Starchy vegetables come in all shapes in sizes. Starchy vegetables have about three times the calories of other vegetables. They contain same amount of calories as: breads, rice, and pastas. With these starchy veggies, we also tend to add additional toppings like cheese, breadcrumbs, and more, adding to our caloric intake.
Below are some examples of starchy vegetables:
- Winter squash
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
Here are some ways to add more vegetables, and less starchy veggies to our plates:
- Substitute mashed carrots for sweet potatoes or butternut squash
- Substitute cauliflower or mashed cauliflower for white potatoes
- Try a salad, or a hearty vegetable soup
- Serve vegetables with low fat dip as an appetizer
- Get creative with color: roast beets or red peppers, alongside brussel sprouts or sautéed spinach, to add a pop of color without all the extra calories.
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