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Alternatives to Your Favorite Starchy Carbohydrates

June 3rd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized

collard green wrap

For every carb rich food you loved before surgery there is an alternative. Let’s discuss all the different options.

If you like rice…

Opt for cauliflower rice or miracle rice. These are great low carb options to pair with chicken, tofu, or even eggs.

Recipes: Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice 

Miracle Rice

If you like tortillas or wraps…

Collard greens leaves or tuscan kale leaves can be used a base for proteins and vegetables so that you can make a vehicle for a tortilla. If you like tacos, using a butter lettuce cup or red cabbage cup is great!

Recipes: Romaine Spear with Chicken Caesar Salad 

Tortilla-less Beef Tacos 

Collard Wraps & Satay Sauce

If you like pizza…

Meaty dense slices of vegetables such as eggplant, and mushrooms are great alternatives to pizza. They have the ability to hold the ingredients well and be baked. Cauliflower can also be used to make pizza crust.

Recipes: Eggplant Parmesan Pizza 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Portabello Pizza 

If you like pasta or other noodles…

Shirataki noodles have been on the market for years and are probably the most popular to noodles. They are made from glucomannan which is a soluble fiber and is undigestible carbohydrate. Another great alternative to noodles is zucchini noodles!

Recipes: Chicken Shiitake Skinny Noodles 

Pork Medallions with “Zoodles”

Here are just a few options to look into when trying to come up with alternatives to your favorite carbs. There is also ways to use protein powder to makes pancakes, waffles, and even breads made with almond flour. Branch out of your normal eating pattern and find new, healthy alternatives for your old favorites!


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