Carbohydrates are delicious and nutritious, but moderation is key. Here are a few ways to swap out some excess carbs.

Pizza Crust- Try subbing your classic pizza crust with a low-carb cauliflower crust. Pinterest is full of great recipes for this, so find one that works best for your tastebuds. Just remember to choose a recipe that cooks the crust by itself first, and then again with the toppings. This way the center of your pizza isn’t soggy. Or opt for a portobello mushroom and broil your toppings.

Hamburger Buns- I love mushrooms, but I know for many, the texture is hard to handle. If you do enjoy them, try subbing your hamburger buns for portobello mushroom caps. Throw them on the grill for a second to quickly heat them up, and then slap a juicy burger on it. If you don’t like mushrooms, try wrapping your burger in lettuce. A lot of restaurants will even do it at no extra cost.

Mashed Potatoes- This swap is one I prefer over the carbolicious original. Growing up my mother fondly referred to them as ‘faux-tatoes’, because they were made from cauliflower. Steam a large batch of cauliflower, mash it, and mix it with your favorite potato add-ins. If you have the calories to spare, cream cheese transforms these from ordinary to a real treat!

Taco Shells- Once again, lettuce comes to the rescue. Ditching taco shells for a lettuce wrap not only drops your carb count, but also eliminates some of those unhealthy fats. Plus, getting in some extra vegetables never hurt anyone.

Noodles- Swap out those simple carbohydrates for some squash. Thinly slice the entire length of a zucchini, and use those long, thin slices to replace your lasagna noodles. With all the other goodness happening in lasagna, you’ll hardly notice that there’s no pasta. For spaghetti, try spaghetti squash with some delicious pasta sauce. This will save you both carbs and calories.

Chips- Got a craving for something salty and crunchy? Try kale chips! I prefer young curly kale or lacinato kale when making kale chips. Just remember to remove the stems before baking. You can experiment with seasonings endlessly, so play around with it. If you need some inspiration, try this recipe.

Becca Capell
iFit Head Trainer