans. Avoid excess calories by substituting a traditional flour crust in favor of one made from cauliflower. Same delicious pizza dough, minus the gluten and guilt.
3. Kale Chips
While potato chips and crackers may be lunchbox classics, they are devoid of nutritional benefits and often result in devouring an entire bag without feeling satisfied. However, subbing out your Lays for kale chips will satisfy your cravings for a salty, crunchy snack while curbing your appetite due to their higher fiber and protein content.
4. Cucumbers as Crackers
Rather than filling up on carb-heavy appetizers such as bruschetta or pita, substitute the bread or cracker base for cucumbers. You will still get to enjoy the delicious caprese, hummus, or dip of your choice while saving hundreds of calories by trading out the toasted bread for veggies. Never worry about running out of room for dessert again.
5. Chickpea Cookie Dough
For dessert, indulge in nutritious cookie dough such as Slender Seven’s, a low-sugar alternative to everyone’s favorite forbidden treat that is gluten-free, vegan, and only 110 calories per serving. Trust us, you don’t want to know the diet sabotage those late-night spoonfuls of cookie dough straight from the Nestle tub are costing you.
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