You may have seen on my social media recently that I have been experimenting with some lower carbohydrate alternatives to traditional side dishes. Pasta, noodles, rice and> even chips! Basically these are vegetables made into their starchy carbohydrate alternative. Whilst I do not advocate cutting out carbohydrates completely, they are a macro nutrient our bodies need. Read all about Carbohydrates here!
Reducing Starchy Carbs is a good option for helping with fat loss. Focus on enjoying starchy carbohydrates around your workouts but getting the bulk of your carbohydrates from fruit and> vegetables. I totally appreciate however that this can seem quite boring, we are so used to serving noodles with a stir fry, bolognaise with spaghetti, chilli with rice and> of cause steak & chips but some of these alternatives may help!
First up – Cauliflower Rice!
Now to me a bowl of chilli is just not the same without a side of rice, but in a bid to reduce starchy carbs & after enjoying cauliflower rice at the Wedges & Weights Supper Club last year I gave it a go. (Check out the details from the Supper Club here) I actually expected it to be a bit of a nightmare to make so to say I was surprised at how easy it was is an understatement. I got myself a cauliflower, roughly chopped it, threw it in the blender, blitzed to a rice consistency and> boiled for about 5 minutes.
After my success with cauliflower rice I went for Parsnip Chips, now these I wouldn’t rave about quite so much! I love parsnip so I did enjoy them but in truth they were not a great alternative to the chip, they definitely felt more like a vegetable side. If you do want to give them a go, start by chopping the parsnips into thin fries, after heating a roasting tray with a little oil throw in the parsnips, season and> roast for about 20 minutes depending on how thin your fries are. Easy!
Finally the last alternative I have tried is courgetti, or courgette noodles. These can be used as an alternative to pasta or noodles, and> are another huge success. Here I served them with some meatballs:
You can also use them in stir fries as noodles and> they work equally well. You can use a spiraliser, a mand>olin or just a speed peeler and> a knife to create the noodles. To cook, heat a large pan add some oil and> cook for 2-3 minutes until soft, serve with your choice of dish! Amazing!
I believe the supermarkets are now more aware of these vegetable alternatives and> you can buy ready packed versions. I am yet to try these as I’m new to the trend and> have found these to be really easy and> cheap to make. However the pre-packed versions may be worth a look if you don’t have the time or inclination to make your own! I am going to be taking a look at the shop bought alternatives in the future so keep an eye on my social media for my thoughts!