Adhering to a low carb diet provides many benefits, but when you first begin this lifestyle, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust to the change. This is particularly true if other members of your household aren’t interested in pursuing this same diet. For most people, making two different meals each time the family eats is not an option, and it can be frustrating trying to feed everyone the foods they want while maintaining your own low carb diet. Read on to learn a few tips for incorporating low carb foods into meals in a way that won’t leave your family feeling as though they have been placed on an unwanted diet.
Disguise the low carb foods – One of the seemingly most noticeable types of low carb foods is pasta. It can be difficult to disguise low carb noodles as traditional noodles, so it is best to only use them in foods you don’t typically make. Instead of making a common dinner your family is accustomed to (and will likely notice when it’s changed), only use low carb noodles in foods they have never eaten before. Since the entire dish is new, they will be less likely to notice any difference in consistency or taste of the pasta because there is nothing to compare it to. Another great way to disguise low carb foods is to place them in traditional containers. There are great-tasting low carb breads, for example, that may be more likely to get eaten if they are placed in the empty bag of your normal bread brand.
Mix traditional with low carb – This is another great option when cooking with pasta. If your family is accustomed to traditional noodles, they may immediately notice the difference if you switch to all low carb. Instead, begin mixing both types together. You will be eliminating many of the carbs while leaving a lot of their expected flavor and texture. This can also be done with any type of cooking sauce or dressings. You can begin by mixing just a little of the low carb sauce in with your normal brand, and slowly increase the amount of the low carb version each time you make the meal. Before long, you will be serving the full low carb variety without anyone noticing the change.
Shop without family members – many times, unless someone sees the label of a food, they would never know that they are eating low carb. By shopping for low carb items without family members, you limit the possibility of them hating the food before they ever taste it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to shop online for low carb foods, then you can do your other grocery shopping as you normally would.