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5 Carb Alternatives and Starch Substitutes for Health and Weight Loss

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Carbohydrates can be healthy in moderation, but swapping out a serving or two of starch each day for a veggie could balance your diet and even help with weight loss. Additionally, some people avoid carbs completely for diets — like Atkins 40 or Ketogenic — or for health restrictions like gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, change your lifestyle, or just stay healthy, we’ve listed five delicious foods that can be swapped for traditional breads, pastas, and other carbs.

  1. Spaghetti Squash

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The contents of spaghetti squash can easily be turned into a noodle-like substance with just a fork. According to Livestrong, the gourd is low in both fat and calories.

Try eating spaghetti squash topped with olive oil, fresh herbs, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, or feta cheese.

 

  1. Spiralized Vegetable Noodles

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Spiralized vegetables are mostly light in calories, carbs, fat and sugar. According to blog Inspiralized, you can convert many vegetables into tasty noodles — including beets, butternut squash, cabbage, cucumbers, onion, parsnip, pears, plantains, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, and zucchini. Food processors are handy tools to help you transform the veggie into even slices of “noodles.”

 

  1. Sprouted Grain Bread

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Sprouted grain breads are, overall, considered healthier than white flour or whole grain flour loaves, according to Dr. Josh Axe’s website. Products like Ezekiel bread contain more fiber and nutrients than regular grains.

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A study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition revealed that the fiber content of various types of brown rice increased drastically — by 6 to 13 percent — after sprouting.

 

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