Whilst our body may crave stodgy carbs like buttery mash, big bowls of pasta and steaming bowls of rice it’s actually not as good for your body as it tastes. Carbohydrates are essential for energy but we often eat more then our daily recommended allowance (300g) which results in us not getting the energy we require. Instead of opting for the easy option why not mix it up with a high fibre wholegrain alternative that you can combine with vegetables. It will help you to stay fuller for longer and will give your body a healthy boost too.
Why should I switch? Pasta may taste amazing but it’s very heavy on your system and can cause you to bloat. By making spaghetti from courgettes (yes it is possible) you’re creating a lighter version of your favourite meal, which is and full of flavour and less likely to make you bloat. Courgettes are packed with potassium which your body needs to manage blood pressure.
How do I make it? For the recipe use two courgettes per person and use a vegetable peeler or mandoline slicer to make long strips of courgette. Once you have sliced the courgette use a long sharp knife to cut them into thin spaghetti strands. Soften the courgettes in a pan for five minutes with a bit of oil and serve with pesto and lentils.
Why should I switch? Chips are a easy choice when we need a quick pick me up but they’re probably one of the unhealthiest varieties of potato available. Roasted sweet potato wedges are full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that’s great for your skin and your immune system. Beta-carotene has enough carbohydrate content to fill you up but a lower glycemic index (GI) then white potatoes so they avoid dramatic spikes in your blood levels which provides your body with a more balanced source of energy.
How do I make it? Cut one medium sized potato into wedges and arrange on a baking tray. Season your wedges with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 200’C. Best served with grilled chicken or fish.
Why should I switch? White rice contains very little nutritional content and can contain a lot of sodium. Cauliflowers make a great carbohydrate replacement as it has a firm texture and is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K. As with all cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale and cabbage, cauliflower contain nutrients that helps your body to detox.
How do I make it? Choose a medium sized cauliflower floret, pulse it in a blender or use a grater to get a rice like texture. Sauté half a small onion and two cloves of garlic then add the cauliflower rice and cook for five minutes. Use it with meats like chicken or turkey for a tasty dinner.