Some of the greatest foods known to man are made up of carbohydrates; I never want to live in a world without pizza, pasta, and bread. But what these delicious foods offer in taste and satiety, they lack in nutritional value. Refined and processed carbohydrates like those found in white bread and pasta are a key contributor to weight gain and can even cause bloating and indigestion. So if you’re working on staying healthy ahead of summer and want to pick up some healthier eating habits along the way, consider Insider’s list of realistic carb swaps. Adapted from an excerpt of The Pizza Diet by chef Pasquale Cozzolino, these suggestions all stick to the strategy of opting for filling, fiber-rich complex carbs that give your body sustained energy.
Whole wheat + alternative pastas
I like this first suggestion because it’s actually realistic; attempting to satiate your pasta craving with a fiber-rich apple just isn’t going to cut it. Whole wheat pasta, on the other hand, tastes similar enough to white pasta but includes all three parts of the grain, making it slower to digest and higher in fiber. The same goes for other pasta alternatives like chickpea pasta (my personal favorite, which I actually eat when I’m craving carbs), quinoa pasta, and lentil pasta. If you douse the noodles in a healthy tomato sauce and a sprinkle of cheese, you may not even notice the difference.