If you’ve decided to lower your carb intake, you may think you’re doomed to a life of breadless, unsatisfying meals. Fortunately, that’s not actually the case. There are a bunch of crafty ways to take low-carb foods and turn them into something that’s almost identical to the carby foods you love. I’m talking ’bout zucchini pasta, cauliflower rice, sweet potato toast—the taste and texture of these chameleon ingredients will fill the carb-shaped hole in your heart in a healthier way.
Before you actually start reducing the amount of carbs you eat, it’s important to understand that there’s no need to cut them out of your diet entirely. In fact, complex carbohydrates—the type found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables—are an excellent source of energy, which makes them great to eat before or after a cardio workout. The kind of carbs that are best left behind, however, are refined carbs—AKA foods made with white flour.
And whatever your reason for cutting carbs, these seven registered dietitian-approved meals are ones that you should definitely have in your repertoire.