Everybody needs a certain amount of carbs but here are a few ideas on how you can replace those starchy carbs - especially if you struggle to get your 5 a day!
CAULIFLOWER - swap rice and save just under 200 calories in the process! Try cauliflower rice or couscous as an alternative to rice...all you need to do it blitz a head of florets in the food processor or grate it and put in a heatproof bowl covered for 3 mins or stir fry with a dash of water! You can also cook this and serve with poached egg instead of bread - think about all those extra vitamins you would be having!
MUSHROOMS - grill 2 large flat mushrooms until cooked through and use instead of a burger bun or instead of toast with eggs or beans on top! This alone compared to a burger bun can save you up to 250 calories!
LETTUCE LEAVES - you can replace flour tortillas with lettuce leaves such as romaine, cos or iceberg..whether it be for a lunch wrap or to hold cooked mince such as fajita this will save just under 150 calories and increases vitamin c too!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH - this is a great alternative to potato wedges. You can leave the skin on and cut into desired thickness and roast with your favourite herbs or spices, this can also be used in place of spaghetti too! Calories saved is around 150 and a massive boost of Vitamins A, C and E!
AUBERGINE - this is a brilliant replacement for pasta sheets for a low carb lasagne. Slice 2 large aubergines lengthways and grill the slices for a couple of mins on each side until lightly cooked and use in place of sheets - around 100 calories saved and a boost in fibre and potassium!
COURGETTES - Courgetti is very popular now and can be purchased already spiralled in the supermarkets. It just needs frying for a couple of minutes and is a great alternative to spaghetti to save in excess of 200 calories!
CARROTS - these can be used instead of mashed potatoes, spiralised like the butternut squash and courgettes in place of spaghetti or noodles and also roasted and cut up like chips. This is a great boost of fibre and vitamin A so a very quick and cheap alternative to try.
PEPPERS - this can be made into sandwiches by using the shell of the pepper in place of the bread you would have used. You can fill each half with reduced fat cheese, eggs, lean meats, tuna...anything you would pop in your usual sarnie and a saving of around 150 calories so make sure this is one of your 5 a day!
CUCUMBER - Slices of cucumber make a fantastic alternative to crackers , oatcakes and rice cakes. Top with cottage cheese or low fat spread and reduced fat hummus. Four crackers in place of 1/4 cucumber would boost your vitamin A and Folate as well as saving you in excess of 100 calories!!
Let's all adopt at least one of these if not more and make sure we get our 5 a day without too much effort!