When I think comfort foods, I think pasta. But as a dietitian, I’m always encouraging my patients to limit carbohydrates.
Consuming a diet high in carbohydrates sets you up for a ride on the blood sugar roller coaster. This will cause cravings, low energy levels, and can lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, the American diet is very carb heavy.
The majority of our meals are based around breads, pastas, cereals, milk products and processed snack foods. This new year, aim to get the majority of your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables instead.
This healthy, grain-free chicken Parmesan swaps out both the spaghetti and the breadcrumb coating. Spaghetti squash is the perfect substitute for traditional spaghetti, and coconut flour adds a sweet and nutty flavor to your chicken. This is a family favorite that is not only delicious, but also guilt free.
Erin Burch, MS, RDN, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified dietitian nutritionist who maintains a private practice in Western New York. She encourages wellness through nutrition consultation and counseling, by integrating science-based nutrition with medical care and lifestyle, as a primary approach to both prevention and treatment. She specializes in weight management, pediatric nutrition, pre/postnatal nutrition, cardiovascular health, general wellness, and meal planning. She also counsels on vegetarian/vegan nutrition, sports nutrition, diabetes, and disease prevention. Erin has dedicated her career to revolutionizing food-as-medicine in treatment and prevention of disease.