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Ditching the white carbs…

January 15th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge

There has been so much in the news recently about the negative impact of eating white carbohydrates, that last year I decided to swap all white carbohydrates for whole grain foods, as every time I ate them it left me feeling really low in energy, especially after eating them at lunchtime.
 
It was quite a simple change to make and I have noticed these positive differences – I haven’t felt so hungry, I’ve had more energy and I have experienced a gradual weight loss. Some dieticians state that the reason for this is that whole grain foods are slowly released as energy into our bodies, which means that the food we eat is less likely to be converted into fat and will keep us feeling fuller for longer.
 
If you would like to have a go at eating less white carbs, you could start by making these small changes:
 
Swap white bread for brown bread
 
Buy brown rice, pasta – spaghetti, lasagne and pasta
 
Use brown flour
 
Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes
 
Another way to cut down on carbohydrates and introduce more vegetables into your diet is to use a Spiralizer, if you use a courgette or carrot this makes a great alternative to spaghetti. Try making lasagne with marrow, or courgette and parsnips, slice the vegetables really thinly and just replace the pasta sheets with vegetable sheets.
 
Here is a delicious pasta – less recipe from the Good Housekeeping recipe which I have already tried, but I left out the aubergine as I don’t like it
 

  • 2 courgettes, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 large aubergine, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400 g (14oz) extra lean beef mince
  • 200 g (7oz) mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • Few dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2½ tbsp cornflour
  • 500 ml (17fl oz) skimmed milk
  • 1 x 125 g (4oz) ball light mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

 
For the method please visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/food/recipes/pasta-less-lasagne
 
Source: Good Housekeeping