Video: Veggie Substitutes for Highly Refined Carbs, from the LA Fit Expo

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Last weekend, the fabulous Chef James Barry from Wholesome2Go and I spoke at the LA Fit Expo, showing some creative ways you can add more veggies into your diet and use whole food substitutes for highly-refined carbs.

We showcased three recipes: Raw Cauliflower Couscous and Collard Green Wraps from my first book, Eat Naked, and then Veggie Linguine from our upcoming cookbook The Naked Foods Cookbook.

If you’re trying to minimize the starchy-carbs in your diet, if you have a grain or gluten-sensitivity, or if you’re just looking for more creative ways to sneak veggies into your diet, these techniques are for you. Since many of you weren’t able to attend the demo live, here are the juicy bits. Enjoy!

Raw Cauliflower “Couscous”

Collard green wraps

Veggie linguine

Do you have any creative ways of sneaking veggie substitutes for refined carbs into your diet? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

Special thanks to our friends from Spud for providing all the ingredients we used in these demos, and to the wonderful team at The Body Well for sharing our booth with us and making the weekend so much fun!

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  1. James & Margaret, Congrats on your demos at the LA Fit Expo! I love veggies and enjoy coming up with creative new recipes to use them as a holistic chef. I look forward to your new cookbook 🙂

  2. JMV


    Thanks for the ideas. At one point growing up, my parents swapped mashed potatoes for mashed “faux”tatoes using cauliflower. Potatoes aren’t refined carbs but it was one great way to get more veggies in our diets and less starchy carbs. It didn’t not taste the same, but then, you could always put some potatoes in. Good luck with the book!

  3. Love the idea of using cauliflower instead of cous,cous and th collard greens are an interesting touch. In one of your videos you said some people identified the cauliflower were “educated” I say “Vegicated” Ohhh bad pun. BTW ,I took the end off my finger with a mandolin and am now v-e-r-r-y careful with it. I’ve been trying to take all the sugar out of my diet, but I have to say, once I can’t have something.. it’s really all I want…. I’m sure if somebody told me that lettuce was bad for you I’d eat it every day! and have cravings! I’ve also discovered that celery is good for lowering bloodpressure along with beans….. so far am managing to keep from taking medications….. Good luck with the book… and I’ll keep reading!

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