Love large portions of food without large calorie counts? Us too! These magical, low-calorie food expanders will supersize your meals and snacks...
Portabellas and More Mushrooms
One large portabella mushroom or 2 cups of chopped mushrooms has roughly 30 calories, 1.5g fiber, and 3.5g protein. Fungus power!
What Can They Supersize? Mushrooms are especially good in meat dishes. The texture and taste work perfectly.
A medium zucchini has around 30 calories, 2g fiber, and 2.5g protein. And you can eat the skin, which is nice and convenient.
What Can It Expand? Pasta! Whether it's spiralized, thinly peeled like fettuccine, or cut into slabs similar to lasagna noodles, zucchini does a masterful job of impersonating pasta. So good, in fact, sometimes we leave out the pasta altogether...
A cup of chopped cauliflower has about 30 calories, 2g fiber, and 2g protein. And its expanding ability is the stuff of LEGEND.
What Can It Expand? Cauliflower is a go-to super-sizer when it comes to starchy dishes -- anything with potatoes, pasta, or rice. It blends in seamlessly... It can even replace 'em!
Broccoli Cole Slaw
Why Broccoli Cole Slaw?
This mix of shredded broccoli stems with other veggies clocks in at 25 calories, 3g fiber, and 2g protein per cup. Plus, it couldn't be more convenient. Pre-shredded, pre-washed... some (like the kind by Mann's) can even be steamed in the bag!
What Can It Expand? Unexpected things! It even works as a straight-up noodle swap. The possibilities are endless...
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