A major role of PR is being able to change a conversation by transforming our ideas about one thing through building a new image based on positive communication and rebranding. In a sense, PR helps us “swap” one perspective for another.

 

In health, swapping ingredients in your favorite dishes for healthier alternatives is no different. It’s all about putting a new spin on something old. This is a technique that is especially handy in the case of reducing carb intake.

 

Healthy weight loss and weight maintenance can be best achieved through diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, sticking to such diets can be easier said than done when some of your favorite meals are carb-heavy. Identifying satisfying low-carb alternatives can be the answer.

 

Read on to see some of our favorite low-carb health swaps that can help you reduce your carb consumption without sacrificing satisfaction and flavor!

 

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Forget Pasta, Try Spaghetti Squash

Because of the noodle-like consistency of its flesh, spaghetti squash can be a fantastic low-carb alternative to regular pasta. You can prepare it hot with your favorite pasta sauce and some sprinkled cheese, or opt for a cold recipe like a Greek-inspired “pasta” salad with olives, feta cheese, oregano, and a bit of olive oil.

 

 

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inspiredrd.com

Forget French Fries, Try Pumpkin Fries

Pumpkin fries are a great way to indulge in a favorite comfort food without the guilt since they offer the same satisfying snacking experience as regular French fries, minus the carb overload. Simply chop up the pumpkin flesh into chunky fries, toss them with some olive oil and herbs of your choice, and bake.

 

 

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Forget Lasagna, Try Zucchini Noodles

When sliced lengthwise with a mandolin, zucchini can bear an uncanny resemblance to lasagna noodles. Simply prepare your favorite lasagna recipe, but rather than layering your dish with lasagna noodles, layer it with zucchini noodles. It’s an alternative that will give you a healthier meal without sacrificing the texture of the dish.

 

 

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eatingwell.com

Forget Mashed Potatoes, Try Mashed Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a great substitute for mashed potatoes because not only does the texture closely resemble that of potatoes when mashed, but the color is similar as well. And since visual cues can influence your satisfaction while eating, these similarities in appearance can be important. By pureeing cauliflower with sour cream and seasoning of your choice, you get a side dish that is just as satisfying as your favorite mashed potato recipe.

 

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Forget Bread, Try Lettuce

When we eat foods like sandwiches or tacos, a lot of the real flavor comes from the filling. Simply replacing your bread with a leafy green like lettuce or cabbage can drastically reduce the carb-content of your meal without sacrificing the component of the meal holding everything together or compromising the flavor of the dish.

 

 

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foodiecrush.com

Forget Pizza Crust, Try Mushrooms

Like sandwiches, a lot of the flavor of pizza comes from the sauce and toppings, but the pizza crust packs some serious carbs in each slice. Replace your typical crust with a mushroom crust by baking Portobello mushrooms (stems cut off) for a few minutes until they’re a little more dry. Top with some pizza sauce and your favorite toppings, and pop the pizzas back in the oven until the cheese melts.

 

What are some of your favorite low-carb health swaps? Share them below or tweet me @tamarahoumi