While modern rhetoric says carbohydrates are evil and should be avoided at all costs, the truth is a balance between “good” foods like veggies and fruits and a reduction in refined carbs (such as pasta and flour) can go a long way toward increasing overall health and well-being. For those looking to balance the scales and decrease their refined carb consumption, there are healthy meal options that do a delicious job of replacing the processed carbs we’re used to. For a healthier alternative, try fava bean flour in place of all-purpose flour, lettuce wraps instead of tortillas, turnips instead of potatoes, veggie noodles in place of packaged noodles, and whipped cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes.
- Carbohydrates can very good for your health. Among other things they increase your fiber consumption.
- Fava flour is made from fava beans. It is healthier than all-purpose flour.
- Collard greens, kale, chard, any type of lettuce leaf make good wraps. Eating greens instead of grains can cut 300 calories.
“Carbs are not the enemy. But to be sure, substituting veggies, fruits, or pulses (beans, chickpeas, lentils, dry peas) for refined carbohydrates (think bread, pasta, and all-purpose flour) can be beneficial.”