The January diets have started off strongly, but you are starting to get sick of the same old boring low fat or low carb meals. If you are used to good old pancakes, bowls of pasta and burgers and chips for your meals you may be starting to crave them again. The reason why you cannot fit this things into your new diet is more than likely down to the high carbs they contain.

While carbs are good for us as part of a rich diet, time has now come to try something new and lose a few pounds. If that’s the case, here’s our top 10 alternatives to the foods you may be craving.

1 – Large portobello mushrooms for Burger buns

Allow the mushrooms to roast in the oven for minutes, while this is happening, put together your low fat burgers using lean mince and finish the meal with sweet potato fries.

2 – Butternut squash Chips

You may have had sweet potato fries as these are all the rage, but now, you need to try these crispy squash chips. Butternut squash is full of great nutrients like potassium and carotenoids which are great for the heart.

3 – Carrot Fries

When carrots are baked, their taste is very similar to baked sweet potato fries. All you need to do, is chop up some carrots, and some salt and pepper then bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

4 – Courgette Lasagna

After having this, you won’t miss normal lasagna too much as this is very similar in taste and texture.Just use two or three thinly sliced courgette slices and replace them with the normal pasta sheets you use and voila, a healthier, less carb indulging lasagna.

5 – Cauliflower and Cheese

If you love a nice warm bowl of mac and cheese, you could always try cauliflower as an alternative to the macaroni. Boil cauliflower, whisk up a cheese sauce, and throw it all in the oven.

6 – Almond Flour Pancakes

Using almond instead of wheat-based flour keeps these breakfast beauties lower in carbs without sacrificing the tiniest bit of taste. Whip up the batter with a blender for a quicker breakfast, or use a bowl and whisk—either option yields delicious results. Add berries for some colour and a fruity zing.

7 – Shirataki Noodles over Pasta

This version of noodles lightens the load as Japanese shirataki noodles (made out of yams and already cooked!), which have zero carbs, can help to create restaurant-worthy—but still healthy—dish.

8 – Black Bean Spaghetti

Yes, spaghetti made entirely from black beans, with 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fibere per serving, this alternative will keep you feeling full and satisfied much longer than whole-wheat spaghetti noodles.