Don’t let your cooking get boring!
There are many exotic spices that you can use as substitutes for more typical ingredients like black pepper, cayenne pepper, and oregano. Different spices can not only add new flavors to dishes, but also give you different boosts to essential vitamins and minerals.
And besides, eating low carb can be tough enough, as is. Throw in some bold, fresh flavors to keep your diet on track and keep your nose to the grindstone.
Now, without further ado…
First up, we have Unsweetened Coconut Flour. This might be the most “surface” level spice on this list. It’s a great low carb flour substitute and is really high in fiber. I never bake without it!
Grains of Paradise are another great alternative. This can be used on anything you would normally add black pepper to. But the comparison ends there! The flavor is unique and mellow with a subtle heat, and undertones of citrus, cloves, and cinnamon.
Aleppo Pepper can be used in the place of red pepper flakes and paprika in most recipes. It has a moderate amount of heat, with cumin-like undertones.
Herbes de Provence are what I like to call “instant French.” The flavor of this herb and lavender mixture makes everything taste a little more gourmet. Use it to liven up anything herb-roasted, like chicken, fish, and pork loin.
Ground Chile de Arbol can be used a substitute for cayenne pepper in many recipes. The flavor is potent, adding both heat and smokiness to your favorite dishes.
Barberries (AKA Zereshk) are a type of berry with a sharp sweet and sour flavor. They are high in vitamin C and have a brilliant ruby color. They can be used as a substitute for cranberries in many dishes. Try adding dried barberries to your salads for a Middle Eastern twist.
Another great option: slow down the intake of the usual beef, pork, chicken, and fish. Head for some ground turkey the next time you’re at the grocery store. Use a simple turkey burger seasoning in the place of any spices you would normally use in ground meats for amazing flavor.
Baharat, another option, is an all purpose seasoning that makes everything taste a little more Middle Eastern.
Vanilla powder is a great, lesser known alternative to vanilla extract. Powdered vanilla is much more potent than vanilla extract because it is not diluted by alcohol.
Agar Agar is the perfect low carb substitute for gelatin and can be used in soups and sauces as a thickener as well!
Last but not least, I crave bread some days. I’m human, I can’t help it 😀
In Japanese cooking, frequently chefs reach for a rice seasoning. You can do a similar thing here. This Everything Bagel Topping is a great seasoning when you’re craving bagels. Obviously, this would be used to season a bagel typically. But I love to sprinkle this on salads and eggs on occasions. Or use it as a topping on no-carb breads and even as a seasoning for hotdogs!
Carbs may be strictly off limits. But that doesn’t mean that great flavors have to be.