Who doesn't love a big serving of creamy mashed potatoes or a side of steamy rice with their chicken? There’s just no denying it, starchy foods are downright delicious, making it easy to overindulge. And if you fill your plate with your starchy favorites, you be falling short on healthy vegetables.
Making Smart Substitutions
Try these simple ideas for lower-calories options that will keep both your taste buds and your tummy happy.
Start with cauliflower, a non-starchy vegetable that easily mimics starchy ones, both in flavor and texture. You can mash, whip or rice cauliflower just like potatoes, and even use it to make pizza crust.
Or try spaghetti squash instead of regular spaghetti and top it with a fresh tomato sauce.
For a great mac and cheese alternative, grate yellow summer squash and bake it with a sprinkling of low-fat zesty cheese. It's a great source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium, plus you'll get calcium from the cheese.
When summer's over, roast winter squash varieties, like acorn and Hubbard, for lighter yet still sweet swaps for sweet potatoes.
When you just have to have a grain, make it a whole one. Opt for couscous, quinoaor barley. Whole grain side dishes like these are a great way to get fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. To save on calories, cut your usual portion in half and add in steamed or lightly sauteed vegetables to boost volume and more nutrients. And don't forget to use herbs and spices to liven up the taste.
Getting Out Of The Rice Rut
After a long day, a savory starch may sound like just the right thing for dinner. But before you know it, you’ve had starch-filled meals every day this week. Instead of eating the same old thing, try something different—your body will thank you for it.
Remember, just because you’re trying to eat healthy, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste, though. These yummy veggies are just scratching the surface when it comes to incorporating more foods that are both delicious and nutritious. Utilizing services like nutrition consultations, Diet by Design and metabolism testing, you can finally find the right diet for you and all of your unique health needs.