Delicious, Healthy Low Carb Alternatives

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Delicious, Healthy Low Carb Alternatives

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During the colder months of the year, many of us tend to overload on carbs. Why? Because mac and cheese is delicious and makes us feel warm on the inside even when we are frosty on the outside!

But these carb heavy dishes can leave you grumpy and tired.  Now that the winter months are behind us and spring has sprung, it is a great time to try lighter fresher dishes, without compromising on flavor.

That’s why I have taken some of the most notable carb heavy foods and offer you delicious, healthy low-carb alternatives.

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#1 – Baked Carrot Fries

Time to toss out the traditional french fries and sub in a slightly sweet, healthy alternative.

When carrots are baked, they taste surprisingly similar to our good friend Mr sweet potato. Rich with beta-carotene, these carrot fries work as a side that complements a number of dishes.  They also taste great on their own.

To make them, simply chop up some carrots into sticks. Then toss them in some salt and pepper and bake. If you want to add some spice into your life, you can always add some of your favorites like chili flakes or garlic to ramp up the flavor.

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#2 – Eggplant Lasagne

Whether you’re an eggplant lover or hater, this dish can please even the most critical of pallets. My husband hates eggplant, yet put this in front of him and you will never see a cleaner plate!

We all know lasagne is a great family favorite we can all tuck into at the dinner table. Yet the traditional pasta packed version is ladened with carbs that can leave you feeling sluggish.

This dish swaps out the pasta sheets for slices of eggplant while keeping everything else to maintain that traditional italian flavor. It’s also incredibly versatile. Peel or no peel, thick or thin slices. Whatever takes your fancy can allow you to make this your signature one at your next carb-free dinner party.

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#3 – Cauliflower ‘mac and cheese’

Yet another pasta-ladened favorite. Who doesn’t love a bowl of warm and comforting mac and cheese?

One way to skip on the carbs is to sub out the macaroni for boiled cauliflower! That’s right, boil up a full head of our favorite white veggie, whisk up your number 1 cheese sauce, mix it together and throw it all in the oven to bake. Cauliflower and Pepper Jack anyone?

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#4 – Portobello Pizzas

Pizza is probably my favorite all time treat. If calories didn’t exist I could eat it for every meal of every day and never get bored.

From that traditional Italian sauce, the sweet mozzarella to an endless list of toppings, pizza never gets old. I even once took a pre-made pizza base and made a chocolate orange pizza and yes, it was awesome.

So if you’re a pizza lover like me but your new healthy carb free diet won’t allow you favorite meal, you can try this amazing alternative where you swap out a pizza base for a portobello mushroom!

Simply drizzle the mushroom caps with some olive oil, add some tomato sauce and cheese (plus as many toppings as your mushroom will allow) and bake. It doesn’t get easier than that.

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#5 – Taco Lettuce Wraps

Who doesn’t love taco night? But don’t worry, you don’t need to skip this family fun treat just because you’re going carb free.

The truth is, you can turn pretty much any sandwich into a lettuce wrap. Therefore, enjoy taco night by switching out the shells for iceberg lettuce. Add in some juicy turkey, sweet salsa and your favorite taco toppings and you’ll never know the difference.

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#6 – Cauliflower Rice

Is it just me, or do all the best dishes include a side of rice? From a traditional Chinese sweet and sour to a spicy Indian curry to good old Mexican chili, it can sometimes feel like all your favorite foods are a no-go when you cut carbs from the menu.

That’s why this side dish could be a total meal saver. Simply whiz up some raw cauliflower in a food processor until it has a fine rice-like consistency. Then lightly fry in a saucepan with some coconut oil, sweet onion, salt and pepper and add to your favorite dish.

 

Final Thoughts

Going carb free on your diet has a number of advantages both for your overall health and weight loss.

But saying goodbye to carbs doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favorite dishes. With some simple swaps, you can still enjoy the meals you love without the downsides carbs bring to the table.

 

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New Guide to Fitness Trackers

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New Guide to Fitness Trackers

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Fitness trackers have become all the rage for anyone looking to monitor their health and activity levels. With the hype, the options for trackers can seem endless. Because of this, the research team at Reviews.com set out to find which trackers have the most bang for your buck with their New Guide to Fitness Trackers.

They spent 6 months studying 86 different models and consulting various fitness experts. They considered several factors, from user friendliness, to battery life to sensor accuracy.

They narrowed down the options to three top picks: best overall, best for endurance training, and most budget-friendly.. You can see their research and choices at http://www.reviews.com/fitness-tracker/

A couple major takeaways from their New Guide to Fitness Trackers include:

  • Most fitness trackers aren’t very accurate — Each brand’s sensors are essentially the same. Many trackers count false steps, incorrectly monitor heart rate, and overcount calories.
  • Consistency is more important than accuracy — More emphasis was placed on the devices that delivered the most consistent data over a series of identical tests. That way, users were still able to track and meet their fitness goals effectively.

Style and comfort were also factors considered in the research. People want their trackers to look good and feel good!

Many users enjoy devices that have different band design options that can be switched out depending on taste. One of their recommended trackers is the Fitbit Alta, which has some great band replacement options at 80% Off Groupon milanese-loop-mesh-replacement-band-for-fitbit-alta.

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Overall, the team at Reviews.com found that fitness trackers are a great tool to “make changes to your health by giving you consistent (although, not entirely accurate) data on your daily activity levels. That’s why the best devices are both comfortable and easy to use all day, every day.”

Let us know what you think of the New Guide to Fitness Trackers report in the comments below. We’d love to hear your feedback.

 

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