Turn Any Recipe into a Fat Burner
By making targeted substitutions to your favorite recipes, you can turn anything into a well-balanced meal.
As a dietitian and home cook, one of my hobbies is to look at recipes and challenge myself to find ways to make them just a bit healthier. If you’re on a low carb diet, knowing when and how to make substitutions is essential. While you can often find delicious low carb recipes through a simple Google or Pinterest search, not every “low carb” recipe you find is a winner. Therefore, learning how to take any recipe and adapt it into a low carb dish is a skill worth cultivating.
Remember that just like anything, you will have to practice recipe substitution before it feels natural. Start by simply looking at every recipe with a critical eye. Does it have any high carb ingredients? Is it balanced – aka does it have enough veggies? Just because a recipe is described as “healthy” or “low carb” doesn’t mean it can’t be made better.
Zucchini or yellow squash noodles (“zoodles”)
|Potatoes or sweet potatoes (chunks)||
|Potatoes or sweet potatoes (mashed)||
|Bread, wraps, or tortillas||
Cauliflower wrap/bread (made with 4 grams net carbs or fewer)
Adapting a recipe can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be! Your challenge – should you choose to accept it (and I highly recommend you do) – is to make substitutions to at least ONE new recipe every week. Find recipes in a favorite cookbook, website, Pinterest, etc. and just start making 1-2 edits using the tips above. Give it a month or so and you’ll feel like a pro!
Hi there! I’m Gabby, head registered dietitian at WellnessFromFood. If you have questions, please email me! Want to lose weight with me? Click here