Sometimes the most difficult part for people when trying to eat better, and cut out grains, is how to work around it, and still be able to consume their most favourite foods, such as tortillas, pasta and pizza. But, the good news is, you don’t have to deprive yourself!
Your body requires a certain amount of carbohydrates to function optimally each day. Unfortunately, most of the nutrition is stripped from carbohydrates such as rice and other whole grains when they’re refined or processed into ‘white’ grains and flours. Eating refined carbohydrates can leave you feeling tired and lethargic as they quickly spike your blood sugar levels, and see your energy levels crash shortly after. They also cause inflammatory processes in your body, bring your hormones out of whack, and ultimately can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart attack, diabetes and many more.
Consuming “good”, anti- inflammatory carbs are important though, especially as an athlete and a female (our baby making hormones need those:)), and together with plenty of vegetables ensure you’re getting way more nutrients into your meals, without the major energy slump!
Foodmatters has sourced 7 delicious, nutrient-rich ways for you to swap out refined carbs and bump up the goodness of your favorite dish!
1. Try lettuce cups instead of white flour tortillas
Skip the flour tortilla for crisp and hydrating lettuce cups! Use fresh large leaves for wraps or taco shells, filling them with your favorite ingredients.
2. Try cauliflower pizza bases instead of white flour pizza bases
Sneak some extra veggies into this household favorite by making the pizza base out of cauliflower!
3. Try zucchini spaghetti instead of regular spaghetti
A Food Matters team favorite, we’re crazy for this fun alternative to regular spaghetti. Enjoy hot or cold.
Try this tasty Zucchini Spaghetti with Peaches and Pumpkin Seed Pesto. Yum!
4. Try sweet potato fries instead of french fries
Deliciously satisfying, swap regular French fries for sweet potato fries to boost your intake of vitamin A and fiber.
5. Try portobello mushroom “buns” instead of burger buns
Most burgers are usually more bun than filling! Change it up by with tasty Portobello mushroom buns. Simply brush two mushroom caps with a little olive oil, place on some aluminium foil and roast in the oven (400 F) for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the stems once cooled slightly and add your fillings. Easy!
6. Try quinoa instead of white rice
Quinoa is packed with plant-based protein, fibre and essential minerals. Serve as a tasty side dish, or make it the star in this delicious Italian salad!
7. Try almond meal bread instead of the inflammatory wheat bread
Fill up with healthy fats, fibre and protein by using almond meal as a base to homemade bread, instead of regular white or wholegrain flour. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll never go back!