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Great Substitutions for a Low-Carb Meal Plan That’s Vegan-Friendly

You’ve already mastered the vegan lifestyle, and perhaps even gotten yourself on a seriously low-fat vegan diet. But more and more data points to the reality that fat is less of a contributing factor to weight gain than carbohydrates—bread, pasta, cereal, potatoes, and essentially everything you associate with deliciousness. You want to look into low-carb meal plans that work with your vegan diet, but you don’t want to sacrifice flavor or the satisfying feeling of being full. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of delicious alternatives to carbs that will hit the spot every time. Here’s how you can do it:

Rethink Breakfast

Since eggs and bacon have been off the menu, it’s likely you’ve been filling your breakfasts with bagels, toast, home fries, or other easy and yummy carb-heavy foods. But breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you can get off to a good start in the morning, the rest of your day will follow suit more easily.

One way to cut the carbs out of your breakfast is a good old-fashioned scramble—with a vegan twist. Tofu is a good friend of anyone on a low-fat vegan diet, and you can actually prepare it in a style similar to scrambled eggs by crumbling it into bite-sized pieces, then frying with the right blend of spices, some veggies (kale, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and red peppers are all good choices) and topping with some Sriracha for a bold kick. You’ll never start your day off hungry again!

Rethink the Baked Potato

The great thing about a baked potato is that you can literally fill it with anything, and it will still be delicious. The not-so-great thing is that it doesn’t exactly jive with low-carb meal plans. Fortunately, your favourite method of food delivery just needs a slight modification of its vessel. Try stuffing a portobello mushroom cap with your favorite veggies and baking it to perfection for a delicious snack or a side-dish guaranteed to satisfy!

Rethink Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a brilliant and delicious dish that is sadly full of carbs. But if you use your “noodle”, you can make it without the pasta by substituting it for spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles—two deliciously simple alternatives to traditional pasta that work in a variety of dishes. Along with some chopped veggies and the right vegan-friendly sauce, you’ll never even know the difference! Add some beans or chickpeas to boost the protein content, and your new faux-pasta salad won’t be a faux-pas.

Rethink Stir-Fry

Who doesn’t love a stir-fry night? A little peanut sauce, some tempeh, lots of veggies… it’s a dream dish for anyone on a low-fat vegan diet. But once you start cutting carbs, it’s off the menu—or is it? This is another place to use zucchini noodles, or try using diced cauliflower as a substitute for rice. Serve it to guests, and they’ll be shocked that it’s cauliflower. How’s that for a delicious low-carb meal plan?