Well, we apparently thrive on carbs. Rice, bread, potatoes-all our favorite recipes are loaded with carbs. But, if you’ve made it a point to skip this much-craved source of energy and opt for something healthier without compromising on taste, then you are at the right place. As much as we love carbs, they are the easiest way for your body to pile up calories. Excess cals and obesity is not something you would want, would you? So, here are 4 tasty carb alternatives that you’ll relish as much as you enjoy carbs.

1. Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps

While tacos taste lip-smackingly delicious, they are high on carbs can easily be responsible for weight gain. Lettuce wraps have already started replacing tacos and tortillas with their healthy nutrients in many of the restaurants. Well, if lettuce sounds a bit dull and boring, you can spice up things with the fillings. Opt for chicken/ veggies (Learn how veggies can help you lose weight)  for the filling topped with mayo or mustard sauce.

2. Whole-Grain Pasta

Whole-Grain Pasta

A rich source of complex carbs, protein, fiber, iron, and many other nutrients, whole-grain pastas are equally tasty as the regular ones. Similarly, you can also find whole-grain noodles in stores these days. Simply cook them like the regular pasta and top them with salt, pepper, and olive oil for a satisfying meal.

3. Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice

This might sound a bit odd, but cauliflower rice is something the world has already started relishing. Rice is an obsession and one of the most consumed Asian staples. Substituting it with a ground veggie might sound not very interesting, but, cauliflower is absolutely low on calories and also offers a feeling of fullness. Use a food processor to grind the florets to the size of your regular rice grains and cook them like you usually do. Season the cauliflower rice as per wish and serve it hot.

4. Radish Chips

Radish Chips

Carrying a whole lot of vitamins and antioxidants, radish is high in water content and contributes extremely less to your calorie count. Replace French fries and nachos with radish crisps by baking or oil-frying them. Munch it like a snack or serve it as an appetizer with a mayo and tomato dip. 

Carbs are energy producers and are absolutely essential for the proper functioning of the body. But, when consumed in excess, they could lead to unhealthy weight gain and increased diabetic levels. Make it a point to replace simple carbs with complex carbs contained in fruits and veggies for a healthy weight and body functioning.

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