Battling the carbohydrate monster is hard for people trying to lose weight, but for people with diabetes, it’s an absolute necessity. While you may be able to cut down on your candy or ice cream intake, it may be hard to cut out things like bread, potato chips, and of course, pasta.
Traditional white pasta has A LOT of carbs in it, and if you actually ate the serving size, it wouldn’t be such a huge problem for your blood sugars. However, most people find it near impossible to eat just a serving because your brain finds those processed carbs addicting.
The good news is that you can make variations of your favorite dishes and eat pretty much as much as you would like, just by taking out the pasta and replacing it with a substitute. We took 5 favorite pasta dishes and converted them so you can enjoy them even if you have diabetes or you’re just trying to lose weight by cutting some processed carbs!
1. Spaghetti Squash, Not Spaghetti Noodles
Squash is a very versatile vegetable that is fairly affordable and can be grown easily in your own backyard or even in a container. Spaghetti squash is an interesting type of squash, because when deseeded and cooked it resembles spaghetti.
If you love spaghetti and meatballs and don’t want to give it up, use spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute! The squash takes on the flavor of any sauce or seasoning, and has only 7 grams of carbs per cup, which includes about 2 grams of fiber!
Here’s a great recipe even a beginner can tackle.
2. Spiral Zucchini, Not Fettuccini Noodles
Got a hankering for Chicken Alfredo or even linguini pasta salad? When you have to avoid pasta, you might think you have to give these up for good, but with some zucchinis and a spiral cutter, you can make a great dish in minutes!
Instead of slicing the zucchini, you can purchase a Veggetti or another type of spiralizer to cut the zucchini into strands. Sauté it to your desired consistency if doing a cooked dish, and then add your sauce or dressing. In one medium zucchini, there’s only 6 grams of carbs!
Mix up this easy green salad that is perfect for a dinner when you’re alone or to impress guests as a refreshing side dish.
3. Eggplant, Not Lasagna Noodles
Even while watching your carbs, you can still layer up a lasagna and feel great about digging in. Eggplant is often mistaken for a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Eggplant is well known for its deep purple color and its hearty consistency. Use slices of eggplant as your noodles in your lasagna for a guilt-free dish anyone will enjoy.
Even if you’re a beginner at cooking, you can whip up this easy eggplant lasagna.
4. Cauliflower, not Elbow Noodles
Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food, but it’s one that can get you in hot water when you go to test your blood sugar. There’s not much that is nutritious about mac and cheese, but everyone needs a little indulgence now and then. Instead of using elbow noodles to make your dish, cook up a head of cauliflower. Cauliflower is very versatile and doesn’t have much flavor, which makes it the perfect replacement for noodles in the mac and cheese dish.
You can have your comfort food and eat it too with this delicious recipe!
5. Shirataki Noodles, not Rice Noodles
For anyone who loves thai dishes, you know how good rice noodles taste. The downside is that rice noodles spike your blood sugar levels just like any processed carb does. However, there’s a solution! You can enjoy your pad thai and feel good about it when you replace the rice noodles with Shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are thin and translucent noodles that are mainly water-soluble fiber. They’re super low in carbs and calories and have very little flavor. Because many people have discovered this ‘miracle’ noodle, more grocery stores are stocking them, which means you should be able to find them easily!
Put your culinary hat on and mix up this guilt-free pad thai.
Managing your diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you love. At All-States Medical, we know that having the right tools makes managing your diabetes and living the life you love much easier. Our professional patient service representatives are here to assist you any time you need help ordering your testing supplies. Give us a call at 1-800-362-0050 for more information on how our staff and products can work for you!