I’m not sure how many of you have tried lower carb diets (or if you prefer to call it, eating behaviors), but this has been one of the better and more sustainable methods for me to manage my weight while also maintaining energy to pursue my triathlon and running goals. Last year, I learned about metabolic efficiency eating principles and they really made sense to me. In a nutshell, it’s a bit low-carb, low-sugar, and generally avoiding grains for most of the time. I’m buckling down and reinforcing this again, so I wanted to share my favorite low carb & grain-free hacks that remind me of some of my favorite comfort foods.
Five Low Carb & Grain-Free Hacks
Fake Out Cauliflower Pizza
My favorite food of all time is pizza, so finding something that satisfied that craving was important. I’ve tried a few things, including the meatza pizza (sausage-base), however I like the taste of a cauliflower pizza crust the best. You use riced cauliflower (crumble it up in the food processor, and press out all of the liquid), egg & cheese to form the crust. I’ve only ever riced my own cauliflower, but I like this recipe from Carrots’n’Cake that uses the elusive Trader Joe’s frozen riced cauliflower. What a great time hack!
Almond Butter Blondies
When I have a craving for something sweet, I turn to these almond butter blondies, recipe from Elana’s Pantry. They’re my jam! They are not as low sugar as would be ideal for the metabolic efficiency diet, and I have to take care not to eat the whole pan in the first two days.
If you need another dessert option, then cocoa almonds may be for you! Rarely, but sometimes I have a chocolate craving. When I do, I turn to Aldi’s Cocoa Almonds to help satisfy that sweet tooth. Almonds have fiber, protein and fat, and then we have the cocoa (very healthy in it’s own right) that is enough to satisfy that sweet tooth!
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Zoodles / Veggie Noodles
If you haven’t tried veggie noodles yet, what are you waiting for?! They’re delicious, and a way to get more veggies into your diet by being the base of the meal. Similar to pizza, I’m a marinara girl, but sometimes like my pesto too. You just need to press the liquid out (if you can). Sometimes I do this an alternate way by lightly sautéing the noodles and then discard the liquid that expels from the veggies. I just ordered from Hungry Root and am excited to try their options as a “zoodles” company (my words, not theirs). Similarly, you could use Spaghetti Squash as a noodle replacement. I’ve found zoodles a bit quicker as you can quickly saute up raw zoodles rather than having to wait for a whole spaghetti squash to cook and cool.
Travel Must Haves: Turkey Jerky and Moon Cheese
My favorites for quick store-bought snacks are turkey jerky and Moon Cheese. Moon Cheese fills my cheesy cravings, where I might have gone for Cheetos otherwise. It’s super cheesy, and not much carbs at all. I’ve found it at some gas stations, and also at Starbucks. So delicious. More commonly, I’ll plan to bring turkey jerky from Trader Joe’s with me on trips, as it packs very well, fulfills both salty & sweet needs, and fills me up. But if I see Moon Cheese at the airport news store, I’ll buy it!
Disclaimer: I paid for these products on my own and this is my unbought opinion.