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Apr 29th

Swap Unhealthy Carbohydrates for These Nutrient-Rich Alternatives

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Over the past 10 years there have been some big changes in the world of Nutrition. It is well past time to let go of the low-fat diet fads and look at the latest research. Many studies have proven a low carbohydrate diet (higher in fat and protein) has greater benefit for those looking to lose weight, reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.
It also very important to choose whole foods and eat a wide range of fresh organic vegetables and some fruits.

The body does require some amount of carbohydrate to function optimally. Typical carbohydrates in the western diet come in the form of refined or processed grains and flours found in cereals, breads, pastas, crackers, biscuits, etc. Unfortunately these have been stripped of their nutritional value and can often spike blood sugar levels with a crash shortly after leaving the body feeling lethargic. This form of carbohydrate also increases inflammation in the body leading to symptoms such as fatigue, headache, brain fog, and eventually disease.
There are so many creative ways to swap out unhealthy high carbohydrate foods often filled with additives preservatives and hydrogenated oils for nutrient-rich, low-carbohydrate vegetables. Your body and your taste buds will thank you!

Here are just a few ideas…

1.) Spaghetti squash or courgette spirals for pasta

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2.) Celeriac slices for lasagna sheets

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3.) Cauliflower crust for refined white flour pizza crust

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4.) Lettuce, cabbage or other green wraps instead for traditional wraps

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5.) Sweet potato in the jacket for tortillas or taco shells

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6.) Cucumber slices for crackers

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Check out a few of these fantastic food blogs. They provide excellent inspiration or step by step instruction for those who  find experimentation in the kitchen daunting.  These are a few that I use on a regular basis. Happy Swapping!

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