When I looked into having bariatric surgery in 2014, I was intrigued to see what foods patients were eating afterwards. Generally, they are encouraged to avoid all carbohydrates and eat more protein. Why? Surely it’s healthier to eat a fraction of decent carbohydrates after surgery because your body wants to heal itself. It can’t heal itself if you have no energy afterwards. You’ll spiral downwards. Just eat healthy carbohydrates instead.
However, since I became diabetic, I can’t get away with eating much in the way of processed carbs. I tend to stick to a lower carb diet, purely because keeping my blood sugar levels balanced is better for my body. High carbohydrate white pasta, rice, flour and sugar all produce spikes in blood glucose. This, in turn, dumps more insulin in the body. Insulin then doesn’t get adequately absorbed by the fat cells and muscles.
So, we start to look for alternatives. Back in 2014, on my original weight loss journey (which failed and is why I’m here again) I tried Bare Naked Noodles. They were ok. Quite an unpleasant texture if you’re trying to find a spaghetti alternative as it’s like chewing elastic bands. They have a sort of crunch, some chewy, nothingness about them. Plus they don’t seem to soak up any of the sauce whatever you use. Andy would cut them up as small as he could, frying them with one onion, a tablespoon of tomato puree and garlic but it was still like chewing rubber.
Looking through ideas in a bariatric weight loss site, I spied several “hot” topics which mentioned Cauliflower Rice. I didn’t know what it was at the time so went hunting for a recipe. To save you the job, here’s what to do.
Low carbohydrate alternative to rice or couscous.
1 medium cauliflower
Remove all leaves from the cauliflower. Cut the core and stalks away. Pulse the rest in a food processor until it is grain-like and rice sized. Remove from the processor and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover bowl with cling-film. Do not add any water. Pierce film and cook on full power for 7 minutes.
Then use it like regular rice
Calories are only 25 calories per 100g compared to 355 calories of the same in rice. It’s a no-brainer.
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