We all know that we should limit the amount of carbs, fatty foods, and sugary treats if we want to lose weight. The problem is, most of our favorite foods contain these ingredients that should be enjoyed in moderation.
The good news is there are a ton of great alternatives and substitutes that reduce the calories in a dish but keep it tasting great.
The Yummiest Recipe Alternatives
Eggplant is one of the most popular replacement vegetables. Its rich flavor and texture make it a popular meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans and it is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It can even help with digestion. Eggplant is only a great meat replacement to cut the fat, it also makes a delicious noodle or bread-based ingredient, like in this eggplant pizza recipe.
Zucchini is a great addition to a ton of recipes. They make great fries or tots, taste great on the grill, and even go well in desserts and bread. Zucchini is such a popular substitute for noodles that some tools used to turn vegetables into noodles are simply called Zoodlers. Try this recipe for zucchini Lasagna and create a delicious, lower-carb dish loaded with vegetables.
This is another versatile veggie that can take the place of many carb-based alternatives. Cauliflower can be used to make pizza crust, rice, tots, or just roasted and flavored on their own. As a carbohydrate substitute, try our recipe for cauliflower tortillas.
Not big into vegetable replacement? You can still enjoy your favorite meat-based recipes in a healthier way. We all know chicken and fish are healthier options than red meats, but did you know that ground turkey can be used in place of nearly any hamburger recipe? Ground turkey is better for your heart and contains much less fat than ground beef. Try this recipe for turkey stuffed peppers and see for yourself.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up on delicious food. There are a ton of great recipe options that both taste delicious and help you meet your weight loss goals. For more tasty recipe ideas, check out Lap-Band of Louisville on Pinterest.