Let me clarify that potentially confusing title…I’m going to share with you three sources of carbs that will fill you up by allowing you to eat a good-sized portion, but without providing many carb-containing calories. I often call them voluminous carbs, as in you get a lot of volume for the amount of carb calories they contain.
You’ll often hear me say that strawberries are Nature’s low-carb dessert.
A 4-ounce (113 g) serving of strawberries, which is about 9-10 medium-sized strawberries, only has 8.7 g of carbs, and that’s including the 2.3 g of fiber!
That mean you could binge out and eat an entire pound of strawberries, yet only consume less than 30 g of usable carbs!
Spaghetti squash, which is a type of winter squash, is a great, low-carb alternative to pasta. That’s because the inside is stringy like cooked spaghetti noodles, yet it’s low in carbs like most fibrous veggies.
4 ounces of spaghetti squash (cooked weight; pre-cooked is about the same) has only 7.3 g of total carbs, 1.6 g of which is fiber.
I’ve had ‘spaghetti’ made with spaghetti squash, and I’m not sure I’d know the difference if I wasn’t told ahead of time…it was really good!
Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”
I know, I know….cauliflower doesn’t sound very appealing, and you may even think it sounds nasty. But trust me when I tell you, you’ve gotta try a faux mashed potato recipe that uses mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. When made correctly, it’s every bit as good as mashed potatoes…certainly better than you’d think cauliflower could ever taste!
Cauliflower itself has only 4.6 g of carbs per 4-ounce serving, and over half of that is fiber! It’s so low in usable carbs it’s not even worth counting. Of course the cauliflower mashed potatoes may have more carbs & calories due to the ingredients added, but even then it’s still low in pretty much everything…except fiber.
There are a number of recipes for cauliflower mashed potatoes, but here’s one that’s highly rated.
If you’re trying to lose some body fat, or keep your body fat in check, it’s a good idea to eat voluminous foods that’ll help keep you satiated, but without providing too many calories. That’s precisely where the above three foods come in.
Hope this helps you achieve your health fitness goals…that’s the idea.
Your friend in fitness,